What Happened in November 1960

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 Benelux treaty goes into effect

Music History

Nov 2 Dmitri Shostakovich's 8th String quartet premieres in Leningrad

Sports History

Nov 2 New York Yankees outfielder Roger Maris beats teammate Mickey Mantle for American League MVP Award, 225-222; second-closest vote ever

Historic Publication

Nov 2 Penguin Books cleared of obscenity for publishing DH Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover"

  • Nov 3 Ivory Coast adopts constitution
  • Nov 3 Meredith Willson's musical "The Unsinkable Molly Brown", starring Tammy Grimes, opens at Winter Garden, NYC; runs for 532 performances, and wins a Tony Award
  • Nov 3 Pittsburgh Pirates starter Vern Law (20-9, 18 complete games) wins MLB's Cy Young Award

Historic Discovery

Nov 4 Mary Leakey and Louis Leakey discover first Homo habilis jaw fragments (OH 7) at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania

  • Nov 7 KNRR TV channel 12 in Pembina, ND (IND) begins broadcasting

Election of Interest

Nov 8 John F. Kennedy is elected President of the United States, defeating Republican candidate Richard Nixon who was the incumbent Vice President

How Britain Fell in Love with Lady Chatterley

Nov 10 Uncensored version of D. H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley’s Lover" finally goes on sale in the UK after a jury finds publisher Penguin Books not guilty in an obscenity trial

  • Nov 11 Record New York Knicks' crowd for the third Madison Square Garden venue on 49th Street, NYC; 18,499 see Knicks beat Syracuse Nationals, 112-108

Coup d'état

Nov 12 Coup against South Vietnamese President Ngô Đình Diệm fails

  • Nov 12 Mercury-Redstone 1 test launch fails at 10 cm altitude
  • Nov 13 Fire in movie theater kills 152 children in Amude, Spain
  • Nov 14 2 passenger trains collided at high-speed killing 110 (Czech)
  • Nov 14 Belgium threatens to leave UN due to criticism on its policy on Congo

#1 in the Charts

Nov 14 Ray Charles' single "Georgia On My Mind" reaches #1

  • Nov 14 Riot due to school integration in New Orleans

Sports History

Nov 15 Elgin Baylor of NBA LA Lakers scores 71 points vs NY Knicks

  • Nov 15 USS G Washington, 1st sub with nuclear ballistic missiles, launched
  • Nov 16 NL batting champion Dick Groat wins MVP
  • Nov 17 New MLB Washington franchise is awarded to Elwood Quesada
  • Nov 18 Charlie Finley makes a bid to purchase expansion LA Angels
  • Nov 18 Copyright office issues its 10 millionth registration
  • Nov 19 Mickey Vernon is hired as 1st manager of new Washington team
  • Nov 20 Australian driver Jack Brabham finishes 4th in season-ending US Grand Prix at Riverside Raceway to retain his F1 World Drivers Championship by 9 points from Bruce McLaren of New Zealand

Sports History

Nov 21 Bob Scheffing signs to manage Tigers after Casey Stengel turns it down

  • Nov 22 French National Meeting decide to build own nuclear weapons
  • Nov 23 Dodgers outfielder Frank Howard is voted NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 23 Tinseltown dedicated its Walk of Fame at Hollywood Blvd & Vine St
  • Nov 23 Tiros 2, a weather satellite is launched

NBA Record

Nov 24 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain pulls down NBA record 55 rebounds in Warriors 132-129 defeat to Boston Celtics at Philadelphia Civic Center

  • Nov 25 "Amos 'n' Andy" made its last broadcast on CBS radio
  • Nov 25 CBS ends last 4 radio soap operas (Ma Perkins, Right to Happiness, Young Dr Malone & 2nd Mrs Burton) & cancels 4 other series
  • Nov 25 First atomic reactor for research & development, Richland, Wa
  • Nov 25 Three of the four Mirabal sisters, opponents of the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic, are assassinated
  • Nov 26 25th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 3-0 in Birmingham
  • Nov 26 CFL Grey Cup, Empire Stadium, Vancouver: Ottawa Rough Riders defeat Edmonton Eskimos, 16-6 for their 5th Championship
  • Nov 26 Minneapolis-St Paul baseball club takes the name Twins
  • Nov 27 CBS radio cancels "Have Gun Will Travel"
  • Nov 27 Dr Felix Houphouet-Boigny becomes president of Ivory Coast

Sports History

Nov 27 Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHLer to score 1,000 points

  • Nov 27 Trailing 38-7 late in 3rd quarter, Buffalo Bills tie Broncos at 38-38
  • Nov 28 CBS radio expands hourly news coverage from 5 to 10 minutes
  • Nov 28 Mauritania gains independence from France (National Day)
  • Nov 29 26th Heisman Trophy Award: Joe Bellino, Navy (HB)
  • Nov 30 French Senate condemns building own nuclear weapons
  • Nov 30 Tad Mosels "All the Way Home" premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

Fernando ValenzuelaFernando Valenzuela (62 years old)

