On This Day

What Happened in November 1915

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 Parris Island is officially designated a US Marine Corps Recruit Depot.
  • Nov 2 First US election by proportional representation, Ashtabula, Ohio
  • Nov 6 1st military flight in Dutch East Indies (Tandjong Priok)
  • Nov 6 Sophokles Skouloudis forms Greek government
  • Nov 8 An Austrian-Hungarian submarine torpedos and sinks the Italian liner 'Ancona' without warning; over 200 lives lost
  • Nov 12 Britain annexes Gilbert & Ellice archipelago
  • Nov 12 Theodore W Richards is 1st American to win Nobel Prize in chemistry

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 14 Tomáš Masaryk demands independence for Czechoslovakia

Father of Czechoslovakia Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
Father of Czechoslovakia
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
  • Nov 20 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Hamilton Tigers win 2nd title; beat Toronto Rowing Association, 13-7
  • Nov 23 On the Tigris River in Mesopotamia, the Battle of Ctesiphon between Allied and Turkish forces enters its second day
  • Nov 24 Serbian leader flees to Albania
  • Nov 29 Fire destroys most of the buildings on Santa Catalina Island, California.
  • Nov 30 St John Ervine's "John Ferguson" premieres in Dublin

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Michael Denison, English actor (Importance of Being Ernest), born in York, England (d. 1988)
  • Nov 2 Douglas Lilburn, New Zealand composer, born in Whanganui (d. 2001)
  • Nov 2 Beryl McBurnie, Trinidadian dancer (Little Carib Theatre), born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad (d. 2000)
  • Nov 2 Sidney Luft, American movie director, born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • Nov 4 Alistair Cameron Crombie, Australian historian of science, born in Brisbane, Australia (d. 1996)
  • Nov 4 Court Benson, Canadian-American actor and broadcaster, born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1995)
  • Nov 4 Lloyd James Austin, Australian linguist and literary scholar, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1994)
  • Nov 5 Moe Biller, American labor union officer (AFL-CIO, Postal Workers), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • Nov 7 Philip Morrison, American physicist, born in Somerville, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • Nov 9 Sargent Shriver, American politician and activist (Peace Corps), born in Westminster, Maryland (d. 2011)
  • Nov 9 André François, Hungarian-French cartoonist, born in Temesvár, Austria-Hungary (d. 2005)
  • Nov 11 Bernhard Heiliger, German artist and sculptor, born in Szczecin, Poland (d. 1995)
  • Nov 11 William Proxmire, American politician (Sen-D-WI, 1957-88), born in Lake Forest, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • Nov 12 Roland Barthes, French literary critic (L'Empire des Signer)
  • Nov 13 Howard Cooke, Governor-General of Jamaica (1991-2006), born in Goodwill, St. James, Jamaica (d. 2014)
  • Nov 13 Robert Sutton, electronics engineer
  • Nov 14 Edward Digby Baltzell, Ivy League sociologist
  • Nov 15 Bea Barrett, American golfer (Western Open 1938), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • Nov 18 Ken Burkhart, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals) and umpire, born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • Nov 19 Anita Lizana, Chilean tennis player (US Nat C'ships 1937; first Latin American major winner), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 1994)
  • Nov 20 Kon Ichikawa, Japanese director (Matatabi, Money Talks), born in Ise, Mie, Japan (d. 2008)
  • Nov 23 Ellen Drew [Esther Loretta Ray], American actress (Isle of Dead, Christmas in July), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • Nov 23 John Dehner [Forkum], American actor (The Right Stuff, Big Hawaii, Bare Essence), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 1992)
  • Nov 23 Julio Cesar Mendez Montenegro, politician

Person of interestAugusto Pinochet

Nov 25 Augusto Pinochet, Chilean general and dictator of Chile (1973-90), born in Valparaíso, Chile (d. 2006)

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet
  • Nov 25 George Mudie, cricketer (WI all-rounder in one Test 1935, 5 & 3-40)
  • Nov 25 Ron Hamence, cricketer (Australian batsman post-WWII)
  • Nov 26 Earl Wild, American composer and pianist (Caesar's Hour, NBC Symph 1942), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • Nov 26 Herbert Joeks, [Herman Hugten], Dutch actor (Snip & Snap, Pipo de clown), born in Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • Nov 27 Caro van Eyck [Gerarda Taytelbaum], Dutch actress (De stille Kracht, Medea), born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1979)
  • Nov 27 Victor Alessandro, composer
  • Nov 28 Pamela Harrison, English pianist and composer, born in Orpington, England (d. 1990)
  • Nov 28 Evald Okas, Estonian painter, born in Talinn, Estonia (d. 2011)
  • Nov 29 Earl W Sutherland, US pharmacologist (Nobel 1971)
  • Nov 29 Billy [William Thomas] Strayhorn, American pianist and composer (Take The 'A' Train), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • Nov 30 Angier Biddle Duke, American diplomat and the youngest American ambassador in history, born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • Nov 30 Henry Taube, chemist (Nobel 1983)
  • Nov 30 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, Knoxville Tennessee, American blues singer/guitarist

Famous Deaths


Person of interestBooker T. Washington

Nov 14 Booker T. Washington, educator/organizier, dies at 59 in Tuskegee Ala

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington
  • Nov 14 Theodor Leschetizky, composer, dies at 85
  • Nov 19 Joe Hill, Labor leader/songwriter, executed for murder
  • Nov 19 Solomon Schechter, Moldavian-American Talmudic scholar and rabbi, dies at about 64
  • Nov 27 Sigismund Vladislavovich Zaremba, Ukrainian-Russian composer, dies at 54
  • Nov 28 Luigi Capuana, Sicilian author and critic (C'era una Volta), dies at 76
  • Nov 28 Mubarak Al-Sabah "The Great", Emir of Kuwait (b. 1896)