On This Day

What Happened in November 1912

Historical Events

  • Nov 5 Arizona, Kansas & Wisconsin vote for female suffrage
  • Nov 5 Bulgarian troops in Constantinople blockade drinking water

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 5 Democrat candidate Woodrow Wilson is elected President of the United States, defeating Republican incumbent William Howard Taft and Progressive candidate Theodore Roosevelt

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson

Music concertMusic Concert

Nov 7 The Deutsche Opernhaus (now Deutsche Oper Berlin) opens in the Berlin neighborhood of Charlottenburg, with a production of Beethoven's Fidelio.

  • Nov 9 Ferenc Molnàr's "Farkas" premieres in Budapest
  • Nov 9 Ottoman garrison surrenders Thessaloniki / Salonika to the Greek army (OS Oct 27)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 12 British explorer Robert Scott's diary & body found in Antarctica

Polar Explorer Robert Falcon Scott
Polar Explorer
Robert Falcon Scott
  • Nov 18 Cholera breaks out in Constantinople, in the Ottoman Empire
  • Nov 23 Hamilton Alerts suspended by ORFU for refusing to field a full team in a replay of a protested game
  • Nov 24 Conflict in the Balkans grows into an acute international crisis with major powers supporting either Austria or Serbia
  • Nov 25 American College of Surgeons incorporates in Springield, Illinois
  • Nov 25 Socialist International rejects that world war is coming
  • Nov 27 Albanian National Flag adopted
  • Nov 27 Spanish protectorate in Morocco forms
  • Nov 28 Ismail Qemali declares Albania independent from Turkey in Vlorë
  • Nov 30 CFL Grey Cup, AAA Grounds, Hamilton: Hamilton Alerts win their only title; beat Toronto Argonauts, 11-4
  • Nov 30 11th Davis Cup: British Isles beats Australasia in Melbourne (3-2)

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Bill Bonthron, American athlete (world 1,500m record 3:48.8 1934), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1983)
  • Nov 2 Jouko Paavo Kalervo Tolonen, Finnish composer, born in Porvoo, Finland (d. 1986)
  • Nov 3 Alfredo Stroessner, 42nd President of Paraguay (1954-89), born in Encarnación, Paraguay (d. 2006)
  • Nov 4 Giff Vivian, New Zealand cricket batsman (7 Tests @ 42.1, top score 100), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1983)
  • Nov 4 Pauline Trigère, French-American fashion designer (Bell Bottoms), born in Paris (d. 2002)
  • Nov 4 Vadim Nikolayevich Salmanov, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1978)
  • Nov 8 Jean-Louis Martinet, French composer, born in Sainte-Bazeille, France (d. 2010)
  • Nov 8 Joseph Fattorini, businessman, born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England (d. 1995)
  • Nov 8 June Havoc [Ellen Evangeline Hovick], Canadian-born American stage and screen actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2010)
  • Nov 10 Salvador Contreras, Mexican composer ( Grupo de los cuatro), born in Cuerámaro, Guanajuato (d. 1982)
  • Nov 11 Cissie Elizabeth Charlton, football matriarch
  • Nov 11 Thomas C. Mann, American diplomat (U.S. Ambassador to Mexico), born in Laredo, Texas (d. 1999)
  • Nov 12 Alphonse [Tuffy] Leemans, NFL fullback (NY Giants)
  • Nov 14 Barbara Hutton, American heiress (Woolworth)
  • Nov 16 Anton [Tom] Koolhaas, Dutch author (Gekke Witte), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • Nov 16 George Petrie, American actor (Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Honeymooners), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1997)
  • Nov 18 Arthur Peterson, American actor (Soap, Mission: Impossible, Crisis), born in Mandan, North Dakota (d. 1996)
  • Nov 18 Jaap Meijer, Dutch historian and rabbi in Paramaribo, born in Winschoten, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • Nov 19 George E. Palade, Romanian-American cell biologist (ribosomen, Nobel 1974), born in Iași, Romania (d. 2008)
  • Nov 20 Otto von Habsburg, last crown prince of Austria-Hungary and MEP (1979-1999), born in Wartholz Castle, Reichenau an der Rax, Lower Austria, Austria-Hungary (d. 2011)
  • Nov 21 Anne Bolt, photo-journalist and trade unionist, born in London (d. 1996)
  • Nov 21 Eleanor Powell, American actress and tap dancer (Born to Dance, Born to Dance), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • Nov 22 Doris Duke, multi-millionaire (American Tobacco heiress), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 23 Det Glynn, teacher/anti-apartheid activist
  • Nov 23 George O'Hanlon, American actor (Calvin-Life of Riley, George Jetson), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • Nov 24 Bernard Delfgaauw, Dutch philosopher (Johnson murderer!)
  • Nov 24 Garson Kanin, playwright/producer (Double Life), born in Rochester, New York
  • Nov 24 Geraldine Fitzgerald, Irish actress (Pawnbroker, Easy Money), born in Greystones, County Wicklow, Ireland (d. 2005)
  • Nov 24 Theodore "Teddy" Wilson, US jazz pianist/arranger
  • Nov 24 Joan Sanderson, English actress (Please Sir!), born in Bristol, England (d. 1992)
  • Nov 26 Eric Sevareid, American author and News correspondent (CBS), born in Velva, North Dakota (d. 1992)
  • Nov 26 Gunnar Sønstevold, Norwegian composer, born in Elverum, Norway (d. 1991)
  • Nov 27 Connie Sawyer [Rosie Cohen], American actress known as "The Clown Princess of Comedy" (Pineapple Express, Dumb and Dumber), born in Pueblo, Colorado (d. 2018)
  • Nov 28 Heinz Galinski, President (Central council for Jews in Germany), born in Marienburg, West Prussia, Germany (d. 1992)
  • Nov 28 Morris Louis, American painter (post painterly abstraction), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1962)
  • Nov 29 Viola Smith, American drummer (one of the first professional female drummers)
  • Nov 30 Constant Stotijn, Dutch oboist (Residence Orchestra)
  • Nov 30 Gordon Parks, Ft Scott KS, film director/author (Learning Tree)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 6 Mykola Lysenko, Ukranian composer, conductor and ethnomusicologist, dies at 70
  • Nov 10 Louis Cyr, French Canadian strongman (lifting 500 pounds (227 kg) with one finger and backlifting 4,337 pounds (1,967 kg)), dies at 49
  • Nov 11 Joseph Wieniawski, composer, dies at 75
  • Nov 11 Jose Canalejas Y Mendez, premier Spain, murdered
  • Nov 12 Jose Canalejas bon Mendez, premier of Spain (1910-12), murdered at 58
  • Nov 28 Walter Benona Sharp, American oil tycoon, dies at 41