On This Day

What Happened in November 1968

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 1 Noël Coward's "Sweet Potato" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 36 performances

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • Nov 1 Motion Picture Association of America introduces rating system (G, M, R, X)
  • Nov 1 University of Suriname opens
  • Nov 1 Detroit pitcher Denny McLain is named unanimous AL Cy Young Award winner after finishing MLB season, 31-6 for World Series winning Tigers
  • Nov 2 "Her First Roman" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • Nov 2 A banned march in Derry, North Ireland, by members of the Derry Citizen's Action Committee (DCAC) is joined by thousands; due to the number of people taking part, the Royal Ulster Constabulary is unable to prevent it
  • Nov 3 Bob Packwood is elected senator of Oregon
  • Nov 3 Ex-premier of Greece Georgios Papandreou buried. 300,000 demonstrate against fascist junta
  • Nov 3 New York Jets kicker Jim Turner lands 6 field goals and an extra point to beat Buffalo Bills, 25-21 at Shea Stadium
  • Nov 3 English Lotus driver Graham Hill wins his 2nd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by taking out the Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez; wins title by 12 points from Scotsman Jackie Stewart
  • Nov 3 David Pearson is declared NASCAR Grand National champion as Cale Yarborough wins season ending Peach State 200 at Jefferson, Georgia; Pearson finishes 126 points ahead of Bobby Isaac to secure his 2nd title
  • Nov 4 Battles between Jordanian army & Al Fatah-arm forces
  • Nov 4 WRDU (now WPTF) TV channel 28 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 4 WTOG TV channel 44 in St Petersburg-Tampa, FL (IND) 1st broadcast

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Nov 4 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill meets British Prime Minister Harold Wilson for talks on Northern Ireland; Wilson states no change of constitutional position of Northern Ireland possible without consent of the its people

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill
Northern Ireland Prime Minister
Terence O'Neill

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 4 "Wichita Lineman" 12th album by Glen Campbell is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1969)

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell

  • Nov 5 1st AL pitcher to win MVP, Denny McLain (wins unanimously)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 5 Republican candidate Richard Nixon is elected President of the United States, defeating Democrat candidate Hubert Humphrey and Independent candidate George Wallace

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
Governor of Alabama and Segregationist George Wallace
Governor of Alabama and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • Nov 6 Nixon elected 37th President of US, defeating Hubert Humphrey
  • Nov 6 Students of San Francisco State Counsel go on strike
  • Nov 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Nov 8 Londonderry Corporation agreed to a Nationalist request to introduce a points system in the allocation of public sector housing in Northern Ireland
  • Nov 9 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 9 Joe Cocker's version of The Beatles single "With a Little Help From My Friends" becomes No. 1 single in the UK

Rocker Joe Cocker
Rocker
Joe Cocker

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 9 Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting lead a Loyalist march to the Diamond area of Derry, North Ireland

First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Ian Paisley
  • Nov 10 Launch of Zond 6, 2nd unmanned circumlunar & return flight

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 10 Portuguese socialist Mário Soares released from banishment in Sao Tomé under new regieme of Marcello Caetano

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 11 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear nude on cover of "2 Virgins" album

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Nov 11 Maldives (in Indian Ocean) becomes a republic
  • Nov 11 Ron Hill sets record 10-mile run (46:44) at Leicester England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 11 As a rookie, Elvin Hayes scores 54 points against the Detroit Pistons, a career-high

NBA Forward Elvin Hayes
NBA Forward
Elvin Hayes
  • Nov 12 KSEL (now KAMC) TV channel 28 in Lubbock, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 12 US Supreme Court: Epperson v. Arkansas, court declares unconstitutional Arkansas law banning teaching evolution in public schools

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 13 Bob Gibson edges Pete Rose to win NL MVP

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Nov 13 William Craig, Home Affairs Minister, bans all marches, with the exception of 'customary' parades, in Derry, Northern Ireland; the exception of 'customary' parades meant that Loyalist institutions could parade but civil rights marches could not
  • Nov 14 "National Turn in Your Draft Card Day" features draft card burning

