On This Day

What Happened in November 1975

Historical Events

  • Nov 2 First sports event at The Summit arena in Houston - NBA's Houston Rockets beat Milwaukee Bucks, 104-89; future Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich top scores with 24 points
  • Nov 3 Good Morning America premieres on ABC (David Hartman & Nancy Dussault)
  • Nov 3 U.S. advice columnist for "Good Housekeeping" Ann Landers asks parents in a mail-in survey "‘If you had it to do over again, would you have children?" 70% of participants say no

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Nov 3 Chris Evert becomes first tennis player to achieve the No. 1 ranking as the WTA Tour rankings debut; Evert holds top-spot for first 26 weeks

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

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Nov 4 Orioles Jim Palmer wins his 2nd Cy Young Award

Baseball Player Jim Palmer
Baseball Player
Jim Palmer
  • Nov 5 British government sends troops to Belize
  • Nov 5 Sao Tome & Principe adopts constitution
  • Nov 6 "Hello, Dolly" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 51 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 6 First performance by punk band The Sex Pistols at St Martins College, London

Rocker Steve Jones
Steve Jones
Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk Malcolm McLaren
Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk
Malcolm McLaren
  • Nov 7 Kidnapped AKZO director Herrema freed in Ireland
  • Nov 7 8th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Nov 8 Nick Bockwinkle beats Verne Gagne in St Paul, to become NWA champ
  • Nov 10 Ore ship Edmund Fitzgerald with crew of 29 lost in storm on Lake Superior

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Nov 10 PLO leader Yasser Arafat addresses UN in NYC

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat

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Nov 10 Royals release slugger Harmon Killebrew, ending his 22-year career

Baseball Player Harmon Killebrew
Baseball Player
Harmon Killebrew
  • Nov 10 UN General Assembly approves resolution equating Zionism with racism

  • Nov 11 Angola gains independence from Portugal (National Day)
  • Nov 11 Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam removed from office by Governor General Sir John Kerr - 1st elected PM removed in 200 yrs

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Nov 11 Liberal leader Malcolm Fraser sworn in as caretaker Prime Minister of Australia after sacking of the Whitlam Government by Governor General John Kerr

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser

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Nov 12 NY Mets Tom Seaver wins his 3rd Cy Young Award

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver
  • Nov 12 Supreme Court Justice William O Douglas retired after 36 years

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Nov 12 25th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins

Auto Racer Richard Petty
Auto Racer
Richard Petty
  • Nov 12 7h Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats England 25-0
  • Nov 13 "Musical Jubilee" opens at St James Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • Nov 14 Spain, Morocco and Mauretania sign accord about Spanish Sahara
  • Nov 15 "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" single released by Ed Bruce
  • Nov 18 Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver returns to US
  • Nov 18 Calvin Murphy (Houston) ends NBA free throw streak of 58 games
  • Nov 18 "Rufus featuring Chaka Khan" 4th studio album by Rufus is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1976)

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Nov 19 Reds 2nd baseman Joe Morgan is named NL MVP

MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster Joe Morgan
MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster
Joe Morgan

Film release premierFilm Release

Nov 19 "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" based on book by Ken Kesey, directed by Milos Forman and starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1976)

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Nov 20 Ronald Reagan announces candidacy for Republican nomination for US President

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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Nov 21 Linda McCartney drug charges in US are dropped

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney

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Nov 22 Juan Carlos I proclaimed King of Spain as monarchy restored after 31 years

King of Spain Juan Carlos I
King of Spain
Juan Carlos I
  • Nov 22 Drummuckavall Ambush: 3 British Army soldiers are killed and one captured when the Provisional Irish Republican Army attack a watchtower in South Armagh, North Ireland
  • Nov 23 CFL Grey Cup, McMahon Field, Calgary: Edmonton Eskimos defeat Montreal Alouettes, 9-8; just the 3rd Grey Cup in which no TDs scored; game-time temperature -15 degrees Celsius, with a 25-kph wind

