What Happened in November 1885

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Immortale Dei
  • Nov 3 Tacoma vigilantes drive out Chinese, burn their homes & businesses
  • Nov 6 US mint at Carson City, Nevada, directed to close
  • Nov 7 Canadian Pacific Railway completed at Craigellachie
  • Nov 9 Opera "Ermine" premieres in London
  • Nov 10 German engineer Gottlieb Daimler unveils the world's first motorcycle
  • Nov 12 Montreal & Britannia Football Clubs (QRFU) defeat Ontario Combined Team (ORFU) 3-0 in CRFU Championship game
  • Nov 13 Serbian army occupies Bulgaria
  • Nov 17 The Serbian Army, with Russian support, invades Bulgaria
  • Nov 19 Bulgarians, led by Stefan Stambolov, repulse a larger Serbian invasion force at Slivinitza
  • Nov 23 Amsterdam police attack meeting of social-democrats united
  • Nov 27 1st photograph of a meteor taken by Austro-Hungarian photographer Ladislaus Weinek in Prague
  • Nov 30 Opera "El Cid" premieres (Paris)

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 2 Harlow Shapley, American astronomer (studied the galaxies)
  • Nov 5 Will Durant, American author/historian (Story of Civilization)
  • Nov 6 Emiel Poetou, Flemish sculptor
  • Nov 8 Hans Cloos, German geologist (d. 1951)
  • Nov 8 Tomoyuki Yamashita, Japanese general (d. 1946)
  • Nov 8 Emil Fahrenkamp, German architect (d. 1966)
  • Nov 9 Velimir Khlebnikov, Russian writer (d. 1922)
  • Nov 9 Hermann Weyl, German mathematician (d. 1955)
  • Nov 9 Theodor Kaluza, German scientist (d. 1954)
  • Nov 9 Aureliano Pertile, Italian tenor (d. 1952)
  • Nov 10 Esther Dale, American actress (The Awful Truth, Unfinished Business), born in Beaufort, South Carolina (d. 1961)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 11 George S. Patton, American WWII general (Sicily, Italy and Normandy) known as "Old Blood & Guts", born in San Gabriel, California (d. 1945)

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton
  • Nov 13 Montague Fawcett Phillips, composer
  • Nov 14 Sonia Delaunay, Russian-born French artist (Orphism), born in Hradyzk, Russian Empire (d. 1979)
  • Nov 16 Michael Gonzi, Maltese archbishop (d. 1984)
  • Nov 17 Henry de Man, Belgian sociologist/chairman (Belgian Workers Party)
  • Nov 19 Erskine Sanford, Trinidad CO, actor (Angel on My Shoulder)
  • Nov 26 Heinrich BrĂ¼ning, German politician (d. 1970)
  • Nov 27 Rudolph Reti, composer
  • Nov 30 Albrecht (von) Kesselring, German fieldmarshal (Poland/Netherland)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 8 Johannes Kneppelhout, [Klikspaan], Dutch humorist/author, dies at 71

BattleExecution

Nov 16 Louis Riel, Canadian rebel leader and "Father of Manitoba", hanged for treason at 41

Politician Louis Riel
Politician
Louis Riel
  • Nov 24 Alfonso XII, king of Spain (1875-85), dies at 27
  • Nov 25 Alfonso XII, king of Spain (1874-85), dies at 27
  • Nov 25 Thomas A. Hendricks, 21st US Vice President (D), dies 8 months after taking office at 66
  • Nov 26 Thomas Andrews, Irish chemist and physicist (ozone), dies at 71