  • Nov 14 First European lung transplant
  • Nov 14 Yale University announces it is going co-educational
  • Nov 14 U.S. premiere of film version of Morris L. West's best seller "The Shoes of the Fisherman"
  • Nov 15 1st date in controversial Jim Bouton baseball diary "Ball Four"
  • Nov 16 The Derry Citizens Action Committee defies a ban on marches in Derry, Northern Ireland, by marching with an estimated 15,000 people
  • Nov 17 John Kander and Fred Ebbs' musical "Zorba" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 305 performances
  • Nov 17 KHNE TV channel 29 in Hastings, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 17 "Heidi Game", NBC cuts to show "Heidi" and misses Raider's rally to beat Jets, 43-32
  • Nov 17 Alexandros Panagoulis is condemned to death for attempting to assassinate Greek dictator George Papadopoulos
  • Nov 18 Soviets recover the Zond 6 spacecraft after a flight around the moon
  • Nov 19 Military coup in Mali, president Modibo Keita flees
  • Nov 19 Yankees pitcher Stan Bahnsen wins AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 20 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 20 2nd Country Music Association Award: Glen Campbell and Tammy Wynette win

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • Nov 21 Cin trades shortstop Leo Cardenas to Twins for pitcher Jim Merritt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 21 The Supremes & The Temptations release "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • Nov 22 1st interracial TV kiss (Star Trek - Captain Kirk and Uhura)
  • Nov 22 Beatles release "Beatles" (White Album), their only double album
  • Nov 22 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 22 Terence O'Neill, then Northern Ireland Prime Minister, announced a package of reform measures granting concessions to the Catholic minority, in response to protest movement

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill
Northern Ireland Prime Minister
Terence O'Neill
  • Nov 23 "Noël Coward's Sweet Potato" closes at Booth NYC after 36 performances
  • Nov 23 Milwaukee Bucks make their 1st NBA trade, giving Bob Love & Bob Weiss to Chicago Bulls for Flynn Robinson
  • Nov 25 15th National Film Awards (India): "Hatey Bazarey" wins the Golden Lotus

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 26 34th Heisman Trophy Award: O.J. Simpson, Southern Cal (RB)

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 29 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their 1st album "Two Virgins" in UK

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Nov 30 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Ottawa Rough Riders defeat Calgary Stampeder, 24-21; MVP Vic Washington's 79-yard TD run remains a Grey Cup record
  • Nov 30 A Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march in Armagh is stopped by Royal Ulster Constabulary because of the presence of a Loyalist counter demonstration led by Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting
  • Nov 30 33rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 24-16 in Birmingham

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Kent Graham, American NFL quarterback (New York Giants), born in Winfield, Illinois
  • Nov 1 Park Shin-yang, South Korean actor (The Letter, A Promise), born in Gonghang-dong, Seoul
  • Nov 2 Brandi Brandt, American Playboy playmate (October, 1987). convicted of drug smuggling , born in Santa Clara, California
  • Nov 3 Antonio Pettigrew, American athlete (World C'ship gold 400m 1991), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2010)
  • Nov 3 Debbie Rochon, Canadian actress (Tromeo & Juliet), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Nov 3 Lee Germon, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper and captain (12 Tests, 29 dismissals; 37 ODIs), born in Christchurch, Canterbury
  • Nov 3 Paul Quantrill, Canadian baseball pitcher and coach (MLB All Star 2001; Toronto Blue Jays), born in London, Ontario
  • Nov 4 Carlos Baerga, Puerto Rico, infielder (Cleveland Indians)
  • Nov 4 Domingo Cedeno, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in La Ramona, Dominican Republic
  • Nov 4 Osvaldo Fernandez, Holguin Cuba, pitcher (SF Giants)
  • Nov 5 Bob Dahl, American NFL guard (Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 5 Cary Blanchard, American NFL kicker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Nov 5 Malcolm Frank, CFL cornerback (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Nov 5 Sam Rockwell, American actor (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), born in Daly, California
  • Nov 5 Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Spanish actress (A Walk in the Clouds), born in Rome, Lazio, Italy
  • Nov 6 Alfred Williams, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers, Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Houston, Texas
  • Nov 6 Chad Curtis, American outfielder (NY Yankees, Detroit Tigers), born in Marion, Indiana
  • Nov 6 Edward Linskens, Dutch soccer player (PSV), born in Venray, Netherlands
  • Nov 6 Kelly Rutherford, American actress (Generations, Gossip Girl), born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky
  • Nov 6 Jerry Yang, Taiwanese-born American entrepreneur (co-founder of Yahoo!, Inc.), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Nov 7 Russ Springer, American MLB pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Alexandria, Louisiana
  • Nov 7 Greg Tribbett, American musician (Mudvayne), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • Nov 7 Mark Preston, Australian businessman and motorsport professional, born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia
  • Nov 8 Jose Offerman, Dominican infielder (KC Royals), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • Nov 8 Keith Jones, NHL right wing (Washington Capitals), born in Brantford, Canada
  • Nov 8 Michelle Kline, American speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Golden Valley, Minnesota
  • Nov 8 Parker Posey, American actress (Tess Shelby-As the World Turns), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Nov 8 Zara Whites, Dutch actress, born in Hoeksche Waard, Netherlands
  • Nov 8 Sergio Porrini, Italian footballer, born in Milan, Italy
  • Nov 9 Jeff Brady, American NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Nov 9 Nazzareno Carusi, Italian pianist, born in Celano, Italy
  • Nov 10 Calvin Tiggle, CFL linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Nov 10 Jeffrey Kooistra, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen/NEC), born in Amsterdam
  • Nov 10 Lissa Maria Sneck, ice hockey goalie (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • Nov 10 Lonnie Marts, American NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs, Tennessee Oilers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Nov 10 Steve Brookstein, English singer who won the first series of The X Factor, born in Mitcham, England
  • Nov 11 Jo Kittsee, German rocker (Fuzzbox-Into Rescue)
  • Nov 11 John Jett, NFL punter (Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions)
  • Nov 11 Lin Elliott, NFL kicker (KC Chiefs)
  • Nov 11 Wyatt Pauley, Ecuador, rocker (Linear-I Never Felt This Way, Lies)
  • Nov 11 David L Cook, American singer and comedian
  • Nov 12 Irina Privalova, Russian runner (indoor world record 50/60m)

