On This Day

What Happened in November 1979

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 Bolivia military coup under General Busch, President Guevara flees
  • Nov 1 US Federal government proposes making a $1.5 billion loan to Chrysler
  • Nov 1 Tanker Burmah Agate off Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 10.7 m gallons of oil, in US's worst oil spill disaster

Music Premiere

Nov 2 Peter Shaffer's musical "Amadeus" premieres in London

  • Nov 2 Studio 54's owners are arrested for tax evasion
  • Nov 3 Five people mortally wounded during anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstration in NC
  • Nov 3 Moroccan offensive against Polisario Front

Iran Hostage Crisis

Nov 4 500 Iranian students loyal to Ayatollah Khomeini seize the US Embassy in Tehran, taking 90 hostages for 444 days

  • Nov 5 Iran government of Bazargan resigns

Historic Event

Nov 5 Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini describes the United States as "The Great Satan" amid accusations of imperialism and the sponsoring of corruption

Film & TV History

Nov 8 Bernard Slade's stage comedy "Romantic Comedy", starring Mia Farrow and Anthony Perkins, opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NYC; runs for 396 performances

  • Nov 8 ABC broadcasts "Iran Crisis: American Held Hostage" with Frank Reynolds (forerunner to "Nightline")
  • Nov 8 The Chilean Communist Party (Proletarian Action) is formed.
  • Nov 9 False alarm of a Soviet ballistic missile attack by US NORAD system after technician fails to code a test properly
  • Nov 10 Train detrailment in Mississauga, Ontario; a 106 car train derails causing the evacuation of 200,000 people
  • Nov 11 Boston Court issues occupancy permit for Cambridge Buddhist Center
  • Nov 12 Tony Franklin of Philadelphia Eagles kicks 59-yard field goal
  • Nov 12 US President Carter announces a halts to Iranian oil imports & freezes Iranian assets
  • Nov 13 British newspaper "The Times" resumes publishing after 1 year

Historic Event

Nov 13 Ronald Reagan announces his candidacy for US President in NYC

Sports History

Nov 13 Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell and St Louis Cardinals first baseman Keith Hernandez share National League MVP Award

  • Nov 14 California's Don Baylor, wins AL MVP
  • Nov 15 ABC-TV announces it would broadcast nightly specials on Iran hostage
  • Nov 15 In Parliament Sir Anthony Blunt, art advisor to the Queen, exposed as 4th man in Soviet spy ring. He was then stripped of his knighthood and fellowship of Trinity College, Cambridge

Historic Event

Nov 15 A package from the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski begins smoking in the cargo hold of a flight from Chicago to Washington, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing

  • Nov 15 Iran cancels all contracts with U.S. oil companies

Music History

Nov 16 Paul McCartney releases "Wonderful Christmas"

  • Nov 17 Daniel Okrent sketches out 1st draft rules for Rotisserie Baseball on a flight to Austin, TX
  • Nov 17 Ayatollah Khomeini frees most black & female US hostages
  • Nov 17 NY Stars (WBL) home opener at Madison Square Garden in NYC

Television Premiere

Nov 17 "Salem's Lot", American two-part miniseries based on the horror novel of the same name by Stephen King, premieres in the United States

Sports History

Nov 18 29th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins

Contract of Interest

Nov 19 Astros sign Nolan Ryan, to record 4 year, $4.5 million contract

Music History

Nov 19 Chuck Berry released from prison for income tax evasion conviction

  • Nov 20 Islamic extremists led by Juhayman al-Otaybi occupy the Grand Mosque of Mecca, declare the arrival of the Mahdi (the "redeemer of Islam") in the form of Mohammed Abdullah al-Qahtani and call for the overthrow of the House of Saud. Siege lasts two weeks with 100s killed and sets Saudi Arabia on an ultra-conservative path. [1]
  • Nov 20 US's 1st artificial blood transfusion occurs at University of Minnesota Hospital
  • Nov 21 Crowd at Islamabad, Pakistan attack US embassy, 1 dies
  • Nov 24 Kings' Charley Simmer fails on 8th penalty shot against Islanders

Agent Orange in Vietnam

Nov 24 Senate report proves US troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic chemical defoliant Agent Orange

  • Nov 24 "Salem's Lot", American two-part miniseries based on the horror novel of the same name by Stephen King, concludes in the United States
  • Nov 25 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 53 performances
  • Nov 25 CFL Grey Cup, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: Edmonton Eskimos retain Championship; defeat Montreal Alouettes, 17-9; Eskimos shut out of MVP and MV Canadian awards
  • Nov 25 Israel returns Alma oilfields in Gulf of Suez to Egypt
  • Nov 25 Pittsburgh gains 606 net yards against Cleveland, winning 33-30

Sports History

Nov 25 Pat Summerall and John Madden broadcast a game together for the first time, a pairing that lasts 22 years and becomes one of the most well-known partnerships in TV sportscasting history

