What Happened in November 1976

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 Britain gives Gilbert Island (Kiribati) self rule
  • Nov 1 Ron Eliran and Harvey Jacobs' musical revue "Don't Step On My Olive Branch" opens at Playhouse, NYC; runs for 16 performances
  • Nov 1 W German Generals Krupinski and Franke admit to having been Nazis

Election of Interest

Nov 2 Democrat candidate Jimmy Carter is elected President of the United States, defeating incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford; Walter Mondale elected vice president

Sports History

Nov 4 1st mass-market free-agent reentry draft, Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi, Gullett, Tenace, Fingers, Baylor, Grich & McCovey, available

Sports History

Nov 5 Baltimore Orioles Jim Palmer wins AL Cy Young Award

  • Nov 5 New AL franchises in Seattle & Toronto fill up their rosters
  • Nov 5 Pirates trade Manny Sanguillen & $100,000 to A's for mgr Chuck Tanner
  • Nov 5 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Nov 6 Benjamin Hooks elected to succeed Roy Wilkins as executive director of NAACP
  • Nov 6 Former Twins relief ace Bill Campbell is 1st free-agent to sign with a new team, joining the Red Sox for $1 million over 4 years

Film & TV History

Nov 7 "Gone With The Wind", 1939 Oscar-winning film epic starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, makes broadcast television debut on NBC; aired in two parts over consecutive nights; earns a then record 65% share of TV viewers

  • Nov 8 A series of earthquakes spreads panic in the Greek city of Thessaloniki, which is evacuated
  • Nov 9 Oakland A's release Billy Williams, ending his Hall of Fame baseball career
  • Nov 9 UN General Assembly condemns apartheid in South Africa
  • Nov 10 Utah Supreme Court approves execution of convicted murderer Gary Gilmore
  • Nov 14 "Don't Step on My Olive Branch" closes at Playhouse NYC after 16 performances

Film Premiere

Nov 14 "Network", directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch and William Holden, premieres in Los Angeles and New York City (Finch - Academy Awards Best Actor 1977)

  • Nov 14 Cleveland Browns' Jerry Sherk sets club record with 4 sacks

Historic Event

Nov 14 Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten captured one day after fleeing

  • Nov 15 Syrian army conquers Beirut
  • Nov 16 René Levesque's Parti Québécois wins elections in Quebec

Sports History

Nov 16 Rick Barry (San Francisco), ends then longest NBA free throw streak of 60

  • Nov 17 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Nov 18 Spain's parliament establishes democracy after 37 yrs of dictatorship
  • Nov 18 Yanks sign free agent Don Gullett

Music Single

Nov 19 George Harrison releases single "This Song", an expression of his frustration at being sued for copyright infringement

  • Nov 19 Jaime Ornelas Camacho takes office as the first President of the Regional Government of Madeira, Portugal

Historic Event

Nov 19 Patty Hearst is freed on $15 million bail

  • Nov 20 George Harrison appears on "Saturday Night Live": haggling with Lorne Michaels; performing "Here Comes the Sun" and "Homeward Bound" with Paul Simon; and airing two music videos

Film Premiere

Nov 21 "Rocky" directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Sylvester Stallone premieres in New York (Best Picture 1977)

Sports History

Nov 21 26th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Cale Yarborough wins

  • Nov 22 Algeria Constitution goes into effect
  • Nov 22 Comic strip "Cathy" by Cathy Guisewite debuts
  • Nov 23 Apneist Jacques Mayol is the first man to reach a depth of 100m undersea without breathing equipment.
  • Nov 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 24 NBA Atlanta Hawks end a 28 game road losing streak

Sports History

Nov 24 Reds Joe Morgan wins his 2nd straight NL MVP Award

  • Nov 25 NYPD officer Robert Torsney shoots unarmed youth Randolph Evans while answering response at youth's Brooklyn home

Sports History

Nov 25 O.J. Simpson gains 273 yards for Buffalo vs Detroit

Music Concert

Nov 25 The Band's farewell concert at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California; guest performers include Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, and the Staples Singers; concert film "The Last Waltz" directed by Martin Scorcese

  • Nov 25 Viking 1 radio signals from Mars help prove the general theory of relativity

Music Single

Nov 26 British punk rockers Sex Pistols release their debut single "Anarchy In The UK"

  • Nov 26 East Germany strips singer-songwriter and poet Wolf Biermann of his citizenship while he tours West Germany

Election of Interest

Nov 26 Former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt is elected chairman of the Socialist International (1976-92)

Music Single

Nov 26 Ringo Starr releases single "Hey Baby"

  • Nov 27 41st Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 38-7 in Birmingham
  • Nov 28 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Ottawa Rough Riders defeat Saskatchewan Roughriders, 23-20 in a thriller; 53,467 Grey Cup record attendance
  • Nov 29 NY Yankees sign free agent Reggie Jackson to 5-year contract
  • Nov 30 42nd Heisman Trophy Award: Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh (RB)

