On This Day

What Happened in November 1870

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 US Weather Bureau begins operations (24 locations)
  • Nov 15 Bathe becomes member of Noordduitse Union
  • Nov 16 Spanish Parliament, "the Cortes" formally elects Italian Prince Amedeo Ferdinando Maria as King Amadeo I of Spain
  • Nov 27 The New York Times dubs baseball "The National Game"
  • Nov 29 Compulsory education proclaimed in England

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 3 John Motley Morehead III, American chemist (commercial production of calcium carbide, important for welding), born in Spray, North Carolina (d. 1922)
  • Nov 11 Nils Kjær, Norwegian playwright (Det evige Savn), born in Holmestrand, Norway (d. 1924)
  • Nov 19 Vicente Lleó, Spanish composer (La Corte de Faraón), born in Torrent, Valencia (d. 1922)
  • Nov 21 Joe Darling, Australian cricket batsman and captain (34 Tests, 21 as captain; 3 x 100s, TS 178; South Australia CA), born in Glen Osmond, Australia (d. 1946)
  • Nov 21 Stanley Jackson, English cricketer (captain of England, governor of Bengal), born in Chapel Allerton, Leeds, Yorkshire, England (d. 1947)
  • Nov 21 Sigfrid Edström, Swedish sports official (4th President International Olympic Committee 1952-64), born in Morlanda, Sweden (d. 1964)
  • Nov 22 Howard Brockway, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1951)
  • Nov 25 Winthrop Ames, American theatrical director (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), born in North Easton, Massachusetts (d. 1937)
  • Nov 27 Juho Kusti Paasikivi, Finnish politician (7th President of Finland 1946-56), born in Tampere, Finland (d. 1956)
  • Nov 29 Andre Lichtenberger, French sociologist and writer (Le petit roi), born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1940)
  • Nov 29 Harry Graham, Australian cricketer (107 on Test debut Aust v Eng 1893), born in Melbourne
  • Nov 30 Cecil Forsyth, English composer, born in Greenwich, England (d. 1941)
  • Nov 30 Princess Henriette, Duchess of Vendôme and Alençon, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1948)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 21 Karel Jaromír Erben, Czech poet (Ruiker), dies at 69
  • Nov 24 Comte de Lautréamont, French writer (Les Chants de Maldoror), dies at 24
  • Nov 28 Frédéric Bazille, French painter, dies at 28