On This Day

What Happened in November 1971

Historical Events

Historic Event

Nov 1 Eisenhower dollar put into circulation

Music History

Nov 1 Family Productions releases "Cold Spring Harbor", singer-songwriter Billy Joel's debut studio album; a mastering error caused music to be sped up

  • Nov 2 "Great Harp" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Nov 2 Baltimore Orioles pitcher Pat Dobson no-hits the Yomiuri Giants, 2 - 0; first no-hitter in history of exhibition play between American and Japanese teams
  • Nov 3 "Play Misty For Me" premieres
  • Nov 5 Bolivia passes death penalty for political kidnapping
  • Nov 5 NBA's LA Lakers starts a 33 game consecutive victory streak
  • Nov 6 "Great Harp" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Nov 6 US performs underground nuclear test at Amchitka Island Aleutians
  • Nov 9 David Storey's "Changing Room" premieres in London
  • Nov 9 John List kills family & moves to Colorado
  • Nov 10 Joe Torre wins NL MVP, Vida Blue wins AL MVP
  • Nov 10 US table tennis team arrived in China
  • Nov 11 Man-made earthslide at Kawasaki Japan, kills 15

Film & TV History

Nov 11 Neil Simon's "Prisoner of Second Avenue" premieres in NYC

  • Nov 13 Mariner 9, 1st to orbit another planet (Mars)
  • Nov 14 Enthronment of Pope Shenouda III as Pope of Alexandria

Historic Invention

Nov 15 Intel advertises 4004-processor

  • Nov 16 The Compton inquiry is published, acknowledging that there was ill-treatment of internees, but rejected claims of systematic brutality or torture (Northern Ireland)
  • Nov 16 The US increase air activity to support the Cambodian government as fighting neared Phnom Penh
  • Nov 18 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Nov 18 A British soldier is shot dead by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in Belfast
  • Nov 19 Disney World's Fort Wilderness opens
  • Nov 20 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Sports History

Nov 20 21st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins

  • Nov 21 NY Rangers scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
  • Nov 21 Richard Baker becomes teacher of San Francisco Zen Center
  • Nov 21 Battle of Garibpur: Indian troops aided by the Mukti Bahini, Bengali guerrillas, defeat the army of Pakistan
  • Nov 22 "Only Fools Are Sad" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 144 performances
  • Nov 22 A member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) is killed in a premature bomb explosion in Lurgan, County Armagh
  • Nov 23 China People's Republic seated in UN Security Council
  • Nov 23 Danny Murtaugh, manager of MLB world champions Pittsburgh Pirates, announces his retirement
  • Nov 24 Braves catcher-infielder Earl Williams, wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 24 Prison rebellion at Rahway State Prison, New Jersey
  • Nov 24 American "Dan Cooper" hijacks plane, extorts $200,000 ransom before jumping out of plane over Washington State, never seen again
  • Nov 24 A woman is killed after members of the Irish Republican Army carry out an attack on British soldiers in Strabane, County Tyrone
  • Nov 24 A British Army bomb-disposal specialist is killed by a bomb in Lurgan, County Armagh
  • Nov 25 37th Heisman Trophy Award: Pat Sullivan, Auburn (QB)

Historic Event

Nov 25 British Labour Party leader Harold Wilson proposes Britain should work towards a withdrawal from Northern Ireland, and after 15 years; the Republic of Ireland could rejoin the British Commonwealth

  • Nov 27 Soviet Mars 2 becomes 1st spacecraft to crash land on Mars
  • Nov 27 Two Customs officials are shot by an Irish Republican Army sniper firing upon a British Army patrol investigating a bomb attack on a Customs Post near Newry, County Armagh
  • Nov 27 36th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 31-7 in Birmingham
  • Nov 28 "Me Nobody Knows" closes at Helen Hayes Theater, NYC, after 587 performances
  • Nov 28 CFL Grey Cup, Empire Stadium, Vancouver: Calgary Stampeders beat Toronto Argonauts, 14-11 on a slick, rain-covered field
  • Nov 29 1st pro golf championship at Walt Disney World
  • Nov 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 30 The government of the Republic of Ireland states that it will take the allegations of brutality against the security forces in Northern Ireland to the European Court of Human Rights

