On This Day

What Happened in November 1928

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 1st celebration of Authors' Day

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 1 Australian cricket batting prodigy Don Bradman scores 133 not out in NSW 2nd innings v Queensland in Brisbane; follows his 131 in the Blues' 1st innings

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
The Hindenburg bursts into flames as it approaches its mooring mast. Thirty-six people died.
The Hindenburg bursts into flames as it approaches its mooring mast. Thirty-six people died.
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Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 2 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Symphony, L Stokovski premieres in Philadelphia

  • Nov 3 Turkey switches from Arabic to Roman alphabet
  • Nov 4 Jose Moncada elected president of Nicaragua

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 4 American gangster Arnold Rothstein is shot at a business meeting for reputedly refusing to pay gambling debts (dies 6th November)

Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster Arnold Rothstein
Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster
Arnold Rothstein
  • Nov 6 Clevelanders vote to build a stadium with city bonds

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 6 Republican candidate Herbert Hoover is elected President of the United States, defeating Democrat candidate Al Smith

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • Nov 6 Colonel Jacob Schick patents 1st electric razor
  • Nov 6 Swedes start a tradition of eating Gustavus Adolphus pastries to commemorate the king

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 8 George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Treasure Girl" premieres in NYC

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 10 Emperor Hirohito of Japan's possession of the Imperial Regalia is publicly confirmed

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito
  • Nov 11 France's 5th government of Raymond Poincaré forms
  • Nov 11 KXO-AM in El Centro CA begins radio transmissions
  • Nov 11 WGL-AM in Ft Wayne IN begins radio transmissions
  • Nov 11 WMT-AM in Cedar Rapids IA begins radio transmissions
  • Nov 11 WOL-AM in Washington, D.C. begins radio transmissions
  • Nov 12 British steamer "Vestris" capsizes & sinks off Virginia, kills 110
  • Nov 17 Boston Garden officially opens
  • Nov 17 Notre Dame finally loses a football game at home after 23 years

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 18 Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" released, first Mickey Mouse sound cartoon

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 20 Boston Gardens opens, Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 1-0

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth
  • Nov 20 WGH-AM in Newport News VA begins radio transmissions

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 22 "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel first performed publicly (Paris)

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel
  • Nov 26 Philip Barry's play "Holiday" premieres in New York City
  • Nov 30 Australian cricket legend Don Bradman makes an inauspicious Test debut; scores 18 & 1 vs England in 1st Test in Brisbane; dropped to 12th man for 2nd Test

