What Happened in November 1969

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 The Beatles' "Abbey Road" album goes #1 in US & stays #1 for 11 weeks
  • Nov 2 Quarterbacks Billy Kilmer of New Orleans and St Louis' Charlie Johnson each pass for 6 touchdowns for combined NFL record of 12 passing TDs in a game; Saints beat Cardinals, 51-42 at Busch Memorial Stadium

Sports History

Nov 2 41-year old Detroit right wing Gordie Howe picks up his 19th and final NHL hat trick as the Red Wings beat Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3; Howe is the oldest player to score an NHL hat-trick

  • Nov 3 Congo president Mobutu visits Belgium

Sports History

Nov 6 Inaugural Cy Young Award is a tie between Mike Cuellar and Denny McLain

Album Release

Nov 7 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their second album "Wedding Album" in UK

  • Nov 9 "Bridge over Troubled Water" single recorded by Simon & Garfunkel

Television Premiere

Nov 9 "An Evening with Julie Andrews and Harry Belafonte", music special with arrangements by Michel Legrand, premieres on NBC-TV

Television Premiere

Nov 10 "Sesame Street" premieres on PBS TV

Music History

Nov 11 Jim Morrison arrested on an airplane by the FBI for drunkenness

Historic Event

Nov 12 Author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn expelled from the Soviet Writers Union

Sports History

Nov 12 Minnesota's Harmon Killebrew is voted AL MVP

  • Nov 12 US army announces investigating William Calley for alleged massacre of civilians at Vietnamese village of My Lai in March, 19
  • Nov 12 WJJY (now WJPT) TV channel 14 in Jacksonville, IL (ABC) 1st broadcast

Film & TV History

Nov 13 Vice President Spiro Agnew accuses network TV news departments of bias and distortion

  • Nov 14 2nd Vietnam Moratorium Day in US
  • Nov 14 Apollo 12 (Conrad/Gordon/Bean) launched for 2nd manned Moon landing
  • Nov 15 1st Jackson Five record to enter top 100 (I Want You Back)
  • Nov 15 The 1st ever colour television commercial in the UK, for Birds Eye peas, airs on ATV in the Midlands during a Thunderbirds episode

Vietnam War Moratorium Demonstration

Nov 15 An estimated 2 million people take part in the Vietnam War Moratorium demonstration across the United States

Music History

Nov 15 Janis Joplin, accused of vulgar & indicent language in Tampa, Florida

  • Nov 15 Wendy's Hamburgers, American fast food restaurant chains founded by Dave Thomas opens in Columbus, Ohio
  • Nov 16 1968 Mỹ Lai massacre of between 347 and 504 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians by US soldiers is first reported
  • Nov 16 US President Nixon becomes first president to attend a season NFL game while in office: the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 41-28
  • Nov 17 SALT-discussions open in Helsinki Finland
  • Nov 18 Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi assigned to the Tate and LaBianca murders, will eventually convict Charles Mason for orchestrating the killings
  • Nov 19 Apollo 12's Charles Conrad and Alan Bean become the 3rd and 4th humans on the Moon
  • Nov 19 WENY TV channel 36 in Elmira, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 20 Alcatraz Island, off San Francisco, is seized by militant Native Americans
  • Nov 20 Gundappa Viswanath scores 137 on Test Cricket debut v Australia Kanpur

Sports History

Nov 20 Brazilian soccer icon Pele scores his 1,000th goal

  • Nov 21 KXIX (now KVCT) TV channel 19 in Victoria, TX (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 22 Isolation of a single gene announced by scientists at Harvard University
  • Nov 24 Apollo 12 returns to Earth
  • Nov 24 West German President Heinemann visits The Netherlands
  • Nov 24 Lt William L Calley charged with massacre of over 100 civilians in My Lai Vietnam in March 1968, ordered to stand trial by court martial

Music History

Nov 25 John Lennon returns OBE to protest against UK's support for Vietnam War

  • Nov 25 KC outfielder Lou Piniella is voted AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 26 35th Heisman Trophy Award: Steve Owens, Oklahoma (RB)
  • Nov 26 Lottery for Selective Service draftees bill signed by President Nixon
  • Nov 28 Ted Sizemore becomes 7th Dodger to win NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 29 The Beatles' single "Something / Come Together" reaches #1
  • Nov 29 34th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 49-26 in Birmingham
  • Nov 30 CFL Grey Cup, Autostade, Montreal: Ottawa Rough Riders defeat Saskatchewan Roughriders, 29-11; first Grey Cup game played in its entirety on a Sunday
  • Nov 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

TV Show Appearance

Nov 30 American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond makes his only appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", singing "Sweet Caroline" and "Holly, Holy"


Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Tie Domi, Canadian ice hockey right wing (third overall penalty minutes in NHL history; Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • Nov 2 Reginald Arvizu, American bassist (KoЯn), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 3 Robert Miles [Roberto Concina], Swiss musician, record producer, and composer of trance and ambient music ("Children"), born in Fleurier, Switzerland (d. 2017)
  • Nov 4 Jan Apell, Swedish player, born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Nov 4 Katrin Borchert, Australian sprint canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Waren (Müritz), Germany

