What Happened in November 1961

Historical Events

  • Nov 2 "Kean" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • Nov 2 Max Frisch's "Andorra" premieres in Zurich

Election of Interest

Nov 3 UN General Assembly unanimously elects U Thant as acting Secretary-General after the death of Dag Hammarskjöld in a plane crash

Music History

Nov 4 American folk singer-songwriter Bob Dylan makes his Carnegie Hall (NYC) debut; tickets priced at $2.00 [1]

  • Nov 4 Konstantinos Karamanlis becomes premier of Greece

Historic Event

Nov 5 India's Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru arrives in NY

  • Nov 5 NFL St Louis Cardinals' Bill Stacy, returns 2 interceptions for TDs vs Dallas Cowboys
  • Nov 6 US government issues a stamp honoring 100th birthday of James Naismith (invented game of basketball - actually Canadian)
  • Nov 7 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • Nov 8 Imperial Airlines Flight 201/8, a Lockheed Constellation aircraft, crashes near Richmond, Virginia, 77 die
  • Nov 9 Paddy Chayefsky's "Gideon" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 9 PGA eliminates caucasians only rule

Music History

Nov 9 The Beatles meet future manager Brian Epstein after a lunch time performance at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England

  • Nov 9 The X-15 rocket plane under USAF Major Robert M White achieved a world record speed of 4,093 mph (Mach 6.04) and reached 101,600 feet (30,970 m or over 19 miles) altitude
  • Nov 11 "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller is published by Simon and Schuster in New York
  • Nov 11 Adulterous couple ride a dung cart through Staphorst, Netherlands
  • Nov 11 Congolese soldiers murder 13 Italian UN pilots

Historic Event

Nov 11 Molotov, Malenkov and Kaganovitsj expelled from USSR's communist party

  • Nov 11 Stalingrad renamed Volgograd
  • Nov 13 Vladimir Yefimovich Semichastny succeeds Aleksandr Nikolayevich Shelepin as head of the KGB.
  • Nov 13 WCBB TV channel 10 in Augusta, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 15 Comet C/1961 T1 (Seki) approaches within 0.1019 AUs of Earth

Sports History

Nov 15 Roger Maris is voted AL MVP

  • Nov 15 UN bans nuclear arms
  • Nov 16 United Kingdom limits immigration from Commonwealth countries

Historic Event

Nov 16 US President JFK decides to increase military aid to South Vietnam without committing US combat troops

  • Nov 18 "Gay Life" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 113 performances
  • Nov 18 "Kwamina" closes at 54th St Theater NYC after 32 performances
  • Nov 18 JFK sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam
  • Nov 18 US Ranger 2 launched to Moon; failed
  • Nov 19 Houston Oilers quarterback George Blanda passes for 7 touchdowns in a 49-13 rout of NY Titans at Jeppesen Stadium, Houston
  • Nov 20 WPLG TV channel 10 in Miami, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting

Sports History

Nov 22 Frank Robinson, Cincinnati Reds outfielder, selected as NL MVP

Film & TV History

Nov 22 Producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman announce expensive publicity campaign to make Sean Connery (James Bond) a star

NBA Record

Nov 22 St. Louis Hawk Bob Pettit sets NBA record, hitting 19 of 19 free throws

Sports History

Nov 25 NBA's Bob Cousy becomes 2nd player to score 15,000 points

  • Nov 26 For 2nd time in his career, St Louis' Jerry Norton has 4 interceptions
  • Nov 26 Pro Baseball Rules Committee votes 8-1 against legalizing the spitball

Sports History

Nov 27 Gordie Howe becomes 1st to play in 1,000 NHL games

  • Nov 27 KHAW TV channel 11 in Hilo, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 28 General Meeting of UN debates New Guinea

Historic Event

Nov 28 Martin Walser's "Der Abstecher" premieres in Munich

Appointment of Interest

Nov 29 Following the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion CIA Director Allen Dulles resigns and is replaced by John McCone

  • Nov 29 Freedom Riders attacked by white mob at bus station in Miss
  • Nov 29 John A McCone replaces Allen W Dulles as 6th director of CIA
  • Nov 29 Mercury-Atlas 5 carries a chimp (Enos) to orbit
  • Nov 30 Billy Williams of the Cubs is voted NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 30 U Thant of Burma becomes the 3rd Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Nov 30 USSR vetoes Kuwaits application for UN membership

