On This Day

What Happened in November 1953

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 Czech long distance runner Emile Zatopek sets world 10,000m record 29:01.6 & 6 mile mark 28:08.4 in Stara Boleslav, Czech Republic
  • Nov 1 KCEN TV channel 6 in Temple-Waco, TX (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 KMGH TV channel 7 in Denver, CO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 WHEC TV channel 10 in Rochester, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 Herb Thomas, driving his own No. 92 Hudson Hornet wraps up the NASCAR Grand National Championship with 14th-place in 100-mile finale at Atlanta's Lakewood Speedway; Thomas first repeat champion of the series
  • Nov 2 Pakistan becomes islamic republic
  • Nov 3 MLB Rules Committee restores the sacrifice fly rule, eliminated in 1939; rule says a sacrifice fly is not charged as a time at bat
  • Nov 3 First live color US coast-to-coast telecast (NYC)
  • Nov 3 "Tokyo Story", Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu, starring Chishū Ryū, Chieko Higashiyama and Setsuko Hara, is released
  • Nov 4 Eddie Joost succeeds Jimmy Dykes as the manager of Philadelphia A's
  • Nov 4 New baseball balk rule gives the batter option of accepting the outcome of the pitch or the balk
  • Nov 5 Nobel prize for physics awarded to Frederik Zernicke
  • Nov 5 Paul Searls saws a 32" log in 86.4 seconds
  • Nov 5 Terence Rattigan's "Sleeping Prince" premieres in London

Film release premierFilm Release

Nov 5 Film "How to Marry a Millionaire" directed by Jean Negulesco, starring Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe, first to be filmed in CinemaScope released

Actress Marilyn Monroe
Actress
Marilyn Monroe
Film actress Betty Grable
Film actress
Betty Grable
  • Nov 6 French National Meeting grants Saarland more autonomy

  • Nov 6 Masao Oki's symphony "Atomic Bomb" premieres
  • Nov 7 WIS TV channel 10 in Columbia, SC (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 8 Salazar's party wins all parliamentary seats in Portugal
  • Nov 9 Cambodia (aka Kampuchea) gains independence from France, within the French Union
  • Nov 9 KTVQ TV channel 2 in Billings, MT (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 9 Supreme Court rules Major League baseball exempt from anti-trust laws
  • Nov 10 Giants end their tour of Japan (players got $331 of $3,000 promised)
  • Nov 11 Jimmy Dykes succeeds Marty Marion as Baltimore Orioles manager

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Nov 12 David Ben-Gurion, resigns as Prime Minister of Israel

First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
First Israeli Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion
  • Nov 12 US district Judge Grim, rules NFL can black out TV home games

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Nov 13 Dmitri Shostakovich's 4th String Quartet premieres

  • Nov 14 WCIA TV channel 3 in Champaign, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 15 WIBW TV channel 13 in Topeka, KS (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 15 WRBL TV channel 3 in Columbus, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 17 St Louis Browns officially become the Baltimore Baseball Club Inc
  • Nov 17 The remaining human inhabitants of the Blasket Islands, Kerry, Ireland are evacuated to the mainland
  • Nov 17 United States joins the United Nations in condemning Israel's raid on Jordan on October 4, 1953
  • Nov 18 Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP) accept female suffrage
  • Nov 19 US Supreme Court rules (7-2) baseball is a sport not a business

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Nov 19 US VP Richard Nixon visits Hanoi

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

  • Nov 20 Scott Crossfield in Douglas Skyrocket, 1st to break Mach 2 (1,300 MPH)
  • Nov 21 WKJG TV channel 33 in Ft Wayne, IN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 21 Authorities at the British Natural History Museum announce the "Piltdown Man" skull, one of the most famous fossil skulls in the world, is a hoax
  • Nov 23 KVFD (now KTIN) TV channel 21 in Ft Dodge, IA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 23 WJBF TV channel 6 in Augusta, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 24 Los Angeles Dodgers sign Walter Alston to a 1-year pact as manager for 1954; signs 23 one year agreements until 1976
  • Nov 25 "Guys & Dolls" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,200 performances
  • Nov 25 Earthquake and tsnunami strike Honshu, Japan
  • Nov 25 Hungary beats England in soccer match, 6-3
  • Nov 26 KBOI (now KBCI) TV channel 2 in Boise, ID (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 26 WJHL TV channel 11 in Johnson City, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 26 Yamada Koun, leader of Sanbo Kyodan line of Zen, found 1st awakening
  • Nov 27 Indians 3rd baseman Al Rosen is unanimously named AL's MVP
  • Nov 28 "Wish You Were Here" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • Nov 28 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 12-6
  • Nov 28 18th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 10-7 in Birmingham
  • Nov 29 American Airlines begins 1st regular commercial NY-LA air service
  • Nov 29 WSIX TV channel 8 in Nashville, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 30 French parachutist under Colonel De Castries attacks Dien Bien Phu
  • Nov 30 Edward Mutesa II, kabaka (king) of Buganda is deposed and exiled to London by Sir Andrew Cohen, Governor of Uganda

