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

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Nov 3 Wilt Chamberlain of the San Francisco Warriors scores 72 points at the Los Angeles Lakers, then 4th-highest point total in NBA history; hits 29 field goals & 14 free throws; remains 6th highest game total

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

US Senator Edward W. Brooke
US Senator
Edward W. Brooke
  • Nov 6 Saudi Arabia proclaims abolition of slavery

  • Nov 6 UN General Assembly adopts resolution condemning South Africa

Electoral defeatElection 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

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

Sports record brokenNHL Record

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

NHL Goalie Glenn Hall
NHL Goalie
Glenn Hall
  • 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
  • Nov 15 Don Drysdale wins Cy Young Award
  • Nov 16 Kuwait adopts constitution (1st, Islamitic)
  • Nov 16 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 73 points vs NY Knicks
  • Nov 17 "Nowhere to Go, But Up" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 9 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Nov 17 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh, Semipalitinsk USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 19 Fidel Castro accepts removal of Soviet weapons

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

  • Nov 20 USSR agrees to remove bombers 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
  • 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 4 Jeff Probst, American television host (Survivor), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 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

Person of interestDemi Moore

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

Actress Demi Moore
Demi Moore
  • 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, Joliet IL, catcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • Nov 12 Wim Kieft, Dutch soccer star (Ajax/Gir de Bordeaux/PSV)
  • Nov 12 Naomi Wolf, American author and feminist
  • Nov 12 Neal Shusterman, American author
  • Nov 12 Mariella Frostrup, Norwegian born journalist and television presenter
  • 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, 470 sailor (Olymp-8th-1992, 96), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Nov 14 Harland Williams, Canadian American actor, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Nov 14 Stefano Gabbana, Italian fashion designer (Dolce & Gabbano), 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, Quebec singer (Les Colocs) (d. 2000)
  • 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

Person of interestJodie Foster

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

Actress Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
  • Nov 20 Steve Alexander, Welsh drummer (Brother Beyond - Get Even), born in Ystradgynlais, Penrhos, Wales
  • 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
  • Nov 23 Andrea Blackwell, basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta

Person of interestNicolás Maduro

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

President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro
President of Venezuela
Nicolás Maduro
  • 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 28 Karen Marsden, 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

Person of interestJon Stewart

Nov 28 Jon Stewart [Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz], American Comedian (The Daily Show), born in NYC, New York

Comedian and TV Host Jon Stewart
Comedian and TV Host
Jon Stewart
  • Nov 28 Davey Boy Smith, English professional wrestler (WWF Intercontinental Championship; British Bulldogs), born in Golborne, Lancashire (d. 2002)
  • 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
  • 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Singer Barry White
Barry White

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 26 Singer Tina Turner (23) weds Ike Turner (31) in Tijuana, Mexico

Singer Tina Turner
Tina Turner

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 28 Artist and peace activist Yoko Ono (30) weds film producer Anthony Cox

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

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

Person of interestHarlow Curtice

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

President of General Motors Harlow Curtice
President of General Motors
Harlow Curtice

Person of interestEleanor Roosevelt

Nov 7 Eleanor Roosevelt, 1st Lady (1933-1945), dies at 78 in NYC

US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
US First Lady
Eleanor Roosevelt
  • 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 12 Alexander Spitzmuller-Harmersbach, composer, 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

Person of interestNiels Bohr

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

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Niels Bohr
Nobel Prize Winning Physicist
Niels Bohr
  • Nov 20 Jasper McLevy, American socialist mayor of Bridgeport Ct, dies at 84
  • Nov 23 Gloria Gordon, 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

Person of interestWilhelmina of the Netherlands

Nov 28 Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Queen of the Netherlands (1890-1948), dies at 82

Queen of the Netherlands Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
Queen of the Netherlands
Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
  • Nov 29 Rav Aaron Kotler, Orthodox Talmudic scholar, dies in Lakewood NJ