On This Day

What Happened in November 1943

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 Dim-out ban lifted in San Francisco Bay area
  • Nov 1 US troops land on Bougainville Island on Solomon Island
  • Nov 2 Jewish ghetto of Riga Latvia is destroyed

Music Premiere

Nov 3 Dmitri Shostakovich's 8th Symphony premieres in Moscow

  • Nov 3 P-47D Thunderbolt shot down above North Holland
  • Nov 5 Vatican in Rome bombed by unknown source
  • Nov 6 Soviet troops land on Kertsj peninsula
  • Nov 6 Soviet forces reconquer Kiev
  • Nov 6 "Catulli Carmina (Songs of Catullus)", the second work of Carl Orff's Trionfi cantata trilogy premieres at the Leipzig Opera
  • Nov 7 Detroit Lions 0, NY Giants 0; last scoreless tie in NFL
  • Nov 8 France arrests government of Lebanon after they abolish the French mandate

Sports History

Nov 11 New York Yankees pitcher Spud Chandler wins AL MVP; St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stan Musial wins NL MVP

  • Nov 11 US air raid on Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
  • Nov 12 Landwacht (NSB-political party) forms in Netherlands
  • Nov 14 Chic Bear Sid Luckman passes for 7 touchdowns vs NY Giants (56-7)
  • Nov 14 J Postma, C Schalker, D Goulooze arrested for leading illegal CPN
  • Nov 16 World War II: American bombers strike a hydro-electric power facility and heavy water factory in German-controlled Vemork, Norway.
  • Nov 18 First US ambassador to Canada, Ray Atherton, nominated
  • Nov 18 444 British bombers attack Berlin
  • Nov 18 U-211 sinks in Atlantic Ocean
  • Nov 19 U-536 sinks in Atlantic Ocean
  • Nov 20 U-538 sinks in Atlantic Ocean
  • Nov 20 US forces land on Tarawa & Makin Atoll in Gilbert Island
  • Nov 21 7 Belgian ministers in London criticise King Leopold III for surrendering to Germany
  • Nov 22 France officially recognises the independence of Lebanon, releasing the imprisoned Lebanese government
  • Nov 22 British RAF begins air bombing of Berlin, Germany
  • Nov 22 US troops land on Abemada, Gilbert Island in the South Pacific
  • Nov 23 1st printing of illegal "Warheid"
  • Nov 23 British Forces Broadcasting Service begins operations
  • Nov 23 US forces take control of Tarawa, Gilbert Island & Makin from Japanese
  • Nov 23 Philadelphia Phillies owner William D. Cox is permanently banned from baseball for having bet on his own team
  • Nov 25 U-600 sinks in Atlantic Ocean

Film Release

Nov 26 Last Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movie "Girl Crazy" released

  • Nov 27 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Hamilton Flying Wildcats defeat Winnipeg RCAF Bombers, 23-14
  • Nov 28 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin meet at the Tehran Conference in Iran to map out strategy

Historic Event

Nov 29 Partisan Tito forms temporary government in Jajce, Bosnia

  • Nov 29 U-86 sinks in Atlantic Ocean
  • Nov 29 US aircraft carrier Hornet launched

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Salvatore Adamo, Belgian singer and composer (Tombe la neige), born in Comiso, Sicily, Italy
  • Nov 1 John McEnery, English actor (Romeo and Juliet), born in Birmingham, England
  • Nov 1 Tom Mack, American Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman (11 x Pro Bowl; LA Rams), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Nov 2 Oldrich Pelcak, Czech cosmonaut, born in Zlín, Czechoslovakia
  • Nov 3 Bert Jansch, Scottish folk musician (Pentangle), born in Glasgow (d. 2011)
  • Nov 4 Marlene Jobert, French actress and novelist (Adventures of John Difool), born in Algiers, French Algeria
  • Nov 4 Clark Graebner, American tennis player (US Davis Cup 1968; French Open doubles 1966; US Open runner-up 1967), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Nov 5 Pablo Gomez, Spanish rock drummer (Los Bravos - "Black Is Black"), born in Barcelona, Catalonia
  • Nov 5 Sam Shepard Ill, American actor and playwright (Frances, Crimes of the Heart), born in Fort Sheridan, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • Nov 5 Friedman Paul Erhardt, German-American TV chef (Chef Tell), born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 2007)

Joni Mitchell

Nov 7 Joni Mitchell [Roberta Joan Anderson], Canadian singer-songwriter, producer ("Both Sides Now"; "River"; "A Case Of You"), and painter, born in Fort Macleod, Alberta

