What Happened in November 1954

Historical Events

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 1 General Fulgencio Batista elected President of Cuba

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • Nov 1 India takes over administration of 4 French Indian settlements
  • Nov 1 KUON TV channel 12 in Lincoln, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting

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Nov 1 US Senate admonishes Joseph McCarthy because of his slander campaigns

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • Nov 1 The Front de Libération Nationale fires the first shots of the Algerian War of Independence against France.
  • Nov 1 6th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Lee Petty wins
  • Nov 2 Charles C Diggs Jr elected Michigan's 1st black congressman
  • Nov 2 JS Thurmond is 1st senator elected by write-in vote (SC)
  • Nov 2 Taiwan & US sign military pact
  • Nov 3 Nobel for physics awarded to Max Born & Walter Bothe
  • Nov 4 "Fanny" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 888 performances
  • Nov 4 Philadelphia A's move to Kansas City
  • Nov 7 US spy plane shot down North of Japan
  • Nov 7 Cleveland Browns' Chet Hanulak sets club record with 7 punt returns & win by their largest margin of victory (59) beating Wash 62-3
  • Nov 8 AL approves Philadelphia A's move to Kansas City

Victory in battleRaising the Flag on Iwo Jima

Nov 10 Iwo Jima Memorial (servicemen raising US flag) dedicated in Arlington

  • Nov 10 Lt Col John Stapp travels 632 mph in a rocket sled

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 11 Publication of "Two Towers" 2nd volume of "Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Nov 12 Ellis Island, immigration station in NY Harbor, closed

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Nov 12 Lee Kuan Yew and others form the People's Action Party (PAP) in Singapore to work towards self-rule in Singapore

Founder of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
Founder of Modern Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew
  • Nov 13 1st Rugby League World Cup: Great Britain beats France 16-12
  • Nov 14 Egyptian pres Naguib fire, state of emergency declared
  • Nov 15 1st regularly scheduled commercial flights over North Pole begins
  • Nov 18 Yanks trade Woodling, Byrd, McDonald, Triandos, Miranada & Smith to Orioles for Turley, Larsen & Hunter as part of an 18 player deal
  • Nov 20 KTRK TV channel 13 in Houston, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 22 Humane Society (US) forms in Washington DC
  • Nov 23 For the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the peak it reached just before the 1929 crash.
  • Nov 24 Air Force One, 1st US Presidential airplane, christened
  • Nov 24 France sends 20,000 soldiers to Algeria
  • Nov 26 Test Cricket debut of Colin Cowdrey v Australia at Gabba
  • Nov 27 "By the Beautiful Sea" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 270 performances
  • Nov 27 42nd CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 26-25
  • Nov 27 Alger Hiss is released from prison after serving 44 months for perjury.
  • Nov 27 19th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 28-0 in Birmingham
  • Nov 28 1st pro football game in Netherlands
  • Nov 28 Cleveland Browns' Horace Gillom sets club record with 80-yard punt
  • Nov 28 KCKT (now KSNC) TV channel 2 in Great Bend, KS (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 30 1st meteorite known to strike a woman (Liz Hodges-Sylacauga Ala)
  • Nov 30 20th Heisman Trophy Award: Alan Ameche, Wisconsin (FB)
  • Nov 30 John Strydom succeeds D. F. Malan as premier of South Africa

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Ruben Guerrero, Mexico, relay swimmer (Olympic-1968)
  • Nov 2 Pat Croce, American entrepreneur
  • Nov 3 Adam Ant, [Stuart Goddard], English punk rocker (If I Strip For You), born in London, England
  • Nov 3 Godzilla, Japanese monster (Godzilla)
  • Nov 3 Kevin P Chilton, Lt Col USAF/Astronaut (STS 49, 59, 76), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 4 Chris Difford, guitarist/vocalist (Squeeze-Tempted)
  • Nov 6 Catherine Crier, American journalist and author (The Case Against Lawyers, A Deadly Game), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Nov 7 Kamal Haasan, Indian actor
  • Nov 8 Rickie Lee Jones, singer (Chuck E's in Love), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 8 David Bret, Anglo-French biographer and broadcaster
  • Nov 8 Michael D. Brown, U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency director
  • Nov 8 Kazuo Ishiguro, British author
  • Nov 8 Jeanette McGruder, American musician (P Funk)
  • Nov 9 Dennis Stratton, rock guitarist (Iron Maiden), born in London, England
  • Nov 9 Sue Upton, English actress and dancer
  • Nov 10 Mario Cipollina, California, rock bassist (Huey Lewis & The News)
  • Nov 11 Gail Marquis, WBL forward (NY Stars, Olympic-silver-1976)
  • Nov 11 Mary Gaitskill, American novelist
  • Nov 12 Bharat Reddy, cricket wicket-keeper (India 1979)
  • Nov 12 Paul McNamee, Australia, tennis star
  • Nov 13 Scott McNealy, American CEO of Sun Microsystems
  • Nov 13 Chris Noth, American actor
  • Nov 14 Bernard Hinault, French cyclist (Tour de France)
  • Nov 14 Yanni, new age musician (Live at the Acropolis, Sand Dance)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 14 Condoleezza Rice, 1st female African-American U.S. Secretary of State (2005-09), born in Birmingham, Alabama

