On This Day

What Happened in November 1872

Historical Events

Historic Event

Nov 5 American women's right to vote advocate Susan B. Anthony votes for Ulysses S. Grant

Election of Interest

Nov 5 Ulysses S. Grant re-elected US President

  • Nov 7 Cargo ship Mary Celeste sails from Staten Island for Genoa; mysteriously found abandoned four weeks later
  • Nov 9 The Great Boston Fire of 1872. Close to 1,000 buildings destroyed
  • Nov 18 Suffragette Susan B. Anthony is arrested by a U.S. Deputy Marshal and charged with illegally voting
  • Nov 19 E.D. Barbour of Boston is awarded the first U.S. patent for the first 'calculator', an adding machine capable of printing totals and subtotals
  • Nov 22 Franz Grillparzer's "Die Judin von Toledo" premieres in Prague
  • Nov 29 Indian Wars: The Modoc War begins with the Battle of Lost River
  • Nov 30 First international soccer game, Scotland draws with England (0-0) in Glasgow

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 3 Paul Panzer, German-American silent film actor (The Perils of Pauline, Mildred Pierce, Hotel Berlin), born in W├╝rzburg, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1958)
  • Nov 3 Wilfred Trotter, English surgeon who was a pioneer in neurosurgery, popularized the concept of herd instinct, and was an authority in cancers of the head and neck, born in Coleford, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1939)
  • Nov 4 Herman Finck, British composer (In The Shadows), born in London (d. 1939)
  • Nov 9 Bohdan Lepky, Ukrainian writer and poet, born in Zhukiv, Ukraine (d. 1941)
  • Nov 11 Maude Adams, American actress (Baldwin's Theatre - Peter Pan), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1953)
  • Nov 11 David I. Walsh, 46th Governor of Massachusetts, born in Leominster, Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • Nov 15 Robert marquess of Flers, French author (Habit Vert)
  • Nov 18 Margaret Seddon, American stage and screen actress (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town), born in Washington, DC (d. 1968)
  • Nov 29 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano/director

John McCrae

Nov 30 John McCrae, Canadian physician, soldier and poet (In Flanders Fields), born in Guelph, Ontario (d. 1918)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 5 Thomas Sully, American portrait painter (Queen Victoria), dies at 89
  • Nov 7 Alfred Clebsch, German mathematician (b. 1833)
  • Nov 23 Ten Bears (Parra-Wa-Samen), American poet/Comanche chief, dies
  • Nov 28 Mary Fairfax Somerville, British scientific writer (b. 1780)
  • Nov 29 Cornelius Kreighoff, Canadian painter, dies at 56
  • Nov 29 Giovanni Tadolini, Italian composer, dies at 83
  • Nov 29 Horace Greeley, American founder and editor of the New-York Tribune ("Go west, young man"), dies at 61