Person of interestSammy Sosa

Nov 12 Sammy Sosa, Dominican baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs), born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa
  • Nov 12 Glenn Gilberti, American professional wrestler, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 12 Aya Hisakawa, Japanese voice actress/singer, born in Kaizuka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Nov 12 Aaron Stainthorpe, British singer (My Dying Bride), born in England, United Kingdom
  • Nov 12 Nick D'Virgilio, American drummer (Spock's Beard), born in Whittier, California
  • Nov 13 Mark Fitzpatrick, NHL goalie (Florida Panthers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Nov 13 Pat Hentgen, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Nov 13 Tami Whitlinger-Jones, tennis star (1995 Futures-Sedona), born in Neenah, Wisconsin
  • Nov 14 Bob Christian, NFL running back (Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Nov 14 Claudia Porwik, Coburg Ger, tennis star (1995 Futures-Valladolid)
  • Nov 14 Kent Bottenfield, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Nov 14 Lionel Simmons, American NBA forward (Sacramento Kings), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 14 Serge Postigo, Canadian actor
  • Nov 15 James Brady, columnist (NY Post), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 15 Jennifer Charles, American singer/songwriter
  • Nov 15 Ol' Dirty Bastard [Russell Jones], American rapper (member of Wu Tang Clan), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2004)
  • Nov 16 Chris Haney, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Nov 16 Ebrahim Essop-Adam, cricketer (one ODI for Zimbabwe 1992)
  • Nov 16 Vlado Šola, Croatian handball goalkeeper
  • Nov 17 Sean Miller, American basketball coach
  • Nov 17 Robin Li [Li Yanhong], Chinese founder of the Chinese search engine Baidu, born in Yangquan, Shanxi
  • Nov 18 Gary Sheffield, outfielder (Florida Marlins), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Nov 18 Lubomir Sekeras, Liptovsky CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
  • Nov 18 Mel Stewart, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1992), born in Gastonia, North Carolina
  • Nov 18 Milica Vukadinovic, WNBA guard (Charlotte Sting)
  • Nov 18 Barry Hunter, Irish soccer defender (14 caps Northern Ireland; Wrexham, Reading) and manager (Rushden & Diamonds), born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland
  • Nov 18 Romany Malco, American actor and music producer (Weeds, No Ordinary Family), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestOwen Wilson

Nov 18 Owen Wilson, American actor (Meet the Parents, Zoolander), born in Dallas, Texas

  • Nov 19 Gord Fraser, road race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nov 19 Matt Darby, NFL safety (Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals)
  • Nov 19 Steven Penn, Brevard NC, team handball center back (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 20 Jeff Tarango, American tennis player (famously defaults match 1995 Wimbledon), born in Manhattan Beach, California
  • Nov 20 Keith Rucker, NFL defensive tackle (Cin Bengals)
  • Nov 20 Richard Clarke, Yachter Finn (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Nov 21 Andy Caddick, English cricket pace bowler (NZ 1993)
  • Nov 21 Antonio Tarver, light heavyweight boxer (Olympics-br-96), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Nov 21 Alex James, English bassist
  • Nov 21 Christopher Noxon, American journalist
  • Nov 22 Daedra Charles, WNBA forward/center (LA Sparks)
  • Nov 22 Darryl Hardy, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Nov 22 Irina Privalova, Russian 100m/200m/400m runner
  • Nov 22 Jonathan Moss, Tenafly NJ, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 22 Rasmus Lerdorf, Greenlandic computer programmer
  • Nov 23 John O'Neill, American field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Nov 23 Hamid Hassani, Iranian scholar and lexicographer, born in Saqqez, Iran
  • Nov 23 Kirsty Young, Scottish television journalist, born in East Kilbride, United Kingdom
  • Nov 24 Dave Hansen, infielder (LA Dodgers), born in Long Beach, California
  • Nov 24 Ken Johnson, Quincy Mass, 3x40 rifle (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 24 Bülent Korkmaz, Turkish footballer

