On This Day

What Happened in November 1945

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 First issue of Ebony magazine published by John H Johnson
  • Nov 3 Australian Test cricket batsman Lindsay Hassett is 124 not out as Australian Services draws with Prince's XI at Delhi; follows his 187 in 1st innings
  • Nov 5 Colombia joins the United Nations.
  • Nov 6 House Committee on Un-American Activities begins investigation of 7 radio commentators
  • Nov 6 The first landing of a jet on a carrier takes place on USS Wake Island when an FR-1 Fireball touches down
  • Nov 8 Muscial "The Girl from Nantucket" opens at Adelphi Theater, NYC; runs for 12 performances
  • Nov 8 Riverboat sinks off Hong Kong; kills 1,550
  • Nov 10 Harry Revel and Arnold B. Horwitt's musical comedy "Are You with It?" opens at Century Theater, NYC, later moving to the Shubert Theatre; runs for 264 performances
  • Nov 10 College football's #1 Army beats #2 Notre Dame 48-0

Historic Event

Nov 10 General Enver Hoxha becomes leader of Albania

  • Nov 10 Heavy battle in Surabaya between Indonesian nationalists and returning colonialists after World War II, celebrated as Heroes' Day (Hari Pahlawan).
  • Nov 12 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to American politician Cordell Hull (for establishing the UN)
  • Nov 13 Australian Services draw 1st Victory Test against India
  • Nov 14 H Lindsay and R Crouse's "State of the Union" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 14 Java: Sutan Sjahrir appointed as forming government
  • Nov 15 The rules are revised for election of modern players to the Hall of Fame

Nobel Prize

Nov 15 Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral becomes the first Latin American to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

  • Nov 16 Yeshiva College (University), chartered in NY, 1st US Jewish College
  • Nov 16 Founding of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Nov 16 Two new elements discovered by Glenn Seaborg, James, Morgan and Albert Ghiorso were are announced: americium (atomic number 95) and curium (atomic number 96)
  • Nov 17 "Girl from Nantucket" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Nov 17 New world air speed record 606 mph (975 kph) set by HJ Wilson of RAF

Music History

Nov 18 Arnold Schoenberg's Prelude for orchestra & mixed choir, premieres

Music Premiere

Nov 20 Dmitri Shostakovich's 9th Symphony under J Mravinski premieres

Music History

Nov 21 Benjamin Britten's 2nd String quartet in C premieres

  • Nov 21 General Motors workers go on strike
  • Nov 22 "Day Before Spring" opens at National Theater NYC for 167 performances
  • Nov 22 Cleveland Rams end Jim Benton gains 303 yards in 28-21 win over Detroit Lions; NFL single game rushing record - stands for 40+ years
  • Nov 23 Most US wartime rationing of foods, including meat & butter, ends
  • Nov 26 During snow storm, school bus crashes, kills 15 (Washington)

Music Recording

Nov 26 Charlie "Bird" Parker leads recording session for the Savoy label marketed as the "greatest Jazz session ever" with Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis

Film Release

Nov 26 "Brief Encounter", based on Noël Coward's one-act play "Still Life", directed by David Lean and starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard is released

Historic Event

Nov 27 General George Marshall named special US envoy to China

  • Nov 27 Trial against Dutch Fascist NSB leader Anton Mussert begins (later convicted and executed by firing squad)
  • Nov 27 Dutch resistance fighter Hannie Schaft re-buried in presence of Queen Wilhelmina
  • Nov 28 Australian Services draw second Victory Test Cricket v India at Calcutta
  • Nov 29 Yugoslavian Socialist Republic proclaimed

Film Premiere

Nov 29 "The Lost Weekend", based on Charles R. Jackson's novel, directed by Billy Wilder and starring Ray Milland and Jane Wyman premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Best Picture 1946)


Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Rick Grech, British rock musician (Blind Faith; Traffic), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1990)
  • Nov 1 Willie Ellison, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1971; LA Rams, KC Chiefs), born in Lockhart, Texas (d. 2019)
  • Nov 2 (John David) J.D. Souther, American singer and songwriter ("Heartache Tonight"; "New Kid In Town"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Nov 2 Larry Little, American Pro Football Hall of Fame guard (5-time Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 1972-73; Miami Dolphins), born in Groveland, Georgia
  • Nov 3 Ken Holtzman, American baseball pitcher (2 x no hitters; MLB All Star 1972-73; World Series 1972-74), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Gerd Müller

