On This Day

What Happened in November 1970

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 First NFL regular season New York Giants-Jets game; Giants win 22-10 at Shea Stadium
  • Nov 1 Fire at Club Cinq-Sept Discotheque in Saint-Laurent-du-Pont, France, kills 146, as all emergency exits were padlocked
  • Nov 1 KGTF TV channel 12 in Agana, GU (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 3 "President's Daughter" opens at Billy Rose Theater, NYC; runs for 72 performances
  • Nov 3 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson wins his second NL Cy Young Award (23-7 record, 274 strikeouts and 3.12 ERA

Historic Event

Nov 3 US President Richard Nixon promises gradual troop removal of Vietnam

Historic Event

Nov 3 Marxist Salvador Allende inaugurated as President of Chile

Historic Event

Nov 4 Russian nuclear physicist Andrei Sakharov forms Human Rights Committee

  • Nov 4 Genie, a 13 year old feral child found in Los Angeles, California, having been locked in her bedroom by her father for most of her life
  • Nov 6 Twins Jim Perry wins AL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 7 "Purlie" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 689 performances
  • Nov 7 Race riots in Daytona Beach Florida
  • Nov 7 Argentine boxer Carlos Monzon upsets defending champion Nino Benvenuti of Italy in 12th round KO in Rome to win WBC, WBA middleweight titles
  • Nov 8 Tom Dempsey of New Orleans Saints kicks NFL record 63 yard field goal
  • Nov 8 5th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 12-7
  • Nov 9 Trial of Seattle 8 anti-war protesters begins
  • Nov 9 Comedy troupe "The Goodies" make their television debut on the BBC
  • Nov 9 The Irish School of Ecumenics is founded by Michael Hurley
  • Nov 10 Luna 17, with unmanned self-propelled Lunokhod 1, is launched

Music Premiere

Nov 10 Richard Rodgers and Martin Charnin's musical "Two by Two" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 343 performances

  • Nov 11 Baltimore Oriole Boog Powell wins AL MVP
  • Nov 12 Cleveland Cavaliers 1st NBA victory (11th game), beating Portland 105-103
  • Nov 12 Scientists perform 1st artificial synthesis of a live cell
  • Nov 12 Cyclone Bhola makes landfall in East Pakistan (Bangladesh) killing up to 500,000, making it the deadliest tropical cyclone ever recorded
  • Nov 12 The Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) is formed; the NIHE gradually took over control of the building and allocation of public sector housing in Northern Ireland

Historic Event

Nov 13 US Vice President Spiro Agnew calls TV executives "impudent snobs"

  • Nov 14 Marshall U football team wiped out in DC-9 air crash at Kenova, West Virginia, killing 75

Sports History

Nov 15 Paul Brown, as head coach of the expansion Cincinnati Bengals, defeats his former team the Cleveland Browns, a moment he calls his "greatest victory"

  • Nov 16 Two men are shot dead by the Irish Republican Army (IRA)
  • Nov 16 South Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky defends operations in Cambodia because communist forces could overrun South Vietnam "within 24 hours" if troops operating there were withdrawn
  • Nov 17 British newspaper Sun puts 1st pinup girl on page 3 (Stephanie Rahn)
  • Nov 17 Russia lands Lunokhod 1 unmanned remote-controlled vehicle on Moon

Historic Invention

Nov 17 Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse

Music Recording

Nov 17 Elton John performs a live studio concert broadcast for WABC in New York City, later released as his 11-17-70 album

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 18 Joe Frazier KOs Bob Foster in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

Sports History

Nov 18 Johnny Bench wins NL MVP

Historic Event

Nov 18 Linus Pauling declares large doses of Vitamin C could ward off colds

  • Nov 18 Netherlands & Albania form diplomatic relations
  • Nov 18 Russia lands self propelled rover on Moon
  • Nov 19 Golden Gate Park Conservatory becomes a Californian state historical landmark
  • Nov 19 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 20 UN General Assembly accepts membership of People's Republic of China

Coup d'état

Nov 21 General Hafez al-Assad becomes Prime Minister of Syria following military coup

