On This Day

What Happened in November 1949

Historical Events

  • Nov 2 The Netherlands recognizes its former colony Indonesia as a sovereign state
  • Nov 2 NL scheme for national distribution of textiles, meat and cheese disbands
  • Nov 4 "One Man's Family" premieres on TV in the US, after running as a radio show since 1932
  • Nov 6 Greek civil war ends after 3 years with defeat of communist factions
  • Nov 7 King Faruk disbands Egyptian parliament

Film Premiere

Nov 8 "All The King's Men" based on Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer winning novel, directed by Robert Rossen and starring Broderick Crawford premieres in New York (Best Picture 1950)

  • Nov 9 Costa Rica adopts Constitution
  • Nov 11 WTTV TV channel 4 in Bloomington-Indianapol, IN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 15 KRON-TV channel 4 in San Francisco, California (NBC) begins broadcasting; call letters a nod to the owners other business, The San Francisco Chronicle newspaper

Sports History

Nov 18 NL batting leader (.342) Jackie Robinson wins NL MVP

  • Nov 18 The U.S. Air Force grounds B-29s after two crashes and 23 deaths in three days

Royal Coronation

Nov 19 Prince Rainier III coronation as 30th ruling Prince of Monaco

  • Nov 20 Jewish population of Israel reaches 1,000,000

Sports History

Nov 21 Bill Veeck sells Cleveland Indians for $22 million, to fund his divorce settlement

  • Nov 24 British steel & iron industry nationalised
  • Nov 24 Syracuse Nationals beat Anderson Packers, 125-123 in 5 OTs
  • Nov 25 "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" appears on music charts
  • Nov 26 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Montreal Alouettes beat Calgary Stampeders, 28-15 for their first Championship
  • Nov 26 The Constituent Assembly of India formally adopts a new constitution
  • Nov 28 "Texas, Li'l Darlin'" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 293 performances
  • Nov 29 Nationalist regime of China leaves for Taiwan/Formosa
  • Nov 29 Uranium mine explosions in East Germany kills 3,700

Election of Interest

Nov 30 New Zealand general election won by Sidney Holland's National party, ousting Peter Fraser's Labour government

  • Nov 30 Chinese Communists captured Chungking
  • Nov 30 KOTV TV channel 6 in Tulsa, Oklahoma (CBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Jeannie Berlin, American actress (Heartbreak Kid, Portnoy's Complaint), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 1 Michael D. Griffin, American aerospace engineer and NASA chief administrator, born in Aberdeen, Maryland
  • Nov 1 David Foster, Canadian musician, composer, and record producer (Chicago; Celene Dion, Andrea Bocelli; "The Prayer"), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Nov 2 Simon Augustini, Albanian politician (Vice Chairman of the Albanian Christian Democratic Party of Kosovo (PSHDK)), born in Sojeva, Uroševac, Yugoslavia
  • Nov 2 Alfred Riedl, Austrian soccer striker (4 caps; Austria Wien, Standard Liège) and manager (Austria, Liechtenstein, Vietnam, Palestine, Laos, Indonesia), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2020)

Larry Holmes

Nov 3 Larry Holmes, American boxer (world heavyweight champion, 20 successful title defences), born in Cuthbert, Georgia

  • Nov 3 Michael Evans, American actor (All in the Family), born in Salisbury, North Carolina
  • Nov 3 Roswitha Krause, German swimmer and team handball player (first woman Summer Olympic medals in different sports; silver 4x100m freestyle 1968, handball 1976), born in Dahme, Germany

Anna Wintour

Nov 3 Anna Wintour, English-American editor (Editor of US Vogue), born in London, England

