What Happened in November 1881

Historical Events

  • Nov 2 Dutch New-Malthusiaanse Union forms
  • Nov 5 French government-Ferry resigns
  • Nov 5 1,600 police and volunteers attack Māori settlement at Parihaka in western Taranaki which had become the symbol of protest against the confiscation of Māori land, New Zealand


Nov 14 Charles J. Guiteau put on trial for the assassination of US President Garfield

  • Nov 14 Leon Gambetta forms French government
  • Nov 15 American Federation of Labor (AFL) founded (Pittsburgh)
  • Nov 19 A meteorite lands near the village of Großliebenthal, southwest of Odessa, Ukraine.

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Edward Van Sloan, American actor (d. 1964)
  • Nov 4 Gena Branscombe, composer
  • Nov 4 Milton Rosmer, Southport England, director (Murder in the Red Barn)
  • Nov 5 George A. Malcolm, American jurist & educator (d. 1961)
  • Nov 8 Frank Speck, American Anthropologist (Algonquin Tribes and Eastern Woodland Native Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 8 Robert Esnault-Pelterie, French Engineer and aviation pioneer who contributed to early heavier-than-air flight in Europe, born in Paris, France
  • Nov 12 Olev Siinmaa, Estonian architect (d. 1948)
  • Nov 12 Maximilian von Weichs, German field marshal (d. 1954)
  • Nov 15 Franklin P Adams, columnist (Information Please), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 16 Joel H. Hildebrand, Camden New Jersey, American Chemist and Educator whose work on the chemistry of solutions helped treat divers with the 'bends' through the introduction of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures
  • Nov 17 Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, English 1st baron of Hesketh Dutch/MP
  • Nov 18 Percy Lesueur, hockey player/inventor (large goalie glove)
  • Nov 24 Al Christie, Canadian-born film director and producer (d. 1951)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 25 Pope John XXIII [Angelo Roncalli], Bergamo Italy, 261st pope (1958-63)

  • Nov 25 Peder Gram, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1956)
  • Nov 28 Stefan Zweig, poet/essayist/dramatist (Beware of Pity), born in Vienna, Austria

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Jacques F H Perk, Dutch poet (Iris), dies at 22
  • Nov 7 John MacHale, Irish Archbishop (Tuam) and writer (b. 1791)
  • Nov 9 Edwin Drake, Father of the oil industry, drilled the first oil well.
  • Nov 21 Ami Boué, Austrian geologist (b. 1794)
  • Nov 25 Theobald Boehm, German inventor of the modern flute (b. 1794)