On This Day

What Happened in November 1959

Historical Events

Sports History

Nov 1 Montreal Canadiens’ goal tender Jacques Plante becomes first NHL net-minder to wear a fibreglass protective face mask

Sports History

Nov 1 Future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown runs for 5 touchdowns in Cleveland Browns, 38-31 win over Baltimore Colts at Memorial Stadium

  • 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 "Twenty-One" 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

Election of Interest

Nov 3 David Ben-Gurion's Mapai party wins Israeli parliamentary election

Sports History

Nov 4 Ernie Banks, Cubs shortstop, wins 2nd consecutive NL MVP

  • Nov 5 AFL announced with 8 teams

Ryder Cup

Nov 7 Ryder Cup Golf, Eldorado GC: Sam Snead leads US to comprehensive 8½-3½ win

  • 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 Jay Ward's cartoon series "Rocky & His Friends", featuring Rocket J. ("Rocky") Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose. airs on NBC
  • Nov 11 Seals Stadium, a minor league baseball park and temporary home of MLB Giants) in San Francisco, California demolished
  • Nov 12 White Sox 2B Nellie Fox wins AL's MVP
  • Nov 13 The Academy of St Martin in the Fields' first professional concert takes place in London
  • Nov 14 "Girls against the Boys" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Nov 14 Kilauea's most spectacular eruption (in Hawaii)

Murder 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

Music Premiere

Nov 16 "The Sound of Music" musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 1443 performances

  • Nov 16 Boston business executive Billy Sullivan is awarded eighth and final franchise of developing American Football League (AFL); later branded Boston Patriots
  • Nov 17 De Beers firm of South Africa announces synthetic diamond

Sports History

Nov 17 SF Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame 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 Premiere

Nov 18 "Ben-Hur" directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston premieres in New York City (Academy Awards 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

Music History

Nov 21 Entertainer Jack Benny (violin) and US Vice-President Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet

  • Nov 22 American Football League (AFL) conducts its first draft in Minneapolis with the 8 clubs selecting their playing rosters for the inaugural 1960 season
  • 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 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat Hamilton Tiger-Cats (21-7) for a second straight year
  • Nov 28 KOMC (now KSNK) TV channel 8 in McCook - Oberlin, NB (NBC) begins

Catholic Encyclical

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 win
  • Nov 30 Joe Foss named 1st commissioner of AFL

Sports History

Nov 30 1960 NFL Draft: Billy Cannon from LSU first pick by Los Angeles Rams


Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Eddie MacDonald, Welsh rocker (The Alarm - "68 Guns"; ""Rain in the Summertime"), born in St. Asaph, Wales
  • Nov 2 Saïd Aouita, Moroccan athlete (Olympic gold 5,000m 1984), born in Kenitra, Morocco
  • Nov 2 Peter Mullan, Scottish actor and filmmaker (The Magdalene Sisters), born in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • Nov 2 Mark May, American College Football Hall of Fame guard and broadcaster (Super Bowl 1982, 87; Washington Redskins), born in Oneonta, NY
  • Nov 3 Timothy Patrick Murphy, American actor (Dallas; Glitter), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Nov 3 Hal Hartley, American film director and screenwriter (Henry Fool), born in Lindenhurst, Long Island, New York

Bryan Adams

Nov 5 Bryan Adams, Canadian Juno and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter ("Heaven"; "Run To You"), born in Kingston, Ontario

  • Nov 7 Billy Gillispie, American basketball coach (Ranger College), born in Abilene, Texas
  • Nov 7 Alexandre Guimarães, Costa Rican football player and manager, born in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil
  • Nov 8 Simon Davis, Australian cricket pace bowler (Test v NZ 1986, no wkts), born in Brighton, Victoria, Australia
  • Nov 8 Chi Chi LaRue [Larry David Paciotti], American gay alternative film director and drag queen, born in Hibbing, Minnesota
  • Nov 9 Thomas Quasthoff, German singer, born in Hildesheim, Germany
  • Nov 9 Tony Slattery, British actor and comedian (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), born in Stonebridge, London
  • Nov 9 Nick Hamilton, American wrestling referee, born in Lakeland, Florida
  • Nov 9 Sito Pons, Spanish motorbike racer, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Nov 10 Frank Maudsley, English rock bassist and vocalist (Flock Of Seagulls), born in Liverpool, England
  • Nov 10 MacKenzie Phillips, American actress (Julie-1 Day at a Time), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Nov 10 Linda Cohn, American sportscaster (ESPN's SportsCenter), born in Long Island, New York
  • Nov 11 Lee Haney, American bodybuilder (8x Mr. Olympia), born in Fairburn, Georgia
  • Nov 12 Vincent Irizarry, American actor (Guiding Light; Santa Barbara), born in Queens, New York
  • Nov 13 Rosie Jones, American golfer (13 LPGA Tour titles), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Nov 14 Paul McGann, English actor (Eighth Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Liverpool, Lancashire
  • Nov 14 Annie Schilder, Dutch singer (BZN)

Bryan Stevenson

Nov 14 Bryan Stevenson, American social justice activist and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, born in Milton, Delaware

