What Happened in November 1984

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 First NBA game at LA Memorial Sports Arena - LA Clippers beat NY Knicks, 107-105
  • Nov 1 Larry Shue's "Foreigner" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 1 Willem de Kooning's "Two Women" sells for $1,980,000, a then record for a contemporary work of art and for a living artist
  • Nov 2 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Nov 2 Velma Barfield becomes the first woman executed in the United States since 1962
  • Nov 3 3,000 die in 3 day anti-Sikh riot in India


Nov 3 Body of assassinated Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi cremated

  • Nov 4 Nicaragua holds first free elections in 56 years; Sandinistas win 63%

Election of Interest

Nov 6 Incumbent Republican President Ronald Reagan re-elected President of the United States in a landslide; wins 49 states, and defeats Democrat Walter Mondale

  • Nov 6 Willie Hernandez wins AL MVP Award
  • Nov 7 STS 51-A launch scrubbed because of high shear winds
  • Nov 8 14th NASA Space Shuttle Mission: Discovery (STS 51-A) launches

Sports History

Nov 8 1st-class cricket debut of Wasim Akram, 2 months before his 1st Test for Pakistan

  • Nov 8 NASA astronaut Anna Lee Fisher becomes 1st "mom" to go into orbit aboard STS 51-A
  • Nov 9 1st-class cricket debut for Brian McMillan, Transvaal B v N Tvl B

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 9 Larry Holmes TKOs Bonecrusher Smith in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Nov 9 Most shots in a NY Islander game (88 - Isles 45, NY Rangers 43)
  • Nov 9 Vietnam Veterans Memorial ("3 Servicemen") completed
  • Nov 9 Wes Craven's horror film "A Nightmare on Elm Street" premieres in the US
  • Nov 10 Australia all out for 76 v West Indies at cricket WACA, Holding 6-21
  • Nov 10 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Hollywood Park; winners: Chief's Crown, Eillo, Lashkari, Outstandingly, Princess Rooney, Royal Heroine, Wild Again
  • Nov 10 Miami Hurricanes blows 31-0 lead in 3rd quarter lose to Md 42-40
  • Nov 11 "Three Musketeers" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Nov 12 NBC premiere of "Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story", fact based telepic of actress Saldana's near fatal attack and its aftermath

Music Single

Nov 12 Paul McCartney releases single "We All Stand Together"

  • Nov 12 Space shuttle astronauts snared a satellite 1st space salvage
  • Nov 13 David Levy finds his first comet

Historic Event

Nov 13 Ryne Sandberg wins the NL MVP Award

  • Nov 14 Astronauts aboard "Discovery" pluck a 2nd satellite from orbit
  • Nov 14 NASA launches NATO-3D
  • Nov 14 Zamboanga City mayor Cesar Climaco, a prominent critic of the government of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, is assassinated in his home city.
  • Nov 15 "Emergency" 16th studio album by American band Kool & the Gang is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1985)
  • Nov 16 14th Shuttle Mission (51A) -Discovery 2- lands at Kennedy Space Center (Florida)
  • Nov 16 Houston blocks 20 Denver shots tying NBA regulation game record

Sports History

Nov 16 Imran Khan makes his 1st appearance for NSW Cricket

Music History

Nov 16 John Lennon's 'Every Man has a Woman Who Loves Him' released posthumously

  • Nov 17 Golden State Warrior Purvis Short scores career high 59 points though team loses to NJ Nets 124-110
  • Nov 17 Islanders score 20 assists against Rangers
  • Nov 18 "3 Musketeers" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Nov 18 34th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Terry Labonte wins
  • Nov 18 Browns set team records for most sacks (11)
  • Nov 18 CFL Grey Cup, Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton: Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 47-17; Winnipeg scores final 44 points of the game
  • Nov 18 Flyers' Ron Sutter fails on 11th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Nov 18 NBC premiere of the first part of fact based crime mystery "Fatal Vision", based on Joe McGinnis' novel about Jefferey MacDonald and the 1970 murders of his then-pregnant wife and two children
  • Nov 18 NJ Devils shutout NY Rangers 6-0
  • Nov 18 The Soviet Union helps deliver American wheat during the Ethiopian famine
  • Nov 19 Liquid gas tank in Mexico City explodes; 334 die

Sports History

Nov 19 NY Met Dwight Gooden, 20, is youngest to be named NL Rookie of Year

  • Nov 20 McDonald's makes its 50 billionth hamburger
  • Nov 20 Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 20 SETI Institute (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) is founded.

