On This Day

What Happened in November 1950

Historical Events

Sports History

Nov 1 Celtics' forward Chuck Cooper becomes first African American to play in the NBA in Boston's 107-84 loss at Fort Wayne Pistons; future Hall of Famer Bob Cousy also debuts for Celtics

  • Nov 1 82°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in Nov

Assassination Attempt

Nov 1 Puerto Rican nationalists Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo attempt to assassinate US President Harry Truman at Blair House in Washington D.C.; attack thwarted by White House Police, including Officer Leslie Coffelt who was killed in the line of duty [1]

  • Nov 2 "Barrier" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Nov 2 The Clover Dairy Company test-market the first concentrated milk (Sealtest) in the U.S. in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Nov 4 "Barrier" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Nov 4 "Consul" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 269 performances
  • Nov 4 Indonesian troops reconquer Ambon
  • Nov 4 US troops vacate Pyongyang, North Korea
  • Nov 5 Cleveland Browns' Tommy James intercepts 3 passes, club record

Historic Event

Nov 5 Philippines president Elpidio Quirino ends emergency crisis

Contract of Interest

Nov 6 Branch Rickey signs 5-yr contract as VP/GM of Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Nov 6 Chinese offensive halts at Chongchon River, North Korea
  • Nov 6 King Tribhuvana of Nepal flees to India
  • Nov 7 Carlo Terron's "Processo Agli Innocenti" premieres in Milan
  • Nov 7 French women & children leaves Hanoi/Tonkin-delta
  • Nov 8 A US aircraft shoots down a North Korean jet in the Korean War, the first jet-to-jet dogfight in history
  • Nov 8 Walt Dropo of Boston Red Sox selected AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 9 Boston Brave Sam Jethroe wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 9 Phillies skipper Eddie Sawyer selected as Manager of Year
  • Nov 9 White Sox release Luke Appling, who had been a Sox since 1930
  • Nov 10 After 9 years, Cleveland Indians fire manager Lou Boudreau
  • Nov 10 Clifford Odet's "Country Girl" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 10 Jacobo Árbenz elected President of Guatemala

Nobel Prize

Nov 10 Nobel for literature awarded to William Faulkner

  • Nov 12 Gene Roberts sets NFL NY Giant rushing record (218 yds) vs Chic Cards
  • Nov 13 US win 1st world championship bridge contest
  • Nov 13 General Carlos Delgado Chalbaud, President of Venezuela, is assassinated in Caracas
  • Nov 15 Arthur Dorrington, 1st black man in organized hockey is signed, by Atlantic City Seagulls of Eastern Amateur Hockey League
  • Nov 16 Egyptian King Faruk demands departure of all British troops
  • Nov 16 UN gets US government approval to issue postage stamps
  • Nov 16 US President Harry Truman proclaims emergency crisis caused by communist threat

Historic Event

Nov 18 South Korean President Syngman Rhee forced to end mass executions

Historic Event

Nov 19 US General Eisenhower becomes supreme commander of NATO-Europe

  • Nov 22 7,021 see Fort Wayne Pistons edge Minneapolis Lakers, 19-18 at Minneapolis Auditorium; lowest ever NBA score of 37 combined points
  • Nov 22 79 die in a train crash in Richmond Hills, NY
  • Nov 23 Howard Swanson's "Short Symphony" premieres
  • Nov 24 "Guys & Dolls" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 1200 performances
  • Nov 24 UN troops begin an assault intending to end Korean War by Christmas
  • Nov 24 US infantry division conquers Chonju Korea
  • Nov 25 "Tickets, Please" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 245 performances
  • Nov 25 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Argonauts claim 9th title; shutout Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 13-0
  • Nov 25 UN gives Eritrea to Ethiopia
  • Nov 26 China enters Korean conflict, sends troops across Yalu River
  • Nov 27 Red Sox sign shortstop Lou Boudreau as a player to 2-year contract
  • Nov 27 Trial against RC clergy "imperialistic conspiracy" begins in Prague
  • Nov 28 Walter O'Malley fires Burt Shotton as Dodgers manager
  • Nov 29 National Council of Church of Christ in US forms
  • Nov 30 US President Harry Truman threatens China with atom bomb

