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November 18, 1786
Birth of Carl Maria von Weber in Eutin, Germany. The composer is known
primarily for his operas Der Freischütz (1821), Euryanthe (1823)
and Oberon (1826). His operas greatly influenced the development of the Romantic opera in Germany. Der Freischütz came to be regarded as the first German "nationalist" opera, Euryanthe developed the Leitmotif technique to a hitherto-unprecedented degree, while Oberon anticipated Mendelssohn's music for A Midsummer Night's Dream and, at the same time, revealed Weber's lifelong interest in the music of non-Western cultures. Weber also wrote music journalism and was interested in folksong, and learned lithography to engrave his own works.
November 18, 1827
Death of Wilhelm Hauff in Stuttgart, Germany. Hauff was a poet and novelist,
but is probably remembered most for his fairy tales.
November 18, 1839
Birth of August Kundt in Schwerin, Germany. A physicist, Kundt discovered
how to measure the velocity of sound in gases and solids.
November 18, 1863
Birth of Richard Dehmel in Wendisch-Hermsdorf, Germany. Dehmel was a
poet who explored themes on individualism, social injustice, sexuality
and love. Works by Dehmel include Erlösungen (1891), Weib und Welt (1896), and Schöne wilde Welt (1913).
November 18, 1887
Death of Theodor Gustav Fechner in Leipzig, Germany. The physicist, Fechner
was the principal founder of psychophysics (quantitative relations between
sensations and stimuli), Elemente der Psychophysik (2 vols. 1860). He
was a professor of physics at the University of Leipzig
November 18, 1941
Death of Walther Nernst in Muskau, Germany. He was a German physical chemist and physicist who is known for his theories behind the calculation of chemical affinity as embodied in the third law of thermodynamics, for which he won the 1920 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Nernst helped establish the modern field of physical chemistry and contributed to electrochemistry, thermodynamics, solid state chemistry and photochemistry. He is also known for developing the Nernst equation.
November 18, 1977
Death of Kurt von Schuschnigg in Riva del Garda, Austria-Hungary (now
in Italy). Von Schuschnigg was the Austrian chancellor at the time of
the annexation by Germany. He had struggled against the growing Nazi influence
in Austria and the coming annexation, but ultimately failed. He was forced
to resign on March 11, 1938 as Germany entered the country and was imprisoned
until the end of WWII.
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