November 1908 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 6 Leonid Andreyev's "Dui Nashey Zhizni" premieres in St Petersburg
  • Nov 7 Dutch capture Venezuelan navy
  • Nov 10 1st Gideon Bible put in a hotel room

Event of Interest

Nov 12 Andrew Fisher assumes the position of prime minister for what turns out to be a short-lived second Labour government, Australia

Event of Interest

Nov 14 Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light

  • Nov 14 Liberal candidate Jose Miguel Gomez wins national elections for president in Cuba
  • Nov 28 154 men die in coal mine explosion at Marianna, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 30 The US Secretary of State and Japan's ambassador to the US exchange notes in what becomes known as the Root-Takahira Agreement: they affirm support for an independent China with an 'open door' policy and for the status quo in the Pacific

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 4 Joseph Rotblat, Polish Physicist, (Nobel Peace Prize 1995 for work against nuclear arms), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2005)
  • Nov 4 Pauline Trigère, French-American fashion designer (Bell Bottoms), born in Paris (d. 2002)
  • Nov 8 Martha Gellhorn, American novelist and journalist who was one of the first female war correspondents, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1998)
  • Nov 10 Charles Merritt, Canadian Army officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross during World War II, born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2000)

Amon GöthAmon Göth (1908-1946)

Nov 12 Austrian SS commandant of the Płaszów concentration camp, born in Vienna, Austria

  • Nov 12 Hans Werner Richter, German author (Socially Responsible Cinema, Gruppe 47), born in Neu Sallenthin, Usedom (d. 1993)
  • Nov 12 Harry Blackmun, American lawyer and jurist (100th Supreme Court justice 1970-94), born in Nashville, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • Nov 13 C. Vann Woodward, American historian and educator, born in Vanndale, Arkansas (d. 1999)
  • Nov 14 Harrison Salisbury, American journalist and author (New York Times correspondent in Moscow), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1993)
  • Nov 16 Sœur Emmanuelle, Belgian-French religious sister, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2008)
  • Nov 21 Elizabeth George Speare, American author (The Witch of Blackbird Pond), born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • Nov 22 Michael Balfour, English historian, born in Oxford (d. 1995)
  • Nov 23 Nelson S. Bond, American sci-fi writer, born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • Nov 24 Harry Kemelman, American detective author (rabbi-omnibus), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • Nov 26 Charles Forte, Italian-British hotel magnate (Savoy), born in Mortale, Italy (d. 2007)
  • Nov 28 Arturo Frondizi, 35th President Argentina (1958-62), born in Paso de los Libres, Corrientes, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • Nov 28 Claude Lévi-Strauss, French social anthropologist and ethnologist (structuralism), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2009)

Adam Clayton Powell Jr.Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (1908-1972)

Nov 29 American politician (Rep-D-NY), born in New Haven, Connecticut

Weddings in History

Will Rogers

Nov 25 Vaudeville performer Will Rogers (29) weds Betty Blake

Deaths in History

  • Nov 4 Tomés Estrada Palma, Cuban politician, 1st president of Cuba (1902-06), dies at 73

Butch CassidyButch Cassidy (1866-1908)

Nov 7 American train and bank robber, shot by Bolivian soldiers at 42

  • Nov 8 William Edward Ayrton, English Physicist, Inventor and Electrical Engineer, dies at 60
  • Nov 12 William Keith Brooks, American marine zoologist (anatomy and embryology of marine animals), dies at 60
  • Nov 14 Kwang-siu, emperor of China, dies
  • Nov 15 Empress Dowager Cixi [the old Buddha], empress-widow of China, dies at 72
  • Nov 16 Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, French Canadian politician (7th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia), dies at 78
  • Nov 20 Georgy Voronoy, Russian mathematician (Voronoi diagram), dies at 40
  • Nov 27 Jean Albert Gaudry, French geologist and palaeontologist, dies at 81