What Happened in November 1931

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 Dupont introduces synthetic rubber
  • Nov 2 Warren, Dixon & Young's musical "Laugh Parade" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 3 First commercially produced synthetic rubber manufactured
  • Nov 4 Jean Genet's "Judith" premieres in Paris

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Nov 7 Chinese People's Republic proclaimed by Mao Zedong

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • Nov 10 4th Academy Awards: "Cimarron", Lionel Barrymore & Marie Dressler win
  • Nov 11 Cornerstones laid for Opera House & Veteran's Building in San Francisco
  • Nov 12 Maple Leaf Gardens opens in Toronto - Chic Blackhawks beat Leafs, 2-1
  • Nov 12 Sibelius/Ashton's ballet "Lady of Shalott" premieres in London
  • Nov 13 Hattie Caraway (D-AK) appointed first US woman senator
  • Nov 14 Ottawa Mint Act is proclaimed in Britain

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Nov 17 Bradman scores 135 NSW v South Africa, 128 mins, 15 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

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Nov 17 Charles Lindbergh inaugurates Pan Am service from Cuba to South America in the Sikorsky flying boat "American Clipper"

  • Nov 20 Commercial teletype service begins (AT&T)
  • Nov 22 Ferde Grofe's "Grand Canyon Suite" premieres
  • Nov 23 Nationally Crisis Committee forms in Hague
  • Nov 27 1st Test Cricket match at the Gabba Bradman scores 200 on 1st day
  • Nov 28 Bradman scores 226, the 1st Test Cricket century at Gabba, v South Africa
  • Nov 30 His Master's Voice & Columbia Records merge into EMI

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 2 Phil Woods, Jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Nov 3 Monica Vitti, [Ceciarelli], actress (Tigers in Lipstick), born in Rome, Italy
  • Nov 3 Yon Hyong-muk, North Korean politician (d. 2005)
  • Nov 4 Darla Hood, Leedey Oklahoma, singer/actress (Little Rascals)
  • Nov 5 Ike Turner, Miss, AKA Mr Tina Turner!, guitarist (A Fool in Love)
  • Nov 6 Mike Nichols[Peschowsky], German-born American director (Catch 22, Biloxi Blues), born in Berlin, (d. 2014)
  • Nov 6 Tsvetan Tsvetanov, composer
  • Nov 6 Peter Collins, English race car driver (d. 1958)
  • Nov 7 Gerald Humel, composer
  • Nov 8 Morley Safer, Canadian American TV newscaster (60 Minutes), born in Toronto, Canada (d. 2016)
  • Nov 9 Tommy Greenhough, cricketer (English leg-spinner in 4 Tests 1959-60)
  • Nov 9 Whitey Herzog, baseball manager (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Nov 10 Toma Prosev, Macedonian composer, born in Skopje
  • Nov 11 Fortney H [Pete] Stark, (Rep-D-CA, 1973- )
  • Nov 12 Bob Crewe, songwriter and producer (Big Girls Don't Cry), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • Nov 12 Norman Y Mineta, (Rep-R-CA, 1975- )
  • Nov 13 Anthony Jacobs, English industrialist (BSM)
  • Nov 13 Joan Lestor, British MP
  • Nov 13 John A Manke, US test pilot (HL-10)
  • Nov 13 AndrĂ©e Lachapelle, French Canadian actress
  • Nov 14 Claudia Jane Archibald, parapsychologist
  • Nov 15 Jan Terlouw, Dutch MP (D-66)/author (Winters in Wartime)
  • Nov 15 John Kerr, American actor (South Pacific, Peyton Place, Pit & Pendulum), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 15 Mwai Kibaki, President of Kenya
  • Nov 15 Pascal Lissouba, Congo politician
  • Nov 16 Bob Gibson, folk musician, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • Nov 16 Luciano Bottaro, Italian comic book artist (d. 2006)
  • Nov 16 Hubert Sumlin, American blues musician
  • Nov 21 Malcolm Williamson, composer
  • Nov 21 Revaz Dogonadze, Georgian scientist (d. 1985)
  • Nov 23 Yevgeni Grischin, USSR, 500m/1500m speed skater (Oly-gold-1956, 60)
  • Nov 23 Gloria Lynne, American singer
  • Nov 25 Dickie Jeeps, English rugby international/chairman Sports Council
  • Nov 26 Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Buenos Argentina, (1980 Nobel Peace Prize)
  • Nov 26 Adrianus J "Cardinal" Simonis, archbishop of Utrecht
  • Nov 26 Giuliana Chenal-Minuzzo, Italy, downhill skier (Olympic-bronze-1952)
  • Nov 27 Juan Guinjoan, composer
  • Nov 28 Dervla Murphy, travel author (Full Tilt, In Ethiopia with a Mule)
  • Nov 28 Hope Lange, Redding Ridge Ct, actress (Ghost & Mrs Muir)
  • Nov 28 Ian Skipper, English businessman/multi-millionaire (Heritage Projects)
  • Nov 28 Rinus Ferdinandusse, editor/author (Nude on Fence)
  • Nov 28 Thomas Enders, diplomat
  • Nov 29 Frank T Mdlalose, KwaZulu minister of Internal minister
  • Nov 29 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor (d. 1997)
  • Nov 29 AndrĂ© Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (d. 2003)

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Nov 30 Bill Walsh, NFL coach (San Francisco 49ers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh
  • Nov 30 Gunther Herbig, Usti-nad-Labem Czech, conductor (East Berlin Orch)
  • Nov 30 Jack Ging, Alva Ok, actor (11th Hour, Ripcord, Tales of Wells Fargo)
  • Nov 30 Jack Sheldon, actor (Run Buddy Run, Merv Griffin), born in Jacksonville, Florida

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 9 Actress Gloria Swanson (32) weds Michael Farmer


Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 9 Actress Gloria Swanson (32) divorces aristocrat Henri de la Falaise (33) after 6 years of marriage


Famous Deaths

  • Nov 2 Arthur James Cook, union leader (coal miners), dies at 47
  • Nov 2 Harry Musgrove, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885), dies
  • Nov 3 Rudolf W Canne, Fries playwright (Peaske), dies at 60
  • Nov 4 Charles Buddy Bolden, US jazz musician, dies
  • Nov 11 Shibusawa Eiichi, Japanese industrialist (b. 1840)
  • Nov 15 Cornelis A J van Dishoeck, publisher, dies
  • Nov 17 Georgi Atanasov, composer, dies at 50
  • Nov 17 John P Lotsy, botanist/geneticist (Resumptio Genetics), dies at 64
  • Nov 19 Frederic Cliffe, composer, dies at 74
  • Nov 19 Xu Zhimo, Chinese poet (b. 1897)
  • Nov 23 Evert Cornelis, Dutch conductor/pianist, dies
  • Nov 27 Lya De Putti, Hungarian actress (b. 1899)
  • Nov 30 John Hyatt Brewer, composer, dies at 75
  • Nov 30 Marc-Jean-Baptiste Delmas, composer, dies at 46