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 facts about November 1st in history!

What Happened On November 1 In History?


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

Source BBC

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

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

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


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

Source Politico

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.

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


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.

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


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?