On This Day

November 1887 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 11 Anarchist Haymarket Martyrs August Spies (b. 1855), Albert Parsons (b. 1848), Adolph Fischer (b. 1858) and George Engel (b. 1836) are executed.
  • Nov 11 Construction of the Manchester Ship Canal starts at Eastham.
  • Nov 13 Bloody Sunday clashes in central London
  • Nov 15 British SS Wah Yeung catches fire on Canton River off Hong Kong
  • Nov 23 Notre Dame loses its 1st football game 8-0 to Michigan
  • Nov 24 Victorien Sardou's "La Tosca" premieres in Paris
  • Nov 29 US receives rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii
  • Nov 30 1st indoor softball game in Chicago

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 1 L. S. Lowry, British painter of industrial scenes, born in Stretford, England (d. 1976)
  • Nov 3 Samuil Marshak, Russian-Soviet writer, translator and children's poem poet, born in Voronezh, Russian Empire (d. 1964)
  • Nov 5 Oscar Bossaert, Belgian industrialist and chocolate manufacturer (Victoria), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • Nov 10 Arnold Zweig, German antifascist and author (Erziehung vor Verdun), born in Glogau, Silesia, Germany (d. 1968)

Person of interestGeorgia O’Keeffe

Nov 15 Georgia O'Keeffe, American sculptor/painter (Cow's Skull), born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (d. 1986)

Painter and Sculptor Georgia O’Keeffe
Painter and Sculptor
Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Nov 15 Hitoshi Asida, Japanese politician
  • Nov 15 Marianne Moore, poet (Pulitzer 1951, Collected Poems), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Nov 15 René Maran, Martinique, author (Batouala, Prix Goncourt)
  • Nov 16 Philip H. Frohman, American architect (Washington National Cathedral), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)

Person of interestBernard Montgomery

Nov 17 Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Alamein, British WWII Field Marshal (African campaign, D-Day) and WWI officer, born in London (d. 1976)

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • Nov 19 James B. Sumner, American chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate (d. 1955)
  • Nov 23 Henry Moseley, English physicist (d. 1915)
  • Nov 24 Erich von Manstein, German military commander (d. 1973)
  • Nov 25 Nikolai Vavilov, Russian geneticist (d. 1943)
  • Nov 26 Ernest de Silva, Sri Lankan business magnate and philanthropist, born in Colombo, British Ceylon (d. 1957)
  • Nov 28 Ernst Rohm, German staff member/Bolivian leader/SA

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 9 Painter Grandma Moses (27) weds Thomas Salmon Moses in New York

Primitive Painter Grandma Moses
Primitive Painter
Grandma Moses

Deaths in History


Person of interestDoc Holliday

Nov 8 Doc Holliday, American gambler and gunfighter, dies at 36

Gunfighter in the American Old West Doc Holliday
Gunfighter in the American Old West
Doc Holliday
  • Nov 18 Gustav Fechner, German psychologist and physicist (Weber–Fechner law), dies at 86

Person of interestEmma Lazarus

Nov 19 Emma Lazarus, American poet ("Give us your tired & poor"), dies in New York at 38

  • Nov 20 Louis Gallait, Belgian historical painter (Egmont & Receiver), dies at 77
  • Nov 25 Johann J Bachofen, Swiss historic rights, dies at 71