On This Day

What Happened in November 1926

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 US Air Commerce Act passes

Appointment of Interest

Nov 3 Legendary baseball figure Ty Cobb resigns as Detroit Tigers manager; replaced by George Moriarty, first man to hold MLB's 4 principal jobs: player, umpire, scout and manager

Historic Event

Nov 9 Italian Communist leader Antonio Gramsci is arrested in Rome

  • Nov 10 Guomindang-regring deallocates seat of Kanton to Wuhan (Hankou)

Historic Event

Nov 10 Vincent Massey becomes 1st Canadian minister to USA

Appointment of Interest

Nov 11 Future Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman Eddie Collins is released as Chicago White Sox player/manager; replaced by another future HOF'er catcher Ray Schalk

  • Nov 11 U.S. Route 66 is established from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California 2,448 miles (3,940 km)
  • Nov 12 The first recorded aerial bombing on US soil took place in Williamson County, Illinois, during a feud between rival liquor gangs, the Sheltons and the Birgers
  • Nov 13 Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) uprising in Bantam, West Java
  • Nov 15 1st formal radio network, RCA takes over AT&T 25 station Network (NBC)
  • Nov 15 AT&T sells WEAF radio to RCA (NYC)
  • Nov 16 New York Rangers ice hockey club first game; beat Montreal Maroons, 1-0 at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Nov 17 NHL's Chicago Black Hawks play their 1st game, beat Tor St Pats 4-1

Catholic Encyclical

Nov 18 Pope Pius XI encyclical On persecution of Church in Mexico

Nobel Prize

Nov 18 George Bernard Shaw accepts the Nobel Prize for Literature but refuses the prize money, saying "I can forgive Alfred Nobel for inventing dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize"

  • Nov 19 British miners' strike ends after 28 weeks

Historic Event

Nov 19 Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Politburo in the Soviet Union

  • Nov 22 Imperial Conference ends, giving autonomy inside British Commonwealth

Music History

Nov 23 Noël Coward's "This Was a Man" premieres in NYC

  • Nov 24 KVI-AM in Seattle WA begins radio transmissions
  • Nov 24 Sri Aurobindo retires to lead life of seclusion, hands responsibility for followers to Mirra Alfassa (founding of Sri Aurobindo ashram)
  • Nov 27 110,000 watch US Army & Navy play a 21-all tie

Music Premiere

Nov 27 Béla Bartók's ballet "Miraculous Mandarin" premieres at the Cologne Opera, Germany, conducted by Eugen Szenkar

  • Nov 27 Italian & Albania sign peace treaty
  • Nov 27 KXL-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions
  • Nov 27 Restoration of Williamsburg, Virginia, begins

