What Happened in November 1917

Historical Events

  • Nov 2 In WWI the 1st US soldiers are killed in combat: James Gresham, Thomas Enright and Merle Hay

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Nov 2 Balfour Declaration proclaims support for a Jewish state in Palestine

British Prime Minister Arthur Balfour
British Prime Minister
Arthur Balfour
  • Nov 2 Lansing-Ishii Agreement; US recognizes Japan's privileges in China
  • Nov 3 1st class US mail now costs 3 cents per ounce
  • Nov 5 Gen Pershing & US troops see action on Western Front for 1st time
  • Nov 5 Supreme Court decision (Buchanan v Warley) strikes down Louisville, Kentucky, ordinance requiring backs & whites to live in separate areas
  • Nov 6 [OS Oct 24] Bolshevik revolution begins with bombardment of the Winter Palace in Petrograd during the Russian October Revolution
  • Nov 6 New York State adopts a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote in state elections
  • Nov 7 British capture Gaza, Palestine, from Turks

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Nov 7 [OS Oct 25] October Revolution in Russia; Lenin and the Bolsheviks seize power, capture the Winter Palace and overthrow the Provisional Government.

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • Nov 8 People's Commissars gives authority to Lenin, Trotsky & Stalin during October Revolution
  • Nov 8 Telephone Co runs 1st advertisement for Army operators, receives 7,000 applicants
  • Nov 10 41 suffragists are arrested in front of White House
  • Nov 10 Faure's 2nd Violo Sonate premieres
  • Nov 10 New bolshevik government under Lenin suspends freedom of press (temporary) during October Revolution
  • Nov 16 British occupy Tel Aviv and Jaffa
  • Nov 17 Lenin defends "temporary" removal of freedom of the press
  • Nov 18 Sigma Alpha Rho, a Jewish high school fraternity, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Nov 20 First successful tank use in battle (Britain breaks through German lines) at Battle of Cambrai WWI
  • Nov 20 Ukrainian Republic declared

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Nov 21 Maxim Gorky calls Vladimir Lenin a blind fanatic and unthinking adventurer

Playwright & Author Maxim Gorky
Playwright & Author
Maxim Gorky
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • Nov 24 Nine police officers and one civilian are killed when a bomb explodes at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin police headquarters building.
  • Nov 26 NHL forms with Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Maroons, Toronto Arenas, Ottawa Senators & Quebec Bulldogs; National Hockey Association disbands
  • Nov 26 The new government of Russia offers an armistice to Germany and Austria-Hungary
  • Nov 28 Sigmund Romberg's revue "Over the Top" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 29 A Supreme Allied War Council meets at Versailles to define war aims

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Clarence E Miller, (Rep-R-OH, 1967- )
  • Nov 1 Margaret Taylor Burroughs, US author/house painter (Black Queen)
  • Nov 1 Zenna [Chlarson] Henderson, American sci-fi author (Anything Box)
  • Nov 2 Durward Knowles, yachtsman (Olympic gold 1968-Bahamas), born in Nassau, Bahamas
  • Nov 4 Leonardo Cimino, Italian-American actor (The Monster Squad, V, Dune, Waterworld, Hudson Hawk), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2012)
  • Nov 5 Claus Adam, American composer and cellist (Juilliard Quartet), born on Sumatra, Indonesia (d. 1983)
  • Nov 5 Jacob Everaers, office clerk/resistance fighter
  • Nov 5 Jacqueline Auriol, French aviatrix (d. 2000)
  • Nov 5 Banarsi Das Gupta, Indian former Chief Minister of Haryana (d. 2007)
  • Nov 6 Edgar Whitcomb, American politician and Governor of Indiana (1969-73), born in Hayden, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • Nov 7 Andras Mihaly, composer
  • Nov 7 Howard Rumsey, American jazz musician (Lighthouse Cafe), born in Brawley, California (d. 2015)
  • Nov 9 Herbert Lom, Czech-born British actor (Pink Panther, Dorian Gray), born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 2012)
  • Nov 11 Julien-Francois Zbinden, composer
  • Nov 11 [Dallas] Mack/McCord Reynolds, American sci-fi author (Earth War)
  • Nov 12 Joseph Coors, CEO (Adolph Coors Co Brewery)
  • Nov 12 Jo Stafford, Coalinga California, singer (You Belong to me, Never Smile Again)
  • Nov 13 Robert Sterling, American actor (George Kirby-Adv of Topper), born in New Castle, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • Nov 15 Gerardus H de Bold, bishop of Breda (1962-67)
  • Nov 16 John Whiting, British actor, dramatist and critic (PT Raiders, The Devils, The Good Companions), born in Salisbury, England (d. 1963)
  • Nov 17 Jack Lescoulie, TV host (Jackie Gleason Show), born in Sacramento, California

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Nov 19 Indira Gandhi, 4th Prime Minister of India (1966-77, 1980-84), born in Allahabad India (d. 1984)

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • Nov 20 Max Georg Baumann, composer
  • Nov 20 Pam Henningen, [Cornelia CP Ingenegeren], Indonesian/Dutch dancer
  • Nov 20 Ram Gopal, Indies/English dancer (Blue Peter, Purple Plain)
  • Nov 20 Robert Byrd, US Senator (Democrat-WV, 1959-2010), majority leader and once the longest-serving Senator in history, born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • Nov 20 Bobby Locke, South African golfer (d. 1987)
  • Nov 21 Sem Presser, Dutch press photographer
  • Nov 22 Jean-Etienne Marie, composer
  • Nov 22 Bridget Bate Tichenor (born Bridget Pamela Arkwright Bate), Mexican surrealist painter, born in Paris, France
  • Nov 23 Hugh Joseph Charles James L'Etang, medical writer
  • Nov 24 Richard Bilderback Hervig, composer
  • Nov 24 Rita Corita, [Hendrika Sturm], Dutch singer
  • Nov 27 "Buffalo" Bob Smith, TV host (Howdy Doody), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Nov 27 Tiny Rowland, [Roland Fuhrop], German/British owner (Observer)
  • Nov 28 Kees Schilperoort, Dutch radio/TV host
  • Nov 29 Merle Travis, Muhlenberg County KY, country singer (16 Tons) (d. 1983)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 3 Léon Bloy, French novelist and essayist (b. 1846)
  • Nov 8 Colyn Blythe, cricketer (2509 F-C wickets), dies at 38 during WW I
  • Nov 11 Liliuokalani [Lydia Kamakaʻeha], last queen of Hawaii (1891-93), dies from a stroke at 79
  • Nov 13 Emile Durkheim, French sociologist (Le suicide), dies
  • Nov 14 William Smith, British deserter in France, executed at 20

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Nov 17 Auguste Rodin, French sculptor (Baiser, Thinker), dies at 77

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Auguste Rodin
  • Nov 18 Henry Spiekman, social-democratic politician, dies at 43
  • Nov 19 Basil Grieve, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests England v South Africa 1889), dies
  • Nov 22 Teoberto Maler, German-born explorer (b. 1842)