  • Nov 21 NY Knicks 1st game against Cleveland Cavaliers, Knicks win 102-94 at Madison Square Garden
  • Nov 21 17th National Film Awards (India): "Bhuvan Shome" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Nov 22 20th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bobby Isaac wins

Music Single

Nov 23 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord" single in the US

  • Nov 23 KNCT TV channel 46 in Belton/Killeen, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 23 Arthur Young resigns as Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC)

Album Release

Nov 23 Cat Stevens releases his fourth studio album "Tea for the Tillerman"; featuring singles "Wild World and "Father and Son"

  • Nov 24 36th Heisman Trophy Award: Jim Plunkett, Stanford (QB)
  • Nov 25 New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson wins AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 25 In Japan, author Yukio Mishima and two compatriots commit ritualistic suicide after an unsuccessful coup attempt
  • Nov 26 In Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, 1.5 inches (38.1mm) of rain fall in a minute, the heaviest rainfall ever on record
  • Nov 27 Carl Morton (18-11 for last-place Expos), receives NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 27 George Harrison releases his triple album set "All Things Must Pass" - it becomes the best selling solo release of any of the Beatles, going 6X Platinum

Papal Visit

Nov 27 Pope Paul VI wounded in chest during a visit to Philippines by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest

  • Nov 27 Test Cricket debut of Rodney "Iron Gloves" Marsh v England, Brisbane
  • Nov 28 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Montreal Alouettes defeat Calgary Stampeders, 23-10; game marred by woeful field conditions
  • Nov 28 35th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 33-28 in Birmingham
  • Nov 29 Charles Ives' "Yale-Princeton" premieres
  • Nov 29 England cricket batsman Colin Cowdrey reaches 22 on Day 3 of the drawn 1st Test against Australia in Brisbane to become Test Cricket's leading run scorer; passes countryman Wally Hammond's world Test-record aggregate of 7,249 runs

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Alla Korot, American actress (Jenna Norris-Another World), born in Odessa, Ukraine
  • Nov 1 Sherwin Campbell, West Indian cricket batsman (52 Tests, top score 208; 90 ODIs), born in Belleplaine, Barbados
  • Nov 1 Erik Spoelstra, American basketball head coach (Miami Heat 2008-19; NBA champion 2012-13), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Nov 2 Sharmell Sullivan, American professional wrestling valet, born in Gary, Indiana
  • Nov 4 Corey Schwab, Canadian NHL goalie (NJ Devils), born in North Battleford, Canada
  • Nov 4 Tim DeBoom, American triathlete, born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Nov 4 Malena Ernman, Swedish opera singer, born in Uppsala, Sweden
  • Nov 5 Javier "Javy" López, Puerto Rican MLB baseball catcher, 1992-2006 (Atlanta Braves, and 2 other teams), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Nov 5 Ryan Wetnight, American NFL tight end (Chicago Bears), born in Fresno, California
  • Nov 5 Tamzin Outhwaite, English actress (Mel-EastEnders), born in Ilford, London
  • Nov 6 Eric Mueller, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Nov 6 Ethan Hawke, American actor and author (Dead Poets Society, Before trilogy), born in Austin, Texas
  • Nov 6 Maa Tanuvasa, American NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Nu'uuli, American Samoa
  • Nov 6 Rich Braham, American NFL center (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Nov 7 Andre Hastings, American NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Nov 7 Kris[ten] Fillat, field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • Nov 7 Marc Rosset, Swiss tennis star (1992 French Doubles), born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Nov 7 Neil Hannon, Northern Irish musician (The Divine Comedy), born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Nov 7 Andy Houston, American NASCAR driver, born in Hickory, North Carolina
  • Nov 7 Morgan Spurlock, American director and documentary producer (Super Size Me), born in Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • Nov 8 DeWayne Knight, American CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • Nov 8 Tom Anderson, American co-founder of MySpace, born in San Diego, California
  • Nov 8 José Francisco Porras, Costa Rican footballer, born in Grecia, Costa Rica
  • Nov 8 Diana King, Jamaican singer and songwriter ("Shy Guy", "I Say a Little Prayer" remake), born in St. Catherine, Jamaica
  • Nov 9 Bill Guerin, American NHL right wing, 1991-2010 (NJ Devils, Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars, and 5 other teams), and general manager (Minnesota Wild, 2019-), born in Wilbraham, Massachusetts
  • Nov 9 Chad Ogea, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Nov 9 Chantal Brunner, long jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Nov 9 Melanie Roche, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Bankstown, New South Wales
  • Nov 9 Susan Tedeschi, American musician, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Nov 9 Scarface [Brad Terrence Jordan], American rapper (Geto Boys), born in Houston, Texas
  • Nov 9 Domino [Damian Siguenza], American Hip Hop Producer, born in San Francisco, California
  • Nov 9 Chris Jericho [Irvine], American-Canadian professional wrestler and heavy metal rock singer (Fozzy), born in Manhasset, New York
  • Nov 10 Trent Dimas, American gymnast (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Nov 10 Warren G [Griffen], American rapper (Regulate), born in Long Beach, California
  • Nov 10 Freddy Loix, Belgian rally driver, born in Tongeren, Belgium
  • Nov 11 Derry Brownson, British rock keyboardist (EMF - "Unbelievable"), born in Gloucester, England
  • Nov 11 Lee Parkin Starsky, daughter of Ringo
  • Nov 11 Lee Battersby, Australian sci-fi and horror author, born in Nottingham, England