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Logan Marshall-Green, American actor (Prometheus), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Nov 1 Matt Chapman, American cartoonist and voice actor (Homestar Runner), born in Indiana
  • Nov 3 Guillermo Franco, Mexican soccer striker (25 caps; Villarreal), born in Corrientes, Argentina
  • Nov 3 Jake Shimabukuro, Japanese-American ukulele virtuoso ("While My Guitar Gently Weeps"), and composer (Saidoweizu/Sideways), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Nov 4 Bruno Junqueira, Brazilian racing driver, born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Nov 4 Mario Melchiot, Dutch footballer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Nov 6 Catherine Clark, Canadian journalist; daughter of Joe Clark, born in High River, Alberta
  • Nov 6 Jodi Martin, Australian singer-songwriter, born in Ceduna, Australia
  • Nov 6 Laurie Baker, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympic-gold-98), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • Nov 6 Mike Herrera, American singer and bassist (MxPx), born in Bremerton, Washington
  • Nov 6 Pat Tillman, American football player and U.S. Army Ranger, born in Fremont, California (d. 2004)
  • Nov 7 Mark Philippoussis, Australian tennis star (140 MPH serve), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Nov 7 One Be Lo [Ralond Scruggs], American hip-hop artist (Binary Star), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • Nov 7 Zahir Raheem, bantamweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 8 Brett Lee, Australian cricketer (brother of Shane, AIS representative), born in Wollongong, Australia
  • Nov 8 Colin Strause, American director and one half of the Brothers Strause, born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • Nov 9 Laura Csortan, Miss Universe-Congeniality (Australia, 1997), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Nov 10 Shefki Kuqi, Finnish footballer (Sheffield Wednesday), born in Vushtrri, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Nov 10 Steffen Iversen, Norwegian footballer, born in Oslo, Norway
  • Nov 11 Jason Grilli, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Nov 11 Jesse Keeler, Canadian musician (Death From Above; MSTRKRFT), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Nov 11 Lisa Gleave, American actress and model (The Price is Right), born in Queensland, Australia
  • Nov 12 Judith Holofernes [Holfelder-Roy], German singer (Wir sind Helden), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Nov 12 Mirosław Szymkowiak, Polish footballer, born in Poznań, Poland
  • Nov 12 Scott Mark Cameron, NZ 4x200m relay swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Nov 13 Hiroshi Tanahashi, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Nov 13 Kelly Sotherton, English heptathlete
  • Nov 14 Chris Demetral, Royal Oaks MI, actor (Dolly Dearest)
  • Nov 15 Brandon DiCamillo, American comedian
  • Nov 15 Jessica Amey, 100m butterfly/4 x 100 (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Nov 15 Virginie Ledoyen, French actress, born in Aubervilliers, France
  • Nov 16 Danny Wallace, British author, born in Dundee, United Kingdom
  • Nov 16 Harry Waters, British progressive rock and jazz piano and Hammond organ player, born in England
  • Nov 16 Juha Pasoja, Finnish footballer, born in Kemi, Finland
  • Nov 17 Brandon Call, American actor (Baywatch, Blind Fury, Step by Step), born in Torrance, California
  • Nov 17 Diane Neal, American actress
  • Nov 18 Mona Zaki, Egyptian Actress
  • Nov 18 Sandy Zubrin, Tamuning Guam, US diver (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 18 Shagrath [Stian Tomt Thoresen], Norwegian heavy metal singer (Dimmu Borgir), born in Jessheim, Akershus
  • Nov 19 Benny Vansteelant, Belgian duathlete, born in Torhout, Belgium (d. 2007)

Jack DorseyJack Dorsey (46 years old)

Nov 19 American entrepreneur and computer programmer who co-founded Twitter and Square/Block, born in St. Louis, Missouri

