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Historical Events in November 1917

  • 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

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Nov 6 [OS Oct 24] Bolshevik revolution begins with bombardment of the Winter Palace in Petrograd during the Russian October Revolution

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Protesters scatter in Petrograd shortly after Russian government troops opened fire
Protesters scatter in Petrograd shortly after Russian government troops opened fire
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  • 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 7 The Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic is proclaimed; first Council of People's Commissars is formed with Vladimir Lenin as leader and including Leon Trotsky and Joseph Stalin
  • 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 1st successful tank use in battle, at the Battle of Cambrai in World War I as Britain uses the new technology to break through German lines
  • 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