Historical Events in November 1979

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

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyricist Tim Rice
Lyricist
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 In Parliament Sir Anthony Blunt, art advisor to the Queen, exposed as 4th man in Soviet spy ring He was stripped of his knighthood and his fellowship of Trinity College, Cambridge

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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 and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
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

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Nov 23 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" released, sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • 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