  • Nov 3 Mike Evans, American actor (d. 2006)
  • Nov 4 Berlinda Tolbert, American actor (Jenny-The Jeffersons), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Nov 5 Armin Shimerman, American actor (Principal Snyder-Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in Lakewood, New Jersey
  • Nov 5 Jimmie Spheeris, American singer and songwriter ("You Must Be Laughing Somewhere"), born in Phenix City, Alabama (d. 1984)
  • Nov 5 Bram Beekman, Dutch organist, composer and teacher (Brabants Conservatory, 1980-2012), born in Vlissingen, The Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • Nov 6 Brad Davis, American actor (Roots, Chiefs, Midnight Express), born in Tallahassee, Florida (d.1991)
  • Nov 6 Nigel Havers, English actor (Don't Wait Up), born in London, England
  • Nov 6 Arturo Sandoval, Cuban-American jazz trumpeter and composer, born in Artemisa, Cuba
  • Nov 6 Joseph C. Wilson, Vice Chairman of Jarch Capital, LLC, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Nov 7 Steven Stucky, American composer (Los Angeles Philharmonic, 1988-2009), born in Hutchinson, Kansas (d. 2016)
  • Nov 7 (Susan) "Su" Pollard, British stage and screen actress (Hi-de-Hi!), and singer-songwriter ("Starting Together"), born in Nottingham, England
  • Nov 8 Al Berger, American musician (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes)
  • Nov 8 Bonnie Raitt, American 10-time Grammy Award-winning rock-blues guitarist and singer-songwriter ("Nick of Time"; "Something To Talk About"), born in Burbank, California
  • Nov 8 Wayne LaPierre, American Executive Vice President of the US National Rifle Association, born in Schenectady, New York
  • Nov 9 Tommy Caldwell, American rocker (Marshall Tucker Band), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 1980)
  • Nov 10 Ann Reinking, American dancer and actress (All the Jazz; Micki & Maude), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2020) [1]
  • Nov 11 Kathy Postlewait, American golfer (4-time LPGA Tour winner), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Nov 12 Arthur "Pooch" Tavares, American R&B musician (Taveres - "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel"), born in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Nov 12 Jack Reed, American politician (Senator-D-Rhode Island 1997-, Rep-D-Rhode Island 1991-97), born in Cranston, Rhode Island
  • Nov 12 Penelope Pussycat, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "For Scent-imental Reasons"
  • Nov 13 Roger Steen, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Tubes), born in Pipestone, Minnesota
  • Nov 13 Terry Reid, English rock guitarist (River, Bang Bang You're Terry Reid), born in Huntingdon, England
  • Nov 13 Yoshimi Ishibashi, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Nov 14 James "J.Y." Young, American rock guitarist (Styx), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 14 Terry Lee Johnson, Alabama, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • Nov 14 Phil Baron, American voice actor (Piglet), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Nov 15 Steve Fossen, American bass guitar player (Heart, 1973-82), born in Kenmore, Washington
  • Nov 16 Pattie Santos, American singer (It's a Beautiful Day), born in San Francisco (d. 1989)
  • Nov 16 William Ackerman, American guitarist and composer, founder of Windham Hill Records, born in Palo Alto, California
  • Nov 17 John Boehner, (Rep-R-Ohio)
  • Nov 17 Thomas Lionel Hill, American 110m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1972), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Nov 18 Bonnie St. Claire [Bonje Cornelia Swart], Dutch singer ("Tame Me Tiger"; "I Won't Stand Between Them"), born in Rozenburg, Netherlands
  • Nov 18 Ted Sator, NHL coach (NY Rangers, Buffalo Sabres), born in Utica, New York
  • Nov 18 Herman Rarebell [Hermann Erbel], German rock drummer and lyricist (Scorpions - "Rock You Like A Hurricane"), born in Schmelz, West Germany
  • Nov 19 Ahmad Rashad [Bobby Moore], American NFL receiver (Minnesota Vikings) and sportscaster, bon in Portland, Oregon
  • Nov 20 Juha Mieto, Finnish 15KM skier (Olympic silver 1980), born in Kurikka, Finland
  • Nov 20 Ray Vitte, American actor (Doc, Cody-Quest), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 20 Billy Jones, American rock guitarist (The Outlaws), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • Nov 20 Thelma Drake, American politician, US Rep, Virginia (2005-09), born in Elyria, Ohio
  • Nov 21 Basil Williams, West Indian cricket batsman (7 Tests, 2 x 100s; century on debut 1978), born in Caymanas Estate, St Catherine, Jamaica (d. 2015)
  • Nov 21 Nickolas Grace, British stage and screen actor (Brideshead Revisited; Heat and Dust; Robin of Sherwood), born in West Kirby, Cheshire, England
