On This Day

What Happened in November 1963

Historical Events

  • Nov 2 "Tambourines to Glory" opens at Little Theater NYC for 24 performances

BattleCoup d'état

Nov 2 Ngô Đình Diệm, the President of South Vietnam, is overthrown and assassinated in a coup by the South Vietnamese Army

President of South Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm
President of South Vietnam
Ngô Đình Diệm
  • Nov 3 Joe Weatherly finishes 7th in the season ending Golden State 400 at Riverside International Raceway; retains NASCAR Sprint Cup by 2,228 points from 14-time winner Richard Petty

Music concertMusic Concert

Nov 4 John Lennon utters his infamous line at a Royal Variety Performance "Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And for the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry…" in London

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 5 US VP Lyndon B. Johnson visits Netherlands

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Nov 7 Carole Joan Crawford, 20, wins Miss World
  • Nov 7 New York Yankee Elston Howard is 1st african American ever voted AL MVP
  • Nov 7 Wunder von Lengede: In Germany, eleven miners are rescued from a collapsed mine after 14 days.
  • Nov 9 "Tovarich" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 264 performances
  • Nov 9 450 die in a coal-dust explosion & 160 die in train crash (Japan)

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Nov 10 Gordie Howe takes over NHL career goal lead at 545

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe

Music ConcertThe Beatles on Ed Sullivan

Nov 11 Brian Epstein & Ed Sullivan sign a 3 show contract for The Beatles
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The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
  • Nov 11 Gordie Howe ties Rocket Richard's lifetime 544 goal record
  • Nov 12 Train crash in Japan, kills 164
  • Nov 16 Toledo, OH newspaper strike began
  • Nov 18 Bell Telephone introduces the touch-tone telephone to customers in Pennsylvania

  • Nov 18 Dartford-Purfleet tunnel under River Thames opens
  • Nov 18 King Hassan II opens 1st parliament in Morocco

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 21 US President John F. Kennedy flies to Texas (assassinated the next day)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Nov 22 The Beatles release their second album "With the Beatles" in UK
  • Nov 22 Lyndon B. Johnson sworn in as the 36th US President after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy

AssassinationAssassination of John F. Kennedy

Nov 22 US President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald while riding in an open-topped motorcade in Dallas, Texas
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Kennedy in his motorcade in Dallas, Texas, moments before he was assassinated
Kennedy in his motorcade in Dallas, Texas, moments before he was assassinated
  • Nov 23 Debut of "Doctor Who" the long-running British sci-fi series
  • Nov 23 "Tambourines to Glory" closes at Little Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • Nov 23 Horatio Alger Society founded
  • Nov 23 JFK's body lies in repose in the East Room of the White House
  • Nov 23 LBJ proclaims Nov 25 a day of national mourning (for JFK)
  • Nov 25 JFK laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery
  • Nov 26 29th Heisman Trophy Award: Roger Staubach, Navy (QB)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 26 Cincinnati 2nd baseman Pete Rose wins NL Rookie of Year

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Nov 26 Explorer 18 spacecraft launched by NASA
  • Nov 27 The Convention on the Unification of Certain Points of Substantive Law on Patents for Invention is signed at Strasbourg.
  • Nov 28 The Beatles "She Loves You" unusually, returns to #1 in UK record chart and reaches 1 million copies sold
  • Nov 28 Crusher beats Verne Gagne in St Paul, to become NWA champ
  • Nov 28 WHNT TV channel 19 in Huntsville, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 29 "I Want to Hold Your Hand" single released by the Beatles in the United Kingdom
  • Nov 29 LBJ sets up Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of JFK
  • Nov 29 Trans-Canada Airlines Flight 831: A Douglas DC-8 carrying 118, crashes after taking-off from Dorval Airport near Montreal, Canada
  • Nov 30 CFL Grey Cup, Empire Stadium, Vancouver: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat BC Lions, 21-10; features controversial sequence involving American players Angelo Mosca and Willie Fleming
  • Nov 30 Martin Walser's "Überlebensgross Herr Krott" premieres in Stuttgart
  • Nov 30 28th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 10-8 in Birmingham, Auburn's first points in the series in five years

