On This Day

What Happened in November 1921

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 National Birth Control League & Voluntary Parenthood League merge as American Birth Control League

Theater Premiere

Nov 2 Eugene O'Neill's play "Anna Christie" premieres in NYC

Historic Event

Nov 4 The Sturmabteilung or SA (the "Brown Shirts") is formally established by Adolf Hitler

  • Nov 4 Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi is assassinated by a right wing fanatic in Tokyo
  • Nov 5 Soviet Russia signs a treaty with Mongolia, temporarily supporting the new government against China and Japanese incursions
  • Nov 7 Ed Wynn's musical revue "The Perfect Fool" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 7 Hungary passes a law invalidating the Habsburg line of succession to the throne

Historic Event

Nov 9 Partito Nazionalista Fascista formed in Italy by Mussolini

Historic Event

Nov 11 US President Warren G. Harding dedicates Tomb of Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery

  • Nov 12 Washington Conference for Limitation of Armaments
  • Nov 13 US, France, Japan and British Empire sign a Pacific Treaty
  • Nov 14 The Communist Party of Spain is founded
  • Nov 15 KYW-AM in Philadelphia PA begins radio transmissions
  • Nov 21 The trial of the accused of the Bulhoek Massacre commences in South Africa
  • Nov 23 US President Warren G. Harding signs Willis Campell Act (anti-beer bill) forbidding doctors prescribing beer or liquor for medicinal purposes
  • Nov 26 Danish composer Rued Langgaard's "Music of the Spheres" (Sfærernes Musik) premieres at Konzerthaus in Karlsruhe, Germany; it is not performed in Denmark until 1969
  • Nov 28 Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha (Baha'i festival-Qawl 6, 78)
  • Nov 29 Coldest day in November in Netherlands -14.0°C
  • Nov 29 Z Parenteau & Schuyler Green's musical "Kiki" premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Ilse Aichinger, Austrian writer (Die größere Hoffnung), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2016)
  • Nov 1 Jan Tausinger, Romanian-Czech violist and composer, born in Piatra Neamţ, Romania (d. 1980)
  • Nov 1 John W. Peterson, American hymn writer ("It Took a Miracle"), publisher and editor (Singspiration), born in Lindsborg, Kansas (d. 2006)
  • Nov 2 Fernando Correia de Oliveira, Portuguese composer, born in Porto, Portugal (d. 2004)
  • Nov 2 William Donald Schaefer, American politician (Gov-D-Md), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2011)
  • Nov 2 Shepard Menken, American voice and character actor (The Wild Wild West), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • Nov 2 Bill Mosienko, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (fastest hat trick in NHL history, 21 seconds 1952; 5-time All Star), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1994)

Charles Bronson

Nov 3 Charles Bronson, American actor (Magnificent Seven, Death Wish, Dirty Dozen), born in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania (d. 2003) [1]

  • Nov 4 Antonio Ruiz Soler, Spanish flamenco dancer and choreographer, born in Seville, Spain (d. 1996)
  • Nov 5 György Cziffra, Hungarian-French pianist (Chopin/Liszt), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1994)
  • Nov 5 Fawzia Fuad, Egyptian princess who became Queen of Iran as the first wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, born in Ras el-Tin Palace, Alexandria, Sultanate of Egypt (d. 2013)
  • Nov 5 (Lawrence) "Red" Wootten, American country & western (The Whippoorwills, Gene Autry), jazz (Red Norvo; Tony Pastor), and session acoustic and electric bassist, born in Social Circle, Georgia
  • Nov 6 Geoff Rabone, New Zealand cricket all-rounder, captain (NZ 12 Tests @ 31.22, 16 wickets), born in Gore, Southland (d. 2006)
  • Nov 6 James Jones, American novelist (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), born in Robinson, Illinois (d. 1977)
  • Nov 7 Jack Fleck, American golfer (US Open 1955), born in Bettendorf, Iowa (d. 2014)
  • Nov 8 Douglas Townsend, American composer, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2012)
  • Nov 8 Gene Saks, American actor and director (One & Only, Prisoner of 2nd Ave), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • Nov 8 Jerome Hines [Heinz], American basso (I am The Way), born in Hollywood, California
  • Nov 9 Ivo Rudolph Jarosy, German-British film scholar and exhibitor, born in Berlin (d. 1996)
  • Nov 9 Silvio O. Conte, American politician (Rep-R-MA, 1959-91), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (d. 1991)
  • Nov 9 Viktor Chukarin, Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Mariupol, Ukraine (d. 1984)
  • Nov 9 Pierrette Alarie, Canadian operatic soprano, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2011)
  • Nov 11 Terrel Bell, American politician (2nd United States Secretary of Education 1981-84), born in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho (d. 1996)
  • Nov 11 Ron Greenwood, English soccer defender (Brentford) and manager (West Ham Utd 1961-74; FA Cup 1964, European Cup Winners' Cup 1965; England 1977-82), born in Worsthorne, England (d. 2006)
  • Nov 12 Robert Fleming, Canadian composer, born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (d. 1976)
  • Nov 13 Eddie Calhoun, American jazz bassist, born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • Nov 13 Joonas Kokkonen, Finnish composer (The Last Temptations), born in Iisalmi, Finland (d. 1996)
  • Nov 13 Yoshiro Irino, Japanese composer, born in Vladivostok, Russia (d. 1980)
  • Nov 14 Brian Keith, American actor (Family Affair, Loneliest Runner, The Parent Trap), born in Bayonne, New Jersey (d. 1997)
  • Nov 16 Ethel Gabriel (nee Nagy), American record producer and label executive (RCA, 1943-84), born in Milmont Park, Pennsylvania (d. 2021)
  • Nov 17 Albert Bertelsen, Danish painter