  • Nov 26 Intl Olympic Committee votes to readmit China after 21 years
  • Nov 26 Twins John Castino & Jays Alfredo Griffin tie for AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 27 1st day-night one-day cricket international, Australia v WI at SCG
  • Nov 28 "King of Schnorrers" opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 63 performances
  • Nov 28 Air New Zealand DC-10 crashes into Mt Erebus on Antarctica, killing 257 people, making it New Zealand's deadliest peacetime disaster
  • Nov 28 LA Dodger Rick Sutcliffe wins NL Rookie of Year

Papal Visit

Nov 28 Pope John Paul II's first papal visit to Turkey, almost 1 1/2 years before Turkish native Mehmet Ali Agca attempts to kill him

  • Nov 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Music History

Nov 30 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" released, sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks

  • Nov 30 Ted Koppel becomes anchor of nightly news on Iran Hostages (ABC)
  • Nov 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Milan Dudić, Serbian soccer defender (13 caps, Serbia and Montenegro; Red Star Belgrade), born in Kraljevo, Serbia
  • Nov 1 Coco Crisp, American baseball outfielder (World Series 2007, Boston Red Sox; AL stolen base leader 2011), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 2 Julie Lund, Danish actress (What Goes Around), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Nov 2 Marián Čišovský, Slovak soccer defender (15 caps; Inter Bratislava, Viktoria Plzeň), born in Humenné, Slovakia (d. 2020)
  • Nov 3 Pablo Aimar, Argentine soccer midfielder (52 caps; Valencia, Benfica), born in Río Cuarto, Argentina
  • Nov 3 Tim McIlrath, American punk-metal guitarist (Rise Against; The Killing Tree), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Nov 4 Daisy Eagan, American actress (Secret Graden), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 4 Jesse Camp, American TV personality (Wanna Be a VJ), born in Granby, Connecticut
  • Nov 4 Trishelle Cannatella, American reality TV castmember and model, born in Cut Off, Louisiana
  • Nov 5 Mihalis Hatzigiannis, Greek-Cypriot songwriter and singer, born in Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Nov 6 Lamar Odom, American basketball player, born in South Jamaica, New York
  • Nov 7 Danny Fonseca, Costa Rican soccer midfielder (28 caps; Cartaginés 537 games), born in Cartago, Costa Rica
  • Nov 7 Barney Harwood, English CBBC presenter, born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
  • Nov 7 Will Demps, American football player, born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Nov 7 Joey Ryan, American professional wrestler, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 7 Jon Peter Lewis, American singer and songwriter, born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Nov 7 Mike Commodore, Canadian professional hockey player (Carolina Hurricanes), born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
  • Nov 8 Aaron Hughes, Northern Irish footballer, born in Cookstown, Northern Ireland
  • Nov 8 Dania Ramírez, Dominican-American television and film actress, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Nov 9 Adam Dunn, American baseball player, born in Houston, Texas
  • Nov 9 Caroline Flack, British television presenter (Love Island), born in Enfield Town, United Kingdom (d. 2020)
  • Nov 10 Chris Joannou, Australian musician (Silverchair), born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  • Nov 10 Warren Wolf, American jazz vibraphonist, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Nov 12 Lucas Glover, American golfer (US Open 2009), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Nov 12 Matt Cappotelli, American professional wrestler, born in Caledonia, New York
  • Nov 12 Corey Maggette, American professional basketball player, born in Melrose Park, Illinois
  • Nov 12 Cote de Pablo, Chilean American actress (NCIS), born in Santiago, Chile
  • Nov 13 Ron Artest, American basketball player
  • Nov 13 Subliminal [Ya'akov Shimoni], Israeli rapper and producer, born in Tel Aviv
  • Nov 14 Jean-Alain Boumsong, French footballer
  • Nov 14 Tobin Esperance, American musician (Papa Roach)
  • Nov 14 Mavie Hörbiger, German actress
  • Nov 14 Steve Cash, YouTube personality (Talking Kitty Cat), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 2020)

Olga Kurylenko

Nov 14 Olga Kurylenko, Ukrainian-French model and actress who played Bond girl Camille Montes in Quantum of Solace, born in Berdyansk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union

