November 1948 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 1 Mao's Red army conquers Mukden, Manchuria

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 2 US President Harry Truman re-elected in an upset over Republican Thomas E. Dewey

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey
Governor of New York
Thomas E. Dewey

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Nov 4 American-born British poet T. S. Eliot wins Nobel Prize for literature

Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot

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Nov 12 Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo sentenced to death by war crimes tribunal

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • Nov 12 The first mobile betatron (particle accelerator) begins operation at the U.S. Naval Ordnance Laboratory, White Oak, Maryland

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Nov 15 Mackenzie King retires after 22 years as Prime Minister of Canada

10th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King
10th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie King

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Nov 15 Louis St. Laurent is sworn in as the 12th Prime Minister of Canada

12th Prime Minister of Canada Louis St. Laurent
12th Prime Minister of Canada
Louis St. Laurent
  • Nov 16 Operation Magic Carpet - 1st plane from Yemen carrying Jews to Israel
  • Nov 17 Britain's House of Commons votes to nationalize steel industry
  • Nov 20 US balloon reaches height of 42.7 km (record)
  • Nov 23 Dr Frank G Back (NYC) patents lens to provide zoom effects
  • Nov 25 16-inch coastal guns removed from Fort Funston, San Francisco

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 26 1st polaroid camera sold for $89.75 in Boston at the Jordan Marsh department store. The Land Camera model 95 becomes the prototype for all Polaroid Land cameras produced for the next 15 years.

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land
  • Nov 27 Honda 1st opens in America
  • Nov 28 "Hopalong Cassidy" premieres on TV
  • Nov 30 Player-manager Lou Boudreau is selected AL MVP
  • Nov 30 Soviets set up a separate municipal government in East Berlin

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 5 Mel Ab-Owain, Welsh politician
  • Nov 5 Hridayananda dasa Goswami, ISKCON guru
  • Nov 5 Bernard-Henri Lévy, French public intellectual
  • Nov 8 Dale A Gardner, Fairmont Minn, Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 8, STS 51A), (d. 2014)
  • Nov 9 Bille August, director (Best Intentions, Twist & Shout)
  • Nov 9 Henrik S. Järrel, Swedish politician
  • Nov 10 Aaron Brown, American broadcast journalist
  • Nov 12 Hassan Rouhani, Iranian politician (President of Iran 2013-), born in Sorkheh, Semnan

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 14 Prince Charles [Charles Philip Arthur George], Prince of Wales/Duke of Cornwall, born in London

His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles
  • Nov 14 Jacob Kohnstamm, Dutch undersecretary of the Interior (D66, 1994-)
  • Nov 15 Roy P Dyson, (Rep-D-MD, 1981- )
  • Nov 16 Aline Issermann, director (Amant Magnifiquew)
  • Nov 16 Bonnie Greer, American playwright and critic
  • Nov 17 Howard Dean, American politician
  • Nov 18 Ural Nazibovich Sultanov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Nov 20 John R. Bolton, American ambassador
  • Nov 21 George Zimmer, American entrepreneur
  • Nov 24 Spider Robinson, Canada, sci-fi author (3 Hugo, Callahan's Secret)
  • Nov 25 Jacques P. Dupuis, French Canadian politician

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 18 KFC founder Colonel Sanders (58) weds his long-time employee Claudia Price

Businessman and Restaurateur Colonel Sanders
Businessman and Restaurateur
Colonel Sanders

Deaths in History

  • Nov 10 Julius Curtius, German foreign minister (1929- ), dies at 71
  • Nov 16 Frederick Gardner Cottrell, American Inventor (electrostatic precipitator), dies at 71
  • Nov 25 Kanbun Uechi, karate master (b. 1877)