Nov 3 Gerd Müller "Der Bomber", German soccer striker (62 caps; FIFA World Cup 1974; Bayern Munich 453 games, 398 goals), born in Nördlingen, Germany (d. 2021)

  • Nov 3 Nick Simper, English bass guitarist (Deep Purple; Warhorse), born in Norwood Green, England
  • Nov 3 Bobby LaKind, American conga player, vocalist, songwriter and occasional backup drummer (The Doobie Brothers), born in New York (d. 1992)
  • Nov 5 Peter Pace, 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 5 Aleka Papariga, Greek politician (General Secretary of Communist Party of Greece 1991-2013), born in Athens, Greece
  • Nov 6 Robert J. Mrazek, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1983-93), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Nov 8 Arnold Rosner, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • Nov 8 David Jessel, British radio and TV reporter, justice advocate, and author, born in Abingdon, Berkshire, England
  • Nov 8 Judith Lang Zaimont, American pianist and composer, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Nov 8 Tony Mann, Australian cricket leggie (1977 century as nightwatchman v India), born in Middle Swan, Western Australia
  • Nov 8 Don Murray, American drummer (The Turtles - "Happy Together"), born in Glendale, California (d. 1996)
  • Nov 9 Charlie Robinson, American actor (Night Court, 1984-92 - "Mac"; Hart of Dixie), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2021)
  • Nov 10 Donna Fargo [Yvonne Vaughn], American country singer ("The Happiest Girl in Whole USA"), born in Mount Airy, North Carolina
  • Nov 11 Chris Dreja, British rock guitarist and bass player (Yardbirds - "For Your Love"), born in Surbiton, Surrey, England

Daniel Ortega

Nov 11 Daniel Ortega, Nicaraguan politician (President of Nicaragua, 1985-90, 2007-), born in La Libertad, Nicaragua

  • Nov 11 Niaz Ahmed, Pakistani cricketer (1st & last East Pakistani to play Test cricket), born in Varanasi, British India (d. 2000)
  • Nov 11 Vince Martell, American rock guitarist (Vanilla Fudge - "You Keep Me Hangin' On"), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 11 Bryan 'Pop' Robson, English soccer forward (Newcastle, West Ham), born in Sunderland, County Durham
  • Nov 12 Michael Bishop, American sci-fi author (Nebula, Stolen Faces), born in Lincoln, Nebraska

Neil Young

Nov 12 Neil Young, Canadian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and organ player (Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - "Helpless"; solo - "The Needle And The Damage Done"; "Harvest Moon"), born in Toronto, Ontario

  • Nov 12 Valerie Leon, English actress (Blood from Mummy's Tomb), born in London, England
  • Nov 12 Tracy Kidder, American journalist and author (The Soul of a New Machine), born in New York City
  • Nov 13 John B. Craig, American diplomat, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 13 Masahiro Hasemi, Japanese racing driver, born in Ome, Tokyo
  • Nov 14 Paul Hirsch, American film editor
  • Nov 14 Stella Obasanjo, Nigerian First Lady (d. 2005)
  • Nov 15 Bob Gunton, American actor
  • Nov 15 Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Norwegian-born Swedish singer-songwriter (ABBA - "Fernando"), born in Bjørkåsen, Norway
  • Nov 16 Martine van Hamel, Dutch ballerina (NYC Ballet Co), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Nov 16 Steve Railsback, American actor (The Stunt Man, Escape 2000), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Nov 16 Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, American rhythm and blues guitarist, and songwriter ("Take Me To The River"; "Love And Happiness"), born in Germantown, Tennessee (d. 2014)

Elvin Hayes

Nov 17 Elvin Hayes, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA All-Star 1969–1980; NBA scoring champion 1969), born in Rayville, Louisiana

