What Happened in November 1961

Historical Events

  • Nov 2 "Kean" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • Nov 2 Max Frisch's "Andorra" premieres in Zurich
  • Nov 3 UN General Assembly unanimously elects U Thant as acting Secretary-General after the death of Dag Hammarskjöld in a plane crash
  • Nov 4 Karamanlis becomes premier of Greece
  • Nov 5 India's premier Nehru arrives in NY
  • Nov 5 St Louis Cards Bill Stacy, returns 2 interceptions for TDs vs Dallas
  • Nov 6 US government issues a stamp honoring 100th birthday of James Naismith (invented game of basketball - actually Canadian)
  • Nov 7 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria

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Nov 8 Whitey Ford is voted Cy Young Award winner over Warren Spahn

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Nov 9 PGA eliminates caucasians only rule
  • Nov 9 Paddy Chayefsky's "Gideon" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 9 USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 30,970m
  • Nov 9 The X-15 rocket plane achieved a world record speed of 4,093 mph (Mach 6.04) and reached 101,600 feet (30,970 m or over 19 miles) altitude
  • Nov 11 Adulterous couple up mestkar through Staphorst riding
  • Nov 11 Congolese soldiers murder 13 Italian UN pilots
  • Nov 11 Molotov, Malenkov & Kaganovitsj expelled from USSR's communist party
  • Nov 11 Stalingrad renamed Volgograd
  • Nov 11 "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller is published by Simon and Schuster in New York
  • Nov 13 WCBB TV channel 10 in Augusta, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 13 Vladimir Yefimovich Semichastny succeeds Aleksandr Nikolayevich Shelepin as head of the KGB.
  • Nov 15 Comet C/1961 T1 (Seki) approaches within 0.1019 AUs of Earth

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Nov 15 Roger Maris is voted AL MVP

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Nov 15 UN bans nuclear arms
  • Nov 16 United Kingdom limits immigration from Commonwealth countries

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Nov 16 US President JFK decides to increase military aid to South Vietnam without committing US combat troops

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Nov 18 "Gay Life" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 113 performances
  • Nov 18 "Kwamina" closes at 54th St Theater NYC after 32 performances
  • Nov 18 JFK sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam
  • Nov 18 US Ranger 2 launched to Moon; failed
  • Nov 19 Houston George Blanda passes for 7 touchdowns vs NY Titans (49-13)
  • Nov 20 WPLG TV channel 10 in Miami, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 22 Frank Robinson is 1st to win MVPs in both major leagues

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Nov 22 St Louis Hawk Bob Pettit sets NBA record, hitting 19 of 19 free throws

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit

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Nov 22 Producers Albert Broccoli & Harry Saltzman announce expensive publicity campaign to make Sean Connery (James Bond) a star

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Nov 25 NBA's Bob Cousy becomes 2nd player to score 15,000 points

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • Nov 26 For 2nd time in his career, St Louis' Jerry Norton has 4 interceptions
  • Nov 26 Pro Baseball Rules Committee votes 8-1 against legalizing the spitball

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Nov 27 Gordie Howe becomes 1st to play in 1,000 NHL games

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Nov 27 KHAW TV channel 11 in Hilo, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 28 General Meeting of UN debates New-Guinea
  • Nov 28 Martin Walser's "Der Abstecher" premieres in Munich
  • Nov 29 Freedom Riders attacked by white mob at bus station in Miss
  • Nov 29 John A McCone replaces Allen W Dulles as 6th director of CIA
  • Nov 29 Mercury-Atlas 5 carries a chimp (Enos) to orbit
  • Nov 30 Billy Williams of the Cubs is voted NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 30 USSR vetoes Kuwaits application for UN membership

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Anne Donovan, Ridgewood NJ, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • Nov 1 Kim Krizan, California, writer/actress (Slacker, Dazed & Confused)
  • Nov 1 Magne Furuholmen, keyboardist/vocalist (Aha-Take on Me), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Nov 1 Paul Jackson, cricketer (slow lefty bowler for Victoria & Queensland)
  • Nov 1 Louise Boije af Gennäs, Swedish writer and novelist
  • Nov 1 Calvin Johnson, American musician (Beat Happening, The Halo Benders, Dub Narcotic Sound System)
  • Nov 2 K.D. Lang [Kathy Dawn], Consort Alberta, Canadian country singer
  • Nov 3 David AC viscount Linley, son of English princess Margaret/mystic
  • Nov 3 Kari Michaelsen, actress (Katie-Gimme a Break), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 4 Carlos Espinosa, Mexico, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 Philippine Open)
  • Nov 4 Ralph Macchio, Huntington NY, actor (Karate Kid, 8 is Enough)
  • Nov 4 Daron Hagen, American composer
  • Nov 4 Edward Knight, American composer
  • Nov 4 Les Sampou, American musician
  • Nov 4 Nigel Worthington, Northern Irish footballer
  • Nov 4 Edward Knight, Ann Arbor, Michigan, composer
  • Nov 5 Charles O Hobaugh, Bar Harbor ME, Capt USMC/astronaut
  • Nov 5 Gina Mastrogiacomo, American actress (d. 2001)
  • Nov 6 Florent Pagny, French songwriter and singer
  • Nov 6 Kazuhiko Aoki, Japanese game creator
  • Nov 6 Craig Goldy, guitarist for the band Dio
  • Nov 7 Mintcho Pachov, Bulgaria, 67.5kg weightlifer (Olympic-bronze-1980)
  • Nov 8 Leif Garrett, Hollywood Cal, singer/actor (Devil x 5, 3 for the Road)
  • Nov 9 Jill Dando, British television presenter (d. 1999)
  • Nov 10 Junior, [Norman Giscombe], R&B singer (Mama used to Say)
  • Nov 10 Ramona Pagel, shot putter, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 10 Rudolf Grimm, Austrian physics professor
  • Nov 10 John Walton, English darts player
  • Nov 11 Matt Ghaffari, Iranian-American greco-roman wrestler (Oly-sil-92, 96), born in Tehran, Iran
  • Nov 11 Steve Young, NFL quarterback (SF 49ers)
  • Nov 12 Chela Quintana, Venezuela, LPGA golfer (8 time Venezuelan Amat Champ)
  • Nov 12 Greg Gagne, Fall River MA, infielder (LA Dodgers)
  • Nov 12 Nadia Comaneci, [Gheorghe], Romania, gymnist (1st 10/Olymp-gold-1976)
  • Nov 12 Enzo Francescoli, Uruguayan footballer
  • Nov 12 Jonathan Nossiter, American film director
  • Nov 12 Michaela Paetsch, American violinist
  • Nov 13 Edwin "Rick" Bakker, Dutch author: Rick's Report, AIDS Diary
  • Nov 14 D B Sweeney, actor (Cutting Edge, Fire in the Sky, Day in October)
  • Nov 14 Gordon Jennison Noice, American actor
  • Nov 15 Ian Reid, Australian educator