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Antonella Ella, Italian actress (Tonight in That Building), born in Turin, Italy
  • Nov 1 Rick Allen, English rock drummer (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages), born in Dronfield, Derbyshire, England
  • Nov 1 Big Kenny, American guitarist (Big & Rich), born in Culpeper, Virginia
  • Nov 1 Monty Sopp, American professional wrestler, born in Orlando, Florida
  • Nov 1 Mark Hughes, Welsh soccer striker and manager (72 caps; Manchester United 256 games; Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Stoke City), born in Wrexham, Wales
  • Nov 2 Ines Diers, German swimmer (GDR Olympic gold 400m, 4x100m relay 1980), born in Rochlitz, Sachsen, Germany
  • Nov 2 Bobby Dall, American rocker (Poison-Every Rose Has a Thorn), born in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 2 Craig Saavedra, American filmmaker (Starry Night Entertainment), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 3 Howard Ballard, American NFL tackle (Pro Bowl 1992-93, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks), born in Ashland, Alabama
  • Nov 3 Ian Wright MBE, English soccer striker and broadcaster (33 caps; Crystal Palace, Arsenal), born in London, England
  • Nov 3 Shigeaki Hattori, Japanese auto racer and team owner (Hattori Racing Enterprises: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 2018), born in Okayama, Okayama
  • Nov 4 David Williams, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (11 Tests; 42 dismissals), born in Penal, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Nov 4 Marc Déry, Canadian singer and guitarist (Zébulon), born in Mascouche, Quebec
  • Nov 4 Rosario Flores, Spanish singer (Muchas Flores) and actress, born in Madrid
  • Nov 4 Michel Therrien, Canadian ice hockey coach (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Nov 4 Wang Shu, Chinese architect, born in Ürümqi, Xinjiang
  • Nov 5 Andrea McArdle, American actress (Annie), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 5 Hans Gilhaus, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse), born in Helmond, Netherlands
  • Nov 5 Tatum O'Neal, American actress (Paper Moon, Little Darlings; ex-wife of John McEnroe), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 6 Jean-Marc Chouinard, epee (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Nov 6 Rozz Williams, American musician (Christian Death), born in Pomona, California (d. 1998)
  • Nov 7 John Barnes, British football player, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Nov 7 Michael Heidt, hockey defenseman (Team Germany), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Nov 7 Shelly Miller, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-25th-1994), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Nov 7 Todd McKee, American actor (Ted-Santa Barbara, The Bold & The Beautiful), born in Kentfield, California
  • Nov 7 Elizabeth "Liz" Mikel, American actress and jazz singer (Friday Night Lights), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Nov 8 Dwight Smith, American outfielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Nov 8 Paul Butcher, American NFL linebacker (Carolina Panthers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Nov 9 Anthony Bowie, American NBA guard (NY Knicks, Orlando Magic), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Nov 9 Fulvio Fantoni, Italian bridge player, born in Grosseto, Italy
  • Nov 10 Michael Anthony Powell, American long jumper (world record 1991, Olympic silver 1988, 92), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 10 Hugh Bonneville, English actor (Downton Abbey, Paddington Bear), born in London, England
  • Nov 12 Susumu Terajima, Japanese actor
  • Nov 13 Thilo Timothy Newman, writer (Freejack, Alien), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Nov 13 Vinny Testaverde, NFL quarterback (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, NY Jets), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 14 Mike Prior, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Nov 15 Gideon Joe Ng, table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Nov 15 Michele McAnany, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 16 Gay "Mani" Mournfield, English pop bassist (Stone Roses)

Person of interestZina Garrison

Nov 16 Zina Garrison, American tennis player (Wimbledon runner-up 1990, Olympic doubles gold 1988), born in Houston, Texas

Tennis Player Zina Garrison
Tennis Player
Zina Garrison
  • Nov 17 Pedro Luis Estrada, American murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 18 Dante Bichette, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Nov 18 Peter Schmeichel, Danish footballer
  • Nov 18 Len Bias, American basketball player (Boston Celtics pick for 1986 draft), born in Landover, Maryland (d. 1986)
  • Nov 19 Terry Farrell, actress (Paper Dolls, Jadzia Dax-STDS9), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Nov 19 Zsuzsanna Jánosi, Hungarian fencer
  • Nov 20 Timothy Gowers, British mathematician
  • Nov 20 Ming-Na Wen, Macau-born actress (Mulan, ER, One Night Stand, As the World Turns), born in Coloane Island, Macau
  • Nov 21 Nicollette Sheridan, British actress (Paige-Knots Landing), born in Worthing, England
  • Nov 21 Peter Bosz, Dutch soccer star (Toulon/Feyenoord)
  • Nov 22 Corinne Russell, British model and comedienne (The Benny Hill Show), born in Birmingham, England
  • Nov 22 Helen Reale, American WPVA volleyballer (Manhattan Beach-7th-1994), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 22 Hugh Millen, NFL quarterback (Denver Broncos)
  • Nov 23 Dale Sveum, baseball player
  • Nov 23 Joe Ahearne, British television director
  • Nov 23 Mamoru Takuma, Japanese mass murderer and rapist (d. 2004)
  • Nov 24 Lisa Howard, actress (Days of Our Life, Rolling Vengeance)
  • Nov 25 Bernie Kosar, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns)
  • Nov 25 Steve Ave, St Germain Enlay France, US 1500m runner
  • Nov 25 Kevin Chamberlin, American actor
  • Nov 25 Holly Cole, Canadian jazz singer
  • Nov 26 Allyson Rice-Taylor, American actress (As the World Turns), born in Huntington, West Virginia
  • Nov 26 Mario Elie, American NBA forward and guard (Houston Rockets), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 26 Adam Gaynor, American musician (Matchbox Twenty), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 27 Fisher Stevens, actor (My Science Project, Short Circuit), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 28 Johnny Newman, NBA guard/forward (Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Nov 28 Walt Weiss, Tuxedo NY, shortstop (Oakland A's, Colorado Rockies)
  • Nov 28 Armando Iannucci, comedian and radio producer, born in Glasgow, Scotland