Television Premiere

Nov 30 Emmy and Peabody Award-winning TV movie "Brian's Song", about the friendship of Chicago Bears football teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers (based on Sayers' autobiography) premieres on ABC, starring James Caan and Billie Dee Williams

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Laura Moss, American actress (Amanda Cory-Another World), born in Kings Mountain, Ohio
  • Nov 1 Vikram Chatwal, Indian hotelier and actor (Hope and a Little Sugar), born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Nov 3 Dylan Moran, Irish comedian
  • Nov 3 Diego Alessi, Italian auto racer (ADAC GT Masters 2013), born in Rome, Italy
  • Nov 3 Dwight Yorke, Trinidad & Tobago soccer striker (74 caps; Aston Villa, Manchester United), born in Canaan, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Nov 3 Unai Emery, Spanish soccer manager (Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, PSG, Arsenal), born in Hondarribia, Spain
  • Nov 4 Russell Copeland, American NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills), born in Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Nov 5 Corin Nemec, American actor (Tucker, Parker Lewis), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Nov 5 Erick Walder, American triple jumper, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Nov 5 Sergei Berezin, Russian NHL forward (Team Russia, Olympic silver 1998), born in Voskrensensk, Russia
  • Nov 5 Todd Collins, American NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins), born in Walpole, Massachusetts
  • Nov 5 Dana Jacobson, American TV host (ESPN's First Take), born in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • Nov 5 Rob Jones, English footballer (Liverpool), born in Wrexham, Wales
  • Nov 5 Jonny Greenwood, English guitarist, keyboard player (Radiohead), and film score composer (There Will Be Blood), born in Oxford, England
  • Nov 5 Edmond Leung, Hong Kong singer and songwriter, born in British Hong Kong
  • Nov 6 Derrick Alexander, American NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Nov 6 Marcus Samuelsson, Ethiopian-Swedish-American chef and TV personality, born in Ethiopia
  • Nov 7 Jamie Drummond, Scottish-Canadian sommelier, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Nov 7 Robin Finck, American guitarist (Nine inch Nails; Guns N' Roses), born in Park Ridge, New Jersey
  • Nov 8 Anna Simcic, New Zealand backstroker (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Nov 8 Twan Scheepers, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Nov 8 Carlos Atanes, Spanish film director, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Nov 9 David Duval, American golfer (British Open 2001), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Nov 9 Jimmy Hitchcock, American NFL cornerback (NE Patriots), born in Concord, North Carolina
  • Nov 9 Michael Barber, American NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks), born in Winfield, West Virginia
  • Nov 9 Steve Rhem, American NFL wide receiver (New Orleans Saints), born in Ocala, Florida
  • Nov 9 Melinda Kinnaman, Swedish actress, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Nov 10 Butch Huskey, American baseball infielder (NY Mets), born in Anadarko, Oklahoma
  • Nov 10 Jennifer McFalls, American softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Arlington, Texas
  • Nov 10 Kate Slatter, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 10 Mario Abdo Benítez, Paraguayan politician, President of Paraguay (2018-), born in Asunción, Paraguay
  • Nov 11 Melvin Tuten, American NFL tackle and coach (Cin Bengals), born in Washington, D. C.
  • Nov 11 Ryan Hancock, American baseball pitcher (California Angels), born in Santa Clara, California
  • Nov 11 Jennifer Celotta, American TV producer and writer (The Office), born in Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Nov 11 Paul Chaloner, English TV esports commentator
  • Nov 12 Heidi Burge, WNBA forward (LA Sparks), born in Harbor City, California
  • Nov 12 Shakeel Ahmed, Pakistani cricket wicket-keeper (v West Indies 1993), born in Daska, Pakistan
