On This Day

What Happened in November 1875

Historical Events

  • Nov 2 Verney Cameroon reaches Benguela in Angola, from Africa's east coast, 1st European to cross equatorial Africa
  • Nov 4 Passenger Steamship "Pacific" collides with sailing vessel "Orpheus" off Cape Flattery, Washington, 236 die
  • Nov 4 Tonga adopts constitution
  • Nov 4 Massachusetts Rifle Association is founded in Boston
  • Nov 7 Verney Cameron is 1st European to cross equatorial Africa
  • Nov 13 Harvard-Yale game is 1st college football contest with uniforms
  • Nov 13 National Bowling Association organized in NYC
  • Nov 16 Battle of Gundet: Ethiopian emperor Yohannes beats Egyptians
  • Nov 16 William Bonwill, patents dental mallet to impact gold into cavities
  • Nov 17 Amer Theosophical Society founded by Mme Blavatsky & Col Olcott
  • Nov 28 British explorer Verney Cameron reaches East Africa

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 3 Emīls Dārziņš, Latvian composer, born in Jaunpiebalga, Russian Empire (d. 1910)
  • Nov 6 Pompeo Aloisi, Italian baron, diplomat and senator, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1949)
  • Nov 7 Mikhail Kalinin, Soviet communist leader and statesman, born in Verkhnyaya Troitsa, Russia (d. 1946) [OS]
  • Nov 8 Qiu Jin, Chinese revolutionary, feminist, and writer considered a national heroine in China, born in Shanyin, Shaoxing, Qing Dynasty (d. 1907)
  • Nov 10 Maude Eburne, Canadian actress (Ladies They Talk About, Guardsman), born in Bronte-on-the-Lake, Ontario (d. 1960)
  • Nov 11 Vesto Slipher, American astronomer who provided the first evidence to support the expanding-universe theory, born in Mulberry, Indiana (d. 1969)
  • Nov 13 Rogelio del Villar, Spanish composer, born in Leon, Spain (d. 1937)
  • Nov 14 Jakob Schaffner, Swiss writer: Conrad Pilater
  • Nov 14 Gregorio del Pilar, Filipino general (d. 1899)
  • Nov 15 Birsa Munda, Indian tribal freedom fighter, religious leader and folk hero of the Munda tribe who led an uprising in Bengal against the British Raj, born in Ulihatu, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1900)
  • Nov 19 Mikhail Kalinin, Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (1938-46), born in Verkhnyaya Troitsa, Tver Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1946)

Person of interestHiram Bingham

Nov 19 Hiram Bingham, American archaeologist who re-discovered the Incan site of Machu Picchu, born in Honolulu, Kingdom of Hawaii (d. 1956)

Archaeologist and Explorer Hiram Bingham
Archaeologist and Explorer
Hiram Bingham
  • Nov 22 Elizabeth Patterson, American actress (I Love Lucy, Climax, Tall Story), born in Savannah, Tennessee (d. 1966)
  • Nov 22 Georges Rency, Belgian poet and literature, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1951)
  • Nov 23 Anatoly Lunacharsky, Russian Marxist revolutionary, author and literary critic, born in Poltava, Russian Empire (d. 1933)
  • Nov 27 Władysław Orkan [Franciszek Ksawery Smaciarz], Polish author (Nowele Zebrane), born in Poręba Wielka, Austria-Hungary (d. 1930)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 2 James W. W. Birch, 1st British resident in Perak, Malaysia is speared to death while in the bath-house of his boat, SS Dragon at 49
  • Nov 6 John Baptist van Son, Dutch Catholic politician, dies at 71
  • Nov 17 Hilario Ascasubi, Argentina author (pampa, gauchos & indians), dies
  • Nov 21 Friedrich Albert Lange, German philosopher and socialist (Neo-Kantianism), dies at 67
  • Nov 22 Henry Wilson, Vice President of the United States (b. 1812)