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
US Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice
  • Nov 15 Ab Bryant, rock bassist/vocalist (Chilliwack)
  • Nov 15 Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Białogard Poland, politician and President of Poland (1995-2005)
  • Nov 16 Andrea Barrett, American author
  • Nov 16 Bruce Edwards, American golf caddy (d. 2004)
  • Nov 16 Dick Gross, Australian politician
  • Nov 17 Mark Brandon Read, Australian criminal
  • Nov 18 Guy Innes-Ker duke of Roxburghe, English large landowner
  • Nov 18 John Parr, British pop singer
  • Nov 18 Evan Gray, New Zealand cricketer
  • Nov 19 Annette Guest, US singer (First Choice)
  • Nov 19 Gail Stanton playmate (Jun, 1978), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Nov 19 Kathleen Quinlan, California, actress (Never Promised You a Rose Garden)
  • Nov 19 Tom Scheckel, rock drummer (Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 20 Frank Marino, rock guitarist (Mahogany Rush), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Nov 20 Steve Dahl, California, Chicago's anti-disco DJ (WLS-FM)
  • Nov 20 Berit Andnor, Swedish politician
  • Nov 21 Thomas Rothman, American film executive
  • Nov 23 Bruce Hornsby, Williamsburg Va, rock vocalist
  • Nov 23 Ferry Hoogendijk, Dutch editor in chief (Elsevier Magazine)
  • Nov 23 Ken Schrom, baseball player
  • Nov 23 Glenn Brummer, American baseball player
  • Nov 24 Emir Kusturica, Serbian filmmaker
  • Nov 26 Roz Chast, American cartoonist
  • Nov 26 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan militant leader
  • Nov 27 Patricia McPherson, Oak Harbor Wash, actress (Bonnie-Knight Rider)
  • Nov 27 Kimmy Robertson, American actress best known for her role as Lucy Moran in the TV series Twin Peaks
  • Nov 29 Joel Coen, filmmaker (Fargo, No Country for Old Men), born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota
  • Nov 30 George McArdle, rock bassist (Little River Band Melbourne
  • Nov 30 June Pointer, singer (Pointer Sisters-I'm So excited)
  • Nov 30 Simonetta Stefanelli, Italian Actress (The Godfather)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 1 Actor John Wayne (47) weds actress Pilar Pallete in Kona, Hawaii

Actor John Wayne
John Wayne

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 19 Actress Vera-Ellen (33) weds millionaire Victor Rothschild at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Los Angeles

Actress Vera-Ellen

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 20 NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (21) weds his high school sweetheart Dorothy Hoelle

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 1 Actor John Wayne (47) divorces actress Esperanza Baur due to drunken violence after 7 years of marriage

Actor John Wayne
John Wayne

Famous Deaths

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 3 Henri E B Matisse, French painter/sculptor (Dance II), dies at 84

Impressionist Painter Henri Matisse
Impressionist Painter
Henri Matisse
  • Nov 4 Stig H Dagerman, Swedish author (Burned Child), dies at 31
  • Nov 10 Hussein Fatemi, Iran Foreign minister, executed
  • Nov 11 John Rosamund Johnson, composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 13 Fay Baker, actress (Sorority Girl), dies at 60
  • Nov 15 Lionel Barrymore, [Blythe], actor (Dr Kildare, Key Largo), dies at 76
  • Nov 16 Albert Francis Blakeslee, American Botanist, dies at 80
  • Nov 19 Walter Bartley Wilson, founding member of Cardiff City F.C. (b. 1870)
  • Nov 21 Karol Rathaus, composer, dies at 59
  • Nov 21 Werner Elert, German Lutheran theologian, dies at 69
  • Nov 22 Andrej J Vysjinski, Russian UN ambassador, dies at 70
  • Nov 22 Moroni Olsen, actor (Possessed), dies at 65
  • Nov 22 Roderick McMahon, Professional Wrestling/Boxing Booker (b. 1882)
  • Nov 26 Bill Doak, former Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1891)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 28 Enrico Fermi, Italian/US nuclear physicist (Nobel 1938), dies of stomach cancer at 53

Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Enrico Fermi
  • Nov 29 George Edward Robey, English comic/actor (Henry IV), dies at 85
  • Nov 29 Dink Johnson, American musician (b. 1892)
  • Nov 30 Wilhelm Furtwängler, German conductor (b. 1886)