What Happened in November 1879

Historical Events

  • Nov 2 In a 6-day footrace a Mr Weston loses to a horse, 900 to 885 km
  • Nov 4 African American inventor Thomas Elkins patents refrigerating apparatus
  • Nov 4 James Ritty patents first cash register, to combat stealing by bartenders in his saloon in Dayton, Ohio
  • Nov 6 Canada celebrates 1st Thanksgiving Day
  • Nov 19 National Association of Trotting Horse Breeders determines what "is" a trotter
  • Nov 28 Battle at Lydenburg South Africa: Gen Wolseley beats Sekhukhenes Pedi-Zulu

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Pal Teleki-von Szek, geographer/premier Hungary (1920-21, 39-41)
  • Nov 2 Jean Gilbert, [Max Winterfield], German composer (Prince Regent)
  • Nov 3 Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Canadian Arctic explorer/ethnologist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 4 Will Rogers, American humorist and actor (Judge Priest), born in Oologah, Oklahoma (d. 1935)

Humorist Will Rogers
Will Rogers
  • Nov 6 Eugen Varga, Hungarian/Russian economist/politician
  • Nov 7 Eugeen Yoors, Flemish etcher/glass painter

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 7 Leon Trotsky, Russian Marxist revolutionary, political theorist and founder of the Red Army [OS 26-10-1879], born in Yelizavetgrad, Russian Empire (d. 1940)

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • Nov 8 King Baggot I, director (Tumbleweeds), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Nov 9 Milan Ć ufflay, Croatian politician (d. 1931)
  • Nov 10 Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, American poet (Gen William Booth enters Heaven)
  • Nov 10 Patrick Pearse, Irish political activist (d. 1916)
  • Nov 13 Maurice Delage, composer
  • Nov 14 Geoffrey Turton Shaw, composer
  • Nov 15 Lewis Stone, actor (Prisoner of Zenda), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Nov 17 Gerardus H de Haas, socialist vicar
  • Nov 19 Karel van den Oever, Flemish author/poet (Geuzenstad)
  • Nov 20 Franz Pfemfert, writer
  • Nov 23 Andre Caplet, French composer/conductor (Conte Fantastic)
  • Nov 27 Adam Tadeusz Wieniawski, composer
  • Nov 29 Jacob Gade, Danish composer(d. 1963)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 5 James Clerk Maxwell, Scottish physicist (speed of light), dies of abdominal cancer at 48