  • Nov 19 Jun Shibata, Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Setagaya, Japan
  • Nov 19 Petr Sykora, Czech NHL forward (Team Czech Rep, NJ Devils), born in Pizen, Czechoslovakia
  • Nov 19 Stylianos Venetidis, Greek soccer player, born in Orestiada, Greece
  • Nov 20 Dominique Dawes, American gymnast (Olympics-gold/brz-92, 96), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Nov 20 Elisa Blair, Australian rower (1997 World Champion)
  • Nov 20 Jason Thompson, Canadian actor, born in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
  • Nov 20 Theodoros Velkos, Greek badminton player, born in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria
  • Nov 21 Daniel Whiston, British ice skater
  • Nov 21 Martin Meichelbeck, German footballer
  • Nov 21 Saleem Elahi, Pakistani cricket batsman (13 Tests, 1 x 50; Lahore City CC, Habib Bank Ltd CC), born in Sahiwal, Pakistan
  • Nov 22 Adrian Bakalli, Belgian footballer
  • Nov 22 Regina Halmich, German female boxer
  • Nov 22 Son Little [Aaron Livingston], American blues and soul singer-songwriter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 22 Taryn Mansell, Aruba, Miss Universe-2nd place (1996)
  • Nov 22 Torsten Frings, German footballer
  • Nov 22 Ville Valo, Finnish singer (HIM)
  • Nov 23 Joe Sumner, British rock bassist and singer-songwriter (Fiction Plane), born in England
  • Nov 23 Page Kennedy, American actor, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Nov 24 Chen Lu, China, figure skater (Olympic bronze 94)
  • Nov 25 Clint Mathis, American soccer forward (46 caps; Los Angeles Galaxy; MetroStars; Hannover 96), born in Conyers, Georgia
  • Nov 25 Donovan McNabb, American NFL football quarterback, 1999-2011, 6X Pro Bowl (Philadelphia Eagles and 2 other teams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 26 Brian Schneider, American baseball player (Washington Nationals), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Nov 26 Jean Grae [Tsidi Ibrahim], South African-American rapper (The Evil Jeanius), born in Capetown, South Africa
  • Nov 26 Maven Huffman, American professional wrestler (WWF/E), born in Crimora, Virginia
  • Nov 27 Chad Kilger, Canadian NHL winger, 1995-2008 (Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, and 5 other teams), born in Cornwall, Ontario
  • Nov 27 Jaleel White, American actor (Family Matters - "Urkel"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 27 Tyrone Sutton, American pop and R&B singer (Perfect Gentlemen - “Ohh La La (I Can’t Get Over You)”) and Muslim chaplain, born in Massachussetts
  • Nov 29 Anna Faris, American actress (Mom), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Chadwick BosemanChadwick Boseman (1976-2020)

Nov 29 American actor (Black Panther), born in Anderson, South Carolina

  • Nov 29 Ehren McGhehey, American actor, born in McMinnville, Oregon
  • Nov 29 Michalis Kakiouzis, Greek basketball player, born in Athens, Greece
  • Nov 30 Cypher Zero, American circus innovator (New York Circus Arts)
  • Nov 30 Josh Lewsey, English rugby union footballer
  • Nov 30 Martin Kasík, Czech concert pianist, born in Frenštát, Czech Republic

Famous Divorces

Donna Summer

Nov 24 American singer-songwriter Donna Summer (27) divorces actor Helmuth Sommer after 5 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Oscar Beregi Jr, Hungarian actor (Young Frankenstein, Panic in City), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Nov 8 Gottfried von Cramm, German tennis player (French C'ship 1934, 36), dies in a car accident at 67
  • Nov 9 Billy Halop [William Halop Cohen], American actor (Angels with Dirty Faces, All in the Family), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Nov 10 Theodore Besterman, British bibliographer and psychical researcher, dies at 71

Alexander CalderAlexander Calder (1898-1976)

Nov 11 American sculptor (mobiles), dies at 78

  • Nov 11 Eric Davies, South African cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 7 wickets; East Province, Transvaal), dies at 67
  • Nov 12 Mikhail Iosifovich Gurevich, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1893)

Walter PistonWalter Piston (1894-1976)

Nov 12 Jr, American two-time Pulitzer Prize winning composer (Incredible Flutist), music theorist, and educator (Harvard, 1926-60), dies at 82

  • Nov 15 Jean Gabin, French actor (Moulin Rouge, La Grande Illusion), dies at 72
  • Nov 17 Victor Alessandro, composer, dies at 60
  • Nov 18 Man Ray, American artist (Dada), dies at 86
  • Nov 19 Basil Spence, Scottish architect (Coventry Cathedral), dies at 69
  • Nov 19 Wayne Millner, American NFL Hall of Fame football end, 1936-45 (Boston/Washington Redskins), and US Navy WWII veteran, dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Nov 20 Trofim Lysenko, Soviet biologist and agronomist, dies at 78
  • Nov 21 Niles Welch, American actor (Cornered), dies at 88
  • Nov 22 Rupert Davies, actor (Zeppelin, Oblong Box), dies at 59

André MalrauxAndré Malraux (1901-1976)

Nov 23 French novelist and art historian (La Condition Humaine), dies at 75

  • Nov 27 Victor Alessandro, American orchestral conductor (Oklahoma City; San Antonio), dies on his 61st birthday
  • Nov 28 Robert Fleming, Canadian composer, dies at 55
  • Nov 28 Rosalind Russell, American actress (Mame), dies of cancer at 68
  • Nov 29 Godfrey Cambridge, American actor (Cotton comes to Harlem), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • Nov 29 Judith Lowry, American actress (Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds), dies at 86
  • Nov 30 Fritz Rasp, German actor (Diary of a Lost Girl), dies at 85