On This Day

What Happened in November 1962

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 Greece enters European Common Market
  • Nov 1 KYVE TV channel 47 in Yakima, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • Nov 1 USSR launches Mars 1; radio contact lost before arrival at Mars
  • Nov 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Nov 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 1 WNYC TV channel 31 in New York, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 WZZM TV channel 13 in Grand Rapids, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 3 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

NBA Record

Nov 3 SF Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain scores 72 points in 127-115 defeat to LA Lakers at LA Memorial Sports Arena; then 4th-highest point total in NBA history; remains 6th highest game total

  • Nov 4 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • Nov 6 Statue of Joseph Stalin in Prague is removed as part of de-Stalinzation efforts
  • Nov 6 BART bond issue just gets by with a 66.9% favorable vote
  • Nov 6 Edward M. Kennedy 1st elected as Democratic Senator for Massachusetts

Election of Interest

Nov 6 Edward W. Brooke (R) elected attorney general of Massachusetts

  • Nov 6 Saudi Arabia proclaims abolition of slavery
  • Nov 6 UN General Assembly adopts resolution condemning South Africa

Election of Interest

Nov 7 Richard Nixon tells press he won't be available to kick around any more after losing election for Governor of California

NHL Record

Nov 7 Glenn Hall set NHL record of 503 consecutive games as goalie

  • Nov 8 Canada's government orders the nickel changed back to round shape
  • Nov 9 Catharina Lodders of the Netherlands elected Miss World
  • Nov 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 10 "Nowhere to Go, But Up" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Nov 11 Kuwait's National Assembly ratifies the Constitution of Kuwait

Sports History

Nov 15 Don Drysdale wins Cy Young Award

  • Nov 16 Kuwait adopts constitution (1st, Islamitic)
  • Nov 16 SF Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain scores 73 points in 127-111 win over NY Knicks at Madison Square Garden
  • Nov 17 "Nowhere to Go, But Up" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 9 performances

Historic Event

Nov 17 US President JFK dedicates Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C.

Music Premiere

Nov 17 Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Little Me" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 257 performances

  • Nov 17 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh, Semipalitinsk USSR

Historic Event

Nov 19 Fidel Castro accepts removal of Soviet weapons

  • Nov 19 KOET (now KULC) TV channel 9 in Ogden, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 19 SN Behrman's "Lord Pengo" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 19 Todor Zjivkov becomes premier of Bulgaria

Sports History

Nov 20 Mickey Mantle wins AL MVP for the 3rd time

  • Nov 20 USSR agrees to remove remaining Ilyushin Il-28 bomber jets from Cuba, US lifts blockade
  • Nov 21 The Chinese People's Liberation Army declares a unilateral cease-fire in the Sino-Indian War.
  • Nov 22 7th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games open in Perth, Australia
  • Nov 23 LA Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills is named National League MVP
  • Nov 24 Last of Dutch military leave New Guinea
  • Nov 25 WBJA (now WMGC) TV channel 34 in Binghamton, NY (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 26 Caribbean Air Transport Me NV (CLTM Airlines) forms
  • Nov 26 The Beatles re-record "Please Please Me" at a faster tempo
  • Nov 27 1st test flight of the Boeing 727 takes place
  • Nov 27 Sumner Arthur Long's play "Never Too Late" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 27 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 28 Telegraph between Netherlands & Indonesia restored
  • Nov 29 Major League Baseball decides to revert to 1 All-Star game per year, after 4 seasons in which 2 All-Star games were played
  • Nov 29 Great Britain & France decide to jointly build the Concorde supersonic airliner

