Historical Events in November 1959

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

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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

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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

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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

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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