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Anne Donovan, Basketball Hall of Fame center and coach (Olympic gold 1984, 88; coach 2008), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • Nov 1 Calvin Johnson, American guitarist and singer (Beat Happening; The Halo Benders; Dub Narcotic Sound System), born in Olympia, Washington
  • Nov 1 Kim Krizan, American writer and actress (Slacker, Dazed & Confused), born in Hawthorne, California
  • Nov 1 Louise Boije af Gennäs, Swedish writer and novelist (Stjärnor utan svindel)
  • Nov 1 Nicky Grist, Welsh auto racer and broadcaster (World Rally C'ship 1993), born in Ebbw Vale, Wales
  • Nov 2 (Kathryn Dawn) "k.d." lang, Canadian Juno and Grammy Award-winning country-pop singer-songwriter (Constant Craving), born in Consort, Alberta
  • Nov 2 Jim Tedford, American football coach (Fresno State; BC Lions [CFL]), born in Lynwood, California
  • Nov 2 Kōki Idoki, Japanese golfer (Senior PGA C'ship 2013), born in Ibaraki, Osaka
  • Nov 3 David AC viscount Linley, son of English princess Margaret/mystic
  • Nov 3 Kari Michaelsen, American actress (Katie-Gimme a Break), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 4 Daron Hagen, American composer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Nov 4 Edward Knight, American contemporary classical, jazz, and musical theater composer (Total Eclipse; Big Shoulders), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Nov 4 Jeff Probst, American television producer, and host (Survivor), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • Nov 4 Les Sampou, American folk singer-songwriter, born in Norwalk, Connecticut,
  • Nov 4 Nigel Worthington, Irish soccer midfielder and manager (66 caps NI; Sheffield Wednesday; Norwich City), born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland
  • Nov 4 Ralph Macchio, American actor (Karate Kid franchise; My Cousin Vinny; Beer League; Eight is Enough, 1980-81), born in Huntington, New York
  • Nov 5 Charles O. Hobaugh, American NASA astronaut and U.S. Marine Corps officer, born in Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Nov 5 Gina Mastrogiacomo, American actress (Goodfellas), born in Great Neck, Long Island, New York (d. 2001)
  • Nov 6 Craig Goldy, American guitarist for the band Dio, born in San Diego, California
  • Nov 6 Daniele Gatti, Italian conductor, born in Milan, Italy
  • Nov 6 Florent Pagny, French songwriter and singer, born in Chalon-sur-Saône, Saône-et-Loire, France
  • Nov 6 Kazuhiko Aoki, Japanese game creator, born in Japan
  • Nov 7 Mintcho Pachov, Bulgarian 67.5kg weightlifer (Olympic bronze 1980)
  • Nov 8 Leif Garrett, American singer and actor (Devil x 5, 3 for the Road), born in Hollywood, California
  • Nov 9 Jill Dando, British television presenter, born in Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom (d. 1999)
  • Nov 10 John Walton, English darts player (BDO World Champion 2001), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England
  • Nov 10 Ramona Pagel, American shot putter, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 10 Rudolf Grimm, Austrian physics professor (Bose–Einstein condensation of molecules), born in Mannheim, West Germany
  • Nov 11 Matt Ghaffari, Iranian-American greco-roman wrestler (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Tehran, Iran
  • Nov 11 Yuri Milner, Russian physicist and entrepreneur, established the Breakthrough Prize, born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • Nov 12 Enzo Francescoli, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Nov 12 Greg Gagne, American MLB infielder (LA Dodgers), born in Fall River, Massachusetts
  • Nov 12 Jonathan Nossiter, American film director
  • Nov 12 Michaela Paetsch, American violinist, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Nadia ComăneciNadia Comăneci (61 years old)

Nov 12 Romanian gymnast (5X Olympic gold 1976, 1980), born in Onești, Romania

  • Nov 13 Edwin "Rick" Bakker, Dutch author: Rick's Report, AIDS Diary
  • Nov 14 D B Sweeney, actor (Cutting Edge, Fire in the Sky, Day in October)
  • Nov 14 Gordon Jennison Noice, American actor
  • Nov 15 Ian Reid, Australian educator
  • Nov 16 Bruno Amato, American actor (The Internship), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • Nov 16 Chris Pitman, session and touring rock musician (Zaum; Tool; Guns 'N" Roses; Sextapes), born in Independence, Missouri
  • Nov 16 Corinne Hermès [Miller], French pop singer ("Si la vie est cadeau"), born in Lagny-sur-Marne, France

Frank BrunoFrank Bruno (61 years old)

Nov 16 English boxer (European champion), born in Hammersmith, England

Chanda KochharChanda Kochhar (61 years old)

Nov 17 Indian business woman (CEO of ICICI Bank), born in Jodhpur, India

  • Nov 17 Merete Van Kemp, Danish actress (Grace-Dallas, Princess Daisy)
  • Nov 17 Pat Toomey, American politician (Senator-R-Pennsylvania 2011-, Rep-R-PA 1999-2005), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Nov 17 Robert Stethem, U.S. Navy Seabee diver murdered by terrorists on TWA Flight 847 (d. 1985)
  • Nov 18 Gunnar Idenstam, Swedish concert organist, arranger, and composer, born in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
  • Nov 18 Janice Lynn Kuehnemund, American rock guitarist (Vixen - "Edge of a Broken Heart"), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2013)
  • Nov 18 Steven Moffat, Scottish TV writer and producer (Doctor Who, Sherlock), born in Paisley, Scotland
  • Nov 19 Grant Ledyard, Canadian NHL defenseman, 1984-2002 (Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres, and 7 other teams), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Meg RyanMeg Ryan (61 years old)

Nov 19 American actress (When Harry Met Sally; Sleepless in Seattle; Kate & Leopold), born in Fairfield, Connecticut

