On This Day

What Happened in November 1980

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Nov 3 After acquiring MLB's Oakland A's for $12.7m, Walter Haas Jr. appoints himself CEO; leads team to 4 AL West Divisional titles and 1989 World Series Championship
  • Nov 3 Ianford Wilson's "5th of July" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 3 Walter Hass Jr becomes CEO of Oakland A's
  • Nov 4 Islanders start 15 game undefeated streak (13-0-2)
  • Nov 4 Libyan invasion in Chad

Election of Interest

Nov 4 Republican candidate Ronald Reagan is elected President of the United States, defeating incumbent Democrat US President Jimmy Carter by a landslide

  • Nov 4 Sadaharu Oh, 40, pro-baseball's all-time HR run king with 868, retires

Sports History

Nov 4 MLB Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton wins 3rd NL Cy Young Award

  • Nov 8 Voyager 1 space probe discovers 15th moon of Saturn

Historic Event

Nov 9 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declares holy war against Iran

  • Nov 10 Dan Rather refuses to pay his cabbie, CBS pays $12.55 fare
  • Nov 10 Poland acknowledges Solidarity union
  • Nov 10 Iraq captures southern port of Khorramshahr
  • Nov 11 Crew of Soyuz 35 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 37

Sports History

Nov 11 NY Islanders' future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Mike Bossy scores 4 goals in a 6-6 tie against visiting Minnesota North Stars

  • Nov 12 Baltimore's Steve Stone wins AL Cy Young Award

Historic Event

Nov 12 NYC Mayor Ed Koch admits to trying marijuana

  • Nov 12 US space probe Voyager I approaches 77,000-mi (124,000 km) of Saturn
  • Nov 13 US spacecraft Voyager 1 sends back 1st close-up pictures of Saturn
  • Nov 13 Gabriella Brum, 18, of West Germany crowned 30th Miss World; she resigns the next day because she wants to marry her 52 year old boyfriend
  • Nov 14 Guinee-Bissau Premier Vieira fires President Luis Cabral
  • Nov 14 Kimberley Santos, 19 of Guam, crowned 30th Miss World
  • Nov 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Papal Visit

Nov 15 Pope John Paul II began 5 day visit to West Germany

Sports History

Nov 15 30th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins

  • Nov 16 Tampa Bay Buccaneer QB Doug Williams throws for 486 yards

Album Release

Nov 17 John Lennon releases "Double Fantasy" album in UK

  • Nov 17 WHHM Television in Washington, D.C., becomes the first African-American public-broadcasting television station

Film Premiere

Nov 18 "Heaven's Gate" film directed by Michael Cimino, starring Kris Kristofferson and Christopher Walken premieres - one of the biggest box office bombs ever

Sports History

Nov 18 Despite missing 45 games, George Brett wins AL MVP

  • Nov 20 Steve Ptacek in Solar Challenger makes 1st solar-powered flight
  • Nov 20 United Artists withdraws $44 million movie "Heaven's Gate" for re-editing
  • Nov 20 United Nations Gulf War mediator Olof Palme makes first unsuccessful peace shuttle between Tehran and Baghdad
  • Nov 21 TV show "Dallas" episode "Who Done It" reveals 'Who Shot J.R.?', gets a then record 53.3 rating (over 83 million viewers, 76% of television watchers) in the US
  • Nov 21 Fire at MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas kills 84
  • Nov 21 Gene Michael named 25th New York Yankees manager, replacing Dick Howser, who resigns

Famous Photo

Nov 21 John Lennon and Yoko Ono pose nude for photographer Allan Tannenbaum

  • Nov 21 "Hi Infidelity" 9th studio album by REO Speedwagon is released
  • Nov 22 Georgia tanker at Pilottown Louisiana, spills 1.3 million gallons of oil after an anchor chain causes a ship to leak
  • Nov 23 4,800 die in series of earthquakes that devastated southern Italy
  • Nov 23 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Edmonton Eskimos 3rd straight title; outclass Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 48-10
  • Nov 23 National Black Independent Party forms
  • Nov 24 "9 to 5 and Odd Jobs" 23rd studio album by Dolly Party is released
  • Nov 25 Coup in Burkina abolishes constitution
  • Nov 25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Sports History

Nov 25 Imran Khan scores his 1st Test Cricket ton, 123 v WI Lahore

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 25 Sugar Ray Leonard regains WBC welterweight boxing crown when Roberto Durán quits in the 8th round of infamous “no mas” fight at the Superdome, New Orleans

  • Nov 25 Upper-Volta military coup under Col Saye Zerbo, President Lamizana flees
  • Nov 26 Columbia mated to SRBs & external tank at Vehicle Assembly Building

