What Happened in November 1896

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 First bare-breasted women (Zulu) to appear in National Geographic Magazine
  • Nov 3 J H Hunter patents portable weighing scales
  • Nov 3 Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah elected 1st female state senator in the US
  • Nov 11 Jules Vandenpeereboom becomes Belgium's minister of War
  • Nov 11 Samuel Pierpont Langley's Number 6 'heavier-than-air' aircraft model flies over 1,500 m (5,000 ft).
  • Nov 14 Power plant at Niagara Falls begins operation
  • Nov 14 The Emancipation Run: 33 motorists parade from London to Brighton to celebrate England's Locomotives on Highways Act 1896, which increased automobile speed limit to 14 mph
  • Nov 24 1st US absentee voting law enacted by Vermont
  • Nov 26 1st large indoor football game, University of Chicago beats University of Michigan 7-6
  • Nov 26 Amos Alonzo Stagg of University of Chicago creates American football huddle

Music History

Nov 27 "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (Thus Spake Zarathustra) by Richard Strauss, inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophical novel, debuts in Frankfurt


Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Edmund Blunden, English poet and critic (Undertones of War), born in London (d. 1974)
  • Nov 3 Gustaf Tenggren, Swedish-American artist and chief illustrator for The Walt Disney Company during the 1930s (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Bambi, Pinocchio), born in Västra Götaland County, Sweden (d. 1970)
  • Nov 4 Carlos P. Garcia, 8th President of the Philippines (1957-61), born in Talibon, Bohol, Philippines (d. 1971)
  • Nov 4 Ian Wolfe, American actor (Diary of a Madman, Wizards & Warriors, Houdini, THX-1138, Homebodies), born in Canton, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • Nov 7 Esdras Minville, Quebec writer, economist and sociologist, born in Quebec, Montreal (d. 1975)
  • Nov 7 Herbert O'Connor, 51st Governor of Maryland and TV narrator (Crime Syndicate), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1960)
  • Nov 8 Bucky Harris, American Baseball HOF manager (World Series 1947 NY Yankees) and second baseman (WS 1924 Washington Senators), born in Port Jervis, New York (d. 1977)
  • Nov 9 Mykhaylo Verikivsky, Ukrainian composer, born in Kremenets, Ukraine (d. 1962)
  • Nov 10 Jimmy Dykes, American MLB infielder (MLB All Star 1933-34 Chicago White Sox; World Series 1929-30 Philadelphia A's) and manager (Chicago White Sox, 1934-46), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • Nov 12 Salim Ali, Indian ornithologist 'Birdman of India', born in Bombay, British India (d. 1987)
  • Nov 13 Nobusuke Kishi, Prime Minister of Japan (1957-60), born in Yamaguchi, Japan (d. 1987)
  • Nov 14 Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady of the United States (1953-61), born in Boone, Iowa (d. 1979)
  • Nov 16 Jim Jordan, American actor and radio comedian (Fibber McGee), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • Nov 16 Joan Lindsay, Australian author (Picnic at Hanging Rock), born in St Kilda East, Victoria, Australia (d. 1984)
  • Nov 16 Lawrence Tibbett, American baritone (Metropolitan 1923-50), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 1960)
  • Nov 16 Oswald Mosley, British politician and founder of British Union of Fascists, born in London (d. 1980)
  • Nov 17 Lev Vygotsky, Russian psychologist (d. 1934)
  • Nov 20 Yevgenia Ginzburg, Russian writer, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1977)
  • Nov 22 Mario Labroca, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1973)
  • Nov 23 Joris Vriamont, Flemish author and music publisher
  • Nov 23 Klement Gottwald, Czech communist politician, Premier and President of Czechoslovakia (1946-53), born in Vyškov, Austria-Hungary (d. 1953)
  • Nov 23 Ruth Etting, American dancer, singer and actress (Roman scandals), born in David City, Nebraska (d. 1978)
  • Nov 23 Viktor Kosenko, Russian-Ukrainian pianist, composer (Moldavian Poem), and educator, born in Saint Petersberg, Russian Empire (d. 1938)

Charles "Lucky" Luciano

Nov 24 Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Italian-American gangster of the New York mafia, born in Sicily, Italy (d. 1962)

  • Nov 25 Rex Maupin, American orchestra leader (Tin Pan Alley TV), born in St Joseph, Missouri (d. 1966)
  • Nov 25 Virgil Thomson, American composer and music critic (Four Saints in Three Acts; Louisiana Story), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1989)
  • Nov 27 Giovanni Battista Angioletti, Italian author (Il giorno del giudizio), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1961)
  • Nov 28 Dawn Powell, American writer (Turn, Magic Wheel), born in Mount Gilead, Ohio (d. 1965)
  • Nov 28 Lilia Skala, Austrian actress (House of Games, Flashdance, Charly), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1994)
  • Nov 29 Philip L. Carret, American investor and founder of Pioneer Fund, born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 1998)

Famous Weddings

Aga Khan III

Nov 2 Nizari Imam Aga Khan III (19) weds first cousin Shahzadi Begum in Pune, India

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 12 Spyridon Xyndas, Greek composer, dies at 84
  • Nov 13 Antonio Peña y Goñi, Spanish composer, dies at 50
  • Nov 22 George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., American engineer and inventor (Ferris Wheel), dies of typhoid fever at 37
  • Nov 22 Leon Leopold Lewandoski, Polish composer, dies at 65
  • Nov 26 Coventry Patmore, English poet and critic (The Angel in the House), dies at 73