On November 7:
1728 Captain James Cook, British naval officer, explorer, and cartographer, was born.
1786 The oldest musical society in the USA, the Stoughton Musical Society was founded.
1848 The Acheron a paddle steamer Captained by John Lort Stokes, arrived in New Zealand to start four years charting the New Zealand coastline.
1867 Maria Sklodowska-Curie, Polish chemist and physicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics and in chemistry.
1872 The ship Marie Celeste sailed from New York.
1879 Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary, was born.
1916 – Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to the United States Congress.
1918 Billy Graham, American evangelist was born.
1926 Dame Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano, was born.
1929 the Museum of Modern Art in New York opened to the public.
1931 The Chinese Soviet Republic was proclaimed.
1943 Joni Mitchell, Canadian musician, was born.
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected for a record fourth term as President of the USA.
1970 John Glasgow and Peter Gough became the first to successfully scale the 2000-metre Caroline Face of Aoraki/Mt Cook, declaring it a ‘triumph for the hippies’.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.