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Dan Peek, American rock vocalist and guitarist (America), born in Panama City, Florida (d. 2011)
  • Nov 1 Tony Hymphris, political activist
  • Nov 3 Joe Queenan, American writer
  • Nov 3 Massimo Mongai, Italian writer
  • Nov 3 James Rothman, American Biochemist and Nobel Laureate (2013) for work on vesicle trafficking, born in Haverhill, Massachusetts
  • Nov 3 Karen Stives, American equestrian rider (Olympic gold team, silver individual 1984), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Nov 3 Skip Prosser, American basketball coach (only coach to take 3 schools to NCAA Tournament in first year; Loyola [MD], Xavier, Wake Forest), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • Nov 3 Bob Neumeier, American sportscaster (WBZ-radio, TV Boston; NBC Sports), born in Weymouth, Massachusetts (d. 2021)
  • Nov 4 Markie Post, American actress (Night Court, 1984-92 - "Christine"; There’s Something About Mary), born in Palo Alto, California (d. 2021)
  • Nov 4 Charles Frazier, American novelist (Cold Mountain), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Nov 5 Debbie Massey, American golfer (3-time LPGA Tour winner), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • Nov 6 Ernest Thompson, American actor (Sierra, Westside Medical), born in Bellows Fall, Vermont
  • Nov 7 Alexa Canady, 1st African-American female neurosurgeon and educator, born in Lansing, Michigan
  • Nov 7 Augusto Gen'un Alcalde, 1st South American Zen teacher, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Nov 10 Jack Scalia, American actor (Berrengers, Hollywood Beat), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 10 Debra Hill, American screenwriter and film producer (Escape from New York), born in Haddonfield, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • Nov 10 Ronnie Hammond, American rock singer (Atlanta Rhythm Section, 1972–83 & 1988–2001 - "So In To You"), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2011)
  • Nov 11 Jim Peterik, American rock musician and songwriter (Survivor - "Eye Of The Tiger"), born in Berwyn, Illinois
  • Nov 11 Otis Armstrong, American College Football HOF running back (Purdue; All-Pro 1974; Pro Bowl 1974, 76; Denver Broncos), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • Nov 11 Rex Samuel Sellers, Tornado class sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Nov 11 Mircea Dinescu, Romanian poet, born in Slobozia, Romania
  • Nov 11 Ed Ordynski, Australian rally driver
  • Nov 12 James Pugh, American session and touring trombonist (Thundering Herd; Chick Corea; Steely Dan), composer, and educator, born in Camden, New Jersey

Gilbert Perreault

Nov 13 Gilbert Perreault, Canadian NHL center (over 500 goals), born in Victoriaville, Quebec

