On This Day

What Happened in November 1976

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 "Don't Step on My Olive Branch" opens at Playhouse NYC for 16 performances
  • Nov 1 Britain gives Gilbert Island (Kiribati) self rule
  • Nov 1 W German Generals Krupinski and Franke admit to having been Nazis

Electoral defeatElection 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

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
42nd Vice President of the United States Walter Mondale
42nd Vice President of the United States
Walter Mondale

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

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson

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Nov 5 Balt Jim Palmer wins AL Cy Young Award

Baseball Player Jim Palmer
Baseball Player
Jim Palmer
  • 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, succeeds 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
  • Nov 7 "Gone With the Wind" televised
  • 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
  • Nov 14 Cleveland Browns' Jerry Sherk sets club record with 4 sacks

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Nov 14 War criminal Pieter Menten captured 1 day after fleeing

War Criminal Pieter Menten
War Criminal
Pieter Menten

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

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

NBA Small Forward Rick Barry
NBA Small Forward
Rick Barry
  • 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

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Nov 19 George Harrison releases "This Song"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Nov 19 Patty Hearst is freed on $15 million bail
  • Nov 19 Jaime Ornelas Camacho takes office as the first President of the Regional Government of Madeira, Portugal.
  • 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 release premierFilm Premier

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

Actor and Director Sylvester Stallone
Actor and Director
Sylvester Stallone
  • 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 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

  • Nov 23 Apneist Jacques Mayol is the first man to reach a depth of 100m undersea without breathing equipment.
  • Nov 24 NBA Atlanta Hawks end a 28 game road losing streak

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

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

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

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Nov 25 The Band's farewell concert at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom
  • Nov 25 Viking 1 radio signals from Mars help prove the general theory of relativity
  • Nov 25 NYPD officer Robert Torsney shoots unarmed youth Randolph Evans while answering response at youth's Brooklyn home
  • Nov 26 German DR deprives singer/poet Wolf Biermann citizenship

Music releaseMusic Single

Nov 26 Ringo Starr releases "Hey Baby" single

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr

Music releaseMusic Single

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

Rocker Steve Jones
Steve Jones

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • 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 Matt Chapman, American cartoonist and voice actor (Homestar Runner), born in Indiana
  • Nov 1 Logan Marshall-Green, American actor (Prometheus), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Nov 3 Guillermo Franco, Mexican soccer striker (25 caps; Villarreal), born in Corrientes, Argentina
  • Nov 3 Jake Shimabukuro, Japanese-American ukulele virtuoso and composer (Gently Weeps), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Nov 4 Bruno Junqueira, Brazilian racing driver
  • Nov 4 Mario Melchiot, Dutch footballer
  • 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, Massachusetts
  • Nov 6 Jodi Martin, Australian singer-songwriter, born in Ceduna, Australia
  • Nov 6 Pat Tillman, American football player and U.S. Army Ranger, born in Fremont, California (d. 2004)
  • Nov 6 Catherine Clark, Canadian journalist; daughter of Joe Clark, born in High River, Alberta
  • Nov 7 Mark Philippoussis, Australian tennis star (140 MPH serve), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Nov 7 Zahir Raheem, bantamweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 7 One Be Lo [Ralond Scruggs], American hip-hop artist (Binary Star), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • 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 Steffen Iversen, Norwegian footballer, born in Oslo, Norway
  • Nov 10 Shefki Kuqi, Finnish footballer (Sheffield Wednesday), born in Vushtrri, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Nov 11 Lisa Gleave, American actress and model (The Price is Right), born in Queensland, Australia
  • 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 12 Scott Mark Cameron, NZ 4x200m relay swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Nov 12 Mirosław Szymkowiak, Polish footballer, born in Poznań, Poland
  • Nov 12 Judith Holofernes [Holfelder-Roy], German singer (Wir sind Helden), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 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 Jessica Amey, 100m butterfly/4 x 100 (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Nov 15 Brandon DiCamillo, American comedian
  • Nov 15 Virginie Ledoyen, French actress, born in Aubervilliers, France
  • Nov 16 Juha Pasoja, Finnish footballer, born in Kemi, Finland
  • Nov 16 Danny Wallace, British author, born in Dundee, United Kingdom
  • Nov 17 Brandon Call, American actor (Baywatch, Blind Fury, Step by Step), born in Torrance, California
  • Nov 17 Diane Neal, American 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 18 Mona Zaki, Egyptian Actress
  • Nov 19 Petr Sykora, Pizen CZE, NHL forward (Team Czech Rep, NJ Devils)
  • Nov 19 Jun Shibata, Japanese singer and songwriter,born in Setagaya, Japan
  • Nov 19 Benny Vansteelant, Belgian duathlete (d. 2007)
  • Nov 19 Stylianos Venetidis, Greek soccer player

