Historical Events in November 1954

Election of Interest

Nov 1 General Fulgencio Batista elected President of Cuba

  • Nov 1 India takes over administration of 4 French Indian settlements
  • Nov 1 KUON TV channel 12 in Lincoln, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 Lee Petty with 32 top-10 finishes from 34 races wins NASCAR Grand National Championship by 283 points from Herb Thomas; Petty fails to finish season ending Wilkes 160
  • Nov 1 The Front de Libération Nationale fires the first shots of the Algerian War of Independence against France.

Historic Event

Nov 1 US Senate admonishes Joseph McCarthy because of his slander campaigns

Radio Premiere

Nov 2 BBC radio comedy "Hancock's Half Hour" debuts starring Tony Hancock and Sid James, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson

  • Nov 2 Charles Diggs Jr is elected Michigan's 1st black congressman to the House of Representatives

Election of Interest

Nov 2 Strom Thurmond is the 1st senator elected by write-in vote (South Carolina)

  • Nov 3 Nobel for physics awarded to Max Born & Walter Bothe
  • Nov 4 Harold Rome, S. N. Behrman, and Joshua Logan's musical romance "Fanny", starring Ezio Pinza, Walter Slezak, and Florence Henderson, opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 888 performances, winning one Tony Award
  • Nov 4 Philadelphia A's move to Kansas City

Sports History

Nov 5 Montreal Canadien center Jean Béliveau scores 3 goals in 44 seconds on future Hall of Fame goaltender Terry Sawchuk in 4-2 win v Boston Bruins; 2nd fastest NHL hat trick

  • Nov 7 Cleveland Browns' Chet Hanulak sets club record with 7 punt returns & win by their largest margin of victory (59) beating Wash 62-3
  • Nov 7 US spy plane shot down North of Japan
  • Nov 8 AL approves Philadelphia A's move to Kansas City

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima

Nov 10 "Marine Corps War Memorial" unveiled in Arlington County, Virginia, dedicated to US Marine Corps who died in defense of US since 1775 (inspired by 1945 Iwo Jima photo of servicemen raising US flag)

Historic Publication

Nov 11 Publication of "Two Towers", 2nd volume of "Lord of the Rings", by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London

  • Nov 12 Ellis Island, immigration station in NY Harbor is closed

Historic Event

Nov 12 Lee Kuan Yew and others form the People's Action Party (PAP) in Singapore to work towards self-rule in Singapore

  • Nov 13 1st Rugby League World Cup, Parc des Princes, Paris: Great Britain beats France, 16-12; Man of The Match: GB second rower Don Robinson
  • Nov 14 Egyptian President Naguib resigns, state of emergency declared
  • Nov 15 1st regularly scheduled commercial flights over North Pole begin as SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) inaugurates DC-6B service between Los Angeles, California and Copenhagen, Denmark, via Greenland and Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Nov 20 KTRK TV channel 13 in Houston, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 22 Humane Society (US) forms in Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 23 For the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the peak it reached just before the 1929 crash
  • Nov 24 Air Force One, 1st US Presidential airplane, christened
  • Nov 24 France sends 20,000 soldiers to Algeria

Sports History

Nov 26 Test Cricket debut of Colin Cowdrey v Australia at Gabba

  • Nov 27 "By the Beautiful Sea" closes at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 270 performances
  • Nov 27 19th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 28-0 in Birmingham
  • Nov 27 Alger Hiss is released from prison after serving 44 months for perjury
  • Nov 27 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Edmonton Eskimos win first of 3 straight Championships; defeat Montreal Alouettes, 26-25
  • Nov 28 1st pro football game in The Netherlands
  • Nov 28 KCKT (now KSNC) TV channel 2 in Great Bend, KS (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 30 20th Heisman Trophy Award: Alan Ameche, Wisconsin (FB)
  • Nov 30 Ann Hodges is bruised by a meteor at Sylacauga, Alabama in first modern instance of a meteorite striking a human
  • Nov 30 John Strydom succeeds D. F. Malan as premier of South Africa