November 1979 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 1 Bolivia military coup under Gen Busch, pres Guevara flees
  • 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 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 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 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 US President Carter announces a halts to Iranian oil imports & freezes Iranian assets
  • Nov 13 British newspaper "The Times" resumes publishing after 1 year
  • Nov 14 California's Don Baylor, wins AL MVP
  • 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
  • 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 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 24 US admits troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic Agent Orange
  • Nov 25 Israel returns Alma oilfields in Gulf of Suez to Egypt
  • Nov 25 Pittsburgh gains 606 net yards against Cleveland, winning 33-30
  • Nov 26 Twins John Castino & Jays Alfredo Griffin tie for AL Rookie of Year
  • 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 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 1 Henry Shefflin, Irish hurler
  • Nov 3 Beau McDonald, Australian Rules Footballer
  • Nov 16 Tony Frias, American footballer
  • Nov 25 Michael Lehan, American National Football League player
  • Nov 26 B.J. Averell, American online tutor and reality television contestant

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Deaths in History

  • 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 8 Yvonne de Gaulle, wife of Charles de Gaulle (b. 1900)
  • Nov 10 Friedrich Thorberg, writer, dies at 71
  • Nov 13 Dimitris Psathas, Greek playwright (b. 1907)
  • Nov 17 John Glassock, bass (Jethro Tull), dies at 27 following heart surgery
  • Nov 22 Anne Vondeling, Male Dutch soc democratic party-minister, dies at 63
  • Nov 30 Zeppo Marx, [Herbert], US comic (Marx Brothers), dies at 78