On This Day

What Happened in November 1978

Historical Events

  • Nov 2 Crew of Soyuz 29 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 31
  • Nov 2 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Nov 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 2 Arnold Shapiro's TV documentary "Scared Straight", narrated by Peter Falk as a controversial and questionable deterrent to juvenile delinquency, debuts on Los Angeles' KTLA-TV

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Nov 2 Wayne Gretzky is sold to the Edmonton Oilers after just 8 games with the Indianapolis Racers of the WHA (scoring 6 points); scores 104 points in 72 games (both teams combined) and is named WHA rookie of the year

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Nov 3 First broadcast of "Different Strokes" on NBC TV
  • Nov 3 Dominica gains independence from UK & adopts constitution
  • Nov 3 USSR & Vietnam sign peace & friendship treaty
  • Nov 4 Iranian troops fire on anti-Shah student protesters by Tehran U
  • Nov 4 Islanders start 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3)
  • Nov 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 4 3rd annual reentry free-agent draft, Pete Rose, Tommy John, & Darrell Evans, available

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

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Nov 5 Iranian PM Jaafar Sharif-Emami resigns to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 5 Khomeini followers attack British embassy/El Al office in Iran

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 5 Oakland Raider's John Madden becomes 13th coach to win 100 NFL games

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Nov 6 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi places the country under military rule; General Gholām Reza Azhāri forms government

  • Nov 7 Boston Red Sox Jim Rice wins AL MVP
  • Nov 7 CDA-chairman W Aantjes resigns due to his war past
  • Nov 7 Marion Barry Jr. elected as Washington, D.C.'s first African American mayor

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Nov 8 Tom Stoppard's play "Night & Day" premieres in London

Playwright and Screenwriter Tom Stoppard
Playwright and Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard
  • Nov 9 North American Soccer League (NASL) realigns its 24 teams into 6 divisions
  • Nov 10 Israel's top negotiators broke away from Middle East peace talks

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Nov 10 Larry Holmes KOs Alfredo Evangelist in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Nov 10 NY Yankees trade Lyle, Rajsich, McCall, Heath and Ramos to Texas for Righetti, Mirabella, Beniquez, Jemison and Griffin
  • Nov 11 Maumoon Abdul Gayoom becomes president of Maldives
  • Nov 12 "Platinum" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 33 performances
  • Nov 13 NASA launches HEAO 2
  • Nov 15 183 die as Icelandic Airlines DC-8 crashes in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Nov 15 Harold Pinter's play "Betrayal" premieres in London

Playwright Harold Pinter
Harold Pinter
  • Nov 15 Pirates outfielder Dave Parker wins NL MVP
  • Nov 16 Major Indoor Soccer League holds its 1st draft
  • Nov 18 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

MurderMurder of Interest

Nov 18 In Jonestown, Guyana, 918 members of the Peoples Temple are murdered or commit suicide under the leadership of cult leader Jim Jones

Founder of the Peoples Temple Cult Jim Jones
Founder of the Peoples Temple Cult
Jim Jones
  • Nov 19 "The Miracle at the Meadowlands", Eagles Herman Edwards returns a fumble for a touchdown with 31 seconds left to give Philadelphia a 19-17 victory over the rival New York Giants
  • Nov 19 28th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Cale Yarborough wins
  • Nov 21 Bob Horner of Braves wins NL Rookie of Year Award

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 25 New Zealand general election won by ruling Prime Minister Robert Muldoon and the National Party

New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon
New Zealand Prime Minister
Robert Muldoon
  • Nov 26 10 die as fire erupts at Holiday Inn in Rochester, NY
  • Nov 26 1st lesbian theme TV movie - "A Question of Love"
  • Nov 26 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Edmonton Eskimos first of 5 straight titles; beat Montreal Alouettes, 20-13
  • Nov 26 Christina Crawford autobiography "Mommie Dearest" reaches best-seller status


Nov 27 San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk assassinated by former Supervisor Dan White at City Hall

American Politician Harvey Milk
American Politician
Harvey Milk
  • Nov 28 44th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Sims, Oklahoma (RB)

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Nov 28 Reds fire manager Sparky Anderson after 9 years

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • Nov 29 UN observes "international day of solidarity with Palestinian people," boycotted by US & about 20 other countries
  • Nov 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 30 France performs nuclear test

