On This Day

What Happened in November 1928

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 1st celebration of Authors' Day

Sports History

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

Music Premiere

Nov 2 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Symphony premieres in US with Leopold Stokowski leading the Philadelphia Orchestra at The Academy of Music, Philadelpha

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

Historic Event

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

  • Nov 6 Clevelanders vote to build a stadium with city bonds

Election of Interest

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

  • 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 Premiere

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Film & TV History

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

Sports History

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

  • Nov 20 WGH-AM in Newport News VA begins radio transmissions

Music History

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

  • 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

Historic 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 3 George Yardley III, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (6 × NBA All-Star 1955–60; first player to score 2,000 points in a season; Fort Wayne Pistons), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2004)
  • 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 trumpeter, and composer of classical music and film scores ("The Mission"; "Cinema Paradiso"; "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 Polak, Dutch publisher and publicist (Bloom of Decadence)
  • Nov 12 Bob Holness, South African English radio and television presenter (BBC), (d. 2012), born in Natal, South Africa (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 Leopoldine "Leonie" Rysanek, Austrian dramatic soprano (Vienna State Opera 1954-96; Metropolitan Opera, 1959-96), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1998)
  • Nov 15 C. W. McCall [William Dale Fries, Jr.], American country singer (Convoy), born in Audubon, Iowa (d. 2022)
  • 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 Ellis Hillman, British Labour party politician, lecturer, and writer (London Under London), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 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 17 John Sangster, Australian jazz composer (The Hobbit Suite), born in Sandringham, Australia (d. 1995)
  • Nov 18 Mickey Mouse, Disney cartoon strip character
  • Nov 18 Otar Gordeli, Georgian composer, born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1994)
  • Nov 18 Salvador Laurel, Filipino lawyer and politician (Vice President of the Philippines, 1986-92), born in Paco, Manila, Insular Government of the Philippine Islands (d. 2004)
  • 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 (U. S. House of Representatives, 1975-85; U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1985-97), born in Eugene, Oregon (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 HOF coach (NCAA Division I C'ship 1978; University of Kentucky 1972-85), born in Cynthiana, Kentucky (d. 2022)

Famous Deaths

Arnold Rothstein

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

  • 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

Reinhard 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