What Happened in November 1981

Historical Events

  • 1st 1st Class US Mail raised from 18 cents to 20 cents
  • 1st 3rd meeting of Giants-Jets, Jets up 2-1 with 26-7 win
  • 1st Antigua & Barbuda gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1st Chako Higuchi wins LPGA Pioneer Cup Golf Tournament
  • 3rd Brewers reliever Rollie Fingers wins AL Cy Young Award
  • 4th Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart" premieres in NYC
  • 4th Columbia shuttle launch scrubbed with 31 secs remaining
  • 4th Dr George Nichopoulas is acquitted of overprescribing addictive drugs for Elvis Presley
  • 5th Charles Fuller's "Soldier's Play" premieres in NYC
  • 5th Former Dolphin, Mercury Morris, is sentenced to 20 years for drug trafficing, conspiracy, & possession of cocaine
  • 6th Fernando Valenzuela is 1st rookie to win a Cy Young Award

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6th Larry Holmes TKOs Renaldo Snipes in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 7th France performs nuclear test
  • 8th Christian Democrats looses Belgium parliamentary election

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8th Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • 10th "Oh, Brother!" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • 10th Ernest Thompson's "West Side Waltz" premieres in NYC
  • 11th "Oh, Brother!" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • 11th Fernando Valenzuela is 1st rookie ever to win a Cy Young Award
  • 12th 1st balloon crossing of Pacific is completed (Double Eagle V)
  • 12th 2nd shuttle mission-1st time spacecraft launched twice (Columbia 2)
  • 12th Bill C Davis' "Mass Appeal" premieres in NYC
  • 12th Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (Oakland A's)
  • 12th Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • 12th Pilin Leon of Venezuela, crowned 31st Miss World

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13th Ringo Starr releases "Wrack My Brains"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 14th 2nd Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 2-returns to Earth
  • 14th Old Dutch Windmill in Golden Gate Park repaired & working again
  • 14th Pakistan all out 62 v Australia at WACA, Lillee 5-18
  • 14th Paul 'Bear' Bryant ties Amos Alonzo Stagg with 314 football wins
  • 15th "Camelot" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 16th "Merrily We Roll Along" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 16th Dennis Lillee kicked Javed Miandad, who waved his bat at Dennis

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16th President Reagan decides on a covert plan to block the Cuban aid to Nicaragua and El Salvador

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 17th "1st" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • 17th NBA NY Knick Bill Cartwright, ties record of 19 of 19 free throws

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18th Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt wins his 2nd consecutive NL MVP

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 19th U.S. Steel agrees to pay $6.3 million for Marathon Oil
  • 20th Anatoly Karpov, USSR retains world chess championship
  • 20th Burundi adopts its constitution
  • 20th El Salvador guerrilla group FMLN opens "limited offensive"
  • 20th Ringo releases "Stop & Smell Roses" album
  • 21st 400,000 demonstrate in Amsterdam against cruise missiles

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21st Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" single goes #1 & stays for 10 weeks

  • 22nd "Marlowe" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • 22nd 69th CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Ottawa Rough Riders, 26-23
  • 22nd Browns' QB Brian Sipe sets club record by being intercepted 6 times
  • 22nd SD Charger Dan Fouts passes for 6 touchdowns vs Oakland (55-21)
  • 22nd USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 22nd 31st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Darrell Waltrip wins
  • 23rd President Reagan vetoes House Joint Resolution 357 which called for further appropriations for fiscal year 1982
  • 24th 1st air-launched cruise missile tested
  • 25th Failed coup by South African mercenaries in Seychelles
  • 25th Rollie Fingers is 1st relief pitcher to win AL MVP

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25th Pope John Paul II names Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger "Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith"

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 28th "Merrily We Roll Along" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 28th Bear Bryant wins his 315th game to out distance Alonzo Stagg & become college football's winningest coach
  • 28th 46th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 28-17 in Birmingham
  • 29th "My Fair Lady" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 119 performances
  • 29th Greg Chappell scores 201 v Pakistan at The Gabba (Brisbane)
  • 29th Major Iranian offensive mounted on central front

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30th NY Yankee Dave Righetti wins AL Rookie of Year Award

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti
  • 30th Porn star John Holmes arrested on fugitive charges
  • 30th South Africa anti-apartheid advocate Bulelani Ngcuka arrested
  • 30th Cold War: In Geneva, representatives from the United States and the Soviet Union begin to negotiate intermediate-range nuclear weapon reductions in Europe (the meetings ended inconclusively on December 17).

