What Happened in November 1959

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 1 Jacques Plante becomes the first goaltender to wear a mask during a NHL game

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 1 Jim Brown scores 5 TDs in Cleveland Browns 38-31 win over Balt

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • Nov 1 Patrice Lumumba arrested in Belgian Congo
  • Nov 1 WOV-AM in NYC changes call letters to WADO
  • Nov 2 "Girls against the Boys" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Nov 2 Charles Van Doren confesses that TV quiz show "21" was fixed
  • Nov 2 The first section of the M1 motorway, the first inter-urban motorway in the United Kingdom, is opened between the present junctions 5 and 18, along with the M10 motorway and M45 motorway

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 3 David Ben-Gurion's Mapai party wins Israeli parliamentary election

First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
First Israeli Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 4 Ernie Banks, Cubs shortstop, wins 2nd consecutive NL MVP

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Nov 5 AFL announced with 8 teams
  • Nov 7 13th Ryder Cup: US wins 8½-3½ at Eldorado Golf Club (Indian Wells, California)
  • Nov 7 16th College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Navy beats Maryland 22-14 in Baltimore
  • Nov 8 KJTV (now KGET) TV channel 17 in Bakersfield, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 8 Tunisian president Habib Bourguiba's Nes Destour party wins every seat
  • Nov 10 Corinne Rottschaeffer of the Netherlands elected Miss World
  • Nov 11 1st episode of "Rocky & His Friends" airs
  • Nov 11 Seals Stadium in San Francisco, demolished
  • Nov 12 White Sox 2B Nellie Fox wins AL's MVP
  • Nov 14 "Girls against the Boys" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Nov 14 Kilauea's most spectacular eruption (in Hawaii)

MurderMurder of Interest

Nov 15 Richard "Dick" Hickock and Perry Smith murder four members of the Clutter Family at their farm outside Holcomb, Kansas (subject of Truman Capote book In Cold Blood).

  • Nov 15 Cleveland Browns' halfback Bobby Mitchell sets club record for longest run from scrimmage (90-yards), beat Wash 31-17
  • Nov 16 "Sound of Music" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 1443 performances
  • Nov 17 De Beers firm of South Africa announces synthetic diamond
  • Nov 17 Giants slugger Willie McCovey wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 17 William Shea shows proposed NYC stadium with transparent roof
  • Nov 18 Wash Senator Bob Allison wins AL Rookie of Year

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 18 "Ben-Hur" directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston premieres in New York City (Best Picture 1960)

  • Nov 19 "Rocky & His Friends" debuts on ABC
  • Nov 19 Ford Motors cancels its poorly received Edsel model
  • Nov 20 UN adopts Universal Declaration of Children's Rights
  • Nov 20 WABC fires Alan Freed over payola scandal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 21 Jack Benny (violin) & Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Nov 22 AFL's 1st draft - NY Titans choice George Izo, QB, Notre Dame
  • Nov 22 Boston Patriots enters AFL
  • Nov 23 "Fiorello!" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 796 performances
  • Nov 25 "Once Upon a Mattress" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 460 performances
  • Nov 28 47th CFL Grey Cup: Winn Blue Bombers defeats Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 21-7
  • Nov 28 KOMC (now KSNK) TV channel 8 in McCook - Oberlin, NB (NBC) begins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 28 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Princeps Pastorum

  • Nov 28 24th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 10-0 in Birmingham, breaking a streak of five consecutive victories by Auburn in the series
  • Nov 29 2nd Grammy Awards: Mack The Knife, Bobby Darin wins
  • Nov 30 Joe Foss named 1st commissioner of AFL
  • Nov 30 1960 NFL Draft: Billy Cannon from LSU first pick by Los Angeles Rams

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Eddie MacDonald, rocker (The Alarm-Knocking on Heaven's Door)
  • Nov 2 Peter Mullan, Scottish actor and filmmaker
  • Nov 3 Timothy Patrick Murphy, Hartford Conn, actor (Dallas, Glitter)
  • Nov 3 Hal Hartley, American film director and writer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 5 Bryan Adams, Canadian singer (Heaven), born in Kingston, Ontario

Singer Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams
  • Nov 6 Teri Peterson, Santa Monica Cal, playmate (July, 1980)
  • Nov 7 Billy Gillispie, American basketball coach
  • Nov 7 Alexandre Guimarães, Costa Rican football manager
  • Nov 8 Simon Davis, Victorian cricket pace bowler (Test v NZ 1986, no wkts)
  • Nov 9 Karin Mundinger, LPGA golfer (1985 Singapore Open-2nd), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Nov 9 Thomas Quasthoff, German singer
  • Nov 9 Tony Slattery, British actor
  • Nov 9 Nick Hamilton, American wrestling referee
  • Nov 9 Sito Pons, Spanish motorbike racer
  • Nov 10 Frank Maudsley, rock bassist/vocalist (Flock Of Seagulls)
  • Nov 10 MacKenzie Phillips, Alexandria Va, actress (Julie-1 Day at a Time)
  • Nov 10 Linda Cohn, American sports reporter
  • Nov 11 Vincent Irizarry, actor (Guiding Light, Santa Barbara), born in Queens, New York
  • Nov 11 Lee Haney, American bodybuilder
  • Nov 13 Anne Manning, Australian walker (Olympics-96)
  • Nov 13 Rosie Jones, Santa Ana CA, LPGA golfer (1988 USX Golf Classic)
  • Nov 14 Paul McGann, English actor (Dr Who), born in Liverpool, Lancashire
  • Nov 14 Annie Schilder, Dutch singer (BZN)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 14 Bryan Stevenson, American social justice activist and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, born in Milton, Delaware

