What Happened in November 1897

Historical Events

  • Nov 23 Andrew J Beard invents "jerry coupler" to connect railroad cars
  • Nov 23 Pencil sharpener patented by J L Love
  • Nov 24 Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union forms in Kingston
  • Nov 25 Spain grants Puerto Rico autonomy
  • Nov 29 1st motorcycle race (Surrey, England)

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Naomi Mitchison, author (African Heroes, Return to Fairy Hill)
  • Nov 2 Dennis King, Coventry England, comedian (Devil's Brother)
  • Nov 2 Jacob A B "Jack" Bjerknes, Norwegian/US meteorologist (USAF in London)
  • Nov 3 Karel Salmon, composer
  • Nov 3 Frederick Russell, Bridport Dorset, English Marine Biologist who studied plankton life history and linked their depth in the seas to light availability helping explain long-term changes in the ecosystem
  • Nov 4 Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez, Brazilian conductor/composer (Imbapara)
  • Nov 7 Ruth Pitter, British poet and 1st woman to receive the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1955

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 8 Dorothy Day, American journalist, social activist and devout Catholic convert, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)

Journalist, Socialist and Catholic Convert Dorothy Day
Journalist, Socialist and Catholic Convert
Dorothy Day
  • Nov 9 Ronald G W Norrish, British chemist (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1967), born in Cambridge, England (d. 1978)
  • Nov 11 Gordon W Allport, American psychologist (personalities)
  • Nov 12 Karl Marx, German composer/conductor
  • Nov 13 Gertrude Olmstead, American silent film actress, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1975)
  • Nov 14 John Steuart Curry, US painter/lithographer (Baptism in Kansas)
  • Nov 15 Sacheverell Sitwell, English poet/author (People's Palace)
  • Nov 15 Aneurin Bevan, British politician (d. 1960)
  • Nov 16 Halliwell Hobbes, Stratford-on-Avon England, actor (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde)
  • Nov 16 Choudhary Rehmat Ali, Pakistani nationalist (d. 1951)
  • Nov 17 Ed Baker, Davis WV, actor (Keystone Kops)
  • Nov 17 Frank Fay, American actor (God's Gift to Women, Love Nest), born in San Francisco, California
  • Nov 17 Sara Haden, American actress (A Family Affair), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1981)
  • Nov 18 Jules Buffano, pianist (Jimmy Durante Show), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Nov 18 Patrick M S Blackett, British physicist (nuclear reaction, Nobel 1948)
  • Nov 19 Quentin Roosevelt, son of United States President Theodore Roosevelt (d. 1918)
  • Nov 20 Lores Bonney, Australian aviator, 1st female solo flight Australia to UK, born in Pretoria, South Africa (d. 1994)
  • Nov 20 Margaret Sutherland, composer
  • Nov 21 Mollie Steimer anarchist agitator (d. 1980)
  • Nov 22 Paul Oswald Ahnert, German astronomer (d. 1989)
  • Nov 23 Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Indian writer (d. 1999)
  • Nov 23 Karl Gebhardt, Nazi doctor (d. 1948)
  • Nov 27 Vito Genovese, American mafioso (d. 1969)
  • Nov 28 Uno Chiyo, Japanese writer (Confessions of Love), born in Iwakuni (d. 1996)
  • Nov 29 Emiel van Hemeldonck, Belgian writer (Little Emperor)
  • Nov 30 Andreas Nezertis, composer
  • Nov 30 Quinto Maganini, American composer (The Argonauts), born in Fairfield, California (d. 1974)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 6 Edouard Deldevez, composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 9 Moritz Heuzenroeder, composer, dies at 48
  • Nov 15 John Mercer Langston, US African American jurist, dies at 67
  • Nov 17 George Hendric Houghton, American Protestant Episcopal clergyman (b. 1820)
  • Nov 19 William Seymour Tyler, American educator and historian (b. 1810).
  • Nov 30 Abraham C Wertheim, Dutch banker/MP (Lib), dies at 64