On This Day

What Happened in November 1890

Historical Events

  • Nov 4 Great Britain proclaims Zanzibar as a protectorate
  • Nov 4 Prince of Wales opens first underground station at Stockwell, South London
  • Nov 4 Alexander Borodin's opera "Prince Igor" premieres in Petersburg
  • Nov 11 D McCree patents portable fire escape

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Nov 12 Mabel Loomis Todd publishes the first edition of "Poems by Emily Dickinson"

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

Nov 20 Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On Slavery in the Missions"

256th Pope Leo XIII
256th Pope
Leo XIII
  • Nov 23 King William III of the Netherlands dies (b. 1817) without a male heir and a special law passed to allow his daughter Princess Wilhelmina to inherit.
  • Nov 23 General elections in Italy.
  • Nov 27 1st signal box for SF Police Department goes into operation
  • Nov 29 1st US Army - US Navy football game, Score: Navy 24, Army 0 at West Point

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 James Barton, American actor (Tobacco Road, Iceman Cometh), born in Gloucester City, New Jersey (d. 1962)
  • Nov 2 Henry Borginon, Flemish nationalist/senator
  • Nov 2 Moa Martinson, Swedish writer (My Mother Gets Married), born in Vårdnäs, Linköping (d. 1964)
  • Nov 3 Eustáquio van Lieshout, Dutch priest and missionary in Brazil, born in Aarle-Rixtel, North Brabant, Netherlands (d. 1943)
  • Nov 4 Klabund [Alfred Henschke], German writer (Bracke, Borgia), born in Crossen, Germany (d. 1928)
  • Nov 5 Jan Zrzavý, Czech painter, born in Okrouhlice near Německý Brod, Bohemia (d. 1977)
  • Nov 12 Lily Kronberger, Hungarian figure skater (d. 1974)
  • Nov 15 Richmal Crompton, British author (d. 1969)
  • Nov 16 Aloÿs-Henri-Gérard Fornerod, Swiss composer, born in Montet-Cudrefin, Switzerland (d. 1965)

Person of interestElpidio Quirino

Nov 16 Elpidio Quirino, 6th President of Philippines (1949-53), born in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines (d. 1956)

6th President of the Philippines Elpidio Quirino
6th President of the Philippines
Elpidio Quirino
  • Nov 16 George Seldes, American investigative journalist, born in Alliance Colony, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • Nov 17 Jack Cusack, pro football pioneer (Canton Bulldogs)
  • Nov 19 George Regas, Greek actor (The Mark of Zorro), born in Goranoi, Greece (d. 1940)
  • Nov 20 Robert Armstrong, American actor (Mighty Joe Young, King Kong), born in Saginaw, Michigan (1973)
  • Nov 22 Jean-Jacques Gailliard, Belgian painter, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1976)

Person of interestCharles de Gaulle

Nov 22 Charles de Gaulle, President of France (1958-69), born in Lille, France (d. 1970)

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • Nov 23 El Lissitzky, Russian artist and architect (d. 1941)
  • Nov 25 Isaac Rosenberg, English war poet (Poems from the Trenches) and artist, born in Bristol, England (d. 1918)
  • Nov 30 John Tasker Howard, American composer and music historian, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1964)
  • Nov 30 Oege Bakker, Dutch economist

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 3 Ulrich Ochsenbein, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1811)
  • Nov 4 Jacob PP baron van Zuylen, Dutch foreign minister (1852-3), dies at 74
  • Nov 4 Kazamierz Julian Kratzer, Polish composer, dies at 46
  • Nov 4 Joseph B. Palmer, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 65
  • Nov 8 Caesar Franck, Belgian organist and composer (Symphonic Variations), dies at 67
  • Nov 16 Johann A H Scheler, Belgian man of letters/librarian, dies at 71
  • Nov 22 Johanne Luise Heiberg, Danish actress, dies at 77
  • Nov 23 Willem III, last male King of the Netherlands (1849-90), dies at 73
  • Nov 24 August Belmont, Prussian-American financier and diplomat (U.S. Minister to the Netherlands 1853-57), dies at 76
  • Nov 27 Emanuele Muzio, Italian composer, dies at 69