On This Day

What Happened in November 1904

Historical Events

Theater Premiere

Nov 1 George Bernard Shaw's comedy play "John Bull's Other Island" premieres in London

  • Nov 4 First stadium built specifically for football (Harvard Stadium)

Music Premiere

Nov 7 George M. Cohan's 1st full-length musical "Little Johnny Jones", featuring the songs "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "Give My Regards To Broadway", opens at the Liberty Theatre, NYC; runs for 52 performances be before going on tour

Election of Interest

Nov 8 American President Theodore Roosevelt (R) defeats Alton B. Parker (D)

  • Nov 8 Inventor and manufacturer Harvey Hubbell receives the first U.S. patent for a separable electric attachment plug
  • Nov 9 1st airplane flight to last more than 5 minutes
  • Nov 12 9th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 29-5 in Birmingham

Historic Invention

Nov 15 King C. Gillette patents the Gillette razor blade

  • Nov 18 General Esteban Huertas steps down after the government of Panama fears he wants to stage a coup
  • Nov 28 Germany defeats Hottentotten in Warmbad SW-Africa

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Laura La Plante, American actress (Show Boat, Scandal) known for her work in the silent film era, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1996)
  • Nov 3 Gideon Fagan, South African conductor and composer, born in Somerset West, Cape Province (d. 1980)
  • Nov 3 Jānis Kalniņš, Latvian-Canadian organist, composer (Ugunī; New Brunswick Rhapsody), and conductor (Latvian National Opera, 1933–1944), born in Pärnu, Russian Empire (now Estonia) (d. 2000)
  • Nov 4 Walter Bauer, German Canadian writer, born in Merseburg (d. 1976)
  • Nov 4 Tadeusz Żyliński, Polish technician and textilist, born in Vilnius, Lithuania (d. 1967)
  • Nov 5 Cooney Weiland, Canadian ice hockey coach (Stanley Cup 1941 Boston Bruins; Harvard Uni) and NHL forward (Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings), born in Seaforth, Ontario (d. 1985)
  • Nov 6 Selena Royale, American actress (Date With Judy, Misleading Lady), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • Nov 8 Cedric Belfrage, English writer and journalist (co-founder of National Guardian), born in Marylebone, London (d. 1990)
  • Nov 9 Viktor Brack, German Nazi physician and war criminal, born in Haaren, Rhine Province, German Empire (d. 1948)
  • Nov 10 Steven Geray, American actor (French Line), born in Ungvár, Austria-Hungary (d. 1973)
  • Nov 11 J. H. C. Whitehead, British mathematician (one of the founders of homotopy theory), born in Madras, India (d. 1960)
  • Nov 14 Alexey Semyonovich Zhivotov, composer
  • Nov 14 Dick Powell, American singer, radio and screen actor (Cry Danger; Dick Powell Theater), producer and director (The Enemy Below), born in Mountain View, Arkansas (d. 1963)
  • Nov 14 Harold Larwood, England cricket fast bowler (21 Tests, Bodyline Series v Australia 1932-33), born in Nuncargate, England (d. 1995)
  • Nov 14 Marya Mannes, American author (The Reporter), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 15 Tilly Losch, Austrian dancer and actress (Duel in the Sun, Garden of Allah), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1975) birth date disputed
  • Nov 16 Eddie Condon, American jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon's Floor Show), born in Goodland, Indiana (d. 1973)
  • Nov 16 Frederik van der Meer, Dutch archaeologist and art historian, born in Bolsward (d. 1994)
  • Nov 16 Nnamdi Azikiwe, 1st President of Nigeria (1963-66), born in Zungeru, Northern Nigeria Protectorate (d. 1996)
  • Nov 17 Isamu Noguchi, Japanese American sculptor (1963 Fine Arts Medal, Noguchi table), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1988)
  • Nov 17 Salomėja Nėris [Salomėja Bačinskaitė - Bučienė], Lithuanian poet, born in Kiršai, Poland (d. 1945)
  • Nov 17 L.F. "Jack" Owen, American blues singer and guitarist ("It Must've Been The Devil"), born in Bentonia, Mississippi (d. 1997)
  • Nov 18 Guido Santórsola, Brazilian-Uruguayan composer and violinist, born in Canosa di Puglia, Italy (d. 1994)
  • Nov 18 Jean Paul Lemieux, Canadian painter, born in Quebec (d. 1990)
  • Nov 19 Jacob "Jaap" Nanninga, Dutch painter (d. 1962)
  • Nov 19 Nancy Carroll [Ann V LaHiff], American actress (Alice-Aldrich Family), born in NYC, New York (d. 1965)
  • Nov 19 Nathan Leopold, American murderer of Bobby Franks with Richard Loeb, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1971)
  • Nov 20 Alexandra Danilova, Russian-American ballerina (The Turning Point), born in Petergof, Russia (d. 1997)
  • Nov 21 Coleman Hawkins, American jazz musician who virtually created tenor saxophone for jazz, born in St. Joseph, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • Nov 22 Theodore Besterman, British bibliographer and psychical researcher, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1976)
  • Nov 22 Roland Winters [Winternitz], American actor (Mama, Smothers Brothers, Jet Pilot, Meet Millie), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1989)
  • Nov 25 Herbert Reynolds Inch, American composer and teacher, born in Missoula, Montana (d. 1988)
  • Nov 25 Jessie Royce Landis [Medbury], American actress (North by Northwest), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • Nov 25 Lillian Copeland, US discus thrower (Olympic gold 1932)
  • Nov 25 Ba Jin, Chinese novelist (d. 2005)
  • Nov 25 Antonio "Toni" Ortelli, Italian composer ("La Montanara" (The Song of the Mountains)) and alpinist, born in Schio, Veneto, Italy (d. 2000)
  • Nov 26 Armand Frappier, French Canadian physician and microbiologist, born in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada (d. 1991)
  • Nov 27 Florence Lake, American actress (Edgar Kennedy shorts), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1980)
  • Nov 28 James Eastland, American politician (Sen-D-Miss 1943-68), born in Doddsville, Mississippi (d. 1986)
  • Nov 28 Nancy Mitford, English author (Love in a Cold Climate), one of the Mitford sisters, born in London (d. 1973)
  • Nov 29 Kay Johnson, American actress (Real Glory, Of Human Bondage), born in Mt Vernon, New York (d. 1975)
  • Nov 29 Piet Ketting, Dutch pianist, conductor and composer (Glorify Kokila), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1984)
  • Nov 29 Egon Eiermann, German architect (d. 1970)
  • Nov 30 Clyfford Still, American abstract painter
  • Nov 30 Philip Burton, Welsh director, acting teacher and mentor to Richard Burton, born in Mountain Ash, Glamorganshire

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 3 Gaston Serpette, French composer, dies at 57
  • Nov 4 Jack Brown, English cricketer (8 Tests for England 1894-99), dies at 35
  • Nov 18 Justus van Maurik, Dutch author and cigar manufacturer, dies at 58
  • Nov 22 Theophile E A de Bock, painter/etcher, dies
  • Nov 30 Aldine Silliman Kieffer, American composer, dies at 64