On This Day

What Happened in November 1899

Historical Events

  • Nov 2 Boers begin siege of Ladysmith, Natal

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Nov 3 World heavyweight boxing champion James J. Jeffries retains title; beats Irishman Tom Sharkey on points in 25 rounds at Coney Island Athletic Club, Brooklyn, NYC

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • Nov 11 Stuart/Rubens/Boyd-Jones' "Floradora" premieres in London
  • Nov 12 British troops reach Durban Natal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 15 Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill captured by Boers in Natal

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Nov 18 Trumper scores 208 in 185 mins (1 five 25 fours) NSW v Qld
  • Nov 22 -23] Battle at Willow Grange, Natal (British vs Boer army)
  • Nov 23 Battle at Belmont, Cape colony: general Methuen beats Farmers
  • Nov 25 Battle at Graspan, Cape colony: General Methuen beats Farmers
  • Nov 28 Battle of Mud River (Boer general Cronjé beats British gen Methuen)

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 2 Edgar du Perron, Dutch author and poet (Land of Origin), born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1940)
  • Nov 3 Gleb Wataghin, Ukrainian-Italian physicist, born in Birzula, Russian Empire (d. 1986)
  • Nov 3 Ralph Greenleaf, American pocket billiards player (20-time world champion), born in Monmouth, Illinois (d. 1950)
  • Nov 4 Mimi Boesnach, Dutch actress (Wedding of Kloris & Roosje), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • Nov 4 Nicolas Frantz, Luxembourgish road cyclist (Tour de France 1927-28), born in Mamer, Capellen, Luxembourg (d. 1985)
  • Nov 5 Forrest Lewis, American actor (All That Heaven Allows, Monster of Piedras Blancas), born in Knightstown, Indiana (d. 1977)
  • Nov 11 Pie Traynor, American baseball hall of fame 3rd baseman (Pirates), born in Framingham, Massachusetts (d. 1972)
  • Nov 11 Pat O'Brien, American actor (Knute Rockne, Angels with Dirty Faces), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1983)
  • Nov 15 Avdy Andresson, Estonian statesman (d. 1990)
  • Nov 15 Iskander Mirza, first President of Pakistan (d. 1969)
  • Nov 16 Mary Margaret McBride, American radio personality (WOR-AM, NYC), born in Paris, Missouri (d. 1976)
  • Nov 17 Roger Vitrac, French poet/dramatist (Coup of Trafalgar)
  • Nov 17 Douglas Shearer, Canadian film sound engineer (d. 1971)
  • Nov 18 Eugene Ormandy [Jenő Blau], Hungarian-American conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra 1936-80), born in Budapest (d. 1985)
  • Nov 18 Howard Thurman, African-American theologian and author (Deep River, Deep is the Hunger), born in Daytona Beach, Florida (d. 1981)
  • Nov 19 Allen Tate, American poet (Mr Pope & Other Poems), born in Winchester, Kentucky (d. 1979)
  • Nov 19 Abu al-Qasim al-Khoei, Iranian influential Shia Islamic scholar, born in Khoy, West Azerbaijan Province, Iran (d. 1992)
  • Nov 20 Juan Vicente Lecuna, Venezuelan diplomat and composer, born in Valencia, Venezuela (d. 1954)
  • Nov 21 Jobyna Ralston, American actress (For Heaven's Sake), born in South Pittsburg, Tennessee (d. 1967)
  • Nov 22 Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael, American composer, singer and actor (In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1981)
  • Nov 23 Norman Hunter, English children's writer (Professor Branestawm), born in London (d. 1995)
  • Nov 24 Jan Adam Maklakiewicz, composer
  • Nov 24 Ward Morehouse, American theater critic and newspaper columnist (d. 1966)
  • Nov 25 Vera Reynolds, American silent screen actress (Lawless Woman), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1962)
  • Nov 25 W. R. Burnett, American author (Little Caesar), born in Springfield, Ohio (d. 1982)
  • Nov 26 Bruno Hauptmann, German kidnapper of Charles Augustus Lindbergh III, born in Kamenz, Saxony, Germany (d. 1936)
  • Nov 29 Gustave Reese, composer
  • Nov 29 Genevieve Tobin, American actress (Zaza, Great Gambini, Uncertain Lady), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • Nov 29 Andrija Artuković, Croatian war criminal (d. 1988)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 9 US Admiral of the Navy George Dewey (61) weds Mildred McLean Hazen at the rectory St. Paul's Catholic Church in Washington, D.C.

Admiral George Dewey
Admiral
George Dewey

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 19 John William Dawson, Canadian geologist, dies at 79
  • Nov 19 [Maria] Catharina Beersmans, Belgian actress (Medea), dies at 55
  • Nov 20 August Ahlqvist, Finnish poet (Suomalainen Runousoppi), dies at 63
  • Nov 21 Garret Augustus Hobart, 24th VP, dies
  • Nov 24 Abdullah ibn Mohammed al-Ta'a'ishi, mahdi of Sudan (1883-99), dies
  • Nov 25 Robert Lowry, composer, dies at 73
  • Nov 27 Felipe Gutiérrez Y Espinosa, Puerto Rican composer, dies at 74
  • Nov 27 Guido Gezelle, Flemish priest and poet, dies at 69
  • Nov 28 Adrian the la Rey, son of South African general, dies in battle at 19
  • Nov 28 Robert Brank Vance, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina (1873-85), dies at 71