Sports History

Nov 26 Mike Schmidt is unanimous choice as NL MVP

  • Nov 27 Soyuz T-3 carries 3 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station, launched
  • Nov 29 45th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-18 in Birmingham
  • Nov 30 "Banjo Dancing" closes at Century Theater NYC after 38 performances
  • Nov 30 "Perfectly Frank" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 16 performances

Theatrical Finale

Nov 30 "West Side Story" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 341 performances

  • Nov 30 Uruguay's new constitution rejected by referendum

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Bilgin Defterli, Turkish soccer forward and captain (52 caps; FFC Brauweiler Pulheim, FC Köln, Alemannia Aachen), born in Erzurum, Turkey
  • Nov 2 Kim So-yeon, South Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Nov 2 Karamo Brown, American psychotherapist and TV personality (Queer Eye), born in Houston, Texas
  • Nov 2 Diego Lugarno, Uruguayan soccer defender (95 caps; São Paulo, Fenerbahçe), born in Canelones, Uruguay
  • Nov 3 Hans Andersen, Danish speedway rider (captain Denmark Speedway World Cup gold 2006, 08), born in Odense, Denmark
  • Nov 4 Jerry Collins, New Zealand rugby union flanker, #8 (48 caps; Wellington Hurricanes, Toulon, Ospreys, Narbonne), born in Apia, Samoa (d. 2015)
  • Nov 4 Emme Rylan, American actress (General Hospital), born in Providence, North Carolina
  • Nov 5 Christoph Metzelder, German footballer, born in Haltern, West Germany
  • Nov 5 Jaime Camara, Brazilian racing driver, born in Goiânia, Brazil
  • Nov 5 Eva González, Spanish model and beauty queen, born in Seville, Spain
  • Nov 5 Ibrahim Maalouf, French-Lebanese jazz trumpeter and composer, born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Nov 7 Gervasio Deferr, Spanish gymnast (Olympic gold 2000, 2004), born in Premià de Mar, Barcelona
  • Nov 7 James Franklin, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (31 Tests, 1 x 100, 82 wickets; 110 ODIs; Wellington CA, Gloucestershire CCC, born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Nov 7 Luciana Salazar, Argentine model and actress (Cien días para enamorarse), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Nov 8 Ana Vidovic, Croatian classical guitarist, born in Karlovac, Croatia
  • Nov 8 Luis Fabiano, Brazilian footballer, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Nov 9 Vanessa Minnillo, Filipino-born American TV personality (Entertainment Tonight), born in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines
  • Nov 9 James Harper, English footballer, born in Bell, California
  • Nov 9 Dominique Maltais, Canadian snowboarder, born in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Canada
  • Nov 10 Calvin Chen, Taiwanese singer (Fahrenhiet), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Nov 10 Troy Bell, American basketball player, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Nov 10 Donté Stallworth, American NFL wide receiver (New Orleans Saints), born in Sacramento, California
  • Nov 11 Willie Parker, American football running back (Pro Bowl 2006, 07; Super Bowl 2005, 08; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Clinton, North Carolina
  • Nov 12 Trent Acid, American professional wrestler, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ryan Gosling

Nov 12 Ryan Gosling, Canadian actor (The Notebook, Drive), born in London, Ontario

  • Nov 12 Gustaf Skarsgård, Swedish actor (Vikings), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Nov 13 Monique Coleman, American actress (High School Musical), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Nov 13 François-Louis Tremblay, Canadian short track speed skater
  • Nov 14 Margot Contois, American dance skater (with Robert Peal), born in Marquette, Michigan
  • Nov 14 Brock Pierce, American actor
  • Nov 15 Brett "Ace" Young, American pop singer (American Idol), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Nov 16 Kayte Christensen, American basketball player, born in Lakeview, Oregon
  • Nov 16 Nicole Gius, Italian alpine skier, born in Schlanders, Italy
  • Nov 16 Carol Huynh, 2008 Canadian Gold Medalist (48 kg. wrestling), born in Hazelton, Canada
  • Nov 17 [Clarke] Isaac Hanson, American pop singer and guitarist (Hanson - "MMMbop"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Nov 17 Brad Bradley, American professional wrestler
  • Nov 17 Mercedes Martinez, professional wrestler
  • Nov 18 François Duval, Belgian rally driver
  • Nov 18 Junichi Okada, Japanese pop singer (V6), and actor, born in Hirakata, Osaka, Japan
  • Nov 18 Dustin Kensrue, American singer- songwriter (Thrice), born in Irvine, California
  • Nov 18 Luke Chadwick, English footballer
  • Nov 18 Denny Hamlin, American auto racer (Daytona 500 2016, 19, 20), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Nov 19 Adele Silva, English actress (Emmerdale), born in London, England
  • Nov 20 James Chambers, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Nov 21 Danielle Hartsell, pairs skater (with partner Steve Hartsell), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Nov 21 Leonardo González, Costa Rican footballer
  • Nov 21 Hank Blalock, American MLB third baseman, 2002-10 (Texas Rangers), born in San Diego, California
  • Nov 21 Alec Brownstein, American author, director
  • Nov 21 Elaine Yiu, Hong Kong actress and presenter, born in Hong Kong
  • Nov 22 Yaroslav Rybakov, Russian athlete
  • Nov 22 Shawn Fanning, American Internet entrepreneur (Napster)
  • Nov 23 David Britz, American nano-technologist
  • Nov 23 Jonathan Papelbon, American baseball player, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Nov 24 Beth Phoenix, American professional wrestler
  • Nov 25 Kushan Liyanarachchi, Sri Lankan, prominent Live Buddhism Practitioner
  • Nov 25 Josh Lomberger, American professional wrestling backstage interviewer
  • Nov 25 Aaron Mokoena, South African soccer player
  • Nov 26 Jessica Bowman, American actress (Colleen Cooper-Dr Quinn), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • Nov 26 Delilah Cotto, Puerto Rican actress, dancer and model, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 26 Satoshi Ohno, Japanese singer and actor, born in Mitaka, Tokyo
  • Nov 27 Michael Yardy, English cricketer
  • Nov 28 Stuart Taylor, British footballer
  • Nov 28 Lisa Middelhauve [Elisabeth Rodermund], German rock singer (Xandria), born in Bielefeld, West Germany
  • Nov 30 Jamie Ashdown, English footballer