  • Nov 13 Anthony Whiteman, England, 800m/1500m runner
  • Nov 13 Craig Powell, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns)
  • Nov 13 John Francis Zingg, American rocker (4 Fun - "Unbelievable Fun Boys"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Nov 13 Matthew Minagall, cricketer (S Australian lefty wrist-spinner 1991-95)
  • Nov 13 Noah Hathaway, actor (Troll, Neverending Story)
  • Nov 13 Ron Rivers, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • Nov 14 Adam Gilchrist, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (96 Tests, 416 dismissals, 47.6 batting average; first player 100 sixes in Tests) and broadcaster (FoxSports), born in Bellingen, Australia
  • Nov 14 Marco Leonardi, Italian-Australian actor
  • Nov 15 Natalia Medvedeva, tennis star (1993 Prague Essen), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Nov 15 Rohan Robinson, Australian hurdler (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 15 Sandra Kim [Caldarone], French singer (J'aime la Vie)
  • Nov 15 Jay Harrington, American actor
  • Nov 16 Donald Wolf, computer game creator
  • Nov 16 Waqar Younis, cricketer (brilliant Pakistani fast/swing bowler)
  • Nov 16 Mustapha Hadji, Moroccan footballer
  • Nov 16 Alexander Popov, Russian swimmer (50m & 100m Olympic gold, 1992 & 1996), Lesnoy, Soviet Union
  • Nov 17 Audra Keller, Macon Georgia, tennis star (1993 Futures-Evansville IN)
  • Nov 18 Kylie Hanigan, Australian 200m/400m runner (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 19 Adrian Griffith, Barbadian cricketer (West Indian Test opening batsman), born in Saint James, Barbados
  • Nov 19 Andy Sheets, American MLB infielder (Seattle Mariners), born in Baton Rouge, Louisana
  • Nov 19 Dimitri Yushkevich, Russian NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leaf), born in Yaroslavl, Russia
  • Nov 19 Michelle Andrews, Australian field hockey striker (Olympics 1996), born in Newcastle, Australia
  • Nov 19 Alice Peacock, American folk singer, born in White Bear Lake, Minnesota
  • Nov 19 Jeremy McGrath, American motorcycle racer (AMA Career Wins: 89; 7 x Supercross championships; Sumer X Games: Moto X Step Up 2004), born in San Francisco, California
  • Nov 20 Dion Nash, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (32 Tests, 93 wickets; 81 ODIs, 64 wickets), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Nov 20 Joey Galloway, American NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks), born in Bellaire, Ohio
  • Nov 20 Robert Wijnands, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • Nov 20 Joel McHale, American actor and comedian (Community), born in Rome, Italy
  • Nov 21 Dahlia Salem, actress (Sofia Carlino-Another World), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Nov 21 Michael Strahan, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (7 x Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 2007; NY Giants) and broadcaster (Fox NFL Sunday, co-host ABC's Good Morning America), born in Houston, Texas
  • Nov 21 Ramondo Stallings, NFL defensive end (Cin Bengals)
  • Nov 22 Lloyd Kammeron, soccer player (Feyenoord, Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Nov 22 Tyoka Jackson, defensive end (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Nov 22 Yone Kamio, tennis star (1995 semi-finalist Hobart), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Nov 23 Jim Pyne, American NFL guard/corner (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Milford, Massachusetts
  • Nov 23 Vin Baker, American NBA forward (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Lake Wales, Florida
  • Nov 23 Lisa Arch, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 24 Keith Primeau, NHL forward (Carolina, Detroit), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Nov 24 Tony Cline, NFL tight end (Buffalo Bills)
  • Nov 24 Cosmas Ndeti, three-time Boston Marathon winner
  • Nov 24 John Velasquez, Puerto Rican jockey (Kentucky Derby 2011, 17, 20; Belmont Stakes 2007, 12), born in Carolina, Puerto Rico

