November 1900

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November 6, 1900: William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt win presidential election
November 30, 1900: Oscar Wilde dies of meningitis
November 17, 1900: U.S. Navy demonstrates world's most powerful weapon, the 12"/40 armor-piercing gun
November 7, 1900: Canadian Prime Minister retains office with Liberal majority

The following events occurred in November 1900:

November 1, 1900 (Thursday)Edit

  • Tsar Nicholas II became seriously ill with typhoid fever, precipitating a crisis in the Russian Empire during the entire month. When it appeared that the Tsar's death was imminent, his advisors argued over whether he should be succeeded by his brother, Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich, or, since he had no sons, by his young daughter Olga. Future Prime Minister Sergei Witte would relate later that a revision of the succession law came from the crisis, that would have allowed women to succeed to the throne. Nicholas began recovering on November 28, and would reign until being deposed during the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. Nicholas, Michael, Olga, and the rest of the royal family would be murdered in 1918.[1]
  • Pope Leo XIII issued the encyclical Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus[2]

November 2, 1900 (Friday)Edit

November 3, 1900 (Saturday)Edit

  • The first automobile show in the United States was held at Madison Square Garden, sponsored by the Automobile Club of America. More than 70 manufacturers put on exhibits and more than 7,000 spectators appeared on the first day of what detractors called "the horseless horse show".[4]
  • The first "ground control" station was set up at Ostend, Belgium, allowing constant contact between the station and Belgian ships sailing the route between Ostend and Dover. The Princess Clementine stayed in communication with the shore during its entire journey.[5]
  • Born: Adolf "Adi" Dassler, founder of the Adidas shoe company, in Herzogenaurach, Germany; (d. 1978)

November 4, 1900 (Sunday)Edit

November 5, 1900 (Monday)Edit

November 6, 1900 (Tuesday)Edit

Losing candidate Bryan
  • William McKinley was re-elected as President of the United States, with 292 electoral votes over 155 for Democrat challenger William Jennings Bryan. The Republican party increased its lead in the Senate to 57–33, and to 202–155 in the House [9] The popular vote was 7,219,530 for McKinley, and 6,358,071 for Bryan.[10]

November 7, 1900 (Wednesday)Edit

November 8, 1900 (Thursday)Edit

November 9, 1900 (Friday)Edit

  • Benjamin Holt applied for the patent for the Track-Type Tractor, the continuous track or the caterpillar track, used for heavy machinery including tanks and bulldozers. Because the tracks distribute a vehicle's weight over a larger surface than wheels can, tracked vehicles are less prone to sink or get stuck.[16]
  • At Mukden, Admiral Yevgeni Alekseyev signed an agreement with the Military Governor of Manchuria, Tseng-sh'i, giving Russia control of the area.[17]

November 10, 1900 (Saturday)Edit

November 11, 1900 (Sunday)Edit

  • The Baron de Coubertin announced that the 1904 Olympic Games would be hosted by the United States.[19]
  • The musical Florodora began its run on Broadway, a year after first being shown in London. Closing after 505 performances, it would be revived in 1902, 1905 and 1920. The six "Florodora Girls"—Marie Wilson, Agnes Wayburn, Marjorie Relyea, Vaughn Texsmith, Daisy Green and Margaret Walker—each stood 5'4 and each weighed 130 pounds.[20]
  • Born: Halina Konopacka, Polish track athlete, Olympic medalist and record holder, in Rawa Mazowiecka; (d. 1989)

November 12, 1900 (Monday)Edit

  • The Exposition Universelle of 1900 closed in Paris. Three cannon shots fired from the Eiffel Tower signalled the end of the world's fair that had started in April.[21]
  • The U.S. War Department announced that, effective December 15, the "Department of Porto Rico" would be discontinued, and that Brig. Gen. George W. Davis, the military governor of Puerto Rico, would be transferred to the Philippines in conjunction with the reduction of troops there.[22]

