On This Day

Historical Events in November 1928

  • Nov 1 1st celebration of Authors' Day

Sports History

Nov 1 Australian cricket batting prodigy Don Bradman scores 133 not out in NSW 2nd innings v Queensland in Brisbane; follows his 131 in the Blues' 1st innings

Music Premiere

Nov 2 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Symphony premieres in US with Leopold Stokowski leading the Philadelphia Orchestra at The Academy of Music, Philadelpha

  • Nov 3 Turkey switches from Arabic to Roman alphabet
  • Nov 4 Jose Moncada elected president of Nicaragua

Historic Event

Nov 4 American gangster Arnold Rothstein is shot at a business meeting for reputedly refusing to pay gambling debts (dies 6th November)

  • Nov 6 Clevelanders vote to build a stadium with city bonds

Election of Interest

Nov 6 Republican candidate Herbert Hoover is elected President of the United States, defeating Democrat candidate Al Smith

  • Nov 6 Colonel Jacob Schick patents 1st electric razor
  • Nov 6 Swedes start a tradition of eating Gustavus Adolphus pastries to commemorate the king

Music Premiere

Nov 8 George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Treasure Girl" premieres in NYC

Historic Event

Nov 10 Emperor Hirohito of Japan's possession of the Imperial Regalia is publicly confirmed

  • Nov 11 France's 5th government of Raymond PoincarĂ© forms
  • Nov 11 KXO-AM in El Centro CA begins radio transmissions
  • Nov 11 WGL-AM in Ft Wayne IN begins radio transmissions
  • Nov 11 WMT-AM in Cedar Rapids IA begins radio transmissions
  • Nov 11 WOL-AM in Washington, D.C. begins radio transmissions
  • Nov 12 British steamer "Vestris" capsizes & sinks off Virginia, kills 110
  • Nov 17 Boston Garden officially opens
  • Nov 17 Notre Dame finally loses a football game at home after 23 years

Film & TV History

Nov 18 Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" released, first Mickey Mouse sound cartoon

Sports History

Nov 20 Boston Gardens opens, Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 1-0

  • Nov 20 WGH-AM in Newport News VA begins radio transmissions

Music History

Nov 22 "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel first performed publicly (Paris)

  • Nov 26 Philip Barry's play "Holiday" premieres in New York City
  • Nov 30 Australian cricket legend Don Bradman makes an inauspicious Test debut; scores 18 & 1 vs England in 1st Test in Brisbane; dropped to 12th man for 2nd Test

Historic Invention

Nov 30 Vladimir K. Zworykin receives patent on Iconoscope TV system