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

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

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Nov 4 Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi is assassinated 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 "Perfect Fool" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 7 Hungary passes a law invalidating the Habsburg line of succession to the throne

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Nov 9 Partito Nazionalista Fascista formed in Italy by Mussolini

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini

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

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding
  • 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 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 songwriter, 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)

Person of interestCharles Bronson

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

  • 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 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 CBE, 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, composer
  • Nov 13 Eddie Calhoun, American jazz bassist, born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • Nov 13 Joonas Kokkonen, Finnish composer, 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 17 Albert Bertelsen, Danish painter

Person of interestRoy Campanella

Nov 19 Roy Campanella, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL MVP 1951,53,55 Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • Nov 19 Géza Anda, Hungarian-Swiss pianist (Mozart/Bartok), 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)

Person of interestRodney Dangerfield

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

Comedian and Actor Rodney Dangerfield
Comedian and Actor
Rodney Dangerfield
  • 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 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)

Person of interestAlexander 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)

Leader of Czechoslovakia Alexander Dubček
Leader of Czechoslovakia
Alexander Dubček
  • Nov 27 Ole Sarvig, Danish writer/critic (Limbo, Glem Ikke)
  • 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, premier of Japan, murdered
  • Nov 8 Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, Slovak poet (b. 1849)
  • Nov 12 Fernand Khnopff, Belgian painter and sculptor, dies at 63
  • 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, composer (Pink Lady), dies at 60