Matthew McConaughey

Nov 4 Matthew McConaughey, American actor (Contact, A Time to Kill), born in Uvalde, Texas

  • Nov 4 Tommy Henry, American CFL defensive back (Edmonton Eskimos)

Puff Daddy

Nov 4 Puff Daddy [Sean Combs], American rapper and record producer ("Come To Me"; "I'll Be Missing You"), born in NYC, New York

  • Nov 5 Jennifer Guthrie, American actress (General Hospital, 1990-91; Parker Lewis Can't Lose), born in Willimantic, Connecticut
  • Nov 6 Don Wengert, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • Nov 6 Colson Whitehead, American writer (The Intuitionist, The Underground Railroad), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 7 Tanya Dubnicoff, Canadian cyclist (Olympic 6th 1992, 96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Nov 7 Hélène Grimaud, French classical pianist, born in Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Nov 7 Michelle Clunie, American actress (Queer As Folk), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Nov 8 Roxana Zal, American actress, born in Malibu, California
  • Nov 9 Ángel Miranda, Puerto Rican MLB baseball pitcher, 1993-97 (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico
  • Nov 9 Pepa [Sandra Denton], Jamaican-American hip hop artist (Salt-n-Pepa) and actress, born in Kingston, Jamaica (birth date disputed)
  • Nov 9 Allison Wolfe, American musician (Bratmobile, Partyline), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Nov 10 Arjan van der Laan, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Nieuwkoop, Netherlands
  • Nov 10 Dan Farthing, CFL slot back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Nov 10 Ed Ward, Canadian NHL right wing (Calgary Flames), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Nov 10 Rod Milstead, American NFL guard (Super Bowl 1994, SF 49ers; coach Delaware State), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 10 Faustino Asprilla, Colombian footballer, born in Tuluá, Colombia

Ellen Pompeo

Nov 10 Ellen Pompeo, American actress (Grey's Anatomy), born in Everett, Massachusetts

  • Nov 10 Jens Lehmann, German football goalkeeper, born in Essen, West Germany
  • Nov 11 Damion Easley, American infielder (California Angels), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 11 Dave Moore, NFL tight end/fullback (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • Nov 11 Jeff Sydner, NFL wide receiver/punt returner (NY Jets), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Nov 11 Michael Owens, cricket pace bowler (NZ Test), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Nov 11 Carson Kressley, American television personality (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 12 Iain Sydie, American badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in North York, Ontario
  • Nov 12 Trevor Shaw, Canadian CFL slot back (BC Lions), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Nov 12 Ian Bremmer, American political scientist, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Nov 12 Jason Cundy, English footballer and broadcaster, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Nov 12 Johnny Gosch, American kidnap victim, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Nov 12 Kathleen Hanna, American singer and songwriter, born in Portland, Oregon
  • Nov 13 Lori Berenson, American criminal
  • Nov 13 Gerard Butler, Scottish actor
  • Nov 13 Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Dutch author
  • Nov 14 Bradley "Butch" Walker, American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter (SouthGang - "Tainted Angel"; The Marvelous 3), born in Rome, Georgia
  • Nov 14 Mark Henderson, American swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100m medley 1996; World C'ship gold 1991, 94), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 14 Sue Stewart, Canadian basketball guard (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Nov 15 Helen Kelesi, Canadian tennis star
  • Nov 15 Peter Martin, cricketer (Lancashire & England pace bowler 1995)
  • Nov 15 Shane Mack, American politician
  • Nov 16 Bryan Abrams, American singer (Color Me Badd - "I Want to Sex You Up"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Nov 16 Mike Devlin, American NFL guard/center (Buffalo Bills, Cardinals), born in Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Nov 16 Thomas Ingalsbe, 238+ lbs (108+ kg) US weightlifter (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 17 Takako Inque, Toride Japan, wrestler (Japan)
  • Nov 17 Ryotaro Okiayu, Japanese voice actor
  • Nov 18 Lee Anne Ketcham, female pitcher (Silver Bullets), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Nov 18 Raghib Ismail, American NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Oakland Raiders), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Nov 18 Sam Cassell, American NBA guard (NJ Nets, Houston Rockets), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Nov 18 Duncan Sheik, American singer-songwriter ("Barely Breathing"), born in Monclair, New Jersey
  • Nov 18 Ahmed Helmy, Egyptian actor (Aboud Ala El Hodoud), born in Banha, Egypt
  • Nov 19 Rod Mapstone, Australian long jumper (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 20 Chris Harris, New Zealand cricketer (NZ all-rounder in ODI's), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Nov 20 Richard Dickson Reid, New Zealand road race cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 20 Silvia Sommaggio, Italian 5k runner, born in Camposampiero., Italy
  • Nov 20 Callie Thorne, American actress (Necessary Roughness), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Ken Griffey Jr.

