What Happened in November 1887

Historical Events

  • Nov 5 Ottawa College (ORFU) defeats Montreal Football Club (QRFU) 10-5 to win the Dominion championship
  • Nov 11 Anarchist Haymarket Martyrs August Spies (b. 1855), Albert Parsons (b. 1848), Adolph Fischer (b. 1858) and George Engel (b. 1836) are executed.
  • Nov 11 Construction of the Manchester Ship Canal starts at Eastham.
  • Nov 13 Bloody Sunday clashes in central London
  • Nov 15 British SS Wah Yeung catches fire on Canton River off Hong Kong
  • Nov 23 Notre Dame loses its 1st football game 8-0 to Michigan
  • Nov 23 Opera "Trumpeter of Säckingen" 1st American production (NYC)
  • Nov 24 Victorien Sardou's "La Tosca" premieres in Paris
  • Nov 29 US receives rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii
  • Nov 30 1st indoor softball game in Chicago

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 L. S. Lowry, British painter of industrial scenes, born in Stretford, England (d. 1976)
  • Nov 1 Max Trapp, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1971)
  • Nov 3 Nat Fleischer, American boxing writer (established Ring Magazine), born in New York City, NY (d. 1972)
  • Nov 3 Samuil Marshak, Russian-Soviet writer, translator and children's poem poet, born in Voronezh, Russian Empire (d. 1964)
  • Nov 4 Knut Algot Håkanson, Swedish composer, born in Kinna, Sweden (d. 1929)
  • Nov 5 Oscar Bossaert, Belgian industrialist and chocolate manufacturer (Victoria), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1956)

Walter JohnsonWalter Johnson (1887-1946)

Nov 6 American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (3 x Triple Crown of Pitching; World Series, 1924; AL MVP, 1913, 1924; Washington Senators), born in Humboldt, Kansas

  • Nov 8 Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin, Russian-Ukrainian Soviet composer, born in Hlukhiv, Russian Empire (d. 1966)
  • Nov 9 Gertrude Astor [Eyster], American silent and sound screen character actress (The Strong Man: Hell Bound), born in Lakewood, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • Nov 9 Muriel Aked, British actress (Rome Express, Happiest Days of Your Life), born in Bingley, Yorkshire, England (d. 1955)
  • Nov 10 Arnold Zweig, German antifascist and author (Erziehung vor Verdun), born in Glogau, Silesia, Germany (d. 1968)
  • Nov 11 Roland Young, British-born American actor, born in London, England (d. 1953)
  • Nov 14 Bernhard Paumgartner, Austrian musicologist, conductor, and composer, born in Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1971)

Georgia O’KeeffeGeorgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)

Nov 15 American sculptor and painter (Cow's Skull, Flowers), born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

  • Nov 15 Hitoshi Ashida, Japanese politician (Prime Minister of Japan 1948), born in Fukuchiyama, Japan (d. 1959)
  • Nov 15 Marianne Moore, American poet (Pulitzer 1951, Collected Poems), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • Nov 15 René Maran, French author (Batouala, 1st black writer to win Prix Goncourt), born in Martinique (d. 1960)
  • Nov 16 Philip H. Frohman, American architect (Washington National Cathedral), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)

Bernard MontgomeryBernard Montgomery (1887-1976)

Nov 17 1st Viscount Alamein, British WWII Field Marshal (African campaign, D-Day) and WWI officer, born in London

  • Nov 19 James B. Sumner, American chemist (Nobel 1946 - discovered that enzymes can be crystallized), born in Canton, Massachusetts (d. 1955)

Boris KarloffBoris Karloff (1887-1969)

Nov 23 English actor (The Mummy, Frankenstein), born in Camberwell, London

  • Nov 23 Eduardo Corrochio, Spanish-born dancer (d. 1943)
  • Nov 23 Henry Moseley, English physicist (relationship between atomic number and charge of the atomic nucleus), born in Weymouth, England (d. 1915)
  • Nov 23 Paul Malengreau, Belgian organist, composer, and educator (Brussels Conservatory, 1813-53), born in at Trélon, Nord, France (d. 1956)
  • Nov 24 Erich von Manstein, German military commander (d. 1973)
  • Nov 25 Nikolai Vavilov, Soviet botanist and geneticist (identified the centers of origin of cultivated plants), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1943)
  • Nov 26 Ernest de Silva, Sri Lankan business magnate and philanthropist, born in Colombo, British Ceylon (d. 1957)
  • Nov 28 Bobby Watson, American comedian (Hitler Gang, Boys Town), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1965)
  • Nov 28 Ernst Röhm, German army officer and chief organizer of Adolf Hitler’s Storm Troopers (Sturmabteilung, or SA; Brownshirts), born in Munich (d. 1934)
  • Nov 28 Jacobo Palm, Dutch Antillean classical organist, violist, pianist, and composer, born in Curaçao (d. 1982)

Famous Weddings

Connie Mack

Nov 2 Baseball legend Connie Mack (24) weds Margaret Hogan

Grandma Moses

Nov 9 Anna Mary Robertson (27), later to become painter known as Grandma Moses, weds Thomas Salmon Moses in New York


Famous Deaths

  • Nov 2 Swedish Nightingale [Jenny Lind], Swedish soprano, dies at 67

Doc HollidayDoc Holliday (1851-1887)

Nov 8 American dentist, gambler, and gunfighter (Gunfight at the O.K. Corral), dies of tuberculosis at 36

  • Nov 18 Eduard Marxsen, German pianist and composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 18 Gustav Fechner, German psychologist and physicist (Weber–Fechner law), dies at 86
  • Nov 18 Heinrich Panofka, German violist and composer, dies at 80

Emma LazarusEmma Lazarus (1849-1887)

Nov 19 American poet ("Give us your tired & poor", "New Colossus" - on the base of Statue of Liberty), dies likely from Hodgkin's lymphoma at 38

  • Nov 20 Louis Gallait, Belgian historical painter (Egmont & Receiver), dies at 77
  • Nov 25 Johann J Bachofen, Swiss historic rights, dies at 71
  • Nov 27 Frank Dalton, American lawman of the Old West (Deputy US Marshal - Oklahoma Territory), brother of the Dalton Gang of outlaws, killed in the line of duty at 28