What Happened in November 1981

Historical Events

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Nov 7 France performs nuclear test
  • Nov 8 Christian Democrats looses Belgium parliamentary election
  • Nov 8 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic
  • Nov 10 "Oh, Brother!" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Nov 10 Ernest Thompson's "West Side Waltz" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 11 "Oh, Brother!" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Nov 11 Fernando Valenzuela is 1st rookie ever to win a Cy Young Award
  • Nov 12 1st balloon crossing of Pacific is completed (Double Eagle V)
  • Nov 12 2nd shuttle mission-1st time spacecraft launched twice (Columbia 2)
  • Nov 12 Bill C Davis' "Mass Appeal" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 12 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (Oakland A's)
  • Nov 12 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • Nov 12 Pilin Leon of Venezuela, crowned 31st Miss World

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Nov 13 Ringo Starr releases "Wrack My Brains"

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

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Nov 16 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
  • Nov 17 "1st" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • Nov 17 NBA NY Knick Bill Cartwright, ties record of 19 of 19 free throws

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

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

Music release#1 in the Charts

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

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

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Nov 25 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
  • Nov 28 "Merrily We Roll Along" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Nov 28 Bear Bryant wins his 315th game to out distance Alonzo Stagg & become college football's winningest coach
  • Nov 28 46th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 28-17 in Birmingham
  • Nov 29 "My Fair Lady" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 119 performances
  • Nov 29 Greg Chappell scores 201 v Pakistan at The Gabba (Brisbane)
  • Nov 29 Major Iranian offensive mounted on central front

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

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti
  • Nov 30 Porn star John Holmes arrested on fugitive charges
  • Nov 30 South Africa anti-apartheid advocate Bulelani Ngcuka arrested
  • Nov 30 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

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

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Nov 25 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
  • Nov 25 Xabi Alonso, Spanish international footballer
  • Nov 25 Mauricio Rua, Brazilian Mixed Martial Artist
  • Nov 25 Jared Jeffries, American basketball player
  • Nov 26 Jamie Fiske, liver transplant recipient
  • Nov 26 Stephan Andersen, Danish international footballer
  • Nov 26 Natasha Bedingfield, British singer
  • Nov 26 Gina Kingsbury, Canadian hockey player
  • Nov 26 Natalie Gauci, Australian Idol 2007 winner
  • Nov 27 Gary Lucy, English actor (The Bill), born in Chigwell, Essex
  • Nov 27 Matthew Taylor, English footballer
  • Nov 29 Nicholas Teo, Malaysian singer and actor
  • Nov 30 Rich Harden, Canadian baseball player

Famous Weddings

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 26 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

  • Nov 2 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
  • Nov 7 Will Durant, US author (story of civilization), dies at 96
  • Nov 10 Abel Gance, french movie director (J'accuse), dies at 92

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

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