Roy Campanella

Nov 19 Roy Campanella, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL MVP 1951, 53, 55; World Series 1955; 8 x MLB All Star; Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)

  • Nov 19 Géza Anda, Hungarian-Swiss concert pianist (Mozart; Bartók), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1976)
  • Nov 19 Peter Ruckman, American Baptist minister and founder of Pensacola Bible Institute in Pensacola, Florida, born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 2016)
  • Nov 20 Phyllis Thaxter, American actress (Nora, Fort Worth), born in Portland, Maine (d. 2012)
  • Nov 20 Jim Garrison, American district attorney, politician and judge, born in Denison, Iowa (d. 1992)
  • Nov 20 Daniel "Dan" Frazer, American actor (Kojak, Take the Money and Run), born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • Nov 21 Vivian Blaine, American actress (Guys & Dolls, Skirts Ahoy), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1995)

Rodney Dangerfield

Nov 22 Rodney Dangerfield [John Cohen], comedian (Caddyshack), born in Babylon, New York

  • Nov 22 Brian Cleeve, Irish broadcaster (d. 2003)
  • Nov 23 Hein Roethof, Dutch journalist and politician (PvdA)
  • Nov 23 Ferdinando "Fred" Buscaglione, Italian singer and actor, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1960)
  • Nov 23 Jack Marshall, American jazz and session guitarist, film and television composer, arranger, and record producer (Capitol Records), born in El Dorado, Kansas (d. 1973)
  • Nov 24 John V Lindsay, (Mayor-R/D-NY, 1965-73)
  • Nov 25 Stanley Ho, Chinese casino tycoon who transformed Macao, born in Hong Kong (d. 2020)
  • Nov 26 Françoise Gilot, French painter, designer, and author (Life with Picasso), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • Nov 26 Verghese Kurien, Indian engineer (billion-litre idea), born in Calicut, India (d. 2012)

Alexander Dubček

Nov 27 Alexander Dubček, Czechoslovak politician who headed the Czech Communist Party and was deposed after a Soviet invasion, born in Uhrovec, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)

  • Nov 27 Ole Sarvig, Danish writer and critic (Limbo, Glem Ikke), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1981)
  • Nov 29 Dagmar [Virginia Ruth Egnor], American actress, model, and television personality (Broadway's Open House), born in Yawkey, West Virginia (d. 2001)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 4 Takasji Hara, Japanese politician, Prime Minister of Japan (1918-21), assassinated by right wing fanatic at 65
  • Nov 8 Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, Slovak poet (b. 1849)
  • Nov 12 Fernand Khnopff, Belgian painter and sculptor, dies at 63
  • Nov 14 Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil (while serving as regent signed law abolishing slavery), dies in exile at 75
  • Nov 17 John McLaren, cricketer (one Test Aust v Eng 1912), dies
  • Nov 17 Pa Chay Vue, Hmong Nationalist
  • Nov 27 Douglas Colin Cameron, Canadian politician (b. 1854)
  • Nov 28 `Abdu'l-Bahá, Persian leader of the Bahá'í Faith (b. 1844)
  • Nov 29 Ivan Caryll [Félix Tilkin], Belgian composer of operetta and musical comedy (The Shop Girl; The Spring Chicken; The Pink Lady), dies at 60