John Paul Stapp

John Paul Stapp, an American physician and pioneer in aerospace medicine, died Nov. 13, 1999, at the age of 89.  Stapp was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Army Air Forces at the end of World War II, continued in the field of aviation medicine after the war, and...

Alexander Borodin

Alexander Borodin, a Russian chemist and composer, was born Nov. 12, 1833.  Most people, if they have heard of Borodin at all, know him as a composer of symphonic poems. such as “The Steppes of Central  Asia,” or as an opera composer and creator of the “Polovtsian...

Hansken the Elephant

Hansken, a touring elephant, died Nov. 9, 1655, at the age of 25. Hansken was brought to Europe from Ceylon (Sri Lanka) at a young age and spent most of her life giving performances in Amsterdam. She seems to have been the only elephant in Europe at the time. She was...

Richard Swann Lull

Richard Swann Lull, an American paleontologist, was born Nov. 6, 1867. Swann became interested in dinosaurs when he studied in Amherst, Mass., where Edward Hitchcock had assembled an impressive collection of Triassic dinosaur trackways. So when he was offered the...

Giovanni Battista Belzoni

Giovanni Battista Belzoni, an Italian adventurer, was born Nov. 5, 1778. Aptly described as “larger than life,” Belzoni stood 6 feet 7 inches tall. After he fled his native Padua for England during the Napoleonic invasions of Italy, Belzoni made his living...