  • Nov 7 Judith Forst, Canadian mezzo-soprano, born in New Westminster, British Columbia
  • Nov 7 Wensley Haydon-Baillie, English pharmaceutical manufacturer
  • Nov 7 Michael Byrne, English actor (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), born in London
  • Nov 7 Stephen Greenblatt, American literary historian and author (The Swerve: How the World Became Modern), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Nov 7 Boris Gromov, Russian general and politician (Governor of Moscow Oblast, 2000-12), born in Saratov, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

Michael Spence

Nov 7 Michael Spence, Canadian-American economist (Nobel 2001 - dynamics of information flows and market development), born in Montclair, New Jersey

  • Nov 7 Wayne Giardino, Canadian football linebacker (Grey Cup 1968, 69, 73;Ottawa Rough Riders), born in Peterborough, Ontario (d. 2021)
  • Nov 7 Peter Straker, Jamaican-British stage and screen singer and actor, born in Jamaica
  • Nov 8 Martin Peters, English soccer midfielder (67 caps; West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City), born in Plaistow, Essex, England (d. 2019)
  • Nov 9 John Shepherd, cricketer (WI all-rounder 1969-71, later in South Africa), born in Belleplaine, Barbados
  • Nov 9 Lee Graziano, American rock drummer (American Breed), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 10 Saxby Chambliss, American politician (U.S. Senator from Georgia 2003-15), born in Warrenton, North Carolina
  • Nov 10 George Sauer, Jr., American football wide receiver (AFL All Star 1996-99; Super Bowl 1969; New York Jets), born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin (d. 2013)
  • Nov 11 Jan Adamski, Polish International Chess Master (1976)
  • Nov 11 Karin Kent [Janneke Kanteman], Dutch pop singer ("Will You Dance With Me All Night?"), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Nov 12 Brian Hyland, American rocker (She Wore an Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini), born in Queens, New York
  • Nov 12 Jimmy "Bro" Hayes, American doo-wop bass singer (Persuasions - "Under the Boardwalk"), born in Hopewell, Virginia (d. 2017)
  • Nov 12 John Walker [Maus], American rock vocalist (Walker Brothers - "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • Nov 12 Wallace Shawn, American actor (The Princess Bride, Young Sheldon), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 12 Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2015)
  • Nov 12 Björn Waldegård, Swedish rally driver (World Rally Championship 1979), born in Ro, Sweden (d. 2014)
  • Nov 13 Jay Sigel, American golfer (US Amateur C'ship 1982-83), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 13 André-Gilles Fortin, Canadian politician, born in Granby, Canada (d. 1977)
  • Nov 13 Roberto Boninsegna, Italian footballer, born in Mantua, Italy
  • Nov 14 Peter Norton, American software engineer
  • Nov 15 Roger Donaldson, director (Cocktail, Cadillac Man, White Sands)
  • Nov 16 Winfred "Blue" Lovett, American singer (Manhattans-One Life to Live), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2014)
  • Nov 17 Lauren Hutton [Mary], model/actress (American Gigolo), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Nov 17 Richard Anthony Hewson, British musician, poducer, arranger, and conductor (RAH Band - "The Crunch"), born in Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside, England
  • Nov 19 Fred Lipsius, American rock pianist and saxophone player (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 20 Lindsay Thomas, American politician (Rep-D-GA, 1983-93), born in Patterson, Georgia
  • Nov 20 Veronica Hamel, American actress (Hill Street Blues - "Joyce Davenport"; 79 Park Ave), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 21 Larry Mahan, Oregon, rodeo champ (1967-70)
  • Nov 21 Phil Bredesen, American politician
  • Nov 21 Viktor Sidjak, Russian fencer
  • Nov 21 Jacques Laffite, French former racing driver
  • Nov 21 Robert Alner, British racehorse trainer (Cheltenham Gold Cup, Cool Dawn 1998), born in Droop, Dorset (d. 2020)

Billie Jean King

Nov 22 Billie Jean King, American tennis player (12 Grand Slam singles titles, 39 Grand Slam titles), born in Long Beach, California

  • Nov 22 George "Buddy" Darden, American politician (US Representative for Georgia (D), 1983-95), born in Hancock County, Georgia
  • Nov 22 Mushtaq Mohammad, Pakistani cricket all-rounder (57 Tests @ 39.17; 10 x 100, 19 x 50, 79 wickets; brother of Hanif), born in Junagadh, India
  • Nov 22 Peter Adair, American documentary filmmaker (Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives), born in Los Angeles County, California (d. 1996)
  • Nov 22 Yvan Cournoyer, Canadian NHL ice hockey winger, 1963-79 (Montreal Canadiens, 10 Stanley Cups), born in Drummondville, Quebec
  • Nov 23 Andrew Goodman, American civil rights worker (murdered by the Klu Klux Klan), born in New York City (d. 1964)
  • Nov 23 Sue Nicholls, British actress (Audrey Roberts in Coronation Street), born in Darlaston, England
  • Nov 23 Petar Skansi, Croatian basketball center (Olympic silver Yugoslavia 1968; Jugoplastika) and coach (Yugoslavia, Croatia, Jugoplastika, Benetton Treviso), born in Sumartin, Croatia (d. 2022)
  • Nov 24 Dave Bing, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard (7-time NBA All Star), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 24 Barry Milburn, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (3 Tests, 8 dismissals; Otago CA), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Nov 24 Richard Tee, American jazz and session pianist and arranger (Paul Simon - "Slip' Slidin' Away"; Peter Gabriel -"In Your Eyes"; Grover Washington, Jr - "Just The Two Of Us"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1993)
  • Nov 24 Robin Williamson, Scottish folk-rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and storyteller (Incredible String Band), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Nov 24 Joël Robert, Belgian motocross racer (Motocross World C'ships 250cc 1964, 68–72), born in Grandrieu, Belgium (d. 2021)
  • Nov 26 Jerry Kleczka, American politician (Rep-D-WI, 1984-2005), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • Nov 26 Jan Stenerud, Norwegian-American NFL place kicker (Kansas City Chiefs), born in Fetsund, Norway
  • Nov 26 Paul Burnett, English radio disc jockey, born in Hulme, Manchester, England
  • Nov 26 Marilynne Robinson, American writer (Gilead), born in Sandpoint, Idaho
  • Nov 27 Nicole Brossard, French Canadian poet, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Nov 28 Randy Newman, American singer-songwriter ("Short People"; "You've Got a Friend in Me"; "Louisiana 1927") and film score composer (The Natural; Seabiscuit; Pixar films), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Nov 29 Sue Miller, American author (While I Was Gone), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 30 (James Jay) "J.J." Barnes, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter ("Please Let Me In"; "Baby Please Come Back Home"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Nov 30 Jerry Hunt, American experimental composer and video artist, born in Waco, Texas (d. 1993)
  • Nov 30 Leo Lyons, British blues-rock bassist (Ten Years After - "Love Like a Man"; "Choo Choo Mama"), born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England
  • Nov 30 Oscar Harris, Surinames-Dutch pop and soul singer ("Try A Little Love"), born in Albina, Suriname
  • Nov 30 Terrence Malick, American film director (Badlands; The Tree of Life), born in Ottawa, Illinois

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 5 Louis Schelfhout, Dutch painter and graphic artist, dies at 62
  • Nov 7 Dwight Frye, American actor (Black Camel, Dracula, Frankenstein), dies from a heart attack at 44
  • Nov 9 Bernhard Lichtenberg, German clergyman and theologian, dies at 67
  • Nov 16 Marcel Verhamme, Belgian resistance fighter, executed
  • Nov 17 Paul Charles Rene Landormy, composer, dies at 74
  • Nov 19 André Antoine, French actor and stage manager (founded Théâtre-Libre), dies at 85

Lorenz Hart

Nov 22 Lorenz Hart, American lyricist, usually to music of Richard Rodgers ("I Could Write A Book"; "My Funny Valentine"), dies of pneumonia from exposure after drinking heavily in NYC at 48

  • Nov 22 Pietro Alessandro Yon, Italian organist and composer, dies at 57
  • Nov 23 Ernie Jones, Australian cricket fast bowler (19 Tests, 64 wickets; first bowler to be called for throwing in a Test), dies at 74
  • Nov 24 Martin Raschke, German author and publisher dies at 38
  • Nov 24 Reina Prince Geerligs [Leentjes Vandendriesch], anti-fascist, dies
  • Nov 24 Doris Miller, American navy cook (b. 1919)
  • Nov 26 Edward H "Butch" O'hare, US pilot/lt-comdr, dies in battle
  • Nov 27 Ivo Lola Ribar, Croatian communist and partisan, killed by a German bomb at 27