Famous Birthdays

  • 2nd Wilson Betemit, Dominican baseball player
  • 2nd Avy Scott, American actress
  • 3rd Sten Pentus, Estonian racing car driver
  • 4th Vince Wilfork, American football player
  • 6th Cassie Bernall, American murder victim (d. 1999)
  • 6th Lee Dong Wook, South Korean actor
  • 7th Muhammad Hassan, professional wrestler
  • 7th Anthony Moffat, Scottish musician, writer and filmmaker
  • 7th Anushka Shetty, Tollywood Film Actress
  • 8th Joe Cole, English footballer
  • 9th Scottie Thompson, American actress
  • 10th Tony Blanco, American baseball player
  • 10th Jason L. Dunham, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2004)
  • 10th Alison Waite, American model and Playboy Playmate
  • 11th Natalie Glebova, Miss Universe 2005
  • 11th Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
  • 12th DJ Campbell, English football player
  • 13th Kirsty-Leigh Brown, Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • 13th Mark Cardona, Filipino basketball player
  • 13th Rivkah, American comic book writer and artist
  • 14th Tom Ferrier, British racing driver
  • 15th Natalie Lacuesta, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 15th Lorena Ochoa, Mexican golfer
  • 15th Drew Hodgdon, American football player
  • 16th Allison Crowe, Canadian singer
  • 16th Caitlin Glass, American voice actress
  • 16th Osi Umenyiora, English-born NFL football player
  • 17th Sarah Harding, English singer (Girls Aloud)
  • 18th Christina Vidal, American actress
  • 18th Gian Magdangal, Filipino singer and actor
  • 20th Jilen Siroky, 200m breaststroke (Olympics-96)
  • 20th Carlos Boozer, American basketball player
  • 20th Kimberley Walsh, English singer (Girls Aloud)
  • 21st Wesley Britt, American football player
  • 21st Piet Rinke, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 21st Jonny Magall√≥n, Mexican footballer
  • 22nd Seweryn Gancarczyk, Polish footballer
  • 22nd Pape Sow, Senegalese basketball player
  • 22nd Ben Adams, English singer

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25th Barbara and Jenna Bush, twin daughters of U.S. President George W. Bush

Twin daughter of US President George W. Bush Barbara Pierce Bush
Twin daughter of US President George W. Bush
Barbara Pierce Bush
  • 25th Xabi Alonso, Spanish international footballer
  • 25th Mauricio Rua, Brazilian Mixed Martial Artist
  • 25th Jared Jeffries, American basketball player
  • 26th Jamie Fiske, liver transplant recipient
  • 26th Stephan Andersen, Danish international footballer
  • 26th Natasha Bedingfield, British singer
  • 26th Gina Kingsbury, Canadian hockey player
  • 26th Natalie Gauci, Australian Idol 2007 winner
  • 27th Gary Lucy, Actor
  • 27th Matthew Taylor, English footballer
  • 29th Nicholas Teo, Malaysian singer and actor
  • 30th Rich Harden, Canadian baseball player

Famous Weddings

  • 16th Luke marries Laura on TV soap "General Hospital" (16 million watch)

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26th Legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (55) weds "Sounder" actress Cicely Tyson (47) at the home of actor Bill Cosby

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis

Famous Deaths

  • 2nd Kenneth Oakley, English Anthropologist, Palaeontologist, and Geologist whose method for the relative dating of fossils using fluorine content was instrumental in exposing the Piltdown Man hoax, dies at 70
  • 7th Will Durant, US author (story of civilization), dies at 96
  • 10th Abel Gance, french movie director (J'accuse), dies at 92

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12th William Holden, American actor (Network, The Wild Bunch, Breezy), slips on a rug and bleeds to death at 63

  • 14th Robert Bradford, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1941)
  • 15th Enid Markey, actress (Foolish Mothers, Civilization), dies at 85
  • 16th Enid Markey, actress (Aunt Violet-Bringing Up Buddy), dies at 85
  • 16th Morgan Conway, actor (Dick Tracy Detective), dies
  • 17th Bob Eberly, singer (Jimmy Dorsey Band), dies at 65
  • 19th Griffiths Mxenge, South Afr's anti-apartheid advocate, murdered
  • 20th Rolf Bongs, German writer, dies at 74
  • 21st Harry Von Zell, TV announcer (Burns & Allen), dies at 75
  • 22nd Andreina Pagnani, actress (Il Commandante), dies at 74
  • 22nd Jack Fingleton, cricketer (18 Tests for Australia, 1189 runs), dies
  • 25th Jack Albertson, actor (Chico & the Man), dies at 74
  • 26th Machgielis "Max" Euwe, world chess champion (1935-37), dies at 80
  • 27th Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer/actress (From Russia With Love), dies of cancer at 83
  • 27th Max [Machgielis] Euwe, chess champ (1935-37), dies
  • 29th Natalie Wood, American actress (West Side Story), drowns at 43
  • 29th Fredric Wertham, German-born psychologist (b. 1895)
  • 30th Robert H Harris, actor (Jake-Goldbergs), dies at 72