On This Day

Historical Events in November 1948

  • Nov 1 Mao's Red army conquers Mukden, Manchuria

Election of Interest

Nov 2 US President Harry Truman is re-elected in an upset victory over Republican candidate Thomas E. Dewey

  • Nov 2 WJZ TV channel 13 in Baltimore, MD (ABC) begins broadcasting

NHL All-Star Game

Nov 3 2nd NHL All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: All-Stars beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1; Gordie Howe's first of 23 All-Star appearances

  • Nov 3 Kleggie Hermsen and Bones McKinney each score 17 points as Washington Capitols beat Philadelphia Warriors, 77-70 at Washington Coliseum to win first of 15 straight games to start season; best start in NBA history

Nobel Prize

Nov 4 American-born British poet T. S. Eliot wins Nobel Prize for literature

Film & TV History

Nov 4 American humorist Will Rogers commemorated by US Postage Service on 3-cent stamp

Historic Event

Nov 12 Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo sentenced to death by war crimes tribunal

  • Nov 12 The first mobile betatron (particle accelerator) begins operation at the U.S. Naval Ordnance Laboratory, White Oak, Maryland
  • Nov 13 "As the Girls Go" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 420 performances

Historic Event

Nov 15 Mackenzie King retires after 22 years as Prime Minister of Canada

Historic Event

Nov 15 Louis St. Laurent is sworn in as the 12th Prime Minister of Canada

  • Nov 17 Britain's House of Commons votes to nationalize steel industry
  • Nov 20 US balloon reaches height of 42.7 km (record)
  • Nov 23 Dr Frank G. Back (NYC) patents lens to provide zoom effects
  • Nov 24 WAVE TV channel 3 in Louisville, Kentucky (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 24 "Bicycle Thieves", Italian film directed by Vittorio De Sica, starring himself and Cesare Zavattini, is released (Honorary Academy Award 1950)
  • Nov 25 16-inch coastal guns removed from Fort Funston, San Francisco
  • Nov 25 KING TV channel 5 in Seattle, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting

Historic Event

Nov 26 1st polaroid camera sold for $89.75 in Boston at the Jordan Marsh department store. The Land Camera model 95 becomes prototype for all Polaroid Land cameras for next 15 years

  • Nov 27 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Calgary Stampeders win their first Championship; defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 12-7
  • Nov 27 Honda 1st opens in America
  • Nov 28 "Hopalong Cassidy" premieres on TV
  • Nov 29 Puppet TV show"Kukla, Fran, & Ollie" starring Fran Allison debuts on NBC
  • Nov 29 1st opera to be televised, "Othello", broadcast from the Met (NYC)
  • Nov 29 KOB TV channel 4 in Albuquerque, NM (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 30 Baseball's Negro National League disbands
  • Nov 30 Player-manager Lou Boudreau is selected AL MVP
  • Nov 30 Soviets set up a separate municipal government in East Berlin