On This Day

November 1920 in History

Events in History

Historic Event

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

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
  • 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
  • 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 Australia's Qantas airways founded in Winton, Queensland as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited
  • Nov 16 1st postage stamp meter is set in Stamford Conn
  • Nov 18 Apollo Theater (Academy, Bryant) opens at 221 W 42nd St NYC
  • Nov 21 Karel Čapek's "Vec Makropulos" premieres in Prague

Historic Event

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

  • Nov 25 1st Thanksgiving Parade (Philadelphia)
  • Nov 25 WTAW of College Station, Tx, broadcast 1st football play-by-play
  • Nov 28 Kilmichael Ambush, Battle of the Irish War of Independence.

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 2 Bill Mazer, American sports broadcaster (New York institution in sports reporting; sports trivia expert), born in Iziaslav, Ukraine (d. 2013)
  • Nov 3 Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Australian Aboriginal political activist and writer (We Are Going), born in Minjerribah, Queensland, Australia (d. 1993)
  • Nov 4 Georges Papy, Belgian mathematician (Numbers Game), born in Anderlecht, Belgium (d. 2011)
  • Nov 5 Douglass North, American economist, (Nobel Prize Economic Sciences 1993), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Nov 8 Eugênio de Araújo Sales, Brazilian Roman Catholic cardinal, born in Acari, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil (d. 2012)
  • Nov 9 Byron de la Beckwith, American white supremacist, born in Colusa, California (d. 2001)
  • Nov 9 Seymour Siwoff, American sports statistician (president and CEO Elias Sports Bureau 1952-2019), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2019)
  • Nov 10 Rafael del Pino, Spanish entrepreneur, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2008)
  • Nov 11 Roy Jenkins, British MP (Labour, Liberal Democrats) and President of the European Commission (1977-81), born in Abersychan, Monmouthshire (d. 2003)
  • Nov 14 Johnny Desmond, singer (Your Hit Parade), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Nov 15 Wayne Thiebaud, American painter
  • Nov 18 Bill Bedford, British test pilot (pioneered the development of V/STOL aircraft), born in Loughborough, England (d. 1996)
  • Nov 18 Mustafa Khalil, 40th Prime Minister of Egypt (1978-80), born in Al Qalyubiyah Governorate, Egypt (d. 2008)
  • Nov 23 Chalmers Wylie, American politician (Rep-R-Ohio, 1967-93), born in Norwich, Ohio (d. 1998)
  • Nov 23 Paul Celan [Antschell], German-Romanian poet (Collected Prose)
  • Nov 24 Anthony Griffin, sailor
  • Nov 24 Joseph Olutola Olu Odutola Oguntala, soho club owner
  • Nov 25 Tuanku Syed Putra ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail, King of Malaysia (d. 2000)
  • Nov 26 Paul Rodenko, Dutch poet and author (Stolen Lover), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1976)
  • Nov 27 Elaine Greene, literary Agent
  • Nov 27 John Richard Ravensdale, historian
  • Nov 27 Max Tripels, Dutch politician, lawyer, and director, born in Maastricht, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • Nov 29 Yegor Ligachev, Soviet politician

Deaths in History

  • Nov 2 Andre Dumont, Belgian mine engineer (Limburgs coal basin), dies at 73
  • Nov 8 Abraham Kuyper, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1901-05), dies at 83
  • Nov 8 Salomon Anski, Russian-Polish yiddish author (Dibboek), dies at 57
  • Nov 22 Manuel Pérez y Curis, Uruguayan poet (b. 1884)
  • Nov 23 Mohammed ibn Addoellah, Somalian resistances leader "Mad Molla", dies