  • Nov 15 Mac Maurice Wilkins, discus thrower (1st to break 70m)
  • Nov 16 Carl J. Meade, Major USAF and NASA astronaut (STS 38, STS 50, 64), born in Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois
  • Nov 16 David Leisure, American actor (Joe Isuzu, Airplane, Charley-Empty Nest), born in San Diego, California
  • Nov 16 John Swartzwelder, American television writer (The Simpsons), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Nov 17 Roland Matthes, German swimmer (Olympic gold 100, 200m backstroke 1968, 72; WR x 19), born in Pößneck, Thuringia, Germany
  • Nov 17 Tom Walkinshaw, Scottish race car driver and race team owner
  • Nov 18 Graham Parker, British singer-songwriter (Squeezing Out Sparks - "Local Girls"; "Mercury Poisoning"), born in Hackney, London, England
  • Nov 18 Rudy Sarzo, Cuban-American bass guitarist (Quiet Riot; Ozzy Osbourne), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Nov 18 Eric Pierpoint, American actor
  • Nov 19 James Adler, American concert pianist and composer (Memento mori - An AIDS Requiem), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 20 Gary Green, British guitarist (Gentle Giant), born in London, England
  • Nov 21 Alberto Juantorena, Cuba, 400m dash (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Nov 21 Bruce Laird, Australian cricket batsman (21 Tests; 23 ODIs; 13 "Supertests" in World Series Cricket), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • Nov 21 Livingston Taylor, American singer-songwriter ("I Will Be In Love With You"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Nov 21 Stephen Geyer, American film & television songwriter (Greatest American Hero), born in Lima, Peru
  • Nov 21 Gary Pihl, American guitarist (Sammy Hagar), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 21 David Williams, American R&B, pop and rock session and touring guitarist (Michael Jackson; Madonna; Rod Stewart; Bryan Ferry), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 2009)
  • Nov 22 Greg Luzinski, baseball player (Phillies, White Sox)
  • Nov 22 "Little" Steven Van Zandt, American guitarist, songwriter, producer (E-Street Band; Asbury Jukes), actor (The Sopranos), and DJ (Underground Garage), born in Winthrop, Massachusetts
  • Nov 22 Lyman Bostock, baseball player
  • Nov 22 (Martina) "Tina" Weymouth, rock bassist (Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer"; Tom Tom Club - "Wordy Rappinghood"), born in Coronado, California
  • Nov 22 Art Sullivan [Marc Liénart van Lidth de Jeude], Belgian pop singer-songwriter ("Un océan de caresses"), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2019)
  • Nov 23 Cecil Hooker, American country-rockabilly violinist (Snuff - "Bad, Bad, Billy")
  • Nov 23 Charles "Chuck" Schumer, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1981-1999, Sen-D-NY, 1999 -), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 24 Damon Evans, American actor (The Jeffersons), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Nov 24 Stanley Livingston, American actor (My Three Sons - "Chip"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 24 Bob Burns, American drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1964-74), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2015)
  • Nov 25 Alexis Wright, Australian author
  • Nov 25 Jocelyn Brown, American R&B and dance singer, born in Kinston, North Carolina
  • Nov 26 Jorge Orta, Mexican baseball second baseman and outfielder (MLB All Star 1975, 80; Chicago White Sox), born in Mazatlán, Mexico
  • Nov 27 Gran Hamada, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Maebashi, Japan

Ed Harris

Nov 28 Ed Harris, American actor (Right Stuff, Swing Shift, Walker, Coma), born in Englewood, New Jersey

  • Nov 29 Kevin O'Donnell Jr, American sci-fi author (Caverns, Reefs, Lava)
  • Nov 30 Greg Gordon, rock vocalist (Boys Band)
  • Nov 30 Kathryn Witt, American actress (Lenny; Flying High - "Pam"), born in Miami, Florida
  • Nov 30 Paul Westphal, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard (NBA C'ship 1974; NBA All-Star 1977–81; Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns) and coach (Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics, Sacramento Kings), born in Torrance, California (d. 2021)

Famous Weddings

Jack Kerouac

Nov 17 Writer Jack Kerouac (28) weds Joan Haverty

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Leslie Coffelt, American White House Police officer, killed in the line of duty at 40 [1]

George Bernard Shaw

Nov 2 George Bernard Shaw, Irish dramatist (Pygmalion, Nobel Prize for Literature 1925), dies at 94

  • Nov 4 Grover Cleveland Alexander, American Baseball HOF pitcher (World Series 1926 Chicago Cubs; Triple Crown 1915, 16, 20; 6 × NL wins & strikeout leader; Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 63
  • Nov 16 "Dr. Bob" Smith, American physician and co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, dies of colon cancer at 71
  • Nov 18 Gerardus van de Lion, Dutch minister of Education, dies at 60
  • Nov 19 Thomas Wood, English composer, dies at 57
  • Nov 20 Francesco Cilea, Italian composer (Adriana Lecouvreur), dies at 84
  • Nov 25 Johannes V. Jensen, Danish novelist and poet (The Fall of the King; Nobel Prize for Literature, 1944), dies at 77
  • Nov 25 Gustaf John Ramstedt, Finland-Swedish linguist and diplomat, dies at 77
  • Nov 26 Hedwig Courts-Mahler, German author, dies at 83

James Braid

Nov 27 James Braid, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1901, 05-06, 08, 10), dies at 80