What Happened in November 1886

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 Ananda College, a leading Buddhist school in Sri Lanka was established with 37 students.
  • Nov 3 Friars of Tilburg arrives on Curacao
  • Nov 4 Edward MacDowell's "Ophelia" premieres
  • Nov 5 26th British Golf Open: David Brown shoots a 157 at Musselburgh Links
  • Nov 22 Victoria Street Cable Tram route begins in Melbourne, Australia
  • Nov 30 First commercially successful AC electric power plant opens, Buffalo, NY
  • Nov 30 The Folies Bergère stages its first revue.

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Hermann Broch, Austria, novelist (Sleepwalkers, Bewitchment)
  • Nov 2 Philip Merivale, Rehutia India, actor (Nothing But Trouble)
  • Nov 2 Dhirendranath Datta, Bangladeshi politician (d. 1971)
  • Nov 4 Ian Wolfe, Canton Ill, actor (Diary of a Madman, Wizards & Warriors)
  • Nov 7 Aaron Nimzowitsch, Latvian chess player (openings theorist)
  • Nov 7 Mark Aldanov, [Landau], Russian/French chemist/writer [OS=Oct 26]
  • Nov 9 Ed Wynn, [Isaiah Edwin Leopold], comedian (Ed Wynn Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 9 S. O. Davies, Welsh politician (d. 1972)
  • Nov 12 Leonardus G Kortenhorst, Dutch MP (KVP)
  • Nov 12 Ben Travers, British playwright (d. 1980)
  • Nov 13 Mary Wigman, German dancer and choreographer (d. 1973)
  • Nov 15 René Guénon, French-Egyptian author (d. 1951)
  • Nov 17 Crane Wilbur, Athens NY, dir/writer (Bat, Canon City, Yellow Cargo)
  • Nov 19 Fernand Crommelynck, Belgian playwright (Le Cocu Magnificent)
  • Nov 20 Karl von Frisch, zoologist/bee expert (Nobel 1973)
  • Nov 21 Harold Nicolson, English diplomat/author (Good Behaviour)
  • Nov 24 Georges Vandertongerloo, Flemish artist (L'art et Son Avenir)
  • Nov 24 Margaret Caroline Anderson, American publisher (d. 1973)
  • Nov 25 Percy Holmes, cricketer (Engl, 555 partners with Sutcliffe for Yorks)
  • Nov 25 Rex Maupin, orchestra leader (Tin Pan Alley TV), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • Nov 27 Tsugouharu T Foujita, Japans/French painter

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 8 Frederick J "Fred" Archer, English jockey, commits suicide at 29
  • Nov 11 Paul Bert, Auxerre, French Zoologist, Physiologist and pioneer of aerospace medicine whose study of the effects of air pressure on the body made possible space and ocean exploration, dies of dysentery at 53

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 18 Chester A. Arthur, 21st US president (1881-85), dies at 56

21st US President Chester A. Arthur
21st US President
Chester A. Arthur
  • Nov 22 William Bliss Baker, American painter (b. 1859)