2021 November

November 1: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on November 1

November 1st is known as World Vegan Day and Author’s Day.

We made it to day 305 of the year and there’s only 60 days left to go until we reach the new year.

Everyone who was born on this day shares the same zodiac sign, Scorpio.

Here we’re going to start the month off with some incredible historical events, famous births and deaths and so much more that made November 1 what it is today.

Did you know that on this day in 1800, John Adams became the first US president to move into the White House? At the time he moved in it was still known as the President’s Mansion.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about November 1st in history!

What Happened On November 1 In History?

2018

Palau’s archipelago became the first country in the world to ban the use of sunscreen containing harmful chemicals that destroy reefs.

Source BBC
1986

A leak at a chemical factory in Basel, Switzerland, caused the Rhine to turn red.

After a fire broke out and caused damage to a storage unit, thousands of highly poisonous chemicals leaked into the Rhine river, causing it to turn red. An estimate of over half a million fish was killed from the substances.
Source BBC
1870

The US Weather Bureau was founded by President Ulysses S. Grant.

The president ordered for national weather observations to be made after a range of natural disasters occurred. Initially forecasts were only given 24 hours in advance but gave the public chance to prepare.
Source PBS
1848

The first WHSmith railway bookstore opened at London Euston Railway Station, London, UK.

1800

US president John Adams became the first president to move into the White House.

Source Politico
1611

William Shakespeare had his first know performance of “The Tempest.”

OTD in 1611: William Shakespeare had his first know performance of "The Tempest."
The performance was at the Whitehall Palace and performed for James I and his English Royal Court.
1604

The first known performance of William Shakespeare’s “Othello” happened on this day at Whitehall Palace, London.

1570

The All Saints’ Day Flood destroyed the Dutch and German coastlines.

A tremendous series of severe storms created huge waves that drowned 20,000 people in the floods and left tens of thousands more homeless.
1520

Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan became the first European to discover the Strait of Magellan.

The Strait of Magellan is the passage located south of mainland South America, connecting the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans.
1512

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling mural was presented to the public.

OTD in 1512: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling mural was presented to the public.
1210

King John of England taxed all of England’s Jews for 66,000 Francs and imprisoned those who couldn’t pay.

Did you know that on this day, November 1st 1800, John Adams became the first US president to move into the White House?