  • Nov 15 Josemi, Spanish footballer
  • Nov 15 Brett Lancaster, Australian cyclist
  • Nov 16 Michael Faustino, actor (brother of David), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 16 Salli Wills, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 16 Tony Frias, American footballer, born in Hudson, Massachusetts
  • Nov 16 Bruce Irons, American surfer, born in Lihue, Hawaii
  • Nov 17 Matthew Spring, English footballer
  • Nov 19 Ryan Howard, American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Florissant, Missouri
  • Nov 19 Larry Johnson, American football player, born in Pomfret, Maryland
  • Nov 19 Leam Richardson, English soccer player and manager, born in Leeds, England
  • Nov 19 John-Ford Griffin, American baseball player (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Sarasota, Florida
  • Nov 19 Keith Buckley, American punk rock singer (Every Time I Die), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Nov 19 Barry Jenkins, American director and writer (Medicine for Melancholy, Moonlight), born in Miami, Florida
  • Nov 20 Ericson Alexander Molano, Colombian gospel singer, born in Pereira, Colombia
  • Nov 20 Maree Bowden, New Zealand netball player (15 caps, Silver Ferns), born in Clyde, New Zealand
  • Nov 21 Vincenzo Iaquinta, Italian footballer
  • Nov 21 Stromile Swift, American basketball player
  • Nov 21 Alex Tanguay, Canadian hockey player
  • Nov 21 Kim Dong Wan, Korean singer (Shinhwa)
  • Nov 22 Chris Doran, Irish singer
  • Nov 23 Kelly Brook, English actress/model, born in Rochester, United Kingdom
  • Nov 25 Thea Gilmore, British rock and folk singer-songwriter, born in Oxford, England
  • Nov 25 Michael Lehan, American National Football League player
  • Nov 26 B.J. Averell, American reality television contestant (The Amazing Race 9), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Nov 27 Ricky Carmichael, American motocross racer
  • Nov 27 Hilary Hahn, American classical violinist, born in Lexington, Virginia
  • Nov 27 Shin Hyesung, Korean singer (Shinhwa), born in Gangbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Nov 27 Teemu Tainio, Finnish footballer
  • Nov 28 Chamillionaire [Hakeem Seriki], American rapper, born in Houston, Texas
  • Nov 28 Joel Maximo, American professional wrestler
  • Nov 28 Daniel Henney, Korean model-actor
  • Nov 29 Simon Amstell, English comedian and television presenter, born in Gants Hill, Ilford, United Kingdom
  • Nov 29 Francis Beltrán, Dominican baseball player, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Nov 29 The Game [Jayceon Taylor], American rapper ("Hate It or Love It"), born in Compton, California
  • Nov 30 Chris Atkinson, Australian rally driver
  • Nov 30 Andrés Nocioni, Argentine basketball player

Famous Weddings

Kurt Vonnegut

Nov 24 Author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (57) weds photographer Jill Krementz (39)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady of the United States (1953-61), dies of a stroke at 82
  • Nov 2 Jacques Mesrine, French "enemy of the state", shot to death
  • Nov 5 Al Capp, US cartoonist (Li'l Abner), dies at 70
  • Nov 5 Amedeo Nazzari [Buffa], Italian actor (Nights of Cabiria; Chains; Caravaggio), dies from cardiac arrest at 71
  • Nov 6 Chick Evans, American golfer (US Open 1916), dies at 89
  • Nov 7 Paolo Carlini, Italian actor (It Started in Naples), dies at 53
  • Nov 8 Sydney Tafler, English actor (Too Many Crooks), dies at 63
  • Nov 8 Yvonne de Gaulle, wife of French President Charles de Gaulle, dies at 79
  • Nov 9 Lewis Charles [Cholost], American actor (Topaz, Feather & Father Gang), dies of cancer at 59
  • Nov 10 Friedrich Thorberg, writer, dies at 71
  • Nov 11 Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian-American film score composer and conductor (Academy Award 1954-High & Mighty), dies at 85
  • Nov 13 Dimitris Psathas, Greek playwright (b. 1907)
  • Nov 14 Bill Farrimond, England cricket wicket-keeper (4 Tests 1930-35), dies
  • Nov 16 Bert Baston, American College Football Hall of Fame end (University of Minnesota), dies at 84
  • Nov 17 Immanuel Velikovsky, Russian writer (Worlds in Collision), dies at 84
  • Nov 17 John Glascock, British bass guitarist and singer (Carmen, 1972-75; Jethro Tull, 1976-79 - "Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll, Too Young To Die"), dies of congenital heart valve defect at 28
  • Nov 18 Freddie Fitzsimmons, American baseball pitcher (MLB record career double plays [79] 1938-64) and manager (Philadelphia Phillies), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • Nov 22 Anne Vondeling, Male Dutch soc democratic party-minister, dies at 63
  • Nov 23 Merle Oberon, British actress (That Uncertain Feeling, Wuthering Heights), dies from a stroke at 68
  • Nov 23 Judee Sill, American singer-songwriter ("Crayon Angels"; "Jesus Was A Cross Maker"), dies of a drug overdose at 35
  • Nov 23 Richard Rovere, American political journalist (Goldwater Caper), dies at 64
  • Nov 26 Marcel L'Herbier, French director and screenwriter (El Dorado), dies at 91
  • Nov 30 Joyce Grenfell (Adventure for Two), actress, dies at 69
  • Nov 30 Zeppo Marx [Herbert Manfred Marx], American comedian and actor (Marx Brothers), dies at 78