On This Day

What Happened in November 1895

Historical Events

  • Nov 2 Belmont Stakes: Fred Taral aboard Preakness winner Belmar wins in 2:11½; race run in November as NY Jockey Club closed out its affairs
  • Nov 2 First organised auto race in the United States is run in Chicago; 6 cars race over 52-mile lakefront course; 2 finish because of blizzard conditions
  • Nov 5 1st US patent granted for auto (George B Selden) for gasoline driven car
  • Nov 5 Edward, Prince of Wales, says "We are all Socialists nowadays"
  • Nov 5 US state Utah accepts female suffrage

Historic Event

Nov 8 German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen produces and detects electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range today known as X-rays or Röntgen rays

  • Nov 11 Bechuanaland becomes part of Cape Colony
  • Nov 13 First shipment of canned pineapple from Hawaii
  • Nov 19 American inventor Frederick E. Blaisdell patents the pencil
  • Nov 23 4th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 48-0 in Tuscaloosa
  • Nov 26 Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association forms

Nobel Prize

Nov 27 Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel's will establishes the Nobel Prize

1st Car Race in America

Nov 28 America's 1st auto race organised by the "Chicago Times-Herald" - Chicago to Evanston and back; 6 cars, 55 miles, Frank Duryea wins averaging 7 MPH


Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 5 Walter Gieseking, French-German pianist, composer, and lepidopterist, born in Lyon, France (d. 1956)
  • Nov 5 Charles MacArthur, American playwright and screenwriter (The Scoundrel), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 1956)
  • Nov 7 Jacob Kaplan, French Grand Rabbi (1955-81), born in Paris (d. 1994)
  • Nov 8 Hermann Schey, German-Dutch singer, born in Bunzlau, Silesia, Germany (d. 1981)
  • Nov 8 Photis Kontoglou, Greek writer, painter and iconographer, born in Ayvalık, Turkey (d. 1965)
  • Nov 8 Euphemia Giannini Gregory, Italian-American opera singer and educator (Curtis Institute), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1979)
  • Nov 10 John Knudsen Northrop, American aircraft designer (Northrop Air), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1981)
  • Nov 10 Mary Victor Bruce (née Petre), British speedboat pilot, race car driver, and aviator who flew around Empire State building in 1930, born in Chelmsford, Essex, England (d. 1990)
  • Nov 11 Beulah Ecton Woodard, African-American sculptor, born in Frankfort, Ohio (d. 1955)
  • Nov 11 Jakov Gotovac, Croatian composer, born in Split, Austria-Hungary (d. 1982)
  • Nov 14 Walter Freeman, American physician (d. 1972)
  • Nov 14 Louise Huff, American actress (What Women Want), born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1973)
  • Nov 15 Olga Nikolaevna, eldest daughter of the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, born in Alexander Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1918)
  • Nov 15 Antoni Słonimski, Polish writer (d. 1976)
  • Nov 16 Eduard Bagritsky, Russian-Soviet poet and journalist (South-West), born in Odessa, Russian Empire (d. 1934)
  • Nov 16 Michael Arlen [Dikran Kouyoumdjian], British author and scriptwriter (An American Verdict), born in Ruse, Bulgaria (d. 1956)

Paul Hindemith

Nov 16 Paul Hindemith, German composer (Mathis der Maler), born in Hanau (d. 1963)

  • Nov 17 Mikhail Bakhtin, Russian philosopher, born in Oryol, Russian Empire (d. 1975)
  • Nov 17 Gregorio López y Fuentes, Mexican author (d. 1966)
  • Nov 18 Ernst Levy, Swiss composer, born in Basel (d. 1981)
  • Nov 19 Louise Dahl-Wolfe, American fashion photographer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1989)
  • Nov 25 Anastas Mikoyan, Armenian revolutionary and member of Supreme Soviet, born in Sanahin, Yelizavetpol Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1978)
  • Nov 25 Ludvík Svoboda, Czech general and politician (8th President of Czechoslovakia, 1968-75), born in Hroznatín, Moravia, Austria Hungary (d. 1979)
  • Nov 25 Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (Unter dem Zimbelstern), born in Jüterbog, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1991)
  • Nov 25 Helen Hooven Santmyer, American writer ("...And Ladies of the Club"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1986)
  • Nov 26 Bertil Lindblad, Swedish astronomer (Milky Way system), born in Örebro, Sweden (d. 1965)
  • Nov 26 Bill Wilson, American co-founder (alcoholics anonymous), born in East Dorset, Vermont (d. 1971)
  • Nov 28 José Iturbi, Spanish pianist and conductor, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1980)
  • Nov 29 Yakima Canutt [Enos Edward], American rodeo cowboy, actor and director (Texas Terror), born in Colfax, Washington (d. 1986)
  • Nov 29 Busby Berkeley [Enos], American film choreographer (42nd Street) and director (Strike Up The Band: They Made Me A Criminal), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1976)
  • Nov 29 Lodovico Rocca, Italian composer, born in Turin (d. 1986)
  • Nov 29 William V S Tubman, (Whig), 17th Liberian president (1943-70)
  • Nov 30 Johann Nepomuk David, composer

Famous Weddings

Harvey Firestone

Nov 20 Businessman Harvey Firestone (26) weds composer Idabelle Smith (21)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Aleksander Zarzycki, composer, dies at 61
  • Nov 2 Jack 'The Nonpareil' Dempsey, Irish boxer (first holder of World Middleweight Championship 1886-90), dies from tuberculosis at 32
  • Nov 11 Julius Tausch, German composer, dies at 68
  • Nov 25 Edmond van der Straeten, Belgian lawyer and musicologist, dies at 68
  • Nov 29 Eduard count von Taaffe, Austria premier (1868-93), dies at 62