On This Day

What Happened in November 1965

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 1st concert at Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco
  • Nov 1 Ernie Terrell retains WBA heavyweight boxing title; beats Canadian George Chuvalo in 15 round points decision in Toronto
  • Nov 1 Trackless trolley plunged into Nile River drowning 74 (Cairo Egypt)
  • Nov 2 Craig Breedlove driving FIA-legal four-wheeler, Sonic I, breaks land speed record with a two-run average of 555.483 mph (893.963 km/h) at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

Baseball Record

Nov 3 Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax is named Cy Young Award winner by a unanimous vote and for a third time; posts 26-8 record, 1.73 ERA and record-shattering 382 strikeouts

  • Nov 4 Lee Breedlove sets female land speed record (308.56 MPH) in Utah

Film Release

Nov 5 "Pierrot le Fou", directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina, is released

  • Nov 8 "Days of Our Lives" premieres on TV
  • Nov 8 British Indian Ocean Territory formed
  • Nov 8 Vietnam War: US, Australian and New Zealand forces launch Operation Hump, a search-and-destroy operation near Bien Hoa in South Vietnam
  • Nov 9 1st NY Knick game postponed (black-out) vs St Louis
  • Nov 9 Hurricane hits north east US/Canada

Sports History

Nov 9 Willie Mays named NL MVP

  • Nov 9 Several U.S. states and parts of Canada are hit by a series of blackouts lasting up to 13 hours in the Northeast Blackout of 1965.
  • Nov 10 Manneke Pis statue stolen in Brussels
  • Nov 11 Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith signs Unilateral Declaration of Independence, proclaiming independence from Britain
  • Nov 11 William Alfred's "Hogan's Goat" premieres in NYC

Election of Interest

Nov 12 Ferdinand Marcos elected 10th President of Philippines

  • Nov 12 General strike in Morocco against disappearance of Ben Barka
  • Nov 12 Mad Dog Vachon beats Crusher in Denver, to become NWA champ
  • Nov 12 Venera 2 launched by Soviet Union toward Venus
  • Nov 13 "Skyscraper" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 248 performances
  • Nov 13 "Yarmouth Castle" burns and sinks off Bahamas, killing 89
  • Nov 13 Director Kenneth Tynan says the word "F*ck" on BBC
  • Nov 14 "Baker Street" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 313 performances
  • Nov 14 George Abbott Theater (Adelphi, 54 St) at 152 W 54th NYC, demolished
  • Nov 14 KCST TV channel 39 in San Diego, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 14 US government sends 90,000 soldiers to Vietnam
  • Nov 15 Craig Breedlove sets land speed record (600.601 mph-966.57 kph)
  • Nov 16 Venera 3 launched, 1st to land on another planet (crashes into Venus)
  • Nov 16 Walt Disney launches Epcot Center: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow
  • Nov 17 General Meeting of UN refuses admittance of People's Republic of China
  • Nov 17 William Eckert is unanimously elected commissioner of baseball
  • Nov 17 The NVA ambushes American troops of the 7th Cavalry at Landing Zone Albany in the la Drang Valley, almost wiping them out
  • Nov 18 Twins SS Zoilo Versalles is named AL MVP
  • Nov 19 ABC radio begins weekly "Vietnam Update" report
  • Nov 19 Kellogg's Pop Tarts pastries created
  • Nov 20 Cyril Ornadel and Leslie Bricusse's musical "Pickwick", based on Charles Dicken's novel "The Pickwick Papers", closes at 46th St Theater, NYC, after 56 performances
  • Nov 20 UN Security council calls for boycott of Rhodesia
  • Nov 20 WCNY TV channel 24 in Syracuse, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 21 1st freighter arrives in Ashdod Port, Israel
  • Nov 21 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk, USSR
  • Nov 22 Mitch Leigh, and Joe Darion's musical "Man of La Mancha", starring Richard Kiley opens at ANTA Washington Square Theater, NYC; runs for 2329 performances, wins 5 Tony Awards

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 22 In his second title defence, Muhammad Ali scores 12th-round KO of Floyd Patterson at Las Vegas Convention Center to retain his world heavyweight boxing championship

Film & TV History

Nov 22 "Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees" broadcast on CBS, watched by 25 million, brings Jane Goodall to international attention

  • Nov 23 31st Heisman Trophy Award: Mike Garrett, Southern Cal (RB)
  • Nov 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Historic Event

Nov 24 Marshal Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu becomes President of Zaire

  • Nov 25 Congo military coup under Gen Mobutu, President Kasavubu overthrown
  • Nov 26 Dodgers 2nd baseman Jim Lefebvre is voted NL Rookie of Year

Historic Event

Nov 26 France launches 1st satellite, 92 lb (42 kg) A1-capsule (Astérix), named after the popular French comic character

