What Happened in November 1979

Historical Events

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Nov 1 Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice's musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" premieres

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyricist Tim Rice
Tim Rice
  • Nov 1 Bolivia military coup under Gen Busch, pres Guevara flees
  • Nov 1 Edward Bennett Williams buys Orioles from Hoffberger for $12.3 million
  • Nov 1 US Federal government made $1.5 billion loan to Chrysler
  • Nov 1 Tanker Burmah Agate off Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 10.7 m gallons of oil, in US's worst oil spill disaster
  • Nov 2 Peter Shaffer's musical "Amadeus" premieres in London
  • Nov 2 Studio 54's owners are arrested for tax evasion
  • Nov 3 Five people mortally wounded during anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstration in NC
  • Nov 3 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Mizuno Japan Golf Classic
  • Nov 3 Moroccan offensive against Polisario Front
  • Nov 4 500 Iranian "students" seize US embassy, take 90 hostages (444 days)
  • Nov 5 Iran government of Bazargan resigns

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Nov 5 Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini declares US "The Great Satan"

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Nov 6 Ayatollah Khomeini takes over in Iran
  • Nov 7 Cub reliever Bruce Sutter wins NL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 8 Bernard Slade's "Romantic Comedy" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 8 ABC broadcasts "Iran Crisis: American Held Hostage" with Frank Reynolds (forerunner to "Nightline")
  • Nov 8 The Chilean Communist Party (Proletarian Action) is formed.
  • Nov 10 Train detrailment in Mississauga, Ontario; a 106 car train derails causing the evacuation of 200,000 people
  • Nov 11 Boston Court issues occupancy permit for Cambridge Buddhist Center
  • Nov 12 Tony Franklin of Philadelphia Eagles kicks 59-yard field goal
  • Nov 12 US President Carter announces a halts to Iranian oil imports & freezes Iranian assets
  • Nov 13 British newspaper "The Times" resumes publishing after 1 year

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Nov 13 Ronald Reagan in New York announces his candidacy for US President

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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Nov 13 Willie Stargell & Keith Hernandez share NL MVP Award NL

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • Nov 14 California's Don Baylor, wins AL MVP
  • Nov 15 ABC-TV announces it would broadcast nightly specials on Iran hostage
  • Nov 15 British government identifies Sir Anthony Blunt, art advisor to the Queen, as 4th man in Soviet spy ring

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Nov 15 A package from the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski begins smoking in the cargo hold of a flight from Chicago to Washington, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing.

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski
  • Nov 15 Iran cancels all contracts with U.S. oil companies

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Nov 16 Paul McCartney releases "Wonderful Christmas"

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Nov 17 Daniel Okrent sketches out 1st draft rules for Rotisserie Baseball on a flight to Austin, TX
  • Nov 17 Ayatollah Khomeini frees most black & female US hostages
  • Nov 17 NY Stars (WBL) home opener at Madison Square Garden in NYC
  • Nov 18 Ayatollah Khomeini charges US ambassador/embassy espionage
  • Nov 18 29th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins

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Nov 19 Astros sign Nolan Ryan, to record 4 year, $4.5 million contract

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Nov 19 Chuck Berry released from prison on income tax evasion
  • Nov 20 Sji'ieten occupies great mosque of Mecca, 100s killed
  • Nov 20 US's 1st artificial blood transfusion occurs at University of Minnesota Hospital
  • Nov 21 Crowd at Islamabad, Pakistan attack US embassy, 1 dies
  • Nov 23 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" released, sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks
  • Nov 24 Kings' Charley Simmer fails on 8th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Nov 24 US admits troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic Agent Orange
  • Nov 25 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 53 performances
  • Nov 25 67th CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 17-9
  • Nov 25 Israel returns Alma oilfields in Gulf of Suez to Egypt
  • Nov 25 Pittsburgh gains 606 net yards against Cleveland, winning 33-30

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Nov 25 Pat Summerall and John Madden broadcast a game together for the first time, a pairing that would last 22 years and become one of the most well-known partnerships in TV sportscasting history

Football Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
Football Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • Nov 26 Intl Olympic Committee votes to readmit China after 21 years
  • Nov 26 Twins John Castino & Jays Alfredo Griffin tie for AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 27 1st day-night one-day cricket international, Australia v WI at SCG
  • Nov 28 "King of Schnorrers" opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 63 performances
  • Nov 28 Air New Zealand DC-10 crashes into Mt Erebus on Antarctica kills 257
  • Nov 28 LA Dodger Rick Sutcliffe wins NL Rookie of Year

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Nov 28 Pope John Paul II's first papal visit to Turkey, almost 1 1/2 years before Turkish native Mehmet Ali Agca attempts to kill him

