On This Day

What Happened in November 1979

Historical Events

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 1 Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice's musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" premieres

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyricist Tim Rice
Tim Rice
  • Nov 1 Bolivia military coup under General Busch, President Guevara flees
  • Nov 1 US Federal government made $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
  • 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

Battle of InterestIran Hostage Crisis

Nov 4 500 Iranian students loyal to Ayatollah Khomeini seize the US Embassy in Tehran, taking 90 hostages for 444 days
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Iranian students storm the walls of the US Embassy in Tehran
Iranian students storm the walls of the US Embassy in Tehran
  • Nov 5 Iran government of Bazargan resigns

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Nov 5 Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini declares US "The Great Satan"

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Nov 6 Ayatollah Khomeini takes over in Iran
  • Nov 7 Cub reliever Bruce Sutter wins NL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 8 Bernard Slade's "Romantic Comedy" premieres in NYC
  • 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

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Nov 13 Ronald Reagan in New York announces his candidacy for US President

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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Nov 13 Willie Stargell and Keith Hernandez share NL MVP Award NL

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • 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

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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

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski
  • Nov 15 Iran cancels all contracts with U.S. oil companies

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Nov 16 Paul McCartney releases "Wonderful Christmas"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 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

Appears on tv showTelevision 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

Horror Author Stephen King
Horror Author
Stephen King

AgreementContract of Interest

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

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Nov 19 Chuck Berry released from prison on income tax evasion
  • Nov 20 Sji'ieten occupies great mosque of Mecca, 100s killed
  • 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

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Nov 23 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" released, sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • Nov 24 Kings' Charley Simmer fails on 8th penalty shot against Islanders

VietnamAgent Orange in Vietnam

Nov 24 US admits troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic Agent Orange
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An American aircraft sprays Agent Orange over the forest during the Vietnam War
An American aircraft sprays Agent Orange over the forest during the Vietnam War
  • 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

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

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • 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

BeatificationPapal 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

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Nov 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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 Delgado, Angolan footballer
  • Nov 1 Milan Dudić, Serbian footballer
  • Nov 1 Henry Shefflin, Irish hurler
  • Nov 1 Coco Crisp, American baseball player
  • Nov 2 Julie Lund, Danish actress (What Goes Around), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Nov 3 Pablo Aimar, Argentine footballer
  • Nov 3 Tim McIlrath, American musician (Rise Against)
  • Nov 3 Beau McDonald, Australian Rules Footballer
  • Nov 4 Daisy Eagan, American actresss (Secret Graden), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 4 Jesse Camp, former MTV veejay
  • Nov 4 Trishelle Cannatella, American reality TV castmember and model
  • Nov 5 Mihalis Hatzigiannis, Greek-Cypriot songwriter and singer
  • Nov 6 Lamar Odom, American basketball player, born in South Jamaica, New York
  • Nov 7 Danny Fonseca, Costa Rican footballer
  • Nov 7 Barney Harwood, CBBC presenter
  • Nov 7 Will Demps, American football player
  • Nov 7 Joey Ryan, American professional wrestler
  • Nov 7 Jon Peter Lewis, American singer
  • Nov 7 Mike Commodore, American professional hockey player
  • 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, born in Enfield Town, United Kingdom
  • Nov 9 Martin Taylor, English footballer, born in Ashington, England
  • Nov 10 Chris Joannou, Australian musician
  • 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 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
  • Nov 19 Larry Johnson, American football player
  • Nov 19 Leam Richardson, English soccer player
  • Nov 19 John-Ford Griffin, American baseball player
  • Nov 19 Keith Buckley - American singer (Every Time I Die)
  • 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 (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 songwriter
  • Nov 25 Michael Lehan, American National Football League player
  • Nov 26 B.J. Averell, American online tutor and reality television contestant
  • Nov 27 Ricky Carmichael, American motocross racer
  • Nov 27 Hilary Hahn, American violinist, born in Lexington, Virginia
  • Nov 27 Shin Hyesung, Korean singer (Shinhwa)
  • 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 Jayceon "The Game" Taylor, American rapper, born in Compton, California
  • Nov 30 Chris Atkinson, Australian rally driver
  • Nov 30 Andrés Nocioni, Argentine basketball player

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

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 6 Chick Evans, American golfer (US Open 1916), dies at 89
  • Nov 7 Amedeo Nazzari, Italian actor (The Nights of Cabiria, Chains, Lure of Sila), dies from cardiac arrest at 71
  • Nov 7 Paolo Carlini, Italian actor (It Started in Naples), dies at 53
  • Nov 8 Sydney Tafler, actor (Too Many Crooks), dies at 63
  • Nov 8 Yvonne de Gaulle, wife of 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 17 John Glassock, bass (Jethro Tull), dies at 27 following heart surgery
  • Nov 17 Immanuel Velikovsky, Russian writer (Worlds in Collision), dies at 84
  • Nov 18 Freddie Fitzsimmons, baseball player (b. 1901)
  • 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 musician and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 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