Nov 1 Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (no-hitter 1990; 6-time MLB All Star; LA Dodgers; NL Cy Young Award 1981), born in Navajua, Mexico

Tim CookTim Cook (62 years old)

Nov 1 American businessman (CEO of Apple Inc. 2011-), born in Mobile, Alabama

  • Nov 2 Bruce Baumgartner, American wrestler (Olympic gold 1984, 92), born in Haledon, New Jersey
  • Nov 2 Rosalyn Fairbank, South African tennis player (French Open doubles 1981, 83), born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Nov 2 Tihomir Blaškić, Croatian war criminal, born in Kiseljak, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Nov 3 James Prime, British rock keyboardist (Deacon Blue), born in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland
  • Nov 3 Karch Kiraly, American indoor & beach volleyball player (3 x Olympic gold 1984, 88, 96), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • Nov 3 Marcel "Baaf" Stavenuiter, Dutch drummer (Bob Color)
  • Nov 4 Frl. Menke, German pop singer (Neue Deutsche Welle), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Nov 4 Kathy Griffin, American comedienne (Suddenly Susan, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 4 Kim Forester, American country singer (Forester Sisters - "Men"), born in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
  • Nov 4 Marc Awodey, American artist and writer, born in Birmingham, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • Nov 5 Ken Coomer, American drummer and producer (Uncle Tupelo; Wilco), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Nov 5 Mark West, American NBA center (Detroit Pistons), born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky
  • Nov 5 René Froger, Dutch singer ("Everything Can Make a Man Happy"), born in Amsterdam

Tilda SwintonTilda Swinton (62 years old)

Nov 5 British actress (We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Chronicles of Narnia), born in London, England

  • Nov 6 Lance Kerwin, American actor (Salem's Lot, Enemy Mine, Outbreak), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Nov 6 Michael Cerveris, American actor (Fun Home), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • Nov 7 Tommy Thayer, American guitarist (Kiss), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Nov 8 Michael Nyqvist, Swedish actor (Girl with A Dragon Tattoo), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Nov 8 Oleg Menshikov, Russian actor (Burnt by the Sun), born in Serpukhov, Moscow Oblast, Russian SFSR
  • Nov 9 Joëlle Ursull, French-Guadeloupean singer, born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
  • Nov 10 Dan Hawkins, American college football coach (University of Colorado 2006-10), born in Fall River Mills, California
  • Nov 10 Neil Gaiman, English writer of graphic novels, films and fiction (American Gods, The Graveyard Book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane), born in Portchester, Hampshire, England
  • Nov 11 Peter Parros, American actor (As The World Turns), born in Brooklyn, New York

Stanley TucciStanley Tucci (62 years old)

Nov 11 American actor and director (Prizzi's Honor, The Devil Wears Prada), born in Peekskill, New York

  • Nov 12 Bertice Berry, American talk show host (Bertice)
  • Nov 12 Maurane [Claudine Luypaerts], Belgian Francophone jazz and chanson singer, born in Ixelles, Belgium (d. 2018)
  • Nov 13 Neil Flynn, American actor
  • Nov 13 Wayne Parker, Canadian bass player (Glass Tiger - "Don't Forget Me"), born in Ontario
  • Nov 14 Piet Swerts, Belgian classical pianist, composer (Rotations; Zodiac), and educator, born in Tongeren, Belgium
  • Nov 15 Dann Huff, American songwriter, session musician, producer (Michael Jackson), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Nov 17 Jonathan Ross, British talk show host (Tall Guy)
  • Nov 17 Kirk Fogg, host of Legends of the Hidden Temple

RuPaulRuPaul (62 years old)

Nov 17 American drag queen, actor, singer and TV personality (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in San Diego, California

  • Nov 18 Elizabeth Perkins, American actress (About Last Night, Big), born in Queens, New York
  • Nov 18 Kim Wilde, English pop singer ("Kids in America"; "You Keep Me Hanging On"), born in London
  • Nov 19 Matt Sorum, American rock drummer (Guns N' Roses, 1990-97; Velvet Revolver, 2002-08), born in Orange County, California
  • Nov 19 Miss Elizabeth [Hulette], American pro wrestling valet (Randy Savage), born in Frankfort, Kentucky (d. 2003)
  • Nov 20 Marc Labrèche, Canadian actor and television host, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Nov 22 (Francis) "Eg" White, British cow punk and pop-rocker (Brother Beyond - "Can You Keep a Secret"), songwriter, and [producer (with Adele -"Chasing Pavements"), born in England
  • Nov 22 Léos Carax [Alex Dupont], French film director (Annette), born in Suresnes, France
  • Nov 23 Jayananda Warnaweera, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan fastish off-spin bowler), born in Matara, Sri Lanka
  • Nov 23 Robin Roberts, American television reporter (Good Morning America), born in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Nov 24 Amanda Wyss, American actress
  • Nov 24 Edgar Meyer, American classical, jazz, and bluegrass bassist, and composer, born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • Nov 25 Amy Grant, American gospel and rock singer (Glory of Love, Baby Baby), born in Augusta, Georgia