Person of interestJack Dorsey

Nov 19 Jack Dorsey, American computer programmer, co-founder of Twitter, born in St. Louis, Missouri

Tech Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Twitter Jack Dorsey
Tech Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Twitter
Jack Dorsey
  • 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 Saleem Elahi, cricketer (bro of Manzoor Pak, Test opener v Aust 1995)
  • Nov 21 Martin Meichelbeck, German footballer
  • Nov 21 Daniel Whiston, British ice skater
  • Nov 22 Taryn Mansell, Aruba, Miss Universe-2nd place (1996)
  • Nov 22 Torsten Frings, German footballer
  • Nov 22 Adrian Bakalli, Belgian footballer
  • Nov 22 Regina Halmich, German female boxer
  • Nov 22 Ville Valo, Finnish singer (HIM)
  • Nov 23 Page Kennedy, American actor, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Nov 24 Chen Lu, China, figure skater (Olympic bronze 94)
  • Nov 25 Donovan McNabb, American football player
  • Nov 25 Clint Mathis, American soccer forward (46 caps; Los Angeles Galaxy; MetroStars; Hannover 96), born in Conyers, Georgia
  • Nov 26 Maven Huffman, American professional wrestler (WWF/E), born in Crimora, Virginia
  • 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 27 Chad Kilger, Cornwall, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets)
  • Nov 27 Jaleel White, actor (Steve Urkel-Family Matters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 27 Saqlain Mushtaq, cricketer (Pakistan Test off-spinner 1995)
  • Nov 27 Tyrone Sutton, American pop and R&B singer (Perfect Gentlemen) and Muslim chaplain, born in Massachussetts
  • Nov 29 Anna Faris, American actress (Mom), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Nov 29 Michalis Kakiouzis, Greek basketball player, born in Athens, Greece
  • Nov 29 Ehren McGhehey, American actor, born in McMinnville, Oregon

Person of interestChadwick Boseman

Nov 29 Chadwick Boseman, American actor (Black Panther), born in Anderson, South Carolina (d. 2020)

  • Nov 30 Josh Lewsey, English rugby union footballer
  • Nov 30 Cypher Zero, American circus innovator (New York Circus Arts)
  • Nov 30 Martin Kasík, Czech concert pianist, born in Frenštát, Czech Republic

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

Singer Donna Summer
Donna Summer

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

Person of interestAlexander Calder

Nov 11 Alexander Calder, 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 Walter Hamor Piston, Jr, American two-time Pulitzer Prize winning composer (Incredible Flutist), music theorist, and educator (Harvard, 1926-60), dies at 82
  • Nov 12 Mikhail Iosifovich Gurevich, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1893)
  • 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, British architect, dies at 69
  • 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

Person of interestAndré Malraux

Nov 23 André Malraux [Berger], French novelist and art historian (La Condition Humaine), dies at 75

Novelist André Malraux
André Malraux
  • Nov 27 Victor Alessandro, American orchestral conductor (Oklahoma City; San Antonio) dies on his 61st birthday
  • Nov 28 Robert Fleming, 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, actress (Effect of Gamma Rays ...), dies at 86
  • Nov 30 Fritz Rasp, actor (Diary of a Lost Girl), dies at 85