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Danny Koevermans, Dutch soccer striker and coach (4 caps; Sparta Rotterdam), born in Schiedam, Netherlands
  • Nov 1 Manju Warrier, Indian actress (How Old Are You?), born in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Nov 1 Mary Kate Schellhardt, American actress (What's Eating Gilbert Grape), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 4 Carmen Cali, American baseball player
  • Nov 4 John Grabow, American baseball player
  • Nov 5 Bubba Watson Jr., American golfer (US Masters 2012, 2014), born in Bagdad, Florida
  • Nov 6 Scott Piercy, American golfer (US Open 2016 runner-up), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Nov 6 Nicole Dubuc, American writer and actress (Robin-Major Dad), born in Orange County, California
  • Nov 6 Zak Morioka, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Nov 6 Sandrine Blancke, Belgian actress, born in Uccle, Belgium
  • Nov 6 Daniella Cicarelli, Brazilian model and television host, born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Nov 6 Jolina Magdangal, Filipina singer, actress and television host, born in Hagonoy, Bulacan, Philippines
  • Nov 6 Taryn Manning, American actress (Hawaii Five-O), born in Falls Church, Virginia
  • Nov 7 Rio Ferdinand, English footballer (England national team 1997-2001), born in Camberwell, England
  • Nov 7 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Dutch footballer (PSV Eindhoven), born in Oldenzaal, Netherlands
  • Nov 7 Tomoya Nagase, Japanese actor and singer (TOKIO), born in Kanagawa, Japan
  • Nov 8 Ali Karimi, Iranian footballer, born in Karaj, Iran
  • Nov 8 Júlio Sérgio Bertagnoli, Brazilian footballer, born in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Nov 8 Spyros Gogolos, Greek footballer, born in Corfu Island, Greece
  • Nov 8 Tim de Cler, Dutch footballer, born in Leiden, Netherlands
  • Nov 9 Steven Lopez, American taekwondo martial artist, born in Nicaragua
  • Nov 9 Sisqó [Mark Althavean Andrews], American singer (Dru Hill, Unleash the Dragon), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Nov 10 Eve [Jeffers-Cooper], American rapper and actress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 11 Lou Vincent, New Zealand cricketer, born in Warkworth, New Zealand
  • Nov 12 Andrew Kinlochan, English singer and musician
  • Nov 12 Alexandra Maria Lara, Romanian-German actress, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • Nov 12 Ashley Williams, American actress, born in Westchester County, New York
  • Nov 12 Lena Yada, American actress, model, surfer and WWE Diva, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Nov 13 Nikolai Fraiture, American rock bassist (The Strokes), born in New York City
  • Nov 14 Xavier Nady, American baseball player
  • Nov 14 Bobby Allen, American ice hockey player
  • Nov 16 Gary Naysmith, Scottish footballer, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Nov 16 Kip Bouknight, American baseball player, born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Nov 16 Carolina Parra, Brazilian musician (CSS), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Nov 16 Eric Crouch, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2001, U of Nebraska; Green Bay Packers; Toronto Argonauts), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Nov 17 Rachel McAdams, Canadian actress (Midnight in Paris, Spotlight), born in Ontario, Canada
  • Nov 17 Zoë Bell, New Zealand actress
  • Nov 17 Reggie Wayne, American football player
  • Nov 17 Tom Ellis, Welsh actor (Miranda, Lucifer), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Nov 18 Damien Johnson, Northern Irish footballer
  • Nov 18 Andris Nelsons, Latvian conductor (Boston Symphony; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra), born in Riga, Latvia
  • Nov 19 Věra Pospíšilová-Cechlová, Czech athlete
  • Nov 19 Matt Dusk, Canadian jazz vocalist, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Nov 20 Ryan Leslie, American singer-songwriter, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 20 Freya Lin, Taiwanese singer, born in Taiwan
  • Nov 20 Nadine Velazquez, American actress and model, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 21 Lucía Jiménez, Spanish actress
  • Nov 21 Sara Tanaka, American actress
  • Nov 22 Magdalena Grzybowska, Polish tennis star (1995 Futures Slovakia), born in Poznań, Poland
  • Nov 22 Karen O [Orzolek], American singer (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), born in Busan, South Korea
  • Nov 23 Kayvan Novak, English actor, born in Cricklewood, London
  • Nov 23 Tommy Marth, American rock saxophone player (the Killers, 2008-2010), born in Las Vegas, Nevada (d. 2012)

Person of interestKatherine Heigl

Nov 24 Katherine Heigl, actress (Grey's Anatomy), born in Washington, D.C.

