Historical Events in November 1920

  • Nov 1 American fishing schooner 'Esperanto' defeats Canadian yacht 'Delawana' in the first International Fishing Schooner Championship Races off Halifax, Nova Scotia

Historic Event

Nov 1 Eugene O'Neill's "Emperor Jones" premieres in NYC

  • Nov 1 Eugene O'Neill's drama "Emperor Jones" opens at Provincetown Playhouse, NYC; runs for 204 performances

Election of Interest

Nov 2 Warren G. Harding is elected President of the United States, defeating Democrat candidate James M. Cox

  • Nov 2 Westinghouse radio station in East Pittsburgh, KDKA begins broadcasting, with presidential and local election returns

Sports History

Nov 8 Baseball meeting to depose Ban Johnson is set for Nov 12th

  • Nov 8 Rupert Bear by illustrator Mary Tourtel first appears in the Daily Express newspaper in the UK

Theater Premiere

Nov 10 George Bernard Shaw's play "Heartbreak House" premieres in NYC

  • Nov 11 Great Britain's monument to her war dead, the Cenotaph in Whitehall, designed by Edwin Lutyens, unveiled
  • Nov 11 The burials of unknown soldiers take place simultaneously in Westminster Abbey, London, and at the Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Election of Interest

Nov 12 Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis elected 1st baseball commissioner by team owners

  • Nov 12 The Dalmatian coast between Italy and Yugoslavia is ceded to Yugoslavia
  • Nov 13 Hudson River freezes at Albany
  • Nov 14 American Pro Football League's Chic Tiger Joe Guyon punts 95 yards
  • Nov 14 The Russian Bolshevik army occupies Sebastopol, ending anti-communist attempts to regain the government of Russia
  • Nov 15 Ernst Toller's "Massen und Menschen" premieres in Nuremberg
  • Nov 15 Free City of Danzig forms under League of Nations protection
  • Nov 15 League of Nations holds first meeting in Geneva
  • Nov 16 1st postage stamp meter is set in Stamford Conn
  • Nov 16 Australia's Qantas airways founded in Winton, Queensland as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited
  • Nov 18 Apollo Theater (Academy, Bryant) opens at 221 W 42nd St NYC
  • Nov 21 Karel ńĆapek's "Vec Makropulos" premieres in Prague

Historic Event

Nov 21 Mussolini's squad begins terror, 11 die in Bologna, Italy

Film Release

Nov 21 Silent film "The Last of the Mohicans" released, adapted from James Fenimore Cooper's novel, starring Wallace Beery, Barbara Bedford

  • Nov 25 1st Thanksgiving Parade (Philadelphia)
  • Nov 25 WTAW of College Station, Tx, broadcast 1st football play-by-play

Film & TV History

Nov 27 "The Mask of Zorro" directed by Fred Niblo and starring Douglas Fairbanks is shown in New York - 1st American superhero film

  • Nov 28 Kilmichael Ambush, Battle of the Irish War of Independence.