  • Nov 27 15-25,000 demonstrate against war in Vietnam in Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 27 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat Winn Blue Bombers, 22-16; strong winds meant all scoring occurred by the team going with the wind
  • Nov 27 1966 NFL Draft: Tommy Nobis from University of Texas first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • Nov 27 30th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 30-3 in Birmingham
  • Nov 28 Browns' Leroy Kelly sets club record for most punt return yds (109)
  • Nov 28 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Kathy Whitworth wins by 10 shots from Peggy Wilson for her first major title
  • Nov 29 "Anya" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Nov 29 Dale Cummings does 14,118 consecutive sit-ups

Famous Birthdays

Shah Rukh Khan

Nov 2 Shah Rukh Khan [Shahrukh Khan], Indian actor, producer and TV personality (My Name is Khan, Swades), born in New Delhi, India

  • Nov 3 Maty Monforth, TV host (Mike & Maty)
  • Nov 4 Erik Norgard, American NFL center and guard (Houston/Tennessee Oilers), born in Bellevue, Washington
  • Nov 4 Gregory Scott [Koenig], American guitarist (Signs of Life), born in Dearborn, Michigan
  • Nov 4 Malandra Burrows, English actress (Emmerdale), born in Woolton, Liverpool
  • Nov 4 Pata [Tomoaki Ishizuka], Japanese musician (X Japan), born in Chiba, Japan
  • Nov 4 Wayne Static [Wells], American musician (Static-X), born in Muskegon, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • Nov 5 Famke Janssen, Dutch model and actress (The Blacklist: Redemption), born in Amstelveen, Netherlands
  • Nov 5 Kubrat, Prince of Panagyurishte, titular Bulgarian royal family, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Nov 5 Paris Grey [Shanna Jackson], American techno-dance-pop singer ("Good Life"; "Big Fun"), born in Glencoe, Illinois
  • Nov 7 Sigrun Wodars, German middle distance athlete (Olympic gold 1988)
  • Nov 8 Jeff Blauser, American infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Los Gatos, California
  • Nov 8 Mike Peluso, American NHL left wing (NJ Devils), born in Pengilly, Minnesota
  • Nov 8 Craig Chester, American actor and screenwriter, born in West Covina, California
  • Nov 9 Todd Gill, Canadian NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Brockville, Canada
  • Nov 9 Bryn Terfel, Welsh bass-baritone opera and concert singer, born in Pant Glas, United Kingdom
  • Nov 10 Eddie Irvine, Irish auto racer (runner-up World F1 Championship 1999), born in Newtownards, Northern Ireland
  • Nov 10 Jamie Dixon, American basketball coach (University of Pittsburgh men's basketball team 2003-16), born in Burbank, California
  • Nov 10 Sean Hughes, Irish stand-up comedian, writer and actor, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2017)
  • Nov 10 Igor Krivokapič, Slovenian composer, tuba player, and instrument inventor, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Nov 11 Brian Wilson, American murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 11 Ruthie Matthes, American cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Sun Valley Idaho
  • Nov 11 Max Mutchnick, American TV writer and producer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 12 Mike Keim, NFL tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Nov 13 Kevin Gamble, NBA guard (Sacramento Kings)
  • Nov 13 Rob Natal, catcher (Florida Marlins), born in Long Beach, California
  • Nov 13 Sheryl Boyle, Renfrew Ontario, kayaker (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 13 Zeljko Petrovic, soccer player (FC The Bosch/RKC)
  • Nov 15 Stefan Pfeiffer, German swimmer
  • Nov 16 Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Italian-French actress, screenwriter and film director (A Castle in Italy, Normal People), born in Turin, Italy
  • Nov 17 Grant Connell, Canadian tennis player who was the world's #1 doubles player in the 1990s, born in Regina Saskatchewan
  • Nov 17 Paul Sorrento, Somerville MA, infielder (Seattle Mariners)
  • Nov 17 Rob Koll, Bellefonte PA, 163 lbs/74 kg freestyle wrestler (Olymp-96)
  • Nov 17 Winthrop Graham, Jamaica, 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1988)
  • Nov 17 Amanda Brown, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens) and composer
  • Nov 18 Mark Petkovsek, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Nov 19 Erik Wilhelm, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Nov 19 Laurent Blanc, French footballer and manager ( Marseille), born in Alès, France
  • Nov 20 Andrew Stewart, American CFL defensive tackle (Toronto Argonauts), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Nov 20 Mike D [Diamond], American rap vocalist (Beastie Boys - "You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party"), born in New York City
  • Nov 20 Yoshiki Hayashi, Japanese musician (X Japan), born in Tateyama, Chiba, Japan

Björk

Nov 21 Bjork, Icelandic singer (Like Someone in Love), born in Reykjavik, Iceland

