What Happened in November 1908

Historical Events

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 3 William Howard Taft (R) elected 27th President over William Jennings Bryan

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
US Politician William Jennings Bryan
US Politician
William Jennings Bryan
  • Nov 4 Brooklyn Academy of Music opens in NYC
  • Nov 6 Leonid Andreyev's "Dui Nashey Zhizni" premieres in St Petersburg
  • Nov 7 Dutch capture Venezuelan navy
  • Nov 10 1st Gideon Bible put in a hotel room
  • Nov 12 Andrew Fisher assumes the position of prime minister for what turns out to be a short-lived second Labour government, Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 14 Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • Nov 14 Oscar Strauss' musical "Der tapfere Soldat" premieres in Vienna
  • Nov 14 Liberal candidate Jose Miguel Gomez wins national elections for president in Cuba
  • Nov 16 Arturo Toscanini begins conducting NY's Metropolitan Opera
  • Nov 22 1st US-Japanese baseball game Reach All-Americans defeat Waseda U, 5-0
  • Nov 25 Dorando Pietri (It) beats Johnny Hayes (US) in Madison Square Garden marathon by 60 yds
  • Nov 28 154 men die in coal mine explosion at Marianna, Pa
  • Nov 30 8th Davis Cup: Australasia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
  • Nov 30 The US Secretary of State and Japan's ambassador to the US exchange notes in what becomes known as the Root-Takahira Agreement: they affirm support for an independent China with an 'open door' policy and for the status quo in the Pacific

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 2 Reginald Beckwith, York England, actor (Genevieve, Doctor in Love)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 3 Bronko Nagurski, Canadian-American NFL fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Rainy River, Ontario (d. 1990)

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • Nov 4 Anthony Warde, PA, actor (Black Widow)
  • Nov 4 Stanley Cortez, American cinematographer, born in New York City
  • Nov 6 Fanny Leys, Flemish author (Ontwijding)
  • Nov 8 Martha Gellhorn, American writer (d. 1998)
  • Nov 10 Charles Merritt, Canadian Army officer and Victoria Cross recipient (d. 2000)
  • Nov 12 Hans Werner Richter, German author (Socially Responsible Cinema)
  • Nov 12 Harry A Blackmun, Ill, 100th Supreme Court justice (1970-94)
  • Nov 12 Shamus Culhane, animator
  • Nov 12 Amon Göth, commandant of Nazi concentration camp (d. 1946)
  • Nov 13 C. Vann Woodward, American historian (d. 1999)
  • Nov 14 Harrison E Salisbury, journalist/author (50th Anniv of Soviet Union)
  • Nov 18 Imogene Coca, comedienne (Your Show of Shows, Grindl), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 19 Alan Baxter, East actor (Big Town Girl, Rags to Riches), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Nov 19 Mikhail Ivanovich Chulaki, composer
  • Nov 20 Alistair Cooke, TV host (Masterpiece Theatre), born in Manchester, England
  • Nov 21 Elizabeth George Speare, American author (d. 1994)
  • Nov 22 Michael Balfour, English historian, born in Oxford (d. 1995)
  • Nov 23 Leendert P J Braat, Dutch sculptor/screenwriter
  • Nov 23 Nelson S. Bond, American science fiction writer (d. 2006)
  • Nov 24 Harry Kemelman, US detective author (rabbi-omnibus)
  • Nov 24 Libertad Lamaraque, Agentina, actress (Madreselva, Puerta Cerrada)
  • Nov 24 Ray Carter, orchestra leader (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 26 Charles Forte, Italian/British hotel magnate (Savoy)
  • Nov 26 Lefty Gomez, baseball pitcher
  • Nov 26 Philipp Mohler, composer
  • Nov 28 Arturo Frondizi, president Argentina (1958-62)
  • Nov 28 Roberto Lupi, composer
  • Nov 28 Claude Lévi-Strauss, French anthropologist
  • Nov 29 Adam Clayton Powell Jr, (Rep-D-NY)/minister
  • Nov 29 N. S. Krishnan, Tamil film comedian (d. 1957)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 25 Vaudeville performer Will Rogers (29) weds Betty Blake

Humorist Will Rogers
Will Rogers

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 4 Tomés Estrada Palma, 1st president Cuba (1902-06), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 7 Butch Cassidy [Robert LeRoy Parker], American train and bank robber, shot by Bolivian soldiers at 42

  • Nov 8 Victorien Sardou, French opera author (Madame Sans-Gene), dies at 77
  • Nov 8 William Edward Ayrton, English Physicist and Inventor, dies at 60
  • Nov 12 William Keith Brooks, American marine zoologist (anatomy and embryology of marine animals), dies at 60
  • Nov 14 Kwang-siu, emperor of China, dies
  • Nov 15 Empress Dowager Cixi [the old Buddha], empress-widow of China, dies at 72
  • Nov 16 Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, French-born Canadian politician (b. 1829)
  • Nov 19 Albert Dietrich, composer, dies at 79
  • Nov 20 Georgy Voronoy, Russian mathematician (b. 1868)
  • Nov 27 Jean Albert Gaudry, French geologist (b. 1827)