Person of interestTodd Beamer

Nov 24 Todd Beamer, passenger and hero on United Airlines Flight 93, born in Flint, Michigan

Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 Todd Beamer
Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93
Todd Beamer
  • Nov 25 Jory Husain, actor (Jawaharial-Head of the Class), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Nov 25 Erick Sermon, American rap music artist
  • Nov 26 Steve Lofton, American NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers, NE Patriots), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • Nov 27 Michael Vartan, French actor
  • Nov 28 Dawn Robinson, American singer (En Vogue), born in New London, Connecticut (or 24 November 1965)
  • Nov 28 Jonathan Brown, American rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 29 Dee Brown, NBA guard (Boston Celtics), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Nov 29 Jiri Veber, Czech hockey player (Team Czech Rep), born in Praha, Czech Republic

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 9 Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant (19) weds Maureen Wilson (19)

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant

Famous Divorces

  • Nov 8 Cynthia Lennon is granted a divorce from Beatle member John

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 9 Serial killer John Wayne Gacy (26) divorces first wife Marlynn Myers after 4 years of marriage

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Georgios Papandreou, Greek minister/premier, dies at 80
  • Nov 2 Ernst Hess, Swiss composer, dies at 56
  • Nov 3 Vern Stephens, American baseball shortstop (8-time MLB All Star; AL HR leader 1945; 3×AL RBI leader), dies of a heart attack at 48
  • Nov 4 Paul JM Lindemans, Flemish agricultural engineer/author, dies at 78
  • Nov 4 Michel Kikoine, Belarusian painter (b. 1892)
  • Nov 5 Estelle Hemsley, American actress (Leech Woman, Take a Giant Step), dies at 81
  • Nov 5 Robert Ayres, actor (Battle Beneath the Earth), dies at 54
  • Nov 6 Guillaume Landre, composer, dies at 63
  • Nov 6 Charles Munch, French conductor and violinist (b. 1891)
  • Nov 6 Charles B. McVay III, Ex-U.S. Navy Captain (b. 1898)
  • Nov 7 Willem A. Wagenaar, Dutch journalist and author (3,000 meter), dies at 67
  • Nov 7 Alexander Gelfond, Russian mathematician, dies at 62
  • Nov 8 Wendell Corey, American actor (Rear Window, 11th Hour, Peck's Bad Girl), dies from a liver ailment at 54
  • Nov 9 Jan Johansson, Swedish jazz pianist, dies at 37
  • Nov 9 Wally Grout, cricketer (successful Australian WK before Marsh), dies
  • Nov 10 Gerald Mohr, American actor (The Angry Red Planet, The Sniper, Foreign Intrigue), dies from a heart attack at 54
  • Nov 11 Jeanne Demessieux, French organist and composer (Te Deum), dies at 47
  • Nov 16 Greet Hofmans, faith healer of Dutch queen Juliana, dies at 74
  • Nov 17 Wilhelm Lehmann, German writer, dies at 86
  • Nov 17 Mervyn Peake, British writer and illustrator (Gormenghast books), dies at 57
  • Nov 18 Walter Wanger, US producer (Cleopatra), dies at 74
  • Nov 20 Cathy Lewis, actress (Deidre-Hazel), dies of cancer at 50
  • Nov 20 Helen Gardner, silent film actress (Sandra), dies
  • Nov 25 Marcel Labey, French conductor and composer, dies at 93
  • Nov 25 Phil Lord, actor (Stud's Place), dies at 89

Person of interestUpton Sinclair

Nov 25 Upton Beall Sinclair, American author (Jungle), dies at 90

  • Nov 25 Paul Siple, American explorer of the Antarctic. (b. 1908)
  • Nov 26 Arnold Zweig, German antifascist and author (Junge frau 1914), dies at 81
  • Nov 27 Gino Roncaglia, Italian composer, dies at 85
  • Nov 27 Hans Redlich, composer, dies at 65

Person of interestEnid Blyton

Nov 28 Enid Blyton, English children's author (Noddy, Famous Five), dies at 71

Children's writer Enid Blyton
Children's writer
Enid Blyton