Lawyer and Social Justice Activist Bryan Stevenson
Lawyer and Social Justice Activist
Bryan Stevenson
  • Nov 16 Bert Cameron, Spanish Town Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic-silv-1988)
  • Nov 16 Corey Allen Pavin, Oxnard CA, PGA golfer (1995 US Open)
  • Nov 17 William R Moses, actor (Cole-Falcon Crest), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 17 Terry Fenwick, English footballer
  • Nov 18 Jimmy Quinn, Northern Irish footballer and football manager
  • Nov 19 Jean-Francois Clervoy, Longeville France, astronaut (STS 66, 84)
  • Nov 19 Allison Janney, American actress
  • Nov 20 Sean Young, actress (Dune, Young Doctor in Love), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Nov 20 James P. McGovern, American politician
  • Nov 21 Colin Beashel, Australian star sailor (Olympics-96)
  • Nov 21 Tim Wilkison, Shelby NC, tennis player (WCT Atlanta finals-1986)
  • Nov 22 Frank McAvennie, Scottish footballer
  • Nov 22 Fabio Parra, Colombian cyclist
  • Nov 23 Brook Jacoby, baseball player
  • Nov 23 Maxwell Caulfield, Derbyshire England, actor (Miles-The Colbys)
  • Nov 23 Dominique Dunne, American actress (d. 1982)
  • Nov 25 Steve Rothery, Brampton, guitarist, (Marillion-Clutching at Straws)
  • Nov 25 Charles Kennedy, British politician (Liberal Democrat leader 1999-2006), born in Inverness, Scotland
  • Nov 26 Jamie Rose, actress (St Elsewhere, Falcon Crest), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 26 Mike Moore, baseball player
  • Nov 27 Charlie Burchill, Scottish pop guitarist (Simple Minds-Breakfast Club)
  • Nov 28 Judd Nelson, Portland ME, actor (Breakfast Club, Jack-Suddenly Susan)
  • Nov 28 R Glynn Holt, Plainveiw Texas, PhD/astronaut (STS 73 alt)
  • Nov 28 Stephen Roche, bicylist
  • Nov 29 Neal Broten, Roseau Canada, NHL center (NJ Devils)
  • Nov 29 Rich Camarillo, NFL punter (Houston Oilers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 30 Sylvia Hanika, Munich West Germany, tennis player (Avon-1982)

Tennis Player Sylvia Hanika
Tennis Player
Sylvia Hanika
  • Nov 30 Lorraine Kelly, British presenter and journalist

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Gershon Agron, mayor of Jerusalem, dies at 66
  • Nov 3 Friedrich Niggli, composer, dies at 83

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 6 Jose P. Laurel, Philippine president, dies of heart attack at 68

3rd President of the Philippines José P. Laurel
3rd President of the Philippines
José P. Laurel
  • Nov 7 Victor McLaglen, actor (Gunga Din), dies of heart attack at 72
  • Nov 8 Frank Sherman Land, founder of DeMolay International (b. 1890)
  • Nov 9 Frederick Preston Search, composer, dies at 70
  • Nov 10 Lupino Lane, English actor (Deputy Drummer), dies at 67
  • Nov 14 Thomas Ross, actor (Without Limit), dies at 84
  • Nov 15 Alex Kennedy, cricketer (31 wkts in 5 Tests for England 1922-23), dies
  • Nov 17 Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer/pianist/conductor, dies at 72
  • Nov 19 Edward C Tolman, US psychologist (behaviorism), dies
  • Nov 19 Gerard J Arbous, actor/publicist (Bohemian Amsterdam), dies at 83
  • Nov 19 Joseph Charbonneau, archbishop of Montreal (b. 1892)
  • Nov 21 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), dies at 50

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 22 Molla Mallory, eight-time U.S. Open tennis champion, dies at 75

Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion Molla Mallory
Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion
Molla Mallory
  • Nov 24 Lyman Bryson, educator (UN Casebook), dies at 71
  • Nov 24 Yuri N Libedinski, Ukrainen writer (Commissioners), dies at 60
  • Nov 24 Dally Messenger, Australian rugby player (b. 1883)
  • Nov 26 Albert William Ketelby, composer, dies at 84
  • Nov 26 Albert Ketèlbey, British composer (b. 1875)
  • Nov 27 Gerard Philipe, actor/dir (La Ronde, Gambler), dies of cancer at 36
  • Nov 28 Lester Vail, actor (Dance Fools Dance), dies on 59th birthday
  • Nov 29 Fritz Brun, Swiss composer and conductor, dies at 81
  • Nov 29 Hans Henny Jahnn, writer, dies at 64