On This Day

What Happened in November 1903

Historical Events

  • Nov 2 Lyceum Theater (New Lyceum) opens at 149 W 45th St NYC
  • Nov 2 New Amsterdam Theater opens at 214 W 42nd St NYC
  • Nov 2 British newspaper "Daily Mirror" begins publishing
  • Nov 3 Colombia grants independence to Panama
  • Nov 3 Giovanni Giolitti becomes Prime Minister of Italy; a progressive liberal, he will hold his post through most of the next decade and introduce social, agrarian and labor reforms
  • Nov 4 Panama and Colombia wake up to news that the insurrectionists have declared an independent Republic of Panama
  • Nov 6 USA recognizes independence of Panama
  • Nov 15 Eugen d'Albert's opera "Tiefland" premieres in Prague
  • Nov 16 V Herbert & H Smith's musical "Babette" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 17 Dahomey (Benin) becomes a French protectorate
  • Nov 17 In the Treaty of Petropolis, Bolivia cedes the territory of Arce to Brazil; Bolivia gains rail and water outlets in the east
  • Nov 18 Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty gives US exclusive canal rights in Panama
  • Nov 19 Temperance activist Carrie Nation attempts to address the US Senate

Music History

Nov 23 Enrico Caruso makes his US debut at the Metropolitan Opera House, in New York in Verdi's "Rigoletto"

  • Nov 23 Colorado Governor James Peabody sends the state militia into the town of Cripple Creek to break up a miners' strike.
  • Nov 24 Clyde Coleman of NYC patents automobile electric starter
  • Nov 24 George Ade's "County Chairman" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 27 Opera "Die Neugierigen Frauen" by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari is produced in Munich

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Don Robey, American record label executive (Peacock; Duke) and record producer, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1975)
  • Nov 1 Gerard Nabrink, Dutch anarchist and co-founder (NVSH), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • Nov 1 Jean Tardieu, French dramatist, born in St Germain de Joux (d. 1995)
  • Nov 1 Max Adrian, Irish actor (Devils, Music Lover), born in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh (d. 1973)
  • Nov 1 Edward "Carji" Greeves, Australian Rules Football midfielder (winner inaugural Brownlow Medal 1924), born in Warragul, Victoria (d. 1963)
  • Nov 2 Travis Jackson, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (World Series 1933; MLB All Star 1934; NY Giants), born in Waldo, Arkansas (d. 1987)
  • Nov 3 Walker Evans, American photographer (Fortune Magazine), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)
  • Nov 4 Ion Vasilescu, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1960)
  • Nov 6 June Marlowe, American actress (Pardon Us, Clash of the Wolves), born in St. Cloud, Minnesota (d. 1984)
  • Nov 7 Albert Helman [Lou Lichtveld], Suriname politician and novelist, born in Paramaribo, Suriname (d. 1996)
  • Nov 7 Dean Jagger, American actor (White Christmas, Vanishing Point), born in Lima, Ohio (d. 1991)
  • Nov 7 Konrad Lorenz, Austrian zoologist and ethologist (Man & His Ideas, Nobel Prize 1973), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1989)
  • Nov 7 Grace Stafford, American actress (Confessions of a Nazi Spy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • Nov 9 Leon-Etienne Duval, French prelate and cardinal of the Catholic Church in Algeria, born in ChĂȘnex, Haute-Savoie, France (d. 1996)
  • Nov 9 Edward van der Merwe, South African cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests in 30's), born in Rustenburg, Transvaal (d. 1971)
  • Nov 9 Margaret Fay Shaw, American photographer and folklorist known for her work in the Scottish Hebrides, born in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • Nov 11 Charles Bruce Perry, Professor of Medicine (Bristol University) (d. 1996)
  • Nov 11 Thomas Allibone, English physicist (Manhattan Project, high-voltage particle acceleration), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England (d. 2003)
  • Nov 12 Jack Oakie, American actor (The Great Dictator, 1974 Photoplay Award), born in Sedalia, Missouri (d. 1978)
  • Nov 15 Stewie Dempster, New Zealand cricket batsman (10 Tests, 2 x 100s; Wellington CA, Leicestershire CCC, Warwickshire CCC), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 1974)
  • Nov 17 Joseph Kaminski, Russian born Israeli composer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1972)
  • Nov 18 Lillian Fuchs, American violist and composer, born in New York (d. 1995)
  • Nov 19 Fritz Schmidt, German Commissioner-General for Political Affairs and Propaganda (Netherlands, 1940-43), born in Porta Westfalica, Westphalia, Germany (d. 1943)
  • Nov 20 Ishtiaq Hussain Qureshi, Pakistani historian and educationist, born in Patyali, near Allahabad, United Provinces of British India (d. 1981)
  • Nov 22 Herbert Sally Frankel, South African born economist (d. 1996)
  • Nov 25 Martin Soames, British traveller
  • Nov 25 Dehart Hubbard, American athlete (Olympic gold, long jump 1924; first African American to win individual event; WR 7.89m 1925), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1976)
  • Nov 27 Johnny "Blood" McNally, American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback and coach (NFL champion 1929-31, 36; Green Bay Packers), born in New Richmond, Wisconsin (d. 1985)
  • Nov 27 Mona Washbourne, British actress (Stevie, Billie Liar, Driver's Seat), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1988)
  • Nov 30 Germaine Emilie Madame Gres Krebs, haute Couturist

Famous Deaths

Theodor Mommsen

Nov 1 Theodor Mommsen, German historian and scholar (Nobel Prize in Literature 1902), dies at 85

  • Nov 13 Wilhelm von Polenz, German author (Country of Zukunft), dies

Camille Pissarro

Nov 13 Camille Pissarro, Danish Antillean and French Impressionist painter, dies at 73

  • Nov 24 Charles Dupee Blake, American composer, dies at 56
  • Nov 25 Harriet Hubbard Ayer, American cosmetics manufacturer and columnist, dies at 54