Nov 21 Ken Griffey Jr., American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (13 x MLB All Star, AL MVP 1997; 10 x Gold Glove; Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds), born in Donora, Pennsylvania

  • Nov 22 Byron Houston, NBA forward (Sacramento Kings)
  • Nov 22 John Parrella, NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • Nov 22 Katrin Krabbe, Neubrandenburg German DR, 100m/200m (World Champ 1991)
  • Nov 22 Marjane Satrapi, Iranian graphic novelist
  • Nov 22 Dave Sims, English rugby union lock (3 Tests; Gloucester RFC; Barbarians RFC 1995, 96, 99), born in Gloucester, England (d. 2022)
  • Nov 23 Jonathan Seet, Canadian singer, born in Singapore
  • Nov 24 Romesh Kaluwitharana, cricket (big-hit SL batsman, ton on Test debut)
  • Nov 24 Rob Nicholson, American session and touring heavy metal bassist (Rob Zombie; Ozzy Osbourne)
  • Nov 25 Anthony Peeler, NBA guard (LA Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Nov 25 Jacqueline Hennessy, Edmonton, actress (Dead Ringers)
  • Nov 25 Jillian Hennessy, Edmonton, twin actress (Claire-Law & Order, Paper)
  • Nov 26 Sam Militello, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • Nov 26 Shawn Kemp, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics), born in Elkhart, Indiana
  • Nov 26 Kara Walker, American artist (The Subtlety), born in Stockton, California
  • Nov 28 Dale Carter, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs)
  • Nov 28 Doug Petersen, CFL defensive end (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Nov 28 Marc Spindler, NFL defensive tackle/end (NY Jets, Detroit Lions)
  • Nov 28 Nick Knight, cricketer (England opening batsman 1995- )
  • Nov 28 Pedro Astacio, Hato Mayor Dom Rep, pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • Nov 28 Pio Sagapolutele, NFL defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns)
  • Nov 28 Robb Nen, San Pedro, California, American MLB pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • Nov 28 Sonia O'Sullivan, Irish 5k runner (Olympic 4th 1992, 96)
  • Nov 29 Ben Iroha, Nigerian football player (Vitesse), born in Aba, Nigeria
  • Nov 29 Mariano Rivera, Panamanian Baseball HOF pitcher (13 × MLB All-Star; 5 × World Series; World Series MVP 1999; NY Yankees), born in Panama City, Panama
  • Nov 29 Pierre van Hooijdonk, Dutch soccer player (NAC, Celtic), born in Steenbergen, Netherlands
  • Nov 29 Kasey Keller, American soccer player, born in Olympia, Washington
  • Nov 30 Larry Brown, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders)
  • Nov 30 Mark Lewis, American MLB infielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Hamilton, Ohio

Famous Weddings

Julie Andrews

Nov 12 American filmmaker Blake Edwards (47) weds "The Sound of Music" actress Julie Andrews (34) in Beverly Hills, California

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 2 Marion Lloyd Vince, fencer (National champ 1928, 31), dies at 63
  • Nov 3 Zeki Rıza Sporel, Turkish soccer striker (16 caps; Fenerbahçe), dies at 71
  • Nov 4 Carlos Marighela, Brazilian politician and guerilla, shot by police at 57
  • Nov 4 Ferenc Szabó, Hungarian composer (Lúdas Matyi, Légy jó mindhalálig), dies at 66
  • Nov 5 Itih Walracen, Sudanese widow of author William Walraven, dies
  • Nov 5 Lloyd Corrigan, American actor (Papa Dodger, The Manchurian Candidate), dies at 69
  • Nov 8 Kam Tong, Chinese American actor (Have Gun Will Travel, Across the Pacific, Flower Drum Song), dies at 62
  • Nov 8 Vesto Slipher, American astronomer who provided the first evidence to support the expanding-universe theory, dies at 93
  • Nov 8 Dave O'Brien [Fronabarger], American actor and writer (Reefer Madness, Kiss Me Kate, 1st Aid), dies from a heart attack at 57
  • Nov 10 Tadeusz Peiper, Polish poet, dies at 78
  • Nov 11 Frank Newburg, American actor (Homemaker), dies at 83
  • Nov 12 Louis van Tulder, Dutch tenor (Kantoorkruk to high C), dies at 77
  • Nov 15 Roy D'Arcy [Roy Giusti], American actor (Warning Shadows, Revolt of Zombies), dies at 75
  • Nov 15 Ignacio Aldecoa, Spanish writer (Gran Sol, Caballo the Pica), dies at 44
  • Nov 18 Léon Jongen, Belgian organist, composer, and academic, dies at 85
  • Nov 18 Ted Heath, British jazz trombonist, composer, and big bandleader, dies at 67
  • Nov 21 Mutesa II of Buganda, President of Uganda (1924)
  • Nov 21 Norman Lindsay, Australian artist and novelist (The Magic Pudding), dies at 90 [1]
  • Nov 22 Acario Cotapos, Chilean composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 23 (Donnell) "Spade" Cooley, American Western swing fiddler, bandleader, and television personality ("Shame On You"), dies of a heart attack during the intermission of a performance at 58
  • Nov 28 Roy Barcroft [Howard Ravenscroft], American actor (Oklahoma!; Freckles), dies at 67
  • Nov 28 Elbert Frank Cox, African-American mathematician (first African-American to receive PhD in Mathematics), dies at 73