  • Nov 17 Jeremy Hanley, British Lower house member
  • Nov 17 Roland Joffe, director (City of Joy, Mission, Killing Fields)
  • Nov 18 Glen Walken, American actor (Leave it to Larry), born in Queens, New York City
  • Nov 18 Wilma Mankiller, Native American activist, 1st woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma (d. 2010)
  • Nov 18 (Percy) Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan politician (Prime Minister, 2018-2022; President, 2005-15}, born in Weeraketiya, British Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)
  • Nov 19 Peter Cropper, British violinist (Lindsay Quartet, 1965-2005), born in Southport, Lancashire, England (d. 2015)
  • Nov 20 Danny McBride, American rock musician (Sha Na Na, 1975-80), born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 2009)
  • Nov 20 Rachid Mimouni, Algerian author, born in Boudouaou, Algeria (d. 1995)
  • Nov 20 Nanette Workman, American-Canadian singer and actress, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 21 Goldie Hawn, American actress (The First Wives Club, Private Benjamin), born in Washington, District of Columbia
  • Nov 23 Assaf Dayan, Israeli director and actor (Operation Thunderbolt), born in Nahalal, Mandatory Palestine (d. 2014)
  • Nov 23 Dennis Nilsen, Scottish serial killer, born in Fraserburgh, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • Nov 23 Jerry Harris, American sculptor, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Nov 24 Lee Michaels, American rocker ("Do You Know What I Mean"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 25 Bev Bevan, English drummer (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Birmingham, England
  • Nov 25 George Webster, American football player (d. 2007)
  • Nov 25 Patrick Nagel, American artist (d. 1984)
  • Nov 26 Daniel Davis, American actor (Niles-Nanny), born in Gurdon, Arkansas
  • Nov 26 John McVie, British rock bassist (John Mayall's Blues Breakers; Fleetwood Mac - Rumours, Tusk), born in Ealing, Middlesex, England
  • Nov 26 Tandy Cronyn, American actress (Twisted, Guardian, Age Old Friends), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 26 Jim Mullen, Scottish session and touring jazz-rock-funk guitarist (Pete Brown & Piblokto!; Average White Band; Terry Callier), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Nov 26 Björn von Sydow, Swedish politician (Minister for Defence), born in Solna, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Nov 26 Ethan Russell, American photographer and author (photographed covers for the Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Who), born in Mt. Kisco, New York
  • Nov 27 Barbara Anderson, American actress (Eve-Ironside, Mission Impossible), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 27 Randy Brecker, American jazz and fusion trumpeter (Brecker Brothers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 27 Alain de Cadenet, English TV presenter (SPEED Channel), born in London
  • Nov 27 James Avery, American actor (Fresh Prince of Bell Air), (d. 2013), born in Pughsville, Virginia
  • Nov 28 Georg Volkert, German soccer striker (12 caps, FRG; 1. FC Nürnberg, Hamburger SV, VfB Stuttgart), born in Ansbach, Germany (d. 2020)
  • Nov 29 Roger Bambuck, French 4X100 runner (Olympic bronze 1968), born in Guadeloupe
  • Nov 30 Michael Joyce, Irish stage manager and theatre director, born in Galway, Ireland (d. 1994)
  • Nov 30 Radu Lupu, Romanian Grammy Award-winning concert pianist (Van Cliburn Competition - gold, 1966; George Enesco Competition - 1st prize, 1967), born in Galati Romania (d. 2022)
  • Nov 30 Roger Glover, British hard rock bassist (Episode Six; Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"; Rainbow), born near Brecon, Wales

Famous Weddings

Bette Davis

Nov 30 Actress Bette Davis (37) weds artist William Grant Sherry

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 2 Princess Thyra, daughter of Frederick VIII of Denmark (b. 1880)
  • Nov 3 Alessandro Longo, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 80
  • Nov 7 Alfred Dipper, cricketer (England batsman scored in only Test), dies
  • Nov 8 August von Mackensen, German field marshal, dies at 95

Jerome Kern

Nov 11 Jerome Kern, American composer (Sally; Leave It To Jane), dies at 60

  • Nov 16 Kaarlo Sarkia, Finnish poet (Kohtalon Vaaka), dies at 43
  • Nov 17 Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, dies at 63
  • Nov 20 Francis William Aston, British chemist and physicist who won a Nobel laureate for his work with isotopes and the whole number rule, dies at 68
  • Nov 21 Robert Benchley, American humorist (My 10 years in a Quandary), dies at 56

Alexander Patch

Nov 21 Alexander Patch, American WWII general (Guadalcanal Campaign, Operation Dragoon), dies of pneumonia at 55

  • Nov 21 Ellen Anderson Glasgow, American novelist (Ancient Law, Pulitzer-1942), dies at 72
  • Nov 21 Jimmy Quinn, Scottish soccer striker (11 caps; Celtic 272 games, 188 goals), dies at 67
  • Nov 28 Dwight F. Davis, American politician (49th United States Secretary of War) and founder of the Davis Cup, dies at 66