John F. Kennedy Jr.John F. Kennedy Jr. (1960-1999)

Nov 25 American magazine publisher (George), lawyer and son of JFK, born in NYC, New York

  • Nov 25 Kasey Smith, American heavy metal artist (Danger Danger-Screw It), born in Queens, New York
  • Nov 25 Mary Ostergren, biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Nov 26 Harold Reynolds, American baseball player, born in Eugene, Oregon
  • Nov 27 Ashley Ingram, British soul and R&B guitarist and bass player (Fizzz; Imagination - "Just An Illusion"), born in Northampton, England
  • Nov 27 Ken O'Brien, American football quarterback (NY Jets), born in Rockville Centre, New York
  • Nov 27 Kevin Henkes, American children's book writer/illustrator (Caldecott Medal), born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • Nov 27 Maria Schneider, American composer (Concert in the Garden), born in Windom, Minnesota
  • Nov 27 Martin van Geel, Dutch soccer player (Willem II), born in Goirle, Netherlands
  • Nov 27 Tim Pawlenty, American politician, Governor of Minnesota (2003-11), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Nov 27 Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukrainian politician and co-leader of the Orange Revolution, Prime Minister (2005, 2007-10), born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
  • Nov 28 Deneice Lewis, model, born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Nov 28 John Galliano, British fashion designer, born in Gibraltar
  • Nov 28 Ken Howell, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2018)

Cathy MoriartyCathy Moriarty (61 years old)

Nov 29 American actress (Raging Bull, Bless This House), born in The Bronx, New York

Howard JohnsonHoward Johnson (61 years old)

Nov 29 American baseball player (NY Mets), born in Clearwater, Florida

  • Nov 30 Bob Tewksbury, pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • Nov 30 Dan Rashovich, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Nov 30 Gary Lineker, English soccer player (World Cup 1986)
  • Nov 30 Rich Fields, American television personality

Famous Weddings

Sammy Davis Jr.

Nov 13 American entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. (34) marries Swedish actress May Britt (26) at Temple Israel of Hollywood, California; divorce in 1968

Lana Turner

Nov 27 American movie actress Lana Turner (39) weds 5th husband, rancher Frederick May; divorce in 1962


Famous Deaths

  • Nov 2 Dimitri Mitropoulos, Greek-American pianist, conductor (Minneapolis Symphony, 1937-49; New York Philharmonic, 1949-58), and composer, dies of heart failure at 64
  • Nov 3 Bobby Wallace, Baseball HOF shortstop, pitcher (Temple Cup 1895 Cleveland Spiders) and manager (St. Louis Browns, Cincinnati Reds), dies at 86
  • Nov 3 Harold Spencer Jones, English astronomer and 10th astronomer royal of England whose work led to a more accurate determination of the distance between the Earth and the Sun, dies at 70
  • Nov 3 Paul Willis, American actor (The Little Lumberjack; Little Kaintuck), dies at 59
  • Nov 5 August Gailit, Estonian writer (Ekke Moor), dies at 69
  • Nov 5 Johnny Horton, American country and rockabilly singer ("The Battle of New Orleans"), dies in a car accident at 33
  • Nov 5 Mack Sennett, director and producer (Keystone Cops), dies
  • Nov 5 Ward Bond, American actor (Wagon Train, It's a Wonderful Life), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Nov 6 Erich Raeder, German naval commander (1928–43), dies at 84
  • Nov 7 Alvin Carter, vocalist (Carter Family), dies at 69

Otto Frederick RohwedderOtto Frederick Rohwedder (1880-1960)

Nov 8 American engineer (invented the bread-slicing machine), dies at 80

  • Nov 10 Isadore Freed, Belarusian-American composer, pedagogue, and musicologist (Harmonizing the Jewish Modes), dies at 60
  • Nov 11 Red Byron, American auto racer (NASCAR Strictly Stock Series C'ship 1949), dies from a heart attack at 45
  • Nov 12 John Trim, cricketer (occasional WI quick 1948-52, 18 wkts), dies at 45
  • Nov 14 Walter Catlett, American actor (Climax, Front Page, Tale of 2 Cities), dies of a stroke at 71

Clark GableClark Gable (1901-1960)

Nov 16 American actor (Gone With The Wind; It Happened One Night) known as 'The King of Hollywood', dies at 59

  • Nov 19 Phyllis Haver, American actress (Don Juan), commits suicide at 61
  • Nov 20 Ya'akov Cahan, Hebrew poet and writer, dies at 79
  • Nov 24 Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia (b. 1882)
  • Nov 24 Salomon "Sam" de Wolff, Dutch zionist and socialist theorist, dies at 82
  • Nov 26 Helen Hellwig, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1894), dies at 86
  • Nov 27 Dirk Jan de Geer, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1926-29, 39-40), dies at 89
  • Nov 27 Frederick Fane, English cricketer (682 runs in 14 Tests for Eng 1905-10), dies at 85
  • Nov 28 Richard Wright, American author (Native Son, Uncle Tom's Children), dies at 52