On This Day

What Happened in November 1906

Historical Events

  • Nov 3 International Radiotelegraph Conference in Berlin selects "SOS" (· · · – – – · · ·) distress signal as the worldwide standard for help

Election of Interest

Nov 6 Charles Evans Hughes (R) elected NY Governor beating William Randolph Hearst

  • Nov 6 Chinese Government ministries are reorganized as part of the movement towards constitutional government; but in fact the Manchu princes retain control and there is little gain for the Chinese people

Historic Event

Nov 9 Theodore Roosevelt is 1st US President to visit another country (Puerto Rico and Panama)

  • Nov 11 Ethel Smyth's "Standrecht" premieres in Leipzig
  • Nov 12 C W Gregory (NSW v Qld) starts day at 48*, is 366* at stumps
  • Nov 13 C. W. Gregory out for 383 as NSW make 763 v Queensland, in record cricket innings by an Australian
  • Nov 14 US President Theodore Roosevelt visits Panama
  • Nov 17 11th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 10-0 in Birmingham
  • Nov 18 Langdon Mitchell's "New York Idea" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 18 Anarchists bomb St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • Nov 19 London selected to host 1908 Olympics

Theater Premiere

Nov 20 George Bernard Shaw's play "Doctor's Dilemma" premieres in London

  • Nov 21 China prohibits the opium trade
  • Nov 22 Peter Stolypin, Prime Minister of Russia, introduces agrarian reforms allowing peasants to withdraw from the communes and take their share of land for private ownership

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 28 Canadian Tommy Burns retains his world heavyweight boxing title after being pushed to a 20-round draw by 'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien in Los Angeles, California


Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 John Indrisano, American welterweight boxer, stunt man, and bit-part actor (O.K.. Crackerby!), born in East Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • Nov 2 Luchino Visconti, Italian director (The Leopard, Death in Venice), born in Milan (d. 1976)
  • Nov 2 Daniil Andreev, Russian writer, poet and Christian mystic, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)
  • Nov 2 Bengt Edlén, Swedish Astrophysicist who specialized in spectroscopy and discovered the source of unidentified emission lines in solar spectrum, born in Gusum, Sweden (d. 2003)
  • Nov 2 Paul Thompson, Canadian ice hockey forward and coach (Stanley Cup 1928 [NY Rangers], 1934, 38 Chicago Black Hawks), born in Calgary, Alberta (d. 1991)
  • Nov 4 Arnold Cooke, British composer, born in Gomersal, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2005)
  • Nov 4 Bob Considine, American journalist and author (Babe Ruth Story), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1975)
  • Nov 4 Roswell Leavitt Gilpatric, American lawyer and diplomat, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • Nov 4 Siegfried Borris, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1987)
  • Nov 5 George Trevelyan, British educational pioneer and a founding father of the New Age movement, born in London (d. 1996)
  • Nov 5 Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (dirty-snowball theory), born in Red Oak, Iowa (d. 2004)
  • Nov 6 Francis Lederer, Czech actor (Diary of a Chambermaid), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2000)
  • Nov 6 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (Chicago Black Hawks), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)
  • Nov 7 Eugene Carson Blake, US Secretary-General of World Council of Churches (1966-72), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • Nov 7 Jan Vercammen, Flemish author and chief inspector LO (Primary Education), born in Temse, Belgium (d. 1984)
  • Nov 7 Margaret Barbara Lambert, British historian (Saar) (d. 1995)
  • Nov 9 Arthur Rudolph, German rocket engineer, born in Meiningen, Germany (d. 1996)
  • Nov 10 Josef Kramer, German concentration camp Commandant dubbed "The Beast of Belsen", born in Munich, Germany (d. 1945)
  • Nov 12 (Booker T. Washington) "Bukka" White, American country and Delta blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter ("Shake'Em On Down"; "Parchman Farm Blues"), born near Aberdeen, Mississippi (d. 1977)
  • Nov 13 Conrad Thibault, American singer (Jacques Fray Music Room), born in Northbridge, Massachusetts (d. 1987)
  • Nov 13 Hermione Baddeley, British actress (Camp Runamuck, Maude, Good Life), born in Broseley, England (d. 1986)
  • Nov 13 Eva Zeisel, American industrial designer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2011)
  • Nov 14 Louise Brooks, silent screen star (American Venus, Pandora's Box)
  • Nov 15 Curtis E Le May, air force general/VP candidate
  • Nov 17 Betty Bronson, American actress (Evel Knievel, One Stolen Night), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 1971)
  • Nov 17 Soichiro Honda, Japanese engineer, founder and CEO of Honda Motor Co, born in Hamamatsu, Japan (d, 1991)

George Wald

Nov 18 George Wald, American physiologist and biologist (Nobel Prize 1967, vitamin A in retina), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)

  • Nov 18 Klaus Mann, German-American author (Mephisto), born in Munich (d. 1949)
  • Nov 18 Alec Issigonis, Greek-British automotive designer who designed the Mini, born in Smyrna, Ottoman Empire (d. 1988)
  • Nov 19 Henri Temianka, Scottish-born Polish composer (California Chamber Symphony), born in Greenock, Scotland (d. 1992)
  • Nov 19 Jacques Leguerney, French composer, born in LeHarve, France, (d. 1997)
  • Nov 22 Howard Petrie, American actor (Border River, Bounty Hunter), born in Beverly, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • Nov 23 Mervyn Roberts, Welsh composer, born in Abergele, Denbighshire (d. 1990)
  • Nov 24 Andreina Pagnani, Italian actress (Il Commandante), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1981)
  • Nov 24 Eduard Ludwig, German architect (Air Bridge monument Berlin)
  • Nov 26 Sandro Fuga, Italian composer and painist, born in Mogliano, Veneto (d. 1994)
  • Nov 28 Henry Picard, American golfer (Masters 1938, PGA 1939), born in Plymouth, Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • Nov 29 Luis Van Rooten, Mexican-born American actor, author and translator (One Man's Family), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1973)
  • Nov 30 Marina, princess of Greece/Denmark/husband of English prince George

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 4 John H. Ketcham, American politician (b. 1832)
  • Nov 9 Leon Vanderkindere, Belgian historian/mayor of Ukkel, dies at 64
  • Nov 14 Hendrik Jan Schimmel, Dutch writer and dramatist (2 Tudors), dies at 83
  • Nov 22 Ernst Josephson, Swedish painter, dies at 55