Tonya Harding

Nov 12 Tonya Harding, American figure skater (Olympic 8th-1994/US Champ 1994), born in Portland, Oregon

  • Nov 12 Donna Adamo, American female professional wrestler, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 12 Harvey Stephens, British child actor, born in Putney, London
  • Nov 14 Dana Stubblefield, NFL defensive tackle (SF 49ers)
  • Nov 14 Darrien Gordon, NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers, Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Nov 14 David Wesley, NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets, Boston Celtics)
  • Nov 14 Derrick Hoskins, NFL safety (Oakland Raiders)
  • Nov 14 Dexter Nottage, NFL defensive end (Wash Redskins, KC Chiefs)
  • Nov 15 Lesley Reddon, ice hockey goalie (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • Nov 15 Jack Ingram, American singer and songwriter
  • Nov 15 Patrick Mboma, Cameroonian footballer
  • Nov 16 Martha Plimpton, American actress (Goonies, Mosquito Coast), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 16 Kōshi Rikudō, Japanese manga cartoon artist (Excel Saga), born in Dazaifu, Fukuoka, Japan
  • Nov 17 Chris Tamer, Dearborn, NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins)
  • Nov 17 Max Huiberts, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • Nov 17 Paul Allender, British guitarist (Cradle of Filth)
  • Nov 18 Allen Watson, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 18 Phil Buckman, actor (Slash-Drexell's Class), born in Queens, New York
  • Nov 18 Toby Wright, safety (St Louis Rams)
  • Nov 18 Elizabeth Anne Allen, American actress
  • Nov 18 Mike Epps, American actor
  • Nov 18 Megyn Kelly, American television news anchor and journalist (Fox News, NBC), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • Nov 18 Johan Liiva, Sweden heavy metal vocalist (Arch Enemy; Hearse), born in Helsingborg, Sweden
  • Nov 18 Peter Dutton, Australian politician, Minister for Home Affairs (2017-18), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Nov 19 Berthil de Avest, soccer player (Roda JC/FC Twente)
  • Nov 19 Jenni Meno, American pairs skaters (Olympics 1994), born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey
  • Nov 19 Larry Tharpe, American NFL tackle (Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions), born in Macon, Georgia
  • Nov 19 Rickey Brady, American NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Nov 19 Justin Chancellor, English bassist (Tool), born in London, England
  • Nov 20 Sabrina Lloyd, American actress (Sliders), born in Fairfax County, Virginia
  • Nov 20 Matt Blunt, American politician, Governor of Missouri (2005-2009), born in Greene County, Missouri
  • Nov 20 Delia Gonzalez, American-Mexican boxer, born in Anthony, New Mexico
  • Nov 20 Geoffrey Keezer, American jazz pianist, born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Nov 20 Joe Zaso, American actor, born in Queens, New York City
  • Nov 20 Phife Dawg [Malik Taylor], American rapper (A Tribe Called Quest - "Check the Rhime"; "I Legft My Wallet In El Segundo"), born in Queens, New York (d. 2016)
  • Nov 21 Justin Langer, cricketer (gutsy Australian lefty bat 1993- )
  • Nov 21 Keith Crawford, wide receiver (St Louis Rams)
  • Nov 22 Alison Korn, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nov 22 Marvan Atapattu, Sri Lankan cricketeer
  • Nov 22 Stel Pavlou, British novelist
  • Nov 23 Zoë Ball, British television and radio presenter, born in Blackpool, United Kingdom
  • Nov 23 Oded Fehr, Israeli actor, born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Nov 24 Brett Wallerstedt, NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals)
  • Nov 24 Chad Taylor, American rock guitarist (Live - "Lightning Crashes"), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 24 Doug Brien, kicker (New Orleans Saints)
  • Nov 24 Jason Jacome, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Nov 24 Lemanski Hall, NFL linebacker (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • Nov 24 Julieta Venegas, Mexican singer
  • Nov 24 Marlon James, Jamaican writer (A Brief History of Seven Killings), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Nov 25 Saskia Sibilo, Miss Suriname (1990)
  • Nov 25 Shane Pahukoa, NFL safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • Nov 26 Greg Graham, American NBA guard (NJ Nets), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Nov 26 John Amaechi, English psychologist and NBA player (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Nov 26 Lorissa McComas, American actress (Lap Dancing, Vamp), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • Nov 26 Mark Dixon, CFL offensive linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Nov 26 Dave Hughes, Australian comedian (Hughesy, We Have a Problem), born in Warrnambool, Victoria
  • Nov 27 Calvin Jones, American NFL running back (Oakland Raiders), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Nov 27 Chris Underwood, American volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 27 Todd Kelly, American NFL defensive end (Cin Bengals), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • Nov 27 Patricia Zentilli, Canadian actress (Lexx), born in Kingston, Ontario
  • Nov 28 Jason Day, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 28 Todd Perry, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)