  • Nov 25 Lauren Hewitt, Australian 100m/200m runner (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 25 Ringo Shiina [Yumiko Shiina], Japanese singer, songwriter and musician (Tokyo Jihen), born in Urawa, Saitama
  • Nov 26 Matthew Taylor, American bassist (Motion City Soundtrack), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Nov 27 Joshua Harris, actor (Locked Up: A Mother's Rage)
  • Nov 27 Tim Yeung, American heavy metal drummer (Vital Remains; I Am Morbid), born in Rochester, New York
  • Nov 27 Jimmy Rollins, American baseball player
  • Nov 27 Mike Skinner, British singer-songwriter and rapper (The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free), born in Chipping Barnet, London, England
  • Nov 28 Mehdi Nafti, Tunisian footballer
  • Nov 28 Haytham Tambal, Sudanese footballer
  • Nov 28 Freddie Mitchell, American football player
  • Nov 28 Brent Albright, American professional wrestler
  • Nov 28 Ryan Leslie, American producer
  • Nov 29 Dimitrious Konstantopolous, Greek footballer, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Nov 29 Ludwika Paleta, Polish-born Mexican actress, born in Kraków, Poland
  • Nov 29 Alessandro Fei, Italian volleyball player, born in Saronno, Italy
  • Nov 30 Emil Steiner, American writer
  • Nov 30 Clay Aiken, American singer
  • Nov 30 Gael García Bernal, Mexican actor

Famous Weddings

  • Nov 4 "The Nanny" actress Fran Drescher (20) weds writer and director Peter Marc Jacobson (20)
  • Nov 17 Gerald Lascelles, British aristocrat and son of Princess Mary weds 2nd wife Elizabeth Collingwood in Vienna

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 5 Denis O'Dea, Irish actor (Niagara, Esther & the King, Treasure Island), dies at 73
  • Nov 6 Flora Campbell, actress (Faraway Hill, Date With Judy), dies at 67
  • Nov 6 Heiri Suter, Swiss cyclist, dies at 79
  • Nov 7 Gene Tunney, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1926-28), dies at 80
  • Nov 7 Janet Flanner, American journalist (New Yorker), dies at 86
  • Nov 8 Norman Rockwell, artist (Saturday Evening Post covers), dies at 84
  • Nov 9 Joe Wong, actor (Ken Murray Show), dies at 75
  • Nov 9 Otto Siegl, Austrian composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 10 Linda Scott, actress (Escape from Hell Island), dies at 28
  • Nov 10 Theo Lingen, German director and actor (M, Charm of La Boheme), dies at 75
  • Nov 11 Bennie Borgmann, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward and coach (Kingston Colonials, Original Celtics; coach Syracuse Nationals), dies at 77
  • Nov 12 Howard Swanson, American composer known for his settings of poems of Langston Hughes, dies at 71
  • Nov 13 George Hearne, South African cricketer (open bat in 3 Tests 1922-24), dies

Person of interestMargaret Mead

Nov 15 Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (Coming of Age in Samoa, Thoughts & Female), dies of pancreatic cancer at 76

Cultural Anthropologist Margaret Mead
Cultural Anthropologist
Margaret Mead
  • Nov 15 Dick Chapman, American golfer (1940 US amateur, 1951 British amateur), dies of a stroke at 67
  • Nov 16 Claude Dauphin, French actor (Barbarella, April in Paris, Deported), dies at 75

Person of interestJim Jones

Nov 18 Jim Jones, US pastor, leader of Jonestown Cult, commits suicide at 47

Founder of the Peoples Temple Cult Jim Jones
Founder of the Peoples Temple Cult
Jim Jones
  • Nov 18 Leo J Ryan, (Rep-Cal) & 4 killed in Jonestown, Guyana by members of Peoples Temple, followed by ritual mass suicide of 914 members
  • Nov 18 Lennie Tristano, American jazz pianist (The New Tristano), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Nov 18 Leo Ryan, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), assassinated at 53 in Jonestown, Guyana
  • Nov 20 Vasilisk Gnedov, Russian poet (b. 1890)
  • Nov 20 Giorgio De Chirico, Italian painter (founded the scuola metafisica art movement), dies at 90
  • Nov 25 Elaine Esposito, American woman who held record for longest coma (37 years), dies in a coma at 43
  • Nov 26 Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), kills himself after shooting his sons at 52
  • Nov 27 George Moscone, Mayor of San Francisco (1976-78) shot and killed by Dan White aged 49

MurderHarvey Milk

Nov 27 Harvey Milk, first openly gay person to be elected to public office, assassinated by Dan White at 48

American Politician Harvey Milk
American Politician
Harvey Milk
  • Nov 28 André Morell [Cecil André Mesritz], British actor (Ben-Hur, The Message, Hound of the Baskervilles), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • Nov 28 Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Argentine football executive (b. 1902)
  • Nov 29 Alan Richardson, composer, dies at 74