November 10, 1674
The Dutch officially surrendered New Netherland to Edmund Andros, who became the British governor of the colony under the new name, New York.
November 1, 1683
Nov.1, 1683 - The colony of New York was divided into 12 counties. Two later became a part of Vermont. The other ten still exist: Albany, Dutchess, Kings, New York, Orange, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk, Ulster, and Westchester
November 17, 1763
Governor William Cosby had John Peter Zenger arrested for seditious libel because Zenger had accused Cosby of corruption. At his trial, Zenger was found not guilty – a major victory for freedom of the press.
November 11, 1778
The Cherry Valley Massacre occurred in which a British force under Major Walter Butler and Mohawk Chief Joseph Brant killed 40 militia men and settlers in the frontier settlement.
Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor in the U.S., graduated from Geneva (Hobart) Medical College on Seneca Lake.
November 28, 1859
American humorist, Washington Irving, died at Tarrytown, N.Y.
November 6, 1860
In the presidential election of that year, New Yorkers cast the majority of its votes for the ultimate victor, Abraham Lincoln.
November 21, 1883
The first cantilevered bridge in Americva opened, a railroad span over the Niagara River, designed by German immigrant C.C. Schneider.
The battleship Maine was launched at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
November 18, 1894
The first newspaper comic section was published by the New York World.
November 5, 1895
The first American patent for a gasoline automobile was issued to George Sheldon of Rochester
November 15, 1896
Buffalo was lit electrically with power supplied by Naigara Falls.
November 5, 1918
Alfred E. Smith, an Irish Catholic, was elected governor of the state. He later lost a hotly contested race for the presidency to Herbert Hoover.
November 21, 1964
Nov. 21, 1964 The Verrazano Narrows bridge, the world’s longest single span bridge opened