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 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

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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; release delayed to allow "The Robe" to debut the format

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)

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

1st Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion
1st Prime Minister of Israel
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

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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

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A replica of the Piltdown skull.
A replica of the Piltdown skull.
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  • 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, American 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 in 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, and songwriter (XTC - "Mayor Of Simpleton"), born in Mtarfa, Malta
  • Nov 11 Kostas Skandalidis, Greek politician, born in Kos, Greece
  • Nov 11 Kahil El'Zabar [Clifton Blackburn], American jazz percussionist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 12 Vasilis Karras [Kesoglidis], Greek folk singer (Tilefonise Mou), born in Kokkinohori, Greece
  • Nov 12 Baaba Maal, Senegalese singer and guitarist (The Traveller), born in Podor, French West Africa (now Senegal)
  • Nov 13 Andy "the Clobberer" Ranken, English Celtic-punk rock drummer (The Pogues), born in London
  • 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 13 Bob Brett, Australian tennis coach (Boris Becker, Goran Ivanišević, Marin Čilić), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 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 Jilly Johnson, England, vocalist (Blonde on Blonde)
  • Nov 17 Vítor Oliveira, Portuguese soccer midfielder (Braga, Portimonense) and manager (won 11 promotions to Primeira Liga, 6 as champion), born in Matosinhos, Portugal (d. 2020)
  • Nov 18 Kevin Nealon, American actor (SNL, Hot Shot, Coneheads), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Nov 18 Alan Moore, British comic book writer and novelist
  • Nov 18 Alan Murphy, British rock session guitarist (Kate Bush), born in Islington, London, England (d. 1989)
  • 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, British journalist (New Yorker, Tattler), born in Maidenhead, United Kingdom
  • Nov 21 Asa Brebner, American guitarist and singer-songwriter (Modern Lovers; The Chartbusters), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 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 folk and country singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Agen, France
  • 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 Labour Party politician, born in Hammersmith, London
  • Nov 26 Harry Carson, American football player (New York Giants), born in Florence, South Carolina
  • Nov 27 Curtis Armstrong, American actor (Moonlighting, Revenge of the Nerds), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Nov 27 Boris Grebenshchikov, Russian singer (Aquarium), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union
  • 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, dies at 69
  • 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

Person of interestEugene O'Neill

Nov 27 Eugene O'Neill, American playwright (Desire Under the Elms-Nobel 1936), dies of cerebellar cortical atrophy at 65

Playwright Eugene O'Neill
Playwright
Eugene O'Neill
  • 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)