  • Nov 23 Bob Thomas of Chicago Bears kicks 55-yard field goal
  • Nov 24 "Boccaccio" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Nov 25 Netherlands grants Suriname independence (National Day)
  • Nov 25 Portuguese leftist officers occupy 4 airbases
  • Nov 25 A loyalist gang nicknamed the "Shankill Butchers" undertakes its first "cut-throat killing"; the gang was named for its late-night kidnapping, torture and murder (by throat slashing) of random Catholic civilians in Belfast
  • Nov 26 US Federal jury finds Lynette Fromme guilty of attempted assassination
  • Nov 26 France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
  • Nov 26 Boston Red Sox center fielder Fred Lynn becomes the first rookie ever to be named American League MVP
  • Nov 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 27 The Provisional IRA assassinates Ross McWhirter, after a press conference in which McWhirter announced a reward for the capture of those responsible for multiple bombings and shootings across England.
  • Nov 28 Democratic Republic of East-Timor proclaimed
  • Nov 28 Test Cricket debut of Michael Anthony Holding, WI v Australia Brisbane
  • Nov 28 Wings release "Venus & Mars/Rock Show" medley
  • Nov 28 "As the World Turns" and "The Edge of Night", the final two American soap operas that had resisted going to pre-taped broadcasts, air their last live episodes.

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Nov 28 Bobby Orr plays his last game for the Boston Bruins

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Nov 29 Kilauea Volcano erupts in Hawaii

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Nov 29 US President Gerald Ford requires states to provide free education for handicapped

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • Nov 29 40th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 28-0 in Birmingham

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 29 New Zealand general election won by the National Party headed by Robert Muldoon

New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon
New Zealand Prime Minister
Robert Muldoon
  • Nov 30 Dahomey renamed People's Republic of Benin

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Bo Bice, American singer (The Real Thing), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Nov 1 Scott "Skippy" Chapman, American musician (Code of Ethics), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Nov 2 Danny Cooksey, American actor (Sam-Diff'rent Strokes), born in Moore, Oklahoma
  • Nov 2 Stéphane Sarrazin, French auto racer (Le Mans Series 2007, 10; French Formula Renault 1994; 24 Hours of Le Mans x 4 runner-up), born in Barjac, Gard, France
  • Nov 2 Chris Walla, American musician (Death Cab for Cutie), born in Bothell, Washington
  • Nov 3 Darren Sharper, American NFL defensive back (5-time Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 2009, Green Bay Packers), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Nov 4 Heather Tom, actress (Victoria Howard-Young & Restless), born in Hinsdale, Illinois
  • Nov 4 Lorenzen Wright, NBA forward (LA Clippers)
  • Nov 4 Michael Osmond, American singer (Osmond Boys), born in Utah
  • Nov 4 Orlando Pace, tackle (St Louis Rams)
  • Nov 4 Eduard Kokcharov, Russian handball player
  • Nov 4 Curtis Stone, Australian chef and television personality
  • Nov 6 Mike Maurer, Canadian CFL fullback (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Person of interestMarcus Luttrell

Nov 7 Marcus Luttrell, American former Navy SEAL ("Lone Survivor"), born in Houston, Texas

Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell
Marcus Luttrell
  • Nov 8 Brevin Knight, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • Nov 8 Tara Reid, American actress, born in Wyckoff, New Jersey
  • Nov 8 José Pinto, Spanish footballer, born in El Puerto de Santa María, Spain
  • Nov 10 Chris Lilley, Australian actor and comedian (We Can Be Heroes: Finding The Australian of the Year), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Nov 10 Jim Adkins, American musician (Jimmy Eat World)
  • Nov 12 Angela Watson, actress (Karen Foster-Step by Step), born in Danville, Illinois
  • Nov 12 Nina Brosh, Israeli model (Drakkar), born in Afula, Israel
  • Nov 12 Tevin Jermod Campbell, American rapper, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Nov 12 Jason Lezak, American swimmer, born in Irvine, California
  • Nov 13 Sarah Pitkowski, Seclin France, tennis star (1995 Futures-Koksijde)
  • Nov 13 Ivica Dragutinović, Serbian footballer
  • Nov 13 Quim, Portuguese footballer
  • Nov 13 Tom Compernolle, Belgian athlete (d. 2008)
  • Nov 14 Travis Barker, American drummer (Blink-182, +44), born in Fontana, California
  • Nov 14 Faye Tozer, British musician (Steps)
  • Nov 15 Scott Henshall, British fashion designer
  • Nov 15 Yannick Tremblay, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Nov 17 Lord Infamous [Ricky T Dunigan], American rapper (Three 6 Mafia), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Nov 18 Jason Williams, American basketball point guard (NBA C'ship 2006, Miami Heat; NBA All-Rookie First Team 1999) born in Belle, West Virginia
  • Nov 18 Anthony McPartlin, British actor and television presenter (Ant and Dec), born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
  • Nov 18 Shawn Camp, American baseball player
  • Nov 18 David Ortiz, Dominican American MLB player (Boston Red Sox), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Nov 19 Ju-Yeon Choi, Pusan Korea, tennis star (1995 Futures-Seoul-KOR II)
  • Nov 19 Sushmita Sen, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, Indian actress and model, crowned 43rd Miss Universe in 1994
  • Nov 20 (Frederick) Dierks Bentley, American country singer (Modern Day Drifter; Riser), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Nov 20 J. D. Drew, American baseball player, born in Valdosta, Georgia
  • Nov 20 Davey Havok [David Paden Marchand], American singer (AFI), born in Rochester, New York
  • Nov 21 Chad Levitt, running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • Nov 21 Cherie Johnson, actress (Cherie-Punky Brewster), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 21 Chris Moneymaker, American poker player
  • Nov 22 Aiko [Yanai], Japanese singer, born in Osaka
  • Nov 24 Thomas Kohnstamm, American writer
  • Nov 27 Martin Gramatica, Argentinian-American football player
  • Nov 28 Satyr [Sigurd Wongraven], Norwegian heavy metal musician (Satyricon)
  • Nov 28 Eka Kurniawan, Indonesian writer
  • Nov 30 Mindy McCready, country/western singer, (d. 2013)
  • Nov 30 Ben Thatcher, Welsh footballer
  • Nov 30 Mehrdad Minavand, Iranian soccer midfielder (67 caps; Persepolis, Sturm Graz), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2021)

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 8 NBA legend Larry Bird (18) weds highschool sweetheart Janet Condra

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 10 Journalist Ben Bradlee (54) divorces Antoinette Pinchot after 19 years of marriage

Journalist Ben Bradlee
Ben Bradlee

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Doro Merande, actress (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 77
  • Nov 1 Jacki Ray, actor (In Like Flint), dies at 58
  • Nov 1 Norbert Rosseau, Belgian composer, dies at 67
  • Nov 1 Philip James, American composer, dies at 85
  • Nov 1 Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italian poet/author/director, murdered at 53
  • Nov 4 Sheila Ryan, American actress (Song of Texas, Great Guns), dies at 54
  • Nov 5 Edward L Tatum, American molecular geneticist and biochemist (Nobel Prize 1958), dies of heart failure at 65
  • Nov 5 Lionel Trilling, American literary critic and author (1969 Poses Award, The Liberal Imagination), dies at 70
  • Nov 6 Annette Kellermann, Australian swimmer, silent-film actress (A Daughter of the Gods; Venus Of The South Seas), and author, dies at 87
  • Nov 9 Luwig Turek, German writer, dies at 77
  • Nov 10 Ernest M. McSorley, American ship captain (b. 1912)
  • Nov 11 Marty May, American actor (Fireball Fun For All), dies at 79
  • Nov 12 Anthony Ross, TV host (Telltale Clue), dies at 69
  • Nov 13 Olga Berggolts, Russian poet (b. 1910)
  • Nov 13 R. C. Sherriff, English playwright (Journey's End), dies at 79
  • Nov 14 Max Ackermann, German "entartet" painter, dies at 88
  • Nov 15 Willem Scheps, Dutch journalist, dies at 77
  • Nov 16 Ernst van Raalte, lawyer/minister-president, dies at 83
  • Nov 17 Kay Johnson, actress (Real Glory, Of Human Bondage), dies at 70
  • Nov 19 Roger D. Branigin, American politician (b. 1902)

Person of interestFrancisco Franco

Nov 20 Francisco Franco, Spanish dictator (1936-75), dies at 82

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Nov 21 Gunnar Gunnarsson, Icelandic writer (The Church on the Mountain), dies at 86
  • Nov 22 François de Roubaix, French film score composer, dies in diving accident at 36
  • Nov 25 Moyna MacGill, actress (Strange Affair of Uncle Harry), dies
  • Nov 27 Ross McWhirter, English Guinness Book of Records co-founder, assassinated by the IRA at 50

Person of interestGraham Hill

Nov 29 Graham Hill, British auto racer (Formula One World Champion, 1962 & 1968), dies while trying to land a plane in the fog near London at 46

Auto Racer Graham Hill
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Graham Hill