November 13, 1900 (Tuesday)Edit

  • Arthur Jenner, Britain's Sub-Commissioner assigned to the Jubaland province in the colony of British Somaliland, was murdered on orders of two of the Chiefs of the Ogaden, Hassan Yera and Hassan Odel. Yera had been arrested earlier on Jenner's orders as part of a murder investigation.[23]
  • Valdemar Poulsen of Denmark was awarded U.S. Patent No. 661,619 for the first sound recording device, which he called the telegraphone.[24] In the summer of 1898, Poulsen found that a telephone, connected to an electromagnet (which, in turn moved along a piece of piano wire) could electronically store the sound of his voice; and that the sound could be "played back" to a telephone receiver by moving the magnet back over the wire.[25]
  • Born: "Carbine" Williams, American inventor, in Cumberland County, North Carolina (d. 1975)

November 14, 1900 (Wednesday)Edit

  • After 100 players from baseball's National League jumped to the new American League – including Cy Young and Nap Lajoie – war between the circuits began and the NL declared the AL to be an "outlaw league".[26]
  • Born: Aaron Copland, American composer, in Brooklyn; (d. 1990)

November 15, 1900 (Thursday)Edit

  • Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) had its genesis with the donation of one million dollars by Andrew Carnegie to the city of Pittsburgh, to build a college on land provided by the city. The buildings of the Carnegie Technical Schools would be constructed at Schenley Park over the next several years, and on October 16, 1905, the first 120 engineering students would be admitted.[27]

November 16, 1900 (Friday)Edit

  • The Philadelphia Orchestra gave its first public concert, conducted by Fritz Scheel. From 1912 to 1938, the orchestra would be conducted by Leopold Stokowski.[28]
  • In a gruesome lynching, 16-year-old Preston Porter, Jr., was burned at the stake in Limon, Colorado, a week after he had killed 11-year-old Louise Frost at the same location. At 3:45 p.m., a mob of 300 citizens stopped a train transporting Porter to the county jail and removed Porter from the train, with an intent to hang him. Richard W. Frost, the girl's father, was given a choice for the method of execution, and a 6:23 p.m., he set fire to a kerosene soaked pile of wood as the mob, and reporters, watched. Porter took 20 minutes to die.[29]
  • During a parade in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw), Poland, a woman threw a hatchet at the open carriage of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Selma Schnapke, later ruled to be insane, threw well enough that the "hand chopper" struck the imperial carriage, and was arrested.[30]

November 17, 1900 (Saturday)Edit

  • Tests were completed at the Indian Head Proving Ground in Maryland of the most advanced American weapon up to that time. The twelve-inch 40-caliber naval gun was designed to fire shells that "would pierce any armor ever made". Forty of the guns were scheduled to be placed on new battleships and armored cruisers.[31]
  • British Field Marshal Herbert Kitchener announced plans to "depopulate the towns in the Transvaal".[32] In accordance with the order, the burning of farms would be discontinued, and civilians would be relocated to what became described by British M.P. John Ellis as "concentration camps", a term coined from "reconcentrado" camps that Spain had set up in Cuba. By October 1901, the camps would house 111,619 white and 43,780 black citizens, and a death rate of 34 percent.[33]
  • Dr. Ernest Reynolds discovered the cause of an outbreak of alcoholic neuritis and revealed what would turn out to be one of the United Kingdom's worst scandals involving food contamination. Suspecting arsenic poisoning, Dr. Reynolds analyzed a sample of a particular brand of beer that many of the patients at the Manchester Workhouse Hospital had been drinking, and found that "it contained an appreciable amount of arsenic".[34] Three days later, Dr. Sheridan Delepine of Owens College analyzed samples of beer from 14 Manchester breweries and found similar arsenic levels. The problem would be traced to a manufacturer of contaminated glucose used in the brewing process, and then to impure sulphuric acid used in processing the glucose. The acid manufacturer had, for eight months, been using a different system in producing the acid. In February, a Royal Commission would be appointed to investigate and would conclude that 6,000 poisonings (including 70 deaths) had resulted from the contaminated beer [34] and that from November 25 to January 10, 36 of those deaths were in Manchester.[35]

