On This Day

What Happened on November 2, 1977

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Microbiologist Carl R. Woese and scientists from the University of Illinois announce the identification of methanogens, a form of microbial life (Archaea) dating back some 3.5 billion years
  • Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton wins his second Cy Young Award, outpointing Tommy John of the LA Dodgers; Carlton leads National League with 23 wins and posts 2.64 ERA

Famous Birthdays

  • Jason Cerbone, American actor (The Sopranos), born in NYC, New York
  • Leon Taylor, English diver and broadcaster (Olympic silver 10m synchro 2004; BBC), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
  • Randy Harrison, American actor (Queer as Folk), born in Nashua, New Hampshire

Famous Deaths

  • Hans Erich Nossak, German writer, dies at 76