Famous Weddings

Norman Mailer

Nov 11 Novelist Norman Mailer (57) weds Norris Church (31) in Brooklyn, New York

  • Nov 24 Ronald Reagan Jr marries Doria Palmieri

Harold Pinter

Nov 27 British playwright Harold Pinter (50) marries 2nd wife British writer and historian Antonia Frazer (48)


Famous Deaths

  • Nov 2 Edith Bunker, character on "All in the Family", dies
  • Nov 3 Ludwig Hohl, writer, dies
  • Nov 4 Elsie MacGill, Canadian aeronautical engineer, 1st female in Canada to get bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, dies at 75
  • Nov 6 Mary Michael, American actress (Biridie-Wonderful John Acton), dies at 77

Steve McQueen

Nov 7 Steve McQueen, American actor called "The King of Cool" during the 1960s (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape), dies of a heart attack after surgery at 50

  • Nov 7 Wolfgang Weyrauch, German writer, dies at 73
  • Nov 9 Carmel Myers, American actress (Carmel Myers Show), dies at 79
  • Nov 9 Victor Sen Yung [Cheung Young], American actor (Across the Pacific, Charlie Chan in Honolulu), dies from accidental asphyxiation at 65
  • Nov 12 Alexander Nicolaas Voormolen, Dutch composer, dies at 85
  • Nov 12 Andrei Amalrik, Russian writer and dissident (Will the Soviet Union Survive Until 1984), dies in a car accident at 42
  • Nov 12 Haya Victoria van Someren-Downer [Gerarda Victoria Downer], Dutch politician, dies at 54
  • Nov 16 Imogen Hassall, English actress (Countess of Cleavage-Carry on Loving), suicide at 37
  • Nov 16 O. V. [Overton Vertis] Wright, American blues singer, dies at 41
  • Nov 18 Conn Smythe, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs 1927-61; Stanley Cup x 8), dies of heart failure at 85
  • Nov 20 John McEwen, 18th Prime Minister of Australia (1967-68), dies at 80
  • Nov 21 Jim Parks Sr, Kent cricket all-rounder (only Test for England), dies
  • Nov 22 Herbert Wade, cricketer (South African batsman & captain 1935-36), dies
  • Nov 22 Leonard Barr, comedian (Dean Martin Show, Szysznyk), dies at 77

Mae West

Nov 22 Mae West, actress (She Done Him Wrong), dies in Hollywood at 87

  • Nov 22 Norah McGuinness, Northern Irish painter (b. 1901)
  • Nov 23 Herby Wade, cricketer (South African capt 10 Tests 1935-36), dies
  • Nov 23 Thien-an Thich, Zen teacher/Vietnamese Rinzai line, dies in LA at 54
  • Nov 24 George Raft, American actor (Scarface, Johnny Angel, Mr Ace), dies at 79
  • Nov 24 Herbert Agar, American journalist and historian (b. 1897)
  • Nov 26 Rachel Roberts, Welsh actress (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Foul Play, Doctor's Wife), commits suicide at 53
  • Nov 27 F. Burrall Hoffman, American architect (b. 1882)

Dorothy Day

Nov 29 Dorothy Day, American journalist, social activist and devout Catholic convert, dies of a heart attack at 83