On This Day

What Happened in November 1899

Historical Events

  • Nov 2 Boers begin siege of Ladysmith, Natal

Boxing 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

  • Nov 11 Stuart/Rubens/Boyd-Jones' "Floradora" premieres in London
  • Nov 12 British troops reach Durban, Natal

Historic Event

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

  • 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: General Methuen's British brigades engage Boer force during Second Boer War
  • 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 HOF 3rd baseman (MLB All-Star 1933, 34; World Series 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates) and manager (Pittsburgh Pirates 1934–39), 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 13 Howard Hill, American expert bowman (billed as "The World's Greatest Archer"; movie technical adviser), born in Wilsonville, Alabama (d. 1975)
  • Nov 13 Martin Bodmer, Swiss Bibliophile and scholar (Bodmer Papyri), born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1971)
  • 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 and dramatist (Coup of Trafalgar)
  • Nov 17 Douglas Shearer, Canadian film sound engineer (d. 1971)
  • Nov 18 Eugene Ormandy [Jenő Blau], Hungarian-American violinist and 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 ("In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening"; "Stardust"; "Two Sleepy People"), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1981)
  • Nov 23 Marcel Dalio [Israel Moshe Blauschild], French actor (Sabrina, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Casablanca), born in Paris, France (d. 1983)
  • 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, American musicologist and composer, born in New York City (d. 1977)
  • 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)
  • Nov 29 Arvid Kleven, Norwegian flautist and composer, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 1929)

Famous Weddings

George Dewey

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.

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 19 John William Dawson, Canadian geologist, dies at 79
  • Nov 19 [Maria] Catharina Beersmans, Belgian actress (Medea), dies at 55
  • 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