On This Day

What Happened in November 1902

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 France and Italy sign an Entente under which Italy agrees to remain neutral if France is attacked; this is France's attempt to neutralize the Triple Entente

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Nov 13 "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad is first published in one volume (previously serialized) by William Blackwood in Edinburgh

Novelist Joseph Conrad
Novelist
Joseph Conrad
  • Nov 15 Leopold II, King of Belgium almost assassinated by Italian anarchist
  • Nov 18 Brooklyn toymaker Morris Michton names the teddy bear after US President Teddy Roosevelt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 20 Geo Lefevre and Henri Desgrange create Tour de France bicycle race

Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France Henri Desgrange
Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France
Henri Desgrange
  • Nov 21 1st night football game, Philadelphia Athletics beats Kanaweola AC, 39-0
  • Nov 21 Baseball's Philadelphia Athletics & Phillies form pro football teams, joining Pitts Stars in 1st attempt at a National Football League
  • Nov 21 The Canadian government appoints a commission to consider revising, classifying, and consolidating the many public statutes passed over the years
  • Nov 25 Franz Lehar's opera "Wiener Frauen" premieres in Vienna

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Nov 29 Gerhart Hauptmann's play "Der arme Heinrich" premieres in Vienna

Dramatist, Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Dramatist, Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann
  • Nov 30 American Old West: Second-in-command of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch gang Kid Curry Logan sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labor

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Eugen Jochum, German conductor (Hamburg Orchestra), born in Babenhausen, Augsburg, Germany (d. 1987)
  • Nov 1 Nordahl Grieg, Norwegian poet, dramatist and novelist (The Defeat), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1943)
  • Nov 2 Gyula Illyés, Hungarian author and poet (Az Ismertlen Illyes), born in Felsőrácegres, Pálfa, Hungary (d. 1983)
  • Nov 2 Marius Holtrop, Dutch economist and President of Netherlands Bank, born in Amsterdam (d. 1988)
  • Nov 3 Charles Jones, West Indian cricket batsman (4 Tests), born in born in Georgetown, British Guiana (d. 1959)
  • Nov 4 Frank Jenks, American actor (Colonel Flack, Zombies on Broadway), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1962)
  • Nov 7 Rob van der de Bas [Barend Robberts], troubadour (Klucht of the Cow)
  • Nov 9 Anthony Asquith, British film director (Carrington V C (Court martial)), born in London (d. 1968)
  • Nov 10 Antonio Maria Valencia, Colombian composer, born in Cali, Colombia (d. 1952)
  • Nov 10 Murk Ozinga, Dutch building historian (Monuments of Curacao)
  • Nov 13 Gustav von Koenigswald, German-Dutch paleontologist (found Pithecanthropus erectus), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1982)
  • Nov 16 Marcel Boereboom, Belgian musicologist, born in Stalhille, Jabbeke, Belgium (d. 1985)
  • Nov 17 Eugene Paul Wigner, mathematician/physicist (A Bomb, Nobel 1963)
  • Nov 18 Barbara Giuranna, Italian pianist and composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1998)
  • Nov 18 Jorgen Nielsen, Danish author (regional novels)
  • Nov 19 Trevor Bardette, American actor (Refugee, None Shall Escape), born in Nashville, Arkansas (d. 1977)
  • Nov 20 Wolfgang Kunkel, German lawyer and law historian, born in Fürth, Germany (d. 1981)
  • Nov 21 Mikhail Suslov, Soviet statesman and party ideologist, born in Shakhovskoye, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • Nov 21 Foster Hewitt, Canadian radio broadcaster (Hockey Night in Canada), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1985)
  • Nov 22 Emanuel Feuermann, cellist (Chicago Symph Orchestra), born in Kolomyja, Galicia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1942)
  • Nov 22 Humphrey Gibbs, Governor of Southern Rhodesia (1959-69), born in London (d. 1990)
  • Nov 22 Albert Leduc, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Valleyfield, Quebec (d. 1990)
  • Nov 23 Aaron Bank, American OSS officer and founder of the US Army Special Forces (d. 2004)

Person of interestEddie Shore

Nov 25 Eddie Shore, Canadian NHL hall of famer, born in Fort Qu'Appelle, Northwest Territories (d. 1985)

NHL Star Eddie Shore
NHL Star
Eddie Shore
  • Nov 25 Tamara Shayne, Russian-American actress (Moma Yoelson-The Jolson Story), born in Perm, Russia (d. 1983
  • Nov 26 Alberto Morin, Puerto Rican actor (Two Mules for Sister Sara, Rio Grande), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1989)
  • Nov 26 Gerrit Jan van der Veen [Wolffensperger], Dutch resistance fighter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1944)
  • Nov 27 Giuseppe Savagnone, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1984)
  • Nov 28 Victor Jory, Canadian actor (Kings Row, Manhunt), born in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada (d. 1982)
  • Nov 29 Carlo Levi, Italian painter/novelist (Of Fear & Freedom)
  • Nov 29 Georges Poulet, French/Belgian critic (Temps Humain)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 13 Evander McNair, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 82
  • Nov 14 Paulus T van der Maesen the Sombreff, foreign minister, dies
  • Nov 17 Hugh Price Hughes, Welsh Methodist Social reformer, dies at 55
  • Nov 22 Friedrich A Krupp, cannon manufacturer, commits suicide
  • Nov 22 Septimus Winner, composer, dies at 75
  • Nov 23 Walter Reed, U.S. Army physician and bacteriologist who proved mosquitoes transmit yellow fever, dies at 51