  • Nov 21 Barbara Jo Rubin, American jockey (first women to win a race on a major US track), born in Highland, Illinois
  • Nov 21 Judith Shatin, American contemporary classical and electronic composer (Hark My Love; Ice Becomes Water), and educator (University of Virginia)
  • Nov 21 Anatoliy Kuksov, Ukrainian soccer midfielder (8 caps USSR; FC Zorya Luhansk 489 games) and manager, born in Luhansk, Ukraine (d. 2022)
  • Nov 22 Richard Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002-06), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 22 David Pietrusza, American baseball historian
  • Nov 23 Gayl Jones, American novelist (Corregidora), and poet (Song for Anninho), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Nov 23 Charlie Black, American country music songwriter (Anne Murray - "Shadows in the Moonlight"; K.T. Oslin - "Come Next Monday"), born in Cheverly, Maryland (d. 2021)
  • Nov 24 Anita Louis, American singer (Soul Children, I'll Be the Other Woman)
  • Nov 24 Martin Duiser, pop producer (Vanessa, Lee Towers)
  • Nov 24 Shane Bourne, Australian comedian and actor
  • Nov 24 Jim Warren, American artist whose work includes album art for Bob Seger and Prince, born in Long Beach, California
  • Nov 25 Kerry O'Keeffe, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1971-77)
  • Nov 25 Rita Jenrette, wife of Rep John Jenrette (D-SC), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Nov 25 [Boris] Alexander Godunov, Sakhalin USSR, dancer/actor (Die Hard)
  • Nov 26 Maggie Donnelly, London bag lady (d. 1996)
  • Nov 26 Shlomo Artzi, Israeli folk-rock singer-songwriter ("Yareakh" / "Moon"), born in Alonei Abba, Israel
  • Nov 26 Juanin Clay, American actress (The Legend of the Lone Ranger), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)
  • Nov 26 Ivan Patzaichin, Romanian canoeist (Olympic gold C-2 1000m 1968, 80, 84; C-1 1000m 1972; World C'ship gold x 8), born in Crișan, Tulcea County, Romania (d. 2021)
  • Nov 27 Masanori Sekiya, Japanese racing driver, born in Ikawa, Japan
  • Nov 28 Alexander Godunov, Russian composer/dancer (Bolshoi) defected 1979
  • Nov 28 Hugh McKenna, British rock keyboardist (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band), born in Coatsbridge, England (d. 2019)
  • Nov 28 Paul Shaffer, Canadian keyboardist (SNL, 1975-80), orchestra leader (David Letterman, 1982-2015; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), and songwriter ("It's Raining Men"), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Nov 28 Victor Ostrovsky, Canadian/Israel, Mossad agent (By Way of Deception)
  • Nov 29 Garry Shandling, American comedian (It's Garry Shandling's Show, Larry Sanders Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • Nov 29 Kenneth D. Cameron, American Lt Colonel and astronaut (STS 37, 56, 74), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Nov 29 Stan Rogers, Canadian folk musician and songwriter, born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1983)
  • Nov 29 Wayne Cowan [Dutch Mantel], American wrestler, born in South Carolina
  • Nov 29 Jerry Lawler, American professional wrestler (WWE), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Nov 30 Arthur Lee Washington Jr, murderer (FBI Most Wanted), born in Neptune Township, New Jersey
  • Nov 30 Margaret Whitton, American actress (Good & Evil; Major League), born in Meade, Maryland (d. 2016)
  • Nov 30 Billy Drago, American character actor, specializing in roles as a villain (Pale Rider; The Untouchables), born in Hugoton, Kansas (d. 2019)
  • Nov 30 Bill Reichenbach Jr., American jazz and session trombonist, and euphonium player born in Takoma Park, Maryland
  • Nov 30 Ruby Starr [Constance Henrietta Mierzwiak], American rock singer (Black Oak Arkansas), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1995)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Leslie Gay, English cricket wicket-keeper (1 Test; Cambridge Uni, Hampshire CCC) and soccer goalkeeper (3 caps; Cambridge Uni), dies at 78
  • Nov 2 Jerome F. Donovan, American politician (rep-NY 1918-21), dies at 77
  • Nov 3 Solomon R. Guggenheim, American businessman and art collector (Guggenheim Museum New York), dies at 88
  • Nov 8 Cyriel Verschaeve, Belgian priest and writer (Maria Magdalena -1928), dies at 75
  • Nov 12 Hendrik A. de Fish [Henri Pauwels], Flemish philological, dies at 64
  • Nov 14 Matsudaira Tsuneo, Japanese diplomat, dies at 72
  • Nov 19 James Ensor, Flemish painter and etcher (Oestereetster), dies at 89
  • Nov 23 Gustav Radbruch, German lawyer and jurist, dies at 71

Bill Robinson

Nov 25 Bill Robinson "Bojangles" American famed tap dancer (The Little Colonel, Stormy Weather), dies at 71

  • Nov 27 Tom Walls, British actor and producer (A Cuckoo in the Nest, Undercover), dies at 66