On This Day

What Happened in November 1919

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 1 British Admiral David Beatty becomes First Sea Lord

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty
  • Nov 5 Ir à Steringa Idzerda begins hosting "soirée-musical" on Dutch radio
  • Nov 6 1st Dutch radio program: Soirée Musicale with "Turf in you(r) ransel"
  • Nov 7 US police raid offices of Union of Russian Workers
  • Nov 10 1st observance of National Book Week
  • Nov 10 American Legion's 1st national convention (Minneapolis)
  • Nov 11 Pope Benedictus XV states Roman Catholics political/business views
  • Nov 12 Ross & Keith Smith start a 1 month flight from London to Australia
  • Nov 14 Red Army captures Omsk, Siberia
  • Nov 15 US Senate 1st invokes cloture to end a filibuster (Versailles Treaty)
  • Nov 16 Admiral Miklós Horthy, head of the Hungarian National Army, seizes Budapest and will later become regent of the restored Kingdom of Hungary
  • Nov 18 H Tierney & J McCarthy's musical "Irene" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 19 US Senate rejects the Treaty of Versailles by a vote of 55 to 39; Congress two years later approves resolution ending hostilities with Germany and Austria-Hungary
  • Nov 20 1st municipally owned airport in US opens (Tucson Az)
  • Nov 22 15,000 men are cremated at Domela Newenhouse, Amsterdam
  • Nov 22 Labor conference committee in US urges 8-hour work day and 48-hour week
  • Nov 27 Peace of Neuilly-sur-Seine: Allies & Bulgaria

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 27 Ignacy Jan Paderewski resigns as Polish Prime Minister

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 28 US-born Lady Nancy Astor elected as the 1st female member of the British House of Commons

1st Female MP in the United Kingdom Nancy Astor
1st Female MP in the United Kingdom
Nancy Astor

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 John H. Secondari, American author and newscaster (Open Hearing), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1975)
  • Nov 2 Jorge de Sena, Portuguese novelist and poet (Reino da Estupidez), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1978)
  • Nov 2 Warren Stevens, American actor (Richard Boone Show), born in Clark's Summit, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Nov 3 Bert Freed, American character actor (Shane, Invaders From Mars), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • Nov 3 Jesús Blasco, Spanish comic book author (Cuto), born in Barcelona (d. 1995)
  • Nov 4 Martin Balsam, American charaacter actor (Psycho, 12 Angry Men, Archie Bunker's Place, Catch 22), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • Nov 5 Myron Floren, American accordionist (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Roslyn, Day County, South Dakota (d. 2005)
  • Nov 5 Hasan Askari, Pakistani philosopher, critic and writer, born in Bulandshahr Uttar Pradesh, British India (d. 1978)
  • Nov 6 Alan Lisette, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow left-armer vs West Indies 1956), born in Morrinsville, New Zealand (d. 1973)
  • Nov 6 Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Portuguese poet and children's author (The Sea Girl), born in Oporto, Portugal (d. 2004)
  • Nov 8 P. L. Deshpande, Indian Marathi writer, born in Mumbai, India (d. 2000)
  • Nov 10 Bulldog Turner, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), born in Plains, Texas (d. 1998)
  • Nov 10 Moise Tshombe, President of Katanga, then premier of the Congo (Zaire), born in Musumba (d. 1969)
  • Nov 10 George Fenneman, American radio and TV announcer (You Bet Your Life), born in Peking China (d. 1997)

Person of interestMikhail Kalashnikov

Nov 10 Mikhail Kalashnikov, Russian general and inventor of the AK-47, born in Kurya, Kuryinsky District, Altai Krai, Russia (d. 2013)

  • Nov 10 François Périer [Pillu], French actor (Gervaise, Fantasia, Les Mains Sales), born in Paris, France (d. 2002)
  • Nov 11 Kalle Päätalo, Finnish novelist (Iijoki), born in Taivalkoski, Finland (d. 2000)
  • Nov 14 Lisa Otto, German soprano
  • Nov 15 Carol Bruce [Shirley Levy], American actress (Behind the Eight Ball, WKRP in Cincinnati), born in Great Neck, Long Island (d. 2007)
  • Nov 15 Joseph Wapner, American judge (People's Court), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • Nov 16 Udo Kasemets, Etonian-born Canadian composer, born in Talinn, Estonia (d. 2014)
  • Nov 17 Hershy Kay, American composer (Olympic Hymn, A Chorus Line), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1981)
  • Nov 17 Ludwig Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord, German journalist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1996)
  • Nov 18 Jocelyn Brando, American actress (The Big Heat, Ugly American, China Venture), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2005)
  • Nov 19 Angus "Alan" Young, British actor and voice actor (Mister Ed, Scrooge McDuck), born in North Shields, England (d. 2016)
  • Nov 20 Dulcie Gray, British singer, actress, author and lepidopterist (Mine Own Executioner), born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya (d. 2011)
  • Nov 20 Halka Grossman, Israeli resistance fighter and politician, born in Białystok, Second Polish Republic (d. 1996)
  • Nov 20 John McCarthy, English conductor, born in London (d. 2009)
  • Nov 21 Steve Brodie [John Stevenson], American actor (The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp), born in El Dorado, Kansas (d. 1992)
  • Nov 22 Wilfred Norman Aldridge, biochemist/toxicologist
  • Nov 23 Claudio Santoro, composer
  • Nov 23 Peter Strawson, English philosopher
  • Nov 24 John Silverlight,British journalist (The Observer)
  • Nov 24 David Kossoff, British actor and anti-drug campaigner (The Young Lovers, The Larkins), born in Hackney, London, England (d. 2005)
  • Nov 25 Chaim Pearl, Jewish rabbi and scholar, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1995)
  • Nov 26 Frederik Pohl, American sci-fi author (3 Hugo, Gateway, Bipohl), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • Nov 27 Siegfried Naumann, composer
  • Nov 28 Keith Miller, Australian cricketer (one of Australia's best ever all-rounders), born in Sunshine, Victoria, Australia (d. 2004)
  • Nov 29 Pearl Primus, Trinidad-born American dancer (popularized African dance), born in Port of Spain (d. 1994)
  • Nov 30 Anne S Wadman, Frisian literary (Fioele & faem, Smearlappen)
  • Nov 30 Jan Elburg, [Joannes G], Dutch poet (Through the Night)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 6 "The Sheik" actor Rudolph Valentino (24) weds actress Jean Acker (26)

Actor and Silent Film Idol Rudolph Valentino
Actor and Silent Film Idol
Rudolph Valentino

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 7 Hugo Haase, German MP (SPD), murdered at 56
  • Nov 9 Eduard Müller, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1848)
  • Nov 15 Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1913), dies at 52
  • Nov 15 Mohammad Farid, an influential Egyptian political figure.
  • Nov 18 Ferdinand Domela Newenhouse, anarchist (free socialist), dies
  • Nov 18 Adolf Hurwitz, German mathematician (Riemann–Hurwitz formula), dies at 60
  • Nov 22 Francisco Moreno, Argentine explorer, dies at 67