November 18, 1900 (Sunday)Edit

  • Herbert Hoover, "an American mining engineer who was present at the siege of Tien-Tsin", was interviewed by the New York Times and predicted that "Unless our government adopts a more forcible policy, we will have a calamity in China that has not been equaled in the history of the world." The 26-year-old engineer, destined to become the 31st President of the United States, went on to say "Our whole policy has been to pat a rattlesnake on the head." [36]

November 19, 1900 (Monday)Edit

  • The Colombian Navy seized the British steamer Taboga after the ship's captain refused to allow Colombian troops to be transported on the ship to Buenaventura.[37]
  • The Baylor University College of Medicine opened.

November 20, 1900 (Tuesday)Edit

November 21, 1900 (Wednesday)Edit

November 22, 1900 (Thursday)Edit

November 23, 1900 (Friday)Edit

November 24, 1900 (Saturday)Edit

  • At New Haven, Connecticut, college football's two remaining undefeated and untied teams-- Yale (11–0–0) and Harvard (10–0–0) met to close the 1900 season. Yale won the unofficial national championship, 28–0.[42]
  • The "War of the Golden Stool", fifth and last of the Anglo-Ashanti wars in what is now Ghana, ended as British troops brought in 31 captured kings and chiefs as prisoners of war.[43]

November 25, 1900 (Sunday)Edit

November 26, 1900 (Monday)Edit

  • Russian Admiral Yevgeni Ivanovich Alekseyev signed an agreement with Tseng Ch'i, the Chinese Governor-General of Mukden, effectively giving the Russians freedom to control Manchuria for as long as necessary.[45]
  • There is no "Allis, Wisconsin", but on this date, the Edward P. Allis Company moved to the community of North Greenfield, Wisconsin and became its largest employer. Two years later, the town would be incorporated as West Allis, Wisconsin.[46]

November 27, 1900 (Tuesday)Edit

  • Died: U.S. Senator Cushman K. Davis (R-Minnesota), in Saint Paul. As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Cushman championed American acquisition of overseas territories in Hawaii, Cuba and the Philippines. He liked to say that "I stand in the vestibule of the 20th century", but died 34 days before the end of the 19th Century.[47] He had injured his right foot in September while campaigning for President McKinley's re-election, reportedly from "blood poisioning caused by the dye of a black silk stocking which entered his system through a slight abrasion".[48] His last words, reportedly, were "Oh, that I might live five years more for my country's sake!"[49]

November 28, 1900 (Wednesday)Edit

  • Anton Chekhov's play The Wedding was given its first performance, making its debut at the Moscow Hunt Club.[50]
  • Died: Halcyon Skinner, eulogized as "the man who revolutionized the carpet making industry", was killed when he accidentally stepped in front of a train near his home in Yonkers, New York. In 1849, Skinner had invented various looms that lowered the costs for manufacturing carpets.[51]

November 29, 1900 (Thursday)Edit

  • Thirteen people were killed, and more than 80 seriously injured while, watching the football game between Stanford and California. Over 100 persons had gathered on the roof of the Pacific Glass Works in Palo Alto for a free view of the game. When the roof collapsed, many of the victims fell into vats of molten glass.[52]
  • Born: Mildred Gillars, who later become the Nazi-propaganda broadcaster "Axis Sally", as Mildred Sisk in Portland, Maine (d. 1988)

November 30, 1900 (Friday)Edit

  • The ten-member Isthmian Canal Commission, chaired by Rear Admiral John G. Walker of the U.S. Navy, voted unanimously to recommend to President McKinley and to the U.S. Congress that the proposed canal between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans be built across Nicaragua rather than the Colombian Departamento del Istmo, also known by the name of its departmental capital, Panamá.[53]
  • In the Philippines, 1,200 Filipino fighters surrendered to American forces at Vigan on the island of Luzon [54]
  • Died: Irish playwright, poet and novelist Oscar Wilde, 46, died of cerebral meningitis in room 16 of the Hotel d'Alsace at 13 Rue des Beaux Arts in Paris.[55] His death came at 1:45 in the afternoon.[56]


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