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 3 Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova (26) weds cosmonaut Andriyan Nikolayev (34) at the Moscow Wedding Palace

1st Woman in Space Valentina Tereshkova
1st Woman in Space
Valentina Tereshkova

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 10 Actress Doris Roberts (33) weds novelist William Goyen (48)

Actress Doris Roberts
Actress
Doris Roberts

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 12 Singer and actor Robert Goulet (30) weds actress Carol Lawrence (31)

Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet
  • Nov 23 "12 Angry Men" director Sidney Lumet (39) weds Lena Horne's daughter Gail Jones

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Elsa Maxwell, American author (Jack Paar Show), dies at 80

MurderNgô Đình Diệm

Nov 2 Ngô Đình Diệm, President and authoritarian leader of South Vietnam (1954-63), assassinated in a coup at 62

President of South Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm
President of South Vietnam
Ngô Đình Diệm
  • Nov 6 Djuanda Kartawidjaja, 11th and final Prime Minister of Indonesia, dies at 52
  • Nov 8 Simon Jurovsky, composer, dies at 51
  • Nov 10 Otto Flake, writer, dies
  • Nov 13 Margaret Murray, English anthropologist and Egyptologist (b. 1863)
  • Nov 15 Fritz Reiner, Hung/US conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 74
  • Nov 19 Carmen Amaya, Spanish flamenco dancer, dies at about 50
  • Nov 21 Luis Cernuda, Spanish poet (Perfil del Aire), dies at 61
  • Nov 21 Pierre Blanchar, Algerian actor and director (Magnificent Sinner, Wooden Crosses,, Pastoral Symphony), dies from a brain tumor at 71
  • Nov 21 Robert Stroud, American convict "Birdman of Alcatraz", dies at 73

Person of interestAldous Huxley

Nov 22 Aldous Huxley, English author (Brave New World), dies at 69

  • Nov 22 Bikram Singh, Indies Lt-General (Kashmir), dies

Person of interestC. S. Lewis

Nov 22 C. S. Lewis [Clive Staples], Irish author (Silver Chair), dies at 64

Author and Theologian C. S. Lewis
Author and Theologian
C. S. Lewis
  • Nov 22 Claude Floquet, cricketer (Test for South Africa), dies
  • Nov 22 Daulet Singh, Indies Lt-General, dies

MurderJohn F. Kennedy

Nov 22 John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States (1961-63), assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas at 46

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Nov 22 NKD Nanavati, Indies general-major (WWII), dies
  • Nov 22 William R Titterton, English author (Candle of the Stars), dies at 87
  • Nov 22 Wilhelm Beiglböck, Nazi physician (b. 1905)
  • Nov 22 J. D. Tippit, American police officer, murdered by Lee Harvey Oswald at 39 shortly after the assassination of John F. Kennedy

Person of interestLee Harvey Oswald

Nov 24 Lee Harvey Oswald, American assassin of JFK, 2 days earlier, shot dead two days after he killed JFK by nightclub owner Jack Ruby live on TV at 24

Former Soldier and Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
Former Soldier and Assassin
Lee Harvey Oswald
  • Nov 26 Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian-American operatic soprano (Cave of the Winds), dies at 81
  • Nov 28 Fred Uttal, TV host (QED), dies at 55
  • Nov 28 Karyn Kupcinet, American actress (Carol-Gertrude Berg Show), murdered at 23