Sports History

Nov 29 Tris Speaker resigns as Indians manager

  • Nov 29 W Somerset Maughams "Constant Wife" premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Betsy Palmer [Patricia Betsy Hrunek], American actress (Mr Roberts, Friday the 13th), born in East Chicago, Indiana (d. 2015)
  • Nov 2 Myer Skoog, American basketball guard (NBA C'ship 1952-4; Minneapolis Lakers), born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 2019)
  • Nov 3 Valdas Adamkus, President of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Nov 5 Leo Derksen, Dutch journalist (Telegraph/Sunday Newspaper), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 2002)
  • Nov 5 John Berger, English art critic and author (Ways of Seeing), born in London (d. 2017)
  • Nov 6 Brian Abel-Smith, British economist and expert adviser, born in Kensington Court Gardens, London (d. 1996)
  • Nov 7 Dame Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano, known as 'La Stupenda' (Metropolitan Opera debut 1961), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Nov 7 Jimmie Haskell [Sheridan Pearlman], American arranger (Ricky Nelson, Chicago, Sheryl Crow), and film and television score composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • Nov 9 Luis Miguel Dominguín, Spanish bullfighter, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1996)
  • Nov 11 Harry Lumley, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Owen Sound, Ontario (d. 1998)
  • Nov 11 Maria Teresa de Filippis, Italian racing car driver (first woman to complete in Formula One), born in Naples (d. 2016)
  • Nov 12 Jack Ryan, American inventor at Mattel (Barbie Doll, Hot Wheels, Chatty Cathy) (d. 1991)
  • Nov 13 Max Vernon Mathews, American composer, born in Columbus, Nebraska (d. 2011)
  • Nov 13 Don Gordon [Guadagno], American actor (Bullitt; Papillon), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • Nov 13 Harry Hughes, 57th Governor of Maryland (1979-87), born in Easton, Maryland
  • Nov 16 Ton de Leeuw, Dutch composer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • Nov 18 Dorothy Collins [Marjorie Chandler], Canadian-American singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), born in Windsor, Ontario (d. 1994)
  • Nov 18 Kim Besly, Peace activist (Greenham Common) (d. 1996)
  • Nov 18 Estanislao Basora, Spanish footballer (The Monster of Colombes, 22 caps for Spain, 301 matches for Barcelona), born in Barcelona, Catalonia (d. 2012)
  • Nov 19 Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, US ambassador to UN (R), born in Duncan, Oklahoma
  • Nov 20 Terry Hall, English ventriloquist, born in Chadderton, Lancashire, England (d. 2007)
  • Nov 20 Andrzej W. Schally, Polish-American endocrinologist (Nobel 1997), born in Wilno, Poland
  • Nov 22 Lew Burdette, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1957, 59; World Series MVP 1957; no hitter 1960; Milwaukee Braves), born in Nitro, West Virginia (d. 2007)
  • Nov 22 Zulfiqar Ahmed, Pakistani cricket pace bowler (9 Tests 1952-56)
  • Nov 23 Christopher Logue, British poet and stage writer (Trials)
  • Nov 23 R. L. Burnside, American blues musician (Deep Blues), born in Harmontown, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • Nov 23 Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru and philosopher, born in Puttaparthi, British India (d. 2011)
  • Nov 23 Vann Molyvann, Cambodian architect (New Khmer architecture), born in Ream, Cambodia (d. 2017)
  • Nov 24 Alan Owen, English author (Maggie May, Ronnie Barker Show)
  • Nov 24 Tsung-Dao Lee, Nobel Prize laureate
  • Nov 25 Jeffrey Hunter, American actor (Star Trek Cage, The Searchers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1969)
  • Nov 25 Murray Schisgal, playwright (Luv)
  • Nov 25 Poul Anderson, American science-fiction and fantasy author, winner of 7 Hugo and 3 Nebula Awards (The Sharing of Flesh; Mirkheim; After Doomsday), born in Bristol, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • Nov 26 Mauro Bortolotti, Italian composer, born in Narni, Italy (d. 2007)

Beji Caid Essebsi

Nov 29 Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia's 1st freely elected President (2014-2019), born in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia (d. 2019)

  • Nov 30 Richard Crenna, American actor (Rambo, Summer Rental, Sand Pebbles), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)

Famous Weddings

  • Nov 10 Belgium crown prince Leopold weds princess Astrid Bernadotte of Sweden

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Louis H Chrispijn, Dutch actor and director (Krates), dies at 72
  • Nov 1 Wilfred Flowers, English cricket all-rounder (8 Tests; Nottinghamshire CCC), dies at 69

Annie Oakley

Nov 3 Annie Oakley [Phoebe Ann Moses], American sharp shooter (Buffalo Bill's Wild West), dies of pernicious anemia at 66

  • Nov 17 Carl Akeley, American taxidermist and naturalist who developed the animal mount process and other techniques for museums, dies at 62
  • Nov 22 Darvish Khan, Iranian classical tar (Persian lute) player, dies in a vehicle accident at 54
  • Nov 23 Frederic Ayers, American composer, dies at 50
  • Nov 26 John M Brown, US weapons constructor, dies
  • Nov 26 John M Browning, American weapons manufacturer, dies at 71