On This Day

What Happened in November 1866

Historical Events

  • Nov 4 Kingdom of Italy annexes Venetia
  • Nov 17 Opera "Mignon" by Ambroise Thomas premieres at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, Francce
  • Nov 20 First national convention of Grand Army of Republic (veterans' org)
  • Nov 20 Howard University founded in Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 20 French inventor 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)

Sun Yat-sen

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

  • Nov 13 Abraham Flexner, American educator, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1959)
  • Nov 17 Voltairine de Cleyre, American anarchist, writer and speaker, born in Leslie, Michigan (d. 1912)

Kenesaw Mountain Landis

Nov 20 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, American federal judge and Baseball HOF executive (1st Commissioner of MLB 1920-44), born in Millville, Ohio (d. 1944)

  • Nov 26 Hugh Duffy, American Baseball HOF outfielder (Triple Crown & MLB record .440 batting average, single season 1894 Boston Beaneaters), born in Cranston, Rhode Island (d. 1954)
  • Nov 28 Dick Lilley, English cricket wicket-keeper (35 Tests from 1896 to 1909), born in Holloway Head, Warwickshire, England (d. 1929)

Henry Bacon

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

  • Nov 28 Johan Bakker Sr, Dutch actor and husband of Truus Soete, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1928)
  • Nov 29 Waldemar von Baussnern, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1931)

Famous Weddings

Alexander III

Nov 9 Tsarevich Alexander of Russia (later Alexander III) marries Princess Dagmar of Denmark at the Grand Church of the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg

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