InventionHistoric Invention

Nov 30 Vladimir K. Zworykin receives patent on Iconoscope TV system


Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 James Bradford, American heavyweight weightlifter (Olympic silver 1952, 56), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2013)
  • Nov 2 Leon Hart, American College Football Hall of Fame end and fullback (Heisman Trophy 1949, Notre Dame), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • Nov 2 Geoffrey Pardoe, British engineer (Project Manager for the Blue Streak ballistic missile programme) (d. 1996)
  • Nov 2 Paul Johnson, English journalist, author and historian, born in Manchester, England
  • Nov 3 Osamu Tezuka, Japanese manga artist (Kimba the White Lion), born in Toyonaka City, Japan (d. 1989)
  • Nov 4 Hannah Weiner, American experimental poet, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1997)
  • Nov 6 Peter Matz, American musician and orchestra leader (Hullabaloo, The Carol Burnett Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • Nov 7 Richard G. Scott, American scientist and LDS apostle, born in Pocatello, Idaho (d. 2015)
  • Nov 7 Norton Zinder, American biologist (genetic transduction), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Nov 9 Anne Sexton, American poet (Live or Die; Pulitzer 1967), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1974)
  • Nov 9 Wim Bosboom, Dutch radio and TV host, born in Gelselaar, Netherlands (d. 2001)
  • Nov 10 Ennio Morricone, Italian composer and musician (film soundtracks for The Mission and The Hateful Eight), born in Rome, Italy (d. 2020) [1]
  • Nov 10 William Staveley, British Royal Navy admiral (d. 1997)
  • Nov 11 Arthur Cunningham, American composer, born in Piermont, New York (d. 1997)
  • Nov 11 Edward Zorinsky, American (Sen-D-NB, 1976-88), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1987)
  • Nov 11 Ernestine Anderson, American jazz vocalist and blues singer, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Nov 11 Trevor Meale, New Zealand cricketer (batted in 2 Tests NZ v England 1958), born in Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2010)
  • Nov 11 Carlos Fuentes, Mexican author (The Death of Artemio Cruz), born in Panama City, Panama (d. 2012)
  • Nov 11 Gracita Morales, Spanish actress (Operation Mata Hari), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1995)
  • Nov 12 Johan B W Polak, Dutch publisher/publicist (Bloom of Decadence)
  • Nov 12 Robert Holness, Natal, South Africa, English radio and television presenter (BBC), (d. 2012)
  • Nov 13 Steve Bilko, American baseball player, born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • Nov 13 Hampton Hawes, American jazz pianist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1977)
  • Nov 14 Kathleen Hughes, American actress (It Came From Outer Space), born in Hollywood, California
  • Nov 14 Leonie Rysanek, dramatic soprano (Vienna Munich State Opera 1952-54)
  • Nov 15 C. W. McCall [William Dale Fries, Jr.], American country singer, born in Audubon, Iowa
  • Nov 15 John Orchard, British actor (Capone, M*A*S*H), born in Kennington, London (d. 1995)
  • Nov 15 William Heirens, serial killer (Lipstick Killer), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Nov 15 Seldon Powell, American jazz tenor saxophonist and flautist, born in Lawrenceville, Virginia (d. 1997)
  • Nov 16 William "Clu" Gulager, American actor (Virginian, Survivors, The Tall Man), born in Holdenville, Oklahoma
  • Nov 17 Colin McDonald, Australian cricket batsman (47 Tests, 5 x 100s; Victoria), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2021)
  • Nov 17 Rance Howard, American actor (Splash, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), born in Duncan, Oklahoma (d. 2017)
  • Nov 18 Mickey Mouse, Disney cartoon strip character
  • Nov 18 Otar Gordeli, Georgian composer, born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1994)
  • Nov 19 Don Hunstein, American photographer of musicians, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2017)
  • Nov 20 Pete Rademacher, American boxer (Olympic gold +81kg 1956; first challenger for world heavyweight title in first pro bout; lost), born in Tieton, Washington (d. 2020)
  • Nov 20 Franklin Cover, American actor (Tom-The Jeffersons), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • Nov 20 Rex Reason, American actor (This Island Earth, Man Without a Gun, Roaring 20s), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2015)
  • Nov 20 Aleksey Batalov, Russian actor named a People's Artist of the USSR (1976) and a Hero of Socialist Labour (1989), born in Vladimir, Soviet Union (d. 2017)
  • Nov 20 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), born in Corris, Gwynedd (d. 2016)
  • Nov 22 Juno Stover-Irwin, American diver (Olympic silver 1956)
  • Nov 22 Pat Smythe, English equestrian rider (Olympic bronze team jumps 1956; author children's books), born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • Nov 22 Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley (d. 2008)
  • Nov 23 Jakob Jez, Slovenian composer, born in Boštanj, Slovenia
  • Nov 23 Jerry Bock, American Broadway composer (Fiddler on the Roof), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2010)
  • Nov 25 James "Jimmy" Johnson, American gospel and blues singer and guitarist, born in Holly Springs, Mississippi
  • Nov 25 Etta Jones, American jazz singer (Don't Go to Strangers), born in Aiken, South Carolina (d. 2001)
  • Nov 26 John Barton, British theatre director and co-founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • Nov 26 Don Tregonning, Australian tennis player and coach, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Nov 27 Walter Klien, Austrian pianist, born in Graz (d. 1991)
  • Nov 27 Alekos Alexandrakis, Greek actor and director (Oi Kyries tis avlis), born in Athens, Greece (d. 2005)
  • Nov 28 Edward LeBone Molotlegi, chief of the Bafokeng
  • Nov 28 Arthur Melvin Okun, American economist (Misery Index), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1980)
  • Nov 29 Tahir Salahov, Azerbaijani painter
  • Nov 29 Paul Simon, American politician (d. 2003)
  • Nov 29 Yolande Betbeze Fox, Miss America 1951, first to refuse to parade in a swimsuit, born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • Nov 30 Chic Hecht, (Sen-R-NV, 1983- )
  • Nov 30 Joe B. Hall, American basketball coach

Famous Deaths


Person of interestArnold Rothstein

Nov 6 Arnold Rothstein, American gambler and mobster (fixed 1919 World Series), dies of gunshot wounds at 46

Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster Arnold Rothstein
Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster
Arnold Rothstein
  • Nov 8 Mauritz Stiller [Moshe Stiller], Swedish actor and director (The Saga of Gösta Berling, Erotikon), dies from an infective pleurisy at 45
  • Nov 13 Abraham M "Mark" Lidzbarski, Polish/German orientalist, dies at 60
  • Nov 15 Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, American Geologist and educator, dies at 85
  • Nov 17 Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian author, politician, & freedom fighter (b. 1865)
  • Nov 19 Achille Simonetti, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 71
  • Nov 21 Hermann Sudermann, German author (Frau Sorge), dies

Person of interestReinhard Scheer

Nov 26 Reinhard Scheer, German admiral and commander of the High Seas Fleet in World War I (Battle of Jutland), dies at 65

  • Nov 28 Frank Friday Fletcher, American Naval Admiral (Medal of Order for Battle of Veracruz), dies at 73