  • Nov 16 Bert Cameron, Spanish Town Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1988)
  • Nov 16 Corey Pavin, American golfer (US Open 1995; 15 PGA Tour titles), born in Oxnard, California
  • Nov 17 William R. Moses, American actor (Cole-Falcon Crest), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 17 Terry Fenwick, English footballer
  • Nov 18 Jimmy Quinn, Irish soccer striker (46 caps, Northern Ireland; Reading) and manager (Reading, Swindon, Cambridge, Bournemouth), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Nov 18 Cindy Blackman Santana, American jazz and rock session and touring drummer (Lenny Kravitz; Santana), born in Yellow Springs, Ohio
  • Nov 19 Jean-Francois Clervoy, French engineer and astronaut (STS 66, 84), born in Longeville, France
  • Nov 19 Allison Janney, American actress (The West Wing, I Tonya), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Nov 20 Sean Young, American actress (Dune, Blade Runner), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Nov 20 James P. McGovern, American politician (Rep-D-Mass 1997-), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Nov 21 Colin Beashel, Australian star sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 21 Tim Wilkison, American tennis player (6 ATP tiles), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • Nov 22 Frank McAvennie, Scottish footballer
  • Nov 22 Fabio Parra, Colombian cyclist
  • Nov 23 Brook Jacoby, American baseball player, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 23 Maxwell Caulfield, English actor (Miles-The Colbys), born in Derbyshire, England
  • Nov 23 Dominique Dunne, American actress (d. 1982)
  • Nov 24 Alejandro Mayorkas, American lawyer, Secretary of Homeland Security (2021-), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Nov 25 Steve Rothery, British progressive rock guitarist, (Marillion - Clutching at Straws), born in Brampton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • Nov 25 Charles Kennedy, British politician (Liberal Democrat leader 1999-2006), born in Inverness, Scotland
  • Nov 26 Jamie Rose, American actress (St Elsewhere, Falcon Crest), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 26 Mike Moore, American baseball player, born in Eakly, Oklahoma
  • Nov 27 Charlie Burchill, Scottish pop guitarist (Simple Minds - "Don't You, Forget About Me"; "Belfast Child"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Nov 28 Judd Nelson, American actor (Breakfast Club, Jack-Suddenly Susan), born in Portland, Maine
  • Nov 28 R Glynn Holt, Plainveiw Texas, PhD/astronaut (STS 73 alt)
  • Nov 28 Stephen Roche, bicylist
  • Nov 29 Neal Broten, American NHL center, 1980-97 (US Olympic gold, 1980; Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars, and 3 other teams), born in Roseau, Minnesota
  • Nov 29 Rich Camarillo, American NFL punter, 1981-96, 5X Pro Bowl (New England Patriots, Phoenix Cardinals, and 3 other teams), born in Whittier, California
  • Nov 29 Rahm Emanuel, American politician (Mayor of Chicago 2011-19; White House Chief of Staff 2009-10; U.S Representative from Illinois, 2003-09), born in Chicago, Illinois

Sylvia Hanika

Nov 30 Sylvia Hanika, German tennis player (WTA Tour Championship 1982), born in Munich, West Germany

  • Nov 30 Lorraine Kelly, British presenter and journalist
  • Nov 30 Randy Gane, American keyboardist, born in Mount Clemens, Michigan

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Gershon Agron, mayor of Jerusalem, dies at 66
  • Nov 3 Friedrich Niggli, Swiss composer (Buechfinkeliedli; Nach dem Regen), dies at 83
  • Nov 8 Frank Sherman Land, American founder of the Order of DeMolay, dies at 69
  • Nov 9 Frederick Preston Search, American cellist, composer and conductor (Bridge Builders), dies at 70
  • Nov 10 Lupino Lane [Henry Lupino], British stage, silent and sound screen actor (Love Parade; Me And My Gal: The Deputy Drummer), dies at 67
  • Nov 14 Thomas W Ross, American actor (Without Limit, Kings Row, 17, Mortal Storm), dies at 84
  • Nov 15 Alex Kennedy, cricketer (31 wkts in 5 Tests for England 1922-23), dies
  • Nov 17 Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer, cellist, guitarist, and conductor (Bachianas Brasileiras), dies at 72
  • Nov 18 Arthur Q Bryan, American voice actor, comedian and radio personality (Beulah, The Devil Bat), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • Nov 18 Aleksandr Yakovlevich Khinchin, Russian mathematician, dies at 65
  • Nov 19 Edward C. Tolman, American psychologist (behaviorism), dies at 73
  • Nov 19 Gerard J. Arbous, actor and publicist (Bohemian Amsterdam), dies at 83
  • Nov 19 Joseph Charbonneau, French Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal, dies at 67
  • Nov 20 Alfonso López Pumarejo, 16th President of Colombia (Liberal: 1934-38 and 1942-46) and statesman (President of UN security council 1948), dies at 73
  • Nov 21 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), dies at 50

Molla Mallory

Nov 22 Molla Bjurstedt Mallory, American-Norwegian tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1915-18, 20-22, 26), dies at 75

  • Nov 24 Lyman Bryson, educator (UN Casebook), dies at 71
  • Nov 24 Yuri Nikolayevich Libedinski, Ukrainen writer (Commissioners), dies at 60
  • Nov 24 Dally Messenger, Australian rugby league centre (9 Tests; NSW; Eastern Suburbs; ARL 'Immortal'; Dally M Medal) and rugby union utility (2 caps), dies from heart failure at 76
  • Nov 25 Jean Grémillon, French film director, dies at 58
  • Nov 26 Albert Ketèlbey, British composer (In a Monastery Garden), dies at 84
  • Nov 27 Gérard Philipe, French actor (Caligula, Devil in the Flesh), dies of cancer at 36
  • Nov 28 Lester Vail, American actor (Dance Fools Dance, Consolation Marriage), dies at 60
  • Nov 29 Fritz Brun, Swiss composer and conductor, dies at 81
  • Nov 29 Hans Henny Jahnn, German playwright, dies at 64