  • Nov 21 Alexander Siddig, British actor
  • Nov 22 Eric Allen, NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints)
  • Nov 22 Mike Benjamin, Euclid Ohio, infielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Nov 22 R Duncan Douglas, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 22 Sen Dog [Senen Reyes], Cuban-American rapper (Cypress Hill), born in Pinar del Río, Cuba
  • Nov 22 Mads Mikkelsen, Danish actor (The Hunt), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Nov 22 Peter Safran, British-born American film producer and talent agent
  • Nov 23 Michael Brainard, American actor (All My Children, Santa Barbara), born in Hollywood, California
  • Nov 23 Rodion Gataullin, Uzbekistan pole vaulter (Olympic silver 1988)
  • Nov 23 Jennifer Michael Hecht, American poet and historian, born in Glen Cove, New York
  • Nov 24 Nyla Jane Carroll, New Plymouth NZ, 5k/10k/marathoner (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 24 Kim Roe-ha, South Korean actor
  • Nov 24 Shirley Henderson, Scottish actress
  • Nov 25 Anthony Newman, NFL safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • Nov 25 Cris Carter, Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (8 × Pro Bowl 1993–2000; First-team All-Pro 1994, 99; NFL receiving TD leader 1995, 97, 99; Minnesota Vikings), born in Troy, Ohio
  • Nov 25 Jeff Norton, Acton, NHL defenseman (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Nov 25 Mike Gebhardt, mistral sailor (Olympic 6th 1996), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Nov 25 Yasmin "Yaz" Farooq, Waupun Wisc, rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96)
  • Nov 25 Dougray Scott, Scottish television and film actor
  • Nov 27 Raffaella Reggi, Italian tennis player (US Open mixed doubles 1986), born in Faenza, Italy
  • Nov 27 Danielle Ammaccapane, American golfer (7 LPGA Tour titles), born in Babylon, New York
  • Nov 27 Fiachna O'Braonáin, Irish pop guitarist (Hothouse Flowers-Don't Go), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Nov 27 Kathleen Heddle, Canadian rower (Olympic gold coxless pair, 8's 1992; double sculls 1996), born in Trail, British Columbia (d. 2021)
  • Nov 28 Matt Williams, American baseball infielder (5 x MLB All Star; NL home run leader 1994; NL RBI leader 1990; SF Giants) and manager (Washington Nationals), born in Bishop, California
  • Nov 28 Erwin Mortier, Belgian author
  • Nov 29 Ellen Cleghorne, American comedienne (Saturday Night Live), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 29 Neill Barry, American actor (Old Enough, Heat), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 29 Yutaka Ozaki, Japanese pop musician, born in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan (d. 1992)
  • Nov 29 Wallis Buchanan, British rock didgeridoo player (Jamiroquai - "When You Gonna Learn"), born in London, England
  • Nov 30 Ben Stiller, American actor (Ben Stiller Show, Next of Kin, Cable Guy), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 30 Mike Zandofsky, NFL guard (Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Nov 30 Aldair, Brazilian footballer
  • Nov 30 Lee Klein, American Writer
  • Nov 30 Prince Akishino of Japan

Famous Weddings

  • Nov 10 Netherlands 2nd Chamber accept marriage of Princess Beatrice & Claus von Amsberg

Judy Garland

Nov 14 American singer and actress Judy Garland (43) weds American actor Mark Herron (37); divorce in 1969

Bob Dylan

Nov 22 American folk singer Bob Dylan (24) weds American model and actress Sara Lowndes (26); divorce in 1977


Famous Deaths

  • Nov 4 Krsto Odak, Croatian composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 6 Clarence Williams, American composer, dies at 67
  • Nov 6 Edgard Varèse, French-American composer (Ionisation; Poème électronique), dies at 81
  • Nov 7 Friedrich Wildgans, Austrian composer, dies at 52
  • Nov 8 Dorothy Kilgallen, American newspaper columnist (b. 1913)
  • Nov 11 Gaston Glass, French American actor (Opening Your Eyes), dies after long illness at 65
  • Nov 12 Syedna Taher Saifuddin, Bohra Spiritual Leader, dies at 77
  • Nov 14 George Bissett, South African cricketer (25 wickets in 4 Tests for South Africa), dies at 60
  • Nov 14 Russell Collins, American actor (Niagara, Close Up, Shockproof), dies at 68
  • Nov 14 Dawn Powell, American writer (Turn, Magic Wheel), dies at 68
  • Nov 15 John Geoghegan, U.S. Army infantry lieutenant and Silver Star recipient, killed during the Battle of Ia Drang in Vietnam War at 24
  • Nov 16 Alexander King, author (Jack Paar Show), dies at 66
  • Nov 16 William Thomas Cosgrave, President of the Irish Free State, dies at 85
  • Nov 16 Harry Blackstone Sr., American magician, dies at 80
  • Nov 18 Henry A Wallace, VP (1941-45)/founder (Progressive Party), dies at 77
  • Nov 23 Franc Debenham, Australian geographer and geologist, dies at 81
  • Nov 24 Abdullah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1895)
  • Nov 25 Dame Myra Hess, British pianist (b. 1890)
  • Nov 26 Wild Bill Elliott [Gordon Nance], American actor (Beyond the Sacramento), dies of cancer at 60
  • Nov 27 Carl Parrish, American composer, dies at 61