Film & TV History

Nov 22 Fred Rogers of PBS "Mr Rogers Neighborhood" presents a sweater to Smithsonian Institution

Film Premiere

Nov 23 "A Christmas Carol" directed by Clive Donner starring George C. Scott premieres in the UK

Sports History

Nov 23 Boston College QB Doug Flutie passes (472 yards), including game ending 48 yard TD (Hail Mary Pass) to end game & beat Miami 47-45

  • Nov 23 Limited-over international cricket debut for Wasim Akram for Pakistan, v New Zealand

Sports History

Nov 23 Test Cricket debuts of Australians David Boon aged 23 & Bob Holland aged 38 (v WI)

  • Nov 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 25 Julio M Sanguinetti wins Uruguay presidential election
  • Nov 25 William Schroeder is second person to receive Jarvik-7 artificial heart

Sports History

Nov 26 After 518 goals & 14 years with Montreal Canadiens, Guy Lafleur retires abruptly

  • Nov 26 John W Mercom Jr announces New Orleans Saints are up for sale for $75 million

Sports History

Nov 26 Kim Hughes tearfully resigns as Australian cricket captain

  • Nov 26 US & Iraq re-establish diplomatic relations

Historic Event

Nov 28 Over 250 years after their deaths, William Penn and his wife Hannah Callowhill Penn are made Honorary Citizens of the United States

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Miloš Krasić, Serbian soccer winger (46 caps; CSKA Moscow, Juventus), born in Mitrovica, Kosovo
  • Nov 1 Natalia Tena, English actress (Nymphadora Tonks in Harry Potter franchise), born in London
  • Nov 2 Julia Stegner, German supermodel, born in Munich, Germany
  • Nov 2 Tamara Hope, Canadian actress (The Sandy Bottom Orchestra), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Nov 3 LaMarr Woodley, American NFL outside linebacker (Super Bowl 2008; Pro Bowl 2009; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Saginaw, Michigan
  • Nov 3 Ryo Nishikido, Japanese Idol (member of NEWS (band) and Kanjani8)

Eliud Kipchoge

Nov 5 Eliud Kipchoge, Kenyan distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 2016; first under 2:00), born in Kapsisiywa, Kenya

  • Nov 5 Nick Folk, American football player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 5 Tobias Enstrom, Swedish hockey player, born in Nordingrå, Sweden
  • Nov 9 Delta Goodrem, Australian singer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Nov 9 French Montana [Karim Kharbouch] American rapper, born in Casablanca, Morocco
  • Nov 9 Joel Zumaya, American baseball player, born in Chula Vista, California
  • Nov 10 Kendrick Perkins, American basketball player (Boston Celtics), born in Nederland, Texas
  • Nov 12 Conrad Rautenbach, Zimbabwean rally driver, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Nov 12 Jorge Masvidal, American mixed martial artist (UFC), born in Miami, Florida
  • Nov 12 Omarion [Omari Grandberry], American R&B musician, born in Inglewood, California
  • Nov 12 Sandara Park, South Korean actor, born in Busan, South Korea
  • Nov 12 Sepp De Roover, Belgian footballer, born in Geel, Belgium
  • Nov 14 Lisa De Vanna, Australian female footballer
  • Nov 14 Marija Šerifović, Serbian pop singer ("Molitxa"), born in Kragujevac, Serbia
  • Nov 16 Gemma Atkinson, British actress and model, born in Bury, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Nov 16 Kimberly J. Brown, American actress, born in Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Nov 17 Park Han-byul, South Korean actress
  • Nov 18 Johnny Christ [Seward], American heavy metal bassist (Avenged Sevenfold), born in Huntington Beach, California
  • Nov 18 Ryohei Chiba, Japanese pop singer, rapper and dancer (W-inds), born in Sapporo, Japan
  • Nov 20 Ferdinando Monfardini, Italian racing driver, born in Isola della Scala, Italy
  • Nov 21 Álvaro Bautista, Spanish motorcycle racer (125cc World Champion 2006), born in Talavera de la Reina, Spain
  • Nov 21 Jena Malone, American Actress

Scarlett Johansson

Nov 22 Scarlett Johansson, American actress (Lost in Translation, Avengers), born in NYC, New York

  • Nov 23 Justin Turner, American MLB player (Los Angeles Dodgers), born in Long Beach, California
  • Nov 23 Lucas Grabeel, American actor and singer, born in Springfield, Missouri
  • Nov 25 Gaspard Ulliel, French actor (Hannibal Rising; Saint Laurent), born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France (d. 2022)
  • Nov 27 Domata Peko, American football player
  • Nov 28 Andrew Bogut, Australian basketball player
  • Nov 28 Joross Gamboa, Filipino actor
  • Nov 28 Marc-Andre Fleury, Canadian NHL ice hockey goaltender, 3X Stanley Cup, 5X All-Star (Pittsburgh Penguins, and 2 other teams), born in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec
  • Nov 28 Mary Elizabeth Winstead, American actress
  • Nov 28 Trey Songz [Tremaine Neverson], American singer, rapper and songwriter (Passion, Pain & Pleasure), born in Petersburg, Virginia
  • Nov 29 Sitti [Navarro], Philippine bossa nova and pop singer, born in Manila, Philippines
  • Nov 30 Alan Hutton, Scottish footballer
  • