On This Day

What Happened in November 1911

Historical Events

Italo-Turkish War

Nov 1 The first aerial bomb is dropped by an Italian pilot on Turkish troops in Libya during the Italo-Turkish War

Model T

Nov 3 Chevrolet officially enters the automobile market in competition with the Ford Model T

  • Nov 4 France & Germany sign treaty about Morocco & Congo
  • Nov 5 Italy attacks Turkish North-Africa (Libya), takes Tripoli & Cyrenaica
  • Nov 5 Calbraith Rodgers arrives in Pasadena completing 1st transcontinental airplane flight (49 days) (left Sheepshead Bay, NY, Sept 17)
  • Nov 6 Francisco Madeiro inaugurated President of Mexico

Historic Event

Nov 10 Andrew Carnegie forms Carnegie Corporation for scholarly and charitable works

  • Nov 10 Chinese Imperial army recaptures Nanking (blood bath)
  • Nov 11 Many cities in the U.S. Midwest broke their record highs and lows on the same day as a strong cold front rolls through. (see The 11/11/11 cold wave).
  • Nov 11 Russia issues an ultimatum to Persia and follows it with an invasion of North Persia to impose political control
  • Nov 15 Proclamation sets designs for Canadian $5 & $10 gold coins
  • Nov 18 Britain's first seaplane flies
  • Nov 18 Ludwig Thuille's opera "Lobetanz" first American performance

Historic Event

Nov 19 NY receives first Marconi wireless transmission from Italy

  • Nov 20 Gustav Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" (Song of the Earth) premieres in Munich

Historic Event

Nov 20 The funeral of Paul and Laura Lafargue (daughter of Karl Marx) in Paris is attended by Lenin; the two socialists died in a suicide pact in the belief that their political usefulness was at an end

  • Nov 23 Post Hospital at Presidio, San Francisco, renamed Letterman General Hospital
  • Nov 25 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: UT Blues win 3rd straight title; beat Toronto Argonauts, 14-7

Sports History

Nov 25 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Melbourne: 1907 Wimbledon champion Norman Brookes of Australia beats countryman Horace Rice 6-1, 6-2, 6-3

  • Nov 27 Audience throws vegetables at actors for 1st recorded time in US
  • Nov 28 Zapata proclaims Plan of Ayala Mexico

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Henri Troyat, Russian-French author and historian, born in Moscow (d. 2007)
  • Nov 1 Donald William Kerst, American Physicist who developed the betatron (device to accelerate electron beams), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Nov 1 Sidney Wood Jr, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1931), born in Black Rock, Connecticut (d. 2009)
  • Nov 2 Odysseas Elytis, Greek poet (Nobel Prize 1979), born in Heraklion, Greece (d. 1996)
  • Nov 2 Raphael M. Robinson, American mathematician, born in National City, California (d. 1995)
  • Nov 3 Vladimir Ussachevsky, Manchurian-American composer (Creation), born in Hulun, Manchuria [now Hailar, Inner Mongolia, China] (d. 1990)
  • Nov 3 Kick Smit, Dutch soccer striker and manager (29 caps; HFC Haarlem), born in Bloemendaal, Netherlands (d. 1974)
  • Nov 3 Johnny Keane, American baseball manager (World Series 1964 St. Louis Cardinals; NY Yankees), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1967)
  • Nov 4 Jack Rose, American screenwriter, born in Warsaw, Russian Empire (d. 1995)
  • Nov 4 Osamu Shimizu, Japanese composer, born in Osaka, Japan (d. 1986)
  • Nov 5 Roy Rogers, American cowboy actor and singer ("Happy Trails"; Roy Rogers Show), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1998)
  • Nov 7 Walter Shlomo Gross, journalist
  • Nov 9 Tabish Dehlvi, Pakistani poet, born in Delhi, India (d. 2004)
  • Nov 10 Harry Andrews, English actor (Equus, Man of La Mancha), born in Kent, England (d. 1989)
  • Nov 11 Patric Knowles [Reginald Lawrence Knowles], British actor (Chisum, Arnold, Mutiny), born in Horsforth, Yorkshire, England (d. 1995)
  • Nov 12 Luc Estang [Lucien Bastard], French writer (Stigmates)
  • Nov 12 Pennar Davies, Welsh poet, author and theologian, born in Mountain Ash, Wales (d. 1996)
  • Nov 12 (Wilbur) "Buck" Clayton, American jazz trumpet player (Count Basie; Billie Holiday; Lester Young), and bandleader, born in Parsons, Kansas (d. 1991)