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Nov 16 Frank Bruno, English boxer (European champion), born in Hammersmith, England

  • Nov 16 Corinne Hermès, French singer
  • Nov 16 Bruno Amato American actor
  • Nov 17 Merete Van Kemp, Denmark, actress (Grace-Dallas, Princess Daisy)
  • Nov 17 Robert Stethem, U.S. Navy Seabee diver murdered by terrorists on TWA Flight 847 (d. 1985)

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Nov 17 Chanda Kochhar, Indian business woman (CEO of ICICI Bank), born in Jodhpur, India

Businesswoman and CEO of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar
Businesswoman and CEO of ICICI Bank
Chanda Kochhar
  • Nov 18 Janice Lynn Kuehnemund, rocker (Vixen-Rev It Up), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Nov 19 Grant Ledyard, Winnipeg, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars)

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Nov 19 Meg Ryan, Bethel Ct, actress (When Harry Met Sally, As the World Turns)

Actress Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan
  • Nov 20 Tim Harvey, British racing driver
  • Nov 20 Larry Karaszewski, American screenwriter
  • Nov 20 Dave Watson, English footballer
  • Nov 22 Joel Ashley Edwards, PGA golfer (1992 BC Open-2nd), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Nov 22 Mariel Hemingway, Ketchum Id, actress (Personal Best, Civil Wars)
  • Nov 22 Randal L. Schwartz, American computer programmer
  • Nov 22 Stephen Hough, British concert pianist
  • Nov 23 Merv Hughes, cricketer (Australian pace bowler 1985-94 Extrovert)
  • Nov 23 Keith Ablow, American psychiatrist and author
  • Nov 24 Carl Sundquist, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Nov 24 Carlos Carnero, Spanish member of parliament
  • Nov 24 Arundhati Roy, Indian activist and writer (The God of Small Things), born in Shillong, Meghalaya
  • Nov 25 Amy Gibson, actress (General Hospital)
  • Nov 25 Kenny Monday, 163 lbs freestyles wrestler (Oly-88, 92, 96), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Nov 26 Dave Hannan, Sudbury, NHL center (Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche)
  • Nov 26 Marcy Walker, Paducah KY, actress (Liza-All My Child, Santa Barbara)
  • Nov 26 Lisa Moretti, American professional wrestler
  • Nov 27 Lee Johnson, NFL punter/kicker (Cin Bengals)
  • Nov 27 Princess, rocker (Desirez Heslop, All For Love)
  • Nov 27 Randy Milligan, baseball player
  • Nov 27 Steve Oedekerk, American film director, actor and comedian
  • Nov 28 Jane Sibbett, actress (Teddy Z, Heddy Newman-Herman's Head)
  • Nov 28 Patty Zomer, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots)
  • Nov 28 Martin Clunes, British actor
  • Nov 28 Alfonso Cuarón, Mexican film director (Gravity), born in Mexico City
  • Nov 29 Kim Delaney, American actress (All My Children, NYPD Blue), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 29 Masayoshi Yamashita, Japanese musician
  • Nov 30 Innocent Egbunike, Nigeria, 4x400m runner (Olympic-bronze-1984)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 25 Racing car driver Mario Andretti (21) weds high school sweetheart Dee Ann Hoch (19)

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Alexander Cohen, Dutch anarchist/author, dies at 97
  • Nov 1 Joan McCracken, actress (Claudie The Story of a Marriage), dies at 38
  • Nov 2 James Thurber, humorist (The Male Animal), dies at 66
  • Nov 7 Antonius F "Anton" Coolen, author (Peelwerkers), dies at 64
  • Nov 13 Fredrik J "Frits" Bakker Jr, Dutch actor (Unknown Woman), dies at 63
  • Nov 13 Wally Brown, actor (Jed Fame-Cimarron City), dies at 57
  • Nov 13 Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Jr., American diplomat (b. 1897)
  • Nov 15 Douglas Walton, actor (Bad Lands), dies of heart attack at 51
  • Nov 15 Elsie Ferguson, American actress (Footlights, Scarlet Pages), dies at 78
  • Nov 16 Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House for 17 years, dies at 79
  • Nov 24 Ruth Chatterton, actress (Female, Dodsworth), dies after illness at 67
  • Nov 25 Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (b. 1866)
  • Nov 26 Alexander Borisovich Goldenweiser, composer, dies at 86
  • Nov 30 Stanislaw Kazuro, composer, dies at 80