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Nov 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 30 Ted Koppel becomes anchor of nightly news on Iran Hostages (ABC)
  • Nov 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Delgado, Angolan footballer
  • Nov 1 Milan Dudić, Serbian footballer
  • Nov 1 Henry Shefflin, Irish hurler
  • Nov 1 Coco Crisp, American baseball player
  • Nov 2 Julie Lund, Danish actress
  • Nov 3 Jamie Duffney, Miss Minnesota Teen USA (1997)
  • Nov 3 Pablo Aimar, Argentine footballer
  • Nov 3 Tim McIlrath, American musician (Rise Against)
  • Nov 3 Beau McDonald, Australian Rules Footballer
  • Nov 4 Daisy Eagan, American actresss (Secret Graden), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 4 Jesse Camp, former MTV veejay
  • Nov 4 Trishelle Cannatella, American reality TV castmember and model
  • Nov 5 Mihalis Hatzigiannis, Greek-Cypriot songwriter and singer
  • Nov 6 Lamar Odom, American basketball player
  • Nov 7 Danny Fonseca, Costa Rican footballer
  • Nov 7 Barney Harwood, CBBC presenter
  • Nov 7 Will Demps, American football player
  • Nov 7 Joey Ryan, American professional wrestler
  • Nov 7 Jon Peter Lewis, American singer
  • Nov 7 Mike Commodore, American professional hockey player
  • Nov 8 Aaron Hughes, Northern Irish footballer
  • Nov 8 Dania Ramírez, Dominican actress
  • Nov 9 Adam Dunn, American baseball player
  • Nov 9 Caroline Flack, British television presenter
  • Nov 9 Martin Taylor, English footballer
  • Nov 10 Chris Joannou, Australian musician
  • Nov 12 Matt Cappotelli, American professional wrestler
  • Nov 12 Corey Maggette, American professional basketball player
  • Nov 12 Cote de Pablo, Santiago Chile, actress (NCIS)
  • Nov 13 Ron Artest, American basketball player
  • Nov 13 Subliminal, Israeli rapper and producer
  • Nov 14 Jean-Alain Boumsong, French footballer
  • Nov 14 Tobin Esperance, American musician (Papa Roach)
  • Nov 14 Mavie Hörbiger, German actress
  • Nov 15 Josemi, Spanish footballer
  • Nov 15 Brett Lancaster, Australian cyclist
  • Nov 16 Michael Faustino, actor (brother of David)
  • Nov 16 Salli Wills, Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • Nov 16 Tony Frias, American footballer
  • Nov 16 Bruce Irons, American surfer
  • Nov 17 Matthew Spring, English footballer
  • Nov 19 Ryan Howard, American baseball player
  • Nov 19 Larry Johnson, American football player
  • Nov 19 Leam Richardson, English soccer player
  • Nov 19 John-Ford Griffin, American baseball player
  • Nov 19 Keith Buckley - American singer (Every Time I Die)
  • Nov 20 Ericson Alexander Molano, Colombian gospel singer
  • Nov 20 Maree Bowden, New Zealand netball player (Silver Ferns)
  • Nov 21 Vincenzo Iaquinta, Italian footballer
  • Nov 21 Stromile Swift, American basketball player
  • Nov 21 Alex Tanguay, Canadian hockey player
  • Nov 21 Kim Dong Wan, Korean singer (Shinhwa)
  • Nov 22 Chris Doran, Irish singer
  • Nov 23 Kelly Brook, English actress/model
  • Nov 25 Thea Gilmore, British songwriter
  • Nov 25 Michael Lehan, American National Football League player
  • Nov 26 B.J. Averell, American online tutor and reality television contestant
  • Nov 27 Ricky Carmichael, American motocross racer
  • Nov 27 Hilary Hahn, American violinist
  • Nov 27 Shin Hyesung, Korean singer (Shinhwa)
  • Nov 27 Teemu Tainio, Finnish footballer
  • Nov 28 Chamillionaire [Hakeem Seriki ], American rapper, born in Houston, Texas
  • Nov 28 Joel Maximo, American professional wrestler
  • Nov 28 Daniel Henney, Korean model-actor
  • Nov 29 Simon Amstell, English comedian and television presenter
  • Nov 29 Francis Beltrán, Dominican baseball player
  • Nov 29 Jayceon "The Game" Taylor, American rapper
  • Nov 30 Chris Atkinson, Australian rally driver
  • Nov 30 Andrés Nocioni, Argentine basketball player

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 24 Author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (57) weds photographer Jill Krementz (39)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady of the United States (b. 1896)
  • Nov 2 Jacques Mesrine, French "enemy of the state", shot to death
  • Nov 5 Al Capp, US cartoonist (Li'l Abner), dies at 70
  • Nov 7 Amedeo Nazzari, actor (Lure of Sila, Night of Cabiria), dies at 71
  • Nov 7 Paolo Carlini, Italian actor (It Started in Naples), dies at 53
  • Nov 8 Sydney Tafler, actor (Too Many Crooks), dies at 63
  • Nov 8 Yvonne de Gaulle, wife of Charles de Gaulle (b. 1900)
  • Nov 9 Lewis Charles, actor (Feather & Father Gang), dies at 59
  • Nov 10 Friedrich Thorberg, writer, dies at 71
  • Nov 11 Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian-American film score composer and conductor (Academy Award 1954-High & Mighty), dies at 85
  • Nov 13 Dimitris Psathas, Greek playwright (b. 1907)
  • Nov 14 Bill Farrimond, England cricket wicketkeeper (4 Tests 1930-35), dies
  • Nov 17 John Glassock, bass (Jethro Tull), dies at 27 following heart surgery
  • Nov 18 Freddie Fitzsimmons, baseball player (b. 1901)
  • Nov 22 Anne Vondeling, Male Dutch soc democratic party-minister, dies at 63
  • Nov 23 Merle Oberon, actress (Assignment Foreign Legion), dies at 68
  • Nov 23 Judee Sill, American musician and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • Nov 30 Joyce Grenfell (Adventure for Two), actress, dies at 69
  • Nov 30 Zeppo Marx, [Herbert], US comic (Marx Brothers), dies at 78