On This Day

November 1915 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 1 Parris Island is officially designated a US Marine Corps Recruit Depot.
  • Nov 2 First US election by proportional representation, Ashtabula, Ohio
  • Nov 6 1st military flight in Dutch East Indies (Tandjong Priok)
  • Nov 6 Sophokles Skouloudis forms Greek government
  • Nov 8 An Austrian-Hungarian submarine torpedoes and sinks the Italian liner 'Ancona' without warning, killing over 200 people
  • Nov 12 Britain annexes Gilbert & Ellice archipelago in the Western Pacific
  • Nov 12 Theodore William Richards is 1st American to win Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Historic Event

Nov 14 Tomáš Masaryk demands independence for Czechoslovakia

  • Nov 23 On the Tigris River in Mesopotamia, the Battle of Ctesiphon between Allied and Turkish forces enters its second day
  • Nov 24 Serbian leader flees to Albania
  • Nov 29 Fire destroys most of the buildings on Santa Catalina Island, California
  • Nov 30 St John Ervine's "John Ferguson" premieres in Dublin

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 4 Alistair Cameron Crombie, Australian historian of science, born in Brisbane, Australia (d. 1996)
  • Nov 4 Lloyd James Austin, Australian linguist and literary scholar, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1994)
  • Nov 5 Moe Biller, American labor union officer (AFL-CIO, Postal Workers), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • Nov 7 Philip Morrison, American physicist, born in Somerville, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • Nov 9 Sargent Shriver, American politician and activist (Peace Corps), born in Westminster, Maryland (d. 2011)
  • Nov 9 André François, Hungarian-French cartoonist, born in Temesvár, Austria-Hungary (d. 2005)
  • Nov 11 Bernhard Heiliger, German artist and sculptor, born in Szczecin, Poland (d. 1995)
  • Nov 11 William Proxmire, American politician (Sen-D-WI, 1957-88), born in Lake Forest, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • Nov 12 Roland Barthes, French literary critic (L'Empire des Signer)
  • Nov 13 Howard Cooke, Governor-General of Jamaica (1991-2006), born in Goodwill, St. James, Jamaica (d. 2014)
  • Nov 14 Edward Digby Baltzell, Ivy League sociologist
  • Nov 20 Kon Ichikawa, Japanese director (Matatabi, Money Talks), born in Ise, Mie, Japan (d. 2008)

Hu Yaobang

Nov 20 Hu Yaobang, Chinese communist official and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (1982–87), born in Liuyang, Hunan, Republic of China (d. 1989)

  • Nov 23 Julio Cesar Mendez Montenegro, Guatemalan politician, President of Guatemala (1966-70), born in Guatemala City (d. 1996)

Augusto Pinochet

Nov 25 Augusto Pinochet, Chilean general and dictator of Chile (1973-90), born in Valparaíso, Chile (d. 2006)

  • Nov 28 Evald Okas, Estonian painter, born in Talinn, Estonia (d. 2011)
  • Nov 29 Earl W. Sutherland, American pharmacologist (1971 Nobel Prize Medicine or Physiology 1971 - cyclic AMP), born in Burlingame, Kansas (d. 1974)
  • Nov 30 Angier Biddle Duke, American diplomat and the youngest American ambassador in history, born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • Nov 30 Henry Taube, chemist (Nobel 1983)

Deaths in History

  • Nov 19 Solomon Schechter, Moldavian-American Talmudic scholar and rabbi, dies at about 64
  • Nov 28 Luigi Capuana, Sicilian author and critic (C'era una Volta), dies at 76
  • Nov 28 Mubarak Al-Sabah "The Great", Emir of Kuwait (b. 1896)