On This Day

November 1948 in History

Events in History

  • 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

Nobel Prize

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

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

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 25 16-inch coastal guns removed from Fort Funston, San Francisco

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 Honda 1st opens in America
  • Nov 28 "Hopalong Cassidy" premieres on TV
  • Nov 30 Player-manager Lou Boudreau is selected AL MVP
  • Nov 30 Soviets set up a separate municipal government in East Berlin

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 4 Amadou Toumani Touré, Mali politician, President of Mali (2002-12), born in Mopti, Mali (d. 2020) [1]
  • Nov 5 Mel Ab-Owain, Welsh politician
  • Nov 5 Hridayananda dasa Goswami, International Society for Krishna Consciousness guru, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 5 Bernard-Henri Lévy, French public intellectual, born in Béni Saf, Oran, French Algeria
  • Nov 5 Pepper LaBeija [William Jackson], American drag queen and fashion designer, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2003)
  • Nov 8 Dale A. Gardner, American naval commander and astronaut (STS 8, STS 51A), born in Fairmont, Minnesota (d. 2014)
  • Nov 9 Bille August, Danish director (Best Intentions, Twist & Shout), born in Brede, Denmark
  • Nov 9 Henrik S. Järrel, Swedish politician, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Nov 10 Aaron Brown, American broadcast journalist (World News Now), born in Hopkins, Minnesota

Hassan Rouhani

Nov 12 Hassan Rouhani, Iranian politician (President of Iran 2013-), born in Sorkheh, Semnan

Prince Charles

Nov 14 Prince Charles [Charles Philip Arthur George], Prince of Wales/Duke of Cornwall, born in London

  • Nov 14 Jacob Kohnstamm, Dutch undersecretary of the Interior (D66, 1994-)
  • Nov 15 Roy P Dyson, (Rep-D-MD, 1981- )
  • Nov 16 Aline Issermann, French director (Amant Magnifiquew), born in Paris, France
  • Nov 16 Bonnie Greer, American-British playwright and critic, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 17 Howard Dean, American politician, Governor of Vermont (1991-2003), born in East Hampton, New York
  • Nov 17 Tom Wolf, American politician, Governor of Pennsylvania (2015-), born in Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 18 Ural Nazibovich Sultanov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Nov 20 John Bolton, American security advisor and diplomat (US Ambassador to UN), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Nov 21 George Zimmer, American entrepreneur
  • Nov 24 Spider Robinson, Canadian sci-fi author (3 Hugo, Callahan's Secret)
  • Nov 25 Jacques P. Dupuis, French Canadian politician

Weddings in History

Colonel Sanders

Nov 18 KFC founder Colonel Sanders (58) weds his long-time employee Claudia Price

Deaths in History

  • Nov 10 Julius Curtius, German foreign minister (1929- ), dies at 71
  • Nov 16 Frederick Gardner Cottrell, American Inventor (electrostatic precipitator), dies at 71
  • Nov 19 Robert Dean Frisbie, American writer of travel literature (Life on Puka Puka), dies at 52
  • Nov 25 Kanbun Uechi, karate master (b. 1877)