Historic Event

Nov 30 U Thant of Burma becomes the 3rd Secretary-General of the United Nations


Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Sharron Davies, British swimmer and broadcaster (Olympic silver 400m medley 1980; BBC), born in Plymouth, Devon
  • Nov 1 Magne Furuholmen, Norwegian keyboardist and vocalist (Aha - "Take On Me"), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Nov 1 Anthony Kiedis, American rock vocalist (Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Snow (Hey Oh)"; "Give It Away"), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Nov 2 Andrew Elt, singer (Sleeze Beez)
  • Nov 2 David Brock, American political commentator (Media Matters for America), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 2 Mireille Delunsch, French soprano, born in Mulhouse, France
  • Nov 2 Simon Hill, English-Australian football commentator, born in Manchester
  • Nov 2 Graham Waterhouse, English cellist and composer (Chieftan's Salute), born in London
  • Nov 3 Phil Katz, American computer programmer (Zip file format), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2000)
  • Nov 3 Kym Hampton, American basketball center (WNBA All Star 1999; NY Liberty), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Nov 3 Marilyn [Peter Robinson], Jamaican-British pop singer ("You Don't Love Me"), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Nov 3 Jacqui Smith UK Home Secretary
  • Nov 3 Gaben "Gabe" Newell, American computer programmer, businessman and co-founder of "Valve Corporation", born in Colorado
  • Nov 5 Brian Wheat, American rock bassist (Tesla - "Psychotic Supper"), born in Sacramento, California
  • Nov 5 Abédi Pelé, Ghanaian footballer (captain of Ghana National Team), born in Kibi, Eastern Region, Ghana
  • Nov 5 Marcus J. Ranum, American computer and network security innovator, born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 6 Aznil Nawawi, Malaysian host, actor and singer, born in Kampung Datuk Keramat, Kuala Lumpur
  • Nov 7 Arend Bouwmeester, Dutch saxophonist (Bob Color)
  • Nov 7 Wayne N. Phillips, Australian opener cricketer (Test for Aust v Ind 1992), born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia
  • Nov 8 Ron Johnson, Australian baseball hitting coach (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 9 Teryl Rothery, Canadian actress (Stargate SG-1), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Nov 10 Cathy Boswell, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1984), born in Joliet, Illinois

Demi Moore

Nov 11 Demi Moore [Guynes], American actress (Ghost, Striptease, GI Jane), born in Roswell, New Mexico

  • Nov 11 Mic Michaeli, Swedish keyboardist (Europe), born in Upplands Väsby, Sweden
  • Nov 11 James Morrison [Lloyd], Australian jazz musician (Morrison Brothers Big Bad Band), born in Boorowa, New South Wales, Australia
  • Nov 12 Jeff Reed, American MLB catcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Nov 12 Wim Kieft, Dutch soccer player (Ajax/Gir de Bordeaux/PSV)
  • Nov 12 Naomi Wolf, American author and feminist, born in San Francisco, California
  • Nov 12 Neal Shusterman, American author (Challenger Deep), born in New York City
  • Nov 12 Mariella Frostrup, Norwegian born British journalist and television presenter, born in Oslo, Norway
  • Nov 13 Blair Rasmussen, NBA center (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Nov 14 Laura San Giacoma, American actress (Pretty Woman; Saving Grace), born in Danville, New Jersey
  • Nov 14 Morgan Reeser, American 470 sailor (Olympics-8th-1992, 96), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Nov 14 Harland Williams, Canadian American actor, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Nov 14 Satomi Kōrogi, Japanese voice actress, born in Tokyo
  • Nov 14 Stefano Gabbana, Italian fashion designer (Dolce & Gabbana), born in Milan, Italy
  • Nov 16 Josh Silver, American rock keyboard player (Type O Negative), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 17 Eric Olson, actor (Apple's Way), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Nov 17 Dédé Fortin, Canadian rock and ska singer (Les Colocs), born in Saint-Thomas-Didyme, Quebec (d. 2000)
  • Nov 17 Torleif Thedéen, Swedish concert cellist, born in Sweden
  • Nov 18 Jamie Moyer, Sellersville PA, pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • Nov 18 Kirk Hammett, American heavy-metal guitarist (Metallica - Master of Puppets; "Enter Sandman"), born in San Francisco, California
  • Nov 18 Vladimir Vladimirovich Karashtin, Russian cosmonaut
  • Nov 19 Salim Jaffer, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in 14 Tests 1986-91)
  • Nov 19 Dodie Boy Peñalosa, Philippine boxer, born in San Carlos, Philippines

Jodie Foster

Nov 19 Jodie Foster, American actress (The Accused, The Silence of the Lambs), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Nov 20 Steve Alexander, Welsh pop drummer (Brother Beyond - "The Harder I Try"), born in Ystradgynlais, Penrhos, Wales
  • Nov 20 Gail Ann Dorsey, American session and touring bassist, singer, and songwriter (David Bowie; Tears for Fears; Dar Williams), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 21 Steven Curtis Chapman, American musician
  • Nov 21 Sabine Busch, German athlete
  • Nov 22 Cleo Fields, American politician (Rep-D-Louisiana 1993-97), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Nov 22 Steve DeOssie, NFL inside linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • Nov 22 Victor Pelevin, Russian writer (Generation P), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • Nov 22 Sumi Jo, South Korean lyric coloratura soprano, born in Changwon, South Korea
  • Nov 23 Calvin Hayes, British drummer (Johnny Hates Jazz - "Turn Back the Clock"), born in London, England
  • Nov 23 Andrea Blackwell, Canadian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta

Nicolás Maduro

Nov 23 Nicolás Maduro, Venezuelan politician, President of Venezuela (2013-present), born in Caracas, Venezuela

  • Nov 24 John Squire, English pop guitarist (Stone Roses, She Bangs the Drums)
  • Nov 25 Gilbert Delorme, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Nov 26 Chuck Finley, American baseball pitcher (California Angels), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • Nov 26 Mike Johnson, American NFL inside linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Southport, North Carolina
  • Nov 27 Charlie Benante, American rock drummer (Anthrax - "Armed & Dangerous"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Nov 27 Mike "Puffy" Bordin, American rock drummer (Faith No More), born in San Francisco, California
  • Nov 27 David "Davey Boy" Smith, Britiish professional wrestler (WWF Intercontinental Championship; British Bulldogs), born in Golborne, Lancashire (d. 2002)
  • Nov 28 Karen Marsden, Australian field hockey goalie (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • Nov 28 Matt Cameron, American drummer (Soundgarden; Pearl Jam), born in San Diego, California
  • Nov 28 Paul Dinello, American comedian and actor, born in Oak Park, Illinois

Jon Stewart

Nov 28 Jon Stewart [Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz], American Emmy, Grammy, and Peabody Award-winning comedian and writer (The Daily Show, 1999-2015), born in NYC, New York

  • Nov 29 Andrew McCarthy, American actor (St Elmo's Fire; Class), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 29 Sadanand Viswanath, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (v Sri Lanka 1985-86)
  • Nov 29 Andy LaRocque [Anders Allhage], Swedish musician and songwriter (King Diamond), born in Gothenburg, Sweden

Bo Jackson

Nov 30 Bo Jackson, American College Football Hallf of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1985, Auburn; Pro Bowl 1990, LA Raiders) and baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1989, KC Royals), born in Bessemer, Alabama

  • Nov 30 Daniel Keys Moran, American writer

Famous Weddings

Barry White

Nov 18 Singer Barry White (18) weds childhood sweetheart Betty Smith

Tina Turner

Nov 26 American singer Anna Bullock (aka Tina Turner) (23) weds American musician Ike Turner (31) in Tijuana, Mexico

Yoko Ono

Nov 28 Japanese artist and peace activist Yoko Ono (30) weds American musician and film producer Anthony Cox (26-ish); annulled and remarried in 1963, divorce in 1969


Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Wintter Haynes Watts, American composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 1 Ricardo Rodríguez, Mexican auto racer (youngest F1 driver ever to race for Ferrari), dies in practice accident at 20
  • Nov 2 Felice Lattuada, Italian composer and educator (Civica Scuola di Musica, Milan, 1935-62), dies at 80

Harlow Curtice

Nov 3 Harlow Curtice, President of General Motors (1953-8), dies at 69

  • Nov 11 Joseph Allen Jr, American actor (The Night Before the Divorce, Motor Madness), dies at 44
  • Nov 11 René Coty, French politician, President of France (1954-59), dies at 80
  • Nov 11 George Hoyt, American Basketball Hall of Fame referee (author "The Theory and Practice of Basketball Officiating"), dies at 79
  • Nov 12 Alexander Spitzmüller, Austrian composer, educator, radio broadcaster, and music critic, dies at 68
  • Nov 12 Sid Tomack, American actor (The Life of Riley, Adventures of Superman), dies from a heart ailment at 55
  • Nov 14 Manuel Gálvez, Argentine novelist (La maestra normal), dies at 80
  • Nov 17 Arthur Vining Davis, American industrialist and CEO (Alcoa-1910-57), dies at 95
  • Nov 18 Luc Haesaerts, Flemish art critic (Flandre), dies at 63

Niels Bohr

Nov 18 Niels Bohr, Danish physicist who expanded quantum physics (Nobel Prize 1922), dies at 77

  • Nov 20 Jasper McLevy, American politician (Socialist mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1933-57), dies at 84
  • Nov 23 Gloria Gordon, English actress (My Friend Irma), dies at 81
  • Nov 23 H. J. Friedericy, Dutch author (Last General), dies at 62
  • Nov 24 James J Kilroy, tank inspector (Kilroy was here), dies at 60
  • Nov 26 Albert Sarraut, French Radical politician, Prime Minister of France (1933 and 1936), dies at 90
  • Nov 29 Rav Aaron Kotler, Orthodox Talmudic scholar, dies in Lakewood, New Jersey