On This Day

Historical Events in November 1946

  • Nov 1 Charles S Johnson becomes 1st black president of Fisk University
  • Nov 1 First Basketball Association of America game; New York Knicks beat Toronto Huskies, 68-66 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto
  • Nov 1 WABC becomes WCBS radio in NYC
  • Nov 1 WEAF radio changes call letters to WNBC (NYC)
  • Nov 1 West German state of Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) created
  • Nov 1 Karol Wojtyla is ordained to Catholic priesthood

Historic Event

Nov 3 Emperor Hirohito proclaims a new Japanese constitution

  • Nov 4 "Park Avenue" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • Nov 4 United Nations Educational, Scientific, & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) formed

Election of Interest

Nov 5 John F. Kennedy (Democrat, Massachusetts) elected to US House of Representatives

Historic Event

Nov 6 Karol Wojtyla (future Pope John Paul II) holds his first Mass as newly ordained Catholic priest in Wawel Cathedral's crypt

  • Nov 7 Katherine Dunham's song and dance revue "Bal Nègre" opens at Belasco Theater, NYC; runs for 54 performances

Historic Event

Nov 8 Jean-Paul Sartre's "La Putain Respecteuse" premieres in Paris

Historic Event

Nov 9 US President Harry Truman ends wage/price freeze

  • Nov 10 Communists win many seats at French parliamentary election
  • Nov 11 New York Knicks play their first Basketball Association of American (BAA) home game at Madison Square Garden; lose, 78-68 to Chicago Stags in overtime
  • Nov 12 Walt Disney's "Song Of South" released
  • Nov 12 A branch of the Exchange National Bank in Chicago, Illinois opens the first ten drive-up teller windows
  • Nov 13 First artificial snow produced from a natural cloud, Mt Greylock, Massachusetts

Sports History

Nov 13 Bradman scores 106 for an Australian XI v the MCC

  • Nov 14 Dutch Dakota flight to Schiphol crashes, kills 11
  • Nov 15 House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) interrogates astronomer Harlow Shapley

Sports History

Nov 15 Ted Williams is picked as AL MVP

Theater Premiere

Nov 20 Lillian Hellman's play "Another Part of the Forest" premieres in NYC

  • Nov 21 Georgi Dimitrov elected premier of Bulgaria
  • Nov 21 Harry Truman becomes 1st US President to travel in a submerged sub

Film Release

Nov 21 "The Best Years of Our Lives", film directed by William Wyler, based on MacKinlay Kantor's novella Glory for Me, starring Myrna Loy and Fredric March, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1947)

  • Nov 23 "Gypsy Lady" closes at Century Theater NYC after 79 performances
  • Nov 23 French Navy fire in Haiphong, Vietnam, kills 6,000
  • Nov 23 The Workers Party of South Korea is founded

Election of Interest

Nov 27 Peter Fraser's Labour government wins a second term in New Zealand's general elections

  • Nov 27 English soccer team beats Netherlands, 8-2
  • Nov 28 French Fourth Republic government led by Georges Bidault resigns
  • Nov 28 Dutch Nazi Anton Mussert sentenced to death
  • Nov 29 Minister Drees begins emergency rule of old age facilities
  • Nov 30 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Argonauts claim 7th Championship and retain title with 28-6 win over Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • Nov 30 Bradman scores 187 in 1st Test Cricket v England at the Gabba