Famous Divorces

Dennis Hopper

Nov 8 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) divorces singer Michelle Phillips (26) only 8 days after getting married

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 2 Richard Cushing, US cardinal to Boston, dies at 75
  • Nov 3 Peter II Karadjordjevic, last King of Yugoslavia (1934-45), dies at 57
  • Nov 6 Agustín Lara, Mexican composer and one of the most popular songwriters of his era (Granada, Solamente Una Vez), dies at 73
  • Nov 8 Huw T. Edwards, Welsh trade unionist and politician, dies at 77
  • Nov 8 Napoleon Hill, American writer and philosopher (Think and Grow Rich), dies at 87
  • Nov 9 William L Dawson, (Rep-D-Ill), dies at 84

Charles de Gaulle

Nov 9 Charles de Gaulle, French army general, and politician (President of France, 1958-69), dies at 79

  • Nov 12 Gene Gifford American jazz banjoist, guitarist, and arranger (Jean Goldkette; Casa Loma Orchestra), dies at 62
  • Nov 17 Naunton Wayne, Welsh actor (Quartet, Hidden Room, Double Confession), dies at 69
  • Nov 18 Hal Dickinson, American singer (Modernaires), dies at 56
  • Nov 21 Newsy Lalonde, Canadian ice hockey (Montreal Canadiens) and lacrosse player, dies at 83
  • Nov 21 Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, Indian physicist (Nobel Prize 1930 for light scattering), dies at 82
  • Nov 23 Yusuf Bin Ishak, president of Singapore 1965-70, dies at about 60
  • Nov 24 Evgeny Karlovich Tikotsky, composer, dies at 76
  • Nov 25 Yukio Mishima, Japanese author/nationalist (Harakiri), dies at 45
  • Nov 26 B O Davis Sr, 1st African American general, dies at 93 in Chicago
  • Nov 28 Fritz von Unruh, German writer, dies at 85
  • Nov 28 Jan Drda, Czech writer (Nema Barikada, Mestecko Na Dlani), dies at 55
  • Nov 28 Nina Ricci, French fashion couturiere (Nina Ricci), dies at 87
  • Nov 29 Robert Ruthenfranz, German composer, dies at 65
  • Nov 29 Karl Ottó Runólfsson, Icelandic composer, dies at 70