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Michael Zaslow, American actor (One Life to Live, Guiding Light), born in Inglewood, California (d. 1998)
  • Nov 1 Jan Davis, American astronaut (STS 47, 60, 85), born in Cocoa Beach, Florida
  • Nov 2 Rick Meagher, Canadian ice hockey center (NHL Frank J. Selke Trophy 1990; St. Louis Blues captain), born in Belleville, Ontario
  • Nov 3 Kate Capshaw [Nail], American actress (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Nov 3 Dennis Miller, comedian/TV host (SNL, Dennis Miller Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 3 Kathy Kinney, American actress (Drew Carey Show), born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin
  • Nov 3 Helios Creed, American musician (Chrome)
  • Nov 4 Carlos Gutierrez, American politician (35th United States Secretary of Commerce 2005-09), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Nov 4 Jacques Villeneuve (elder), Canadian auto racer (North American Formula Atlantic Champion 1980–81; Can-Am Champion 1983), born in Berthierville, Quebec
  • Nov 4 Marvel Williamson, American educator, born Holton, Kansas
  • Nov 5 Florentino V. Floro, Filipino judge (suspended from the Philippine judiciary in 2006 due to mental illness), born in Manila, Philippines
  • Nov 5 Joyce Maynard, American journalist and novelist (Labor Day), born in Durham, New Hampshire
  • Nov 7 Lucinda Green, English equestrian (Olympic silver 1984), born in Andover, Hampshire, England
  • Nov 8 John Musker, American animation director (Moana), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 9 Gaétan Hart, Canadian boxer
  • Nov 11 Andy Partridge, English rock vocalist/guitarist (XTC-Oranges & Lemons)
  • Nov 11 Kostas Skandalidis, Greek politician
  • Nov 12 Vasilis Karras, Greek singer
  • Nov 13 Andy "the Clobberer" Ranken, English pop drummer (The Pogues)
  • Nov 13 Larry Miller, comedian (Dream On, Favor, Dream Lover)
  • Nov 13 Tracy Scoggins, actress (Colbys, Gumshoe Kid), born in Galveston, Texas
  • Nov 13 Frances Conroy, American actress
  • Nov 13 Andrés Manuel López Obrador [AMOL], Mexican politician, President of Mexico (2018-), born in Tepetitán, Mexico
  • Nov 13 Waswo_X._Waswo, American Photographer
  • Nov 14 Dominique de Villepin, Prime Minister of France
  • Nov 14 James Guthrie, English music producer and sound engineer (Pink Floyd), born in Edmonton, England
  • Nov 15 Alexander O'Neal, rocker (James Hearsky Harris III), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Nov 15 Yuri Viktorovich Prikhodko, Russian cosmonaut
  • Nov 16 Griff Rhys Jones, British humorist and actor (Morons From Outer Space), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Nov 17 Dino Martin Jr, rocker
  • Nov 17 Jilly Johnson, England, vocalist (Blonde on Blonde)
  • Nov 18 Kevin Nealon, actor (SNL, Hot Shot, Coneheads), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Nov 18 Alan Moore, British comic book writer and novelist
  • Nov 19 Robert Beltran, American actor (Star Trek Voyager)
  • Nov 19 Tom Villard, American actor (d. 1994)
  • Nov 20 Greg Gibson, American Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic silver 1984), born in Stafford, Virginia
  • Nov 21 Tina Brown, journalist publisher (New Yorker, Tattler)
  • Nov 21 Tina Brown, British journalist (New Yorker), born in Maidenhead, United Kingdom
  • Nov 22 Wayne Larkins, cricketer (England opening batsman of 80's)
  • Nov 22 Urmas Alender, Estonian singer (d. 1994)
  • Nov 22 Billy M. Sprague, American rocket scientist
  • Nov 23 Martin Kent, cricketer (Queensland batsman played for Australia 1981)
  • Nov 23 Francis Cabrel, French singer
  • Nov 24 Tod Machover, composer
  • Nov 24 Glenn Withrow, American actor
  • Nov 25 Monique St Pierre, German model, Playboy model (Nov 1978, Playmate of Year 1979), born in Weisbaden, Germany
  • Nov 25 Jeffrey Skilling, American former CEO of Enron
  • Nov 26 Hilary Benn, British politician
  • Nov 26 Harry Carson, American football player
  • Nov 27 Curtis Armstrong, American actor (Moonlighting, Revenge of the Nerds), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Nov 27 Boris Grebenshchikov, Russian singer (Aquarium)
  • Nov 27 Stephen "Steve" Bannon, American advisor to Trump, chair of Breitbart News, born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Nov 28 Nadezhda Olizarenko, USSR, 800m/1500m runner (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Nov 28 Sixto Lezcano, baseball player
  • Nov 29 Alex Grey, American artist
  • Nov 30 Mike Espy, (Rep-D-Mississippi)
  • Nov 30 Shuggie Otis, American singer-songwriter, born in Los Angeles California
  • Nov 30 David Sancious, American musician, born in Asbury Park, New Jersey

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 4 Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, American pianist and philanthropist, dies at 89
  • Nov 6 John Parsons Beach, American composer, dies at 76
  • Nov 8 Ivan Bunin, Russian poet and novelist (Gentleman from San Francisco-Nobel 1933, dies at 83
  • Nov 8 John van Melle, South African writer (Bart Nel), dies at 66

Person of interestIbn Saud

Nov 9 Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, Founder and first King of Saudi Arabia (1932-53), dies of a heart attack at 78

Founder of Saudi Arabia Ibn Saud
Founder of Saudi Arabia
Ibn Saud
  • Nov 9 Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet (Child's Christmas in Wales), dies at 39
  • Nov 21 Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (Original Dixieland Jazz Band), dies at 60
  • Nov 22 Syed Sulaiman Nadvi, Pakistani religious scholar and biographer of Muhammad (b. 1884)
  • Nov 24 George Alexander Russell, American organist, composer and the first Frick Professor of Music for Princeton University, dies at 73
  • Nov 24 Robert Lightfoot, English theologist and exegetist, dies at 70
  • Nov 27 Eugene O'Neill, playwright (Nobel 1936), dies in Boston at 65
  • Nov 29 Alfons Fryland, Austrian actor (b. 1888)
  • Nov 29 Sam De Grasse, Canadian actor, dies from a heart attack at 78
  • Nov 29 Milt Gross, American comic book illustrator and animator (b. 1895)