Buck O'Neil

Nov 13 Buck O'Neil, American baseball player (Kansas City Monarchs, 1st African-American coach in Major League Baseball), born in Carrabelle, Florida (d. 2006)

  • Nov 17 Charles Walters, American actor, choreographer and director (Lili, Easter parade), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1982)
  • Nov 17 Nobutaka Shikanai, Japanese media CEO (Fujisankei Communications Group), born in Hokkaido, Japan (d. 1990) [1]
  • Nov 17 William Tannen, American actor (Jailhouse Rock, Sitting Bull), born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • Nov 17 Christian Fouchet, French diplomat (d. 1974)
  • Nov 17 Jimmy DeBerry, American blues guitarist, banjo player, and singer, born in Gumwood, Arkansas (d. 1985)
  • Nov 18 Attilio Bertolucci, Italian poet and writer, born in San Lazzaro Parmense, Italy (d. 2000)
  • Nov 20 Jean Shiley, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1932), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1998)
  • Nov 22 Ralph Guldahl, American golfer (US Masters 1939, US Open 1937-38), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1987)
  • Nov 23 Peter Saunders, English theater producer (Legend of the Werewolf)
  • Nov 24 Kirby Grant, American actor (Rustlers Round-Up, Yukon Gold, Sky King), born in Butte, Montana (d. 1985)
  • Nov 24 Walter Goetz, illustrator cartoonist/painter
  • Nov 24 Joe "Ducky" Medwick, American baseball player, born in Carteret, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • Nov 25 Roelof Frankot, Dutch painter (d. 1984)
  • Nov 26 Raymond Scheyven, Belgian minister of Economic Affairs, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • Nov 26 Ronald Diggens, English fabric manufacturer and multi-millionaire
  • Nov 26 Samuel Reshevsky, Polish-American chess grandmaster, born in Ozorków, Congress Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1992)
  • Nov 27 David Merrick, American theatrical producer (Hello Dolly), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2000)
  • Nov 27 Fe del Mundo, Filipino pediatrician and National Scientist of the Philippines, born in Manila, Philippine Islands (d. 2011)
  • Nov 28 Václav Renč, Czech poet, dramatist and translator, born in Vodochody, Czech Republic (d. 1973)
  • Nov 29 Klaus Fuchs, German-British atomic physicist and spy, born in Rüsselsheim Germany (1988)
  • Nov 30 Jorge Negrete [Moreno], Mexican singer and actor (The Rebel, La madrina del diablo), born in Guanajuato, Mexico (d. 1953)

Famous Weddings

  • Nov 4 Charles I of Austria marries Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 3 Salvador Giner y Vidal, Spanish composer, dies at 79
  • Nov 8 Samuel Wilks, British Physician and founding father of clinical science, dies at 87
  • Nov 9 Edmund Schücker, Austrian composer, dies at 50
  • Nov 9 Howard Pyle, American author (b. 1853)
  • Nov 16 Albert Alonzo Ames, Mayor of Minneapolis (b. 1842)
  • Nov 19 Ramon Caceres, President of the Dominican Republic (1906-11), murdered at 44
  • Nov 23 Bernard Tancred, South African cricketer (87 runs in 1888-89 South Africa v England), dies at 46