  • Nov 20 Dave Watson, English footballer, born in Liverpool, England
  • Nov 20 Larry Karaszewski, American screenwriter (Ed Wood), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 20 Mark Bradford, American artist (2016 Venice Biennale), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 20 Tim Harvey, British racing driver, born in Farnborough, England
  • Nov 22 John Schnatter, American businessman (founder of Papa John's Pizza), born in Jeffersonville, Indiana [or November 23]
  • Nov 22 Mariel Hemingway, American actress (Personal Best, Civil Wars), born in Ketchum, Idaho
  • Nov 22 Randal L. Schwartz, American computer programmer
  • Nov 22 Stephen Hough, British concert pianist, born in Heswall, Merseyside, England
  • Nov 23 Keith Ablow, American psychiatrist and author, born in Marblehead, Massachusetts
  • Nov 23 Merv Hughes, Australian cricket fast bowler (53 Tests, 212 wickets; 33 ODIs), born in Euroa, Australia
  • Nov 23 Nicolas Bacri, French classical music composer, born in Paris, France
  • Nov 24 Arundhati Roy, Indian activist and writer (The God of Small Things), born in Shillong, Meghalaya
  • Nov 24 Carl Sundquist, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Nov 24 Carlos Carnero, Spanish member of parliament
  • Nov 24 Matt Hayes, British TV angler (Discovery Real Time), born in Smethwick, England
  • Nov 25 Amy Gibson, actress (General Hospital)
  • Nov 25 Kenny Monday, 163 lbs freestyles wrestler (Olympics 1988, 92, 96), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Nov 26 Dave Hannan, Canadian NHL center (Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche), born in Onaping Falls, Ontario
  • Nov 26 Ivory [Lisa Moretti], American professional wrestler, born in Inglewood, California
  • Nov 26 Marcy Walker, American actress (Liza-All My Child, Santa Barbara), born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • Nov 27 Lee Johnson, American NFL punter/kicker (Cin Bengals), born in Conroe, Texas
  • Nov 27 Princess [Desiree Heslop], British pop singer ("Say I'm Your Number One"), born in London
  • Nov 27 Steve Oedekerk, American film director, actor and comedian, born in Los Angeles. California

Alfonso CuarónAlfonso Cuarón (61 years old)

Nov 28 Mexican film director (Gravity), born in Mexico City

  • Nov 28 Jane Sibbett, actress (Teddy Z, Heddy Newman-Herman's Head)
  • Nov 28 Martin Clunes, British actor
  • Nov 28 Patty Zomer, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots - "Windsurfing"), born in Haarlem, The Netherlands
  • Nov 29 Kim Delaney, American actress (All My Children, NYPD Blue), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 29 Masayoshi Yamashita, Japanese heavy metal bass guitarist (Loudness), born in Osaka, Japan
  • Nov 30 Innocent Egbunike, Nigeria, 4x400m runner (Olympic bronze 1984)
  • Nov 30 Tony Armatrading, British stage and screen actor (Colour Blind; Notting Hill), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2021)

Famous Weddings

Lucille Ball

Nov 19 American television comedy icon Lucille Ball (50) weds American stand-up comic Gary Morton (36) at Marble Collegiate Church, NYC, the second marriage for both

Mario Andretti

Nov 25 Racing car driver Mario Andretti (21) weds high school sweetheart Dee Ann Hoch (19)


Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Alexander Cohen, Dutch anarchist and author, dies at 97
  • Nov 1 Joan McCracken, American stage and screen actress, dancer and comedienne (Oklahoma!; Claudia: Story of a Marriage), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • Nov 2 James Thurber, American humorist (The Male Animal), dies at 66
  • Nov 9 Antonius Coolen, Dutch author (Village by the River), dies at 64
  • Nov 13 Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Jr., American diplomat (b. 1897)
  • Nov 13 Fredrik J "Frits" Bakker Jr, Dutch actor (Unknown Woman), dies at 63
  • Nov 13 Wally Brown, American actor (Jed Fame-Cimarron City), dies at 57
  • Nov 15 Douglas Walton, actor (Bad Lands), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • Nov 15 Elsie Ferguson, American actress (Footlights, Scarlet Pages), dies at 78
  • Nov 16 Sam Rayburn, American politician (US Representative from Texas, 1913-61; Speaker of the House for 17 years), dies of pancreatic cancer at 79
  • Nov 18 Clarence "Bud" Pinkston, American diver (Olympic gold 10m platform, silver 3m springboard 1920), dies at 61
  • Nov 19 Dorothy Heyward (née Kuhns), American playwright (Porgy), and novelist, dies at 71
  • Nov 24 Ruth Chatterton, actress (Female, Dodsworth), dies after illness at 67
  • Nov 25 Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (6 x Olympic gold, 3 x silver 1900, 20), dies at 95
  • Nov 26 Alexander Borisovich Goldenweiser, Russian-Soviet pianist, composer, and teacher, dies at 86
  • Nov 30 Stanislaw Kazuro, Polish composer, dies at 80