On This Day

What Happened in November 1866

Historical Events

  • Nov 4 Kingdom of Italy annexes Venetia
  • Nov 17 Opera "Mignon" is produced in Paris
  • Nov 20 First national convention of Grand Army of Republic (veterans' org)
  • Nov 20 Howard University founded (Washington, D.C.)
  • Nov 20 Pierre Lallement patents rotary crank bicycle
  • Nov 30 Work begins on 1st US underwater highway tunnel in Chicago

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 3 Harry Staley, American baseball pitcher (MLB record 9 RBI 1893; record lasts 70+ years), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1910)
  • Nov 5 Daniel Protheroe, Welsh conductor and composer, born in Ystradgynlais, Brecknockshire, Wales (d. 1934)
  • Nov 7 Paul Lincke, German composer and theater conductor considered the "father" of the Berlin operetta (Frau Luna, Lysistrata), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1946)
  • Nov 8 Herbert Austin, English automobile designer and builder (founder of Austin Motor Company), born in Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1941)

Person of interestSun Yat-sen

Nov 12 Sun Yat-sen, Chinese revolutionary and father of modern China, born in Xiangshan [now Zhongshan], Guangdong, Qing Dynasty (d. 1925)

Father of Modern China Sun Yat-sen
Father of Modern China
Sun Yat-sen
  • Nov 13 Abraham Flexner, American educator, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1959)
  • Nov 17 Voltairine de Cleyre, American anarchist (d. 1912)
  • Nov 20 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, American judge and 1st commissioner of baseball (1920-44), born in Millville, Ohio (d. 1944)
  • Nov 28 Dick Lilley, English cricket wicket-keeper (35 Tests from 1896 to 1909), born in Holloway Head, Warwickshire, England (d. 1929)

Person of interestHenry Bacon

Nov 28 Henry Bacon, American architect (Lincoln Memorial), born in Watseka, Illinois (d. 1924)

Architect Henry Bacon
Architect
Henry Bacon
  • Nov 28 Johan Bakker Sr, Dutch actor and husband of Truus Soete, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1928)
  • Nov 29 Waldemar von Baussnern, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 14 Miguel I, King of Portugal (1828-34), dies at 64
  • Nov 21 Amable-Guillaume-Prosper Brugière, French politician and historian, dies at 84
  • Nov 26 Adrien-François Servais, Belgian composer, dies at 59
  • Nov 26 Carl Jonas Love Almquist, Swedish composer (Tornrosens Buck), dies at 72