Christina Applegate

Nov 25 Christina Applegate, actress (Married With Children), born in Hollywood, California

  • Nov 25 Dominic Cummings, English political strategist (Vote Leave campaign), born in Durham, England
  • Nov 26 Emma Robinson, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Nov 26 Vince Danielsen, CFL slot back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Nov 26 Winky Wright, American professional boxer, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 27 Eric Menendez, American accused of killing his parents (Menendez Brothers), born in NYC
  • Nov 27 Larry Allen, American NFL guard/tackle (Dallas Cowboys), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 27 Nick Van Exel, American NBA guard (LA Lakers), born in Kenosha, Winconsin
  • Nov 27 Kirk Acevedo, American actor (Oz, The Thin Red Line), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 28 William Simas Jr, pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Hanford, California
  • Nov 28 Fenriz [Leif Nagell], Norwegian heavy metal musician (Darkthrone), born Kolbotn, Norway
  • Nov 29 Amy Peterson, American short track skater (Olympics 1994), born in Maplewood, Minnesota
  • Nov 29 Brad May, Canadian NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Nov 29 Gena Lee Nolin, American actress and model (Baywatch), born in Duluth, Minnesota
  • Nov 29 Keith Carlock, American session and touring jazz and rock drummer (Steely Dan; Toto; Chris Botti), born in Clinton, Mississippi
  • Nov 30 Matthew Lawton, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 2000, 04; Minnesota Twins), born in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Nov 30 Heath Davis, New Zealand cricket bowler (NZ open v England 1994), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Nov 30 Iván Rodríguez, MLB catcher (Texas Rangers), born in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
  • Nov 30 Ray Durham, American MLB infielder (Chicago White Sox), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Nov 30 Kristi Noem, American politician, Governor of South Dakota (2019-), born in Watertown, South Dakota

Famous Weddings

Ingmar Bergman

Nov 11 Swedish director and writer Ingmar Bergman (53) weds actress Ingrid von Rosen (41)

Willie Mays

Nov 27 MLB center fielder Willie Mays (40) weds Mae Louise Allen in Mexico City

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Gertrud von Le Fort, German writer (The Eternal Woman), dies at 95
  • Nov 2 Martha Vickers, American actress (Alimony, Man I Love, Ruthless), dies after long illness at 46
  • Nov 3 Étienne Gailly, Belgian long distance runner (famous Olympic bronze finish 1948), dies at 48
  • Nov 5 Sam Jones, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1955, 59; no-hitter 1955; Chicago Cubs), dies of neck cancer at 45
  • Nov 9 Maude Fealy, American actor and drama coach (The Ten Commandments), dies at 88
  • Nov 10 Walter Van Tilburg Clark, American author (Ox-Bow Incident), dies at 62
  • Nov 11 Sylvia Brett, Lady Brooke and Ranee of Sarawak, dies at 86
  • Nov 11 A. P. Herbert, English journalist and writer (Punch, Helen), dies at 81
  • Nov 14 William Bendeck, Bolivian rally driver (b. 1934)
  • Nov 15 Rudolf Abel, Soviet spy (b. 1903)
  • Nov 16 Charlie Dell, American actor and comedian (Pickle in the Middle), dies at 90
  • Nov 16 Edie Sedgwick, American actress (Andy Warhol) and socialite, dies of alcohol and barbiturate intoxication at 28
  • Nov 17 Gladys Cooper, actress (Margaret-The Rogues), dies at 83
  • Nov 18 [Herman] Junior Parker, American blues singer and musician (Mystery Train), dies during brain operation at 39
  • Nov 19 Bill Stern, American sportscaster (first televised college football game), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Nov 22 Walter Sande, American actor (To Have and Have Not), dies of heart attack at 65
  • Nov 23 Lisle Nagel, Australian cricket opening bowler (1932), dies
  • Nov 25 Hank Mann, American actor (City Lights, Smoky, Dawn Trail, Fugitive Road), dies at 84
  • Nov 26 Joe Adonis, US crime-syndicate boss in NY & NJ, dies at 68
  • Nov 27 Jekabs Medinš, Latvian composer, dies at 86
  • Nov 27 Korneel Goossens, Flemish literary figure and art historian, dies at 70
  • Nov 27 Joe Guyon, American NFL halfback (Canton, Cleveland, Oorang, Rock I, etc), dies at 79
  • Nov 28 Wasfi Tal, Jordan's PM, assassinated by Black Sept in Cairo
  • Nov 28 Grantley Herbert Adams, Premier of Barbados (1953-58) and Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation (1958-62), dies at 73
  • Nov 28 Alexander "Papa" Lightfoot, American blues singer and harmonica player, dies of respiratory failure at 47
  • Nov 29 Heinz Tiessen, German composer, dies at 84