What Happened in November 1916

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 Paul Miliukov delivers in the State Duma the famous "stupidity or treason" speech, precipitating the downfall of the Boris Stürmer government.
  • Nov 2 Ft Vaux, Verdun, reconquered by France
  • Nov 3 Treaty establishes British suzerainity over Qatar

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Nov 5 Emperors Wilhelm II (Germany) and Franz Jozef I (Austria-Hungary) establish the kingdom of Poland

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • Nov 5 Second Chamber accept initial impetus to general males/female suffrage
  • Nov 5 The Everett Massacre takes place in Everett, Washington as political differences lead to a shoot-out between IWW organizers and local police.
  • Nov 7 Grand duke Nikolai Nikolayevich warns Tsar of uprising

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 7 Jeannette Rankin (Rep-R-Mont) elected to Congress as its first woman Representative

1st Woman Elected to Congress Jeannette Rankin
1st Woman Elected to Congress
Jeannette Rankin

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 7 Woodrow Wilson (D) re-elected US President

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • Nov 13 British offensive at Ancre, Belgium
  • Nov 13 Prime Minister of Australia Billy Hughes is expelled from the Labor Party over his support for conscription.

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Nov 15 Canadian pilot William George Barker flying over Ancre River, spots concentration of German troops massing for counter-attack on Beaumont Hamel, sends emergency Zone Call to break up German infantry apart. Barker later receives Military Cross

First World War Flying Ace William George Barker
First World War Flying Ace
William George Barker
  • Nov 16 Eugene O'Neill's "Bound East for Cardiff" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 16 I Berlin/V Herbert/H Blossoms musical premieres in NYC
  • Nov 16 Russian La Satannaya ammunition factory explodes, killing 1,000
  • Nov 18 General Douglas Haig finally calls off 1st Battle of the Somme (WWI) - over 1 million killed or wounded

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Nov 19 Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn establish Goldwyn Pictures (the company later became one of the most successful independent filmmakers).

Hollywood Mogul Samuel Goldwyn
Hollywood Mogul
Samuel Goldwyn
  • Nov 21 HMHS Britannic sinks in the Aegean Sea after a mine explodes, killing 30 people.
  • Nov 24 Mexican and US representatives sign a protocol at Atlantic City, under which Pershing's troops will withdraw and each nation's army will guard the border. President Carranza of Mexico will refuse to accept it
  • Nov 26 Greece declares war on Germany
  • Nov 26 Addressing the Chamber of Commerce in Cincinnati, US President Wilson declares that 'The business of neutrality is over. The nature of modern war leaves no state untouched'
  • Nov 28 1st German air attack on London
  • Nov 29 US declares martial law in Dominican Republic
  • Nov 30 Costa Rica becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 4 Walter Cronkite, news anchor (CBS Evening News 1962-81), born in St Joseph, Missouri

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • Nov 5 Len Wilkinson, cricketer (England leg-spinner just before WW II)
  • Nov 6 Ray Conniff, Attleboro Mass, chorus director (Ray Conniff Singers)
  • Nov 7 Joe Bushkin, jazz pianist (A Couple of Joes), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 8 Frank McGuire, basketball coach (won 550 games in 30 college seasons)
  • Nov 8 June Havoc, actress (Willy, Panic, GE Theater), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Nov 8 Peter Weiss, Germany, Swedish author/dramatist/novelist (Marat/Sade)
  • Nov 10 Billy May, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 10 Guido Turchi, composer (Invettiva), born in Rome, Italy
  • Nov 11 Eladio Rusconi, writer/publisher/businessman
  • Nov 12 Jean Papineau-Couture, composer
  • Nov 12 Liam Dunn, NJ, actor (Koska & his Family)
  • Nov 12 Paul Emery, British racing driver (d. 1993)
  • Nov 12 Rogelio de la Rosa, Filipino actor and politician (d. 1986)
  • Nov 14 Sherwood Schwartz, TV creator (Brady Bunch, Gilligan Is), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Nov 15 Dame Ruth Nita Barrow, 1st female Governor-General of Barbados (1990-95)
  • Nov 16 Daws Butler, animation voice (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Nov 17 Winson Hudson, community activist (rural Mississippi)
  • Nov 18 James L Lyons, jazz promoter
  • Nov 20 Ferdinand AM van der Ham, Dutch WW II resistance fighter
  • Nov 20 Judy Canova, comedienne/actress (Cannonball), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Nov 20 Robert A Bruce, MD, pioneer (exercise cardiology)
  • Nov 20 William John Elwyn Davies, painter
  • Nov 20 Evelyn Keyes, American actress (Adventure of Martin Eden), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 2008)
  • Nov 21 Cecilia P J "Cilly" Bach, Dutch/US/Spanish actress (In Pyama)
  • Nov 21 Esmond Kentish, cricketer (WI fast bowler in 2 Tests 1948 & 1954)
  • Nov 21 Sid Luckman, NFL QB (Chicago Bears)
  • Nov 23 Michael Gough, Kuala Lumpur, British Malaya, English actor (Search for the Nile)
  • Nov 24 Forrest J Ackerman, invented the term "sci-fi"
  • Nov 26 Bob Elliott, MLB player (Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Braves), born in San Francisco (d. 1966)
  • Nov 26 Mareo Ishiketa, composer
  • Nov 27 Chick Hearn, American sportscaster (d. 2002)
  • Nov 28 Lilian Baels, English 2nd wife of Belgian king Leopold III
  • Nov 29 Valentino Bucchi, composer
  • Nov 29 Fran Ryan, American actress (d. 2000)
  • Nov 30 Michael Gwynn, Bath England, actor (Village of Damned, Question 7)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 29 Erwin Rommel marries Lucie "Lu" Mollin

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel

Famous Deaths

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 12 Percival Lowell, American amateur astronomer, founder of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona (b. 1855)

Astronomer Percival Lowell
Percival Lowell
  • Nov 13 Frederik Septimus Kelly, composer, dies at 35
  • Nov 14 Henry George, Jr., American politician (b. 1862)
  • Nov 14 Saki, British writer (b. 1870)
  • Nov 15 Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish author, Nobel laureate (b. 1846)
  • Nov 21 Franz Jozef I, King of Austria/Hungary, dies
  • Nov 22 Jack London, American activist and author (Call of the Wild), dies at 40
  • Nov 23 Eduard Napravnik, composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 23 Leonard Moon, cricketer (WW I 4 Tests for England 1905-06), dies
  • Nov 24 John Francis Barnett, composer, dies at 79
  • Nov 24 Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim, American-born gunsmith (b. 1840)
  • Nov 27 James Cutler Dunn Parker, composer, dies at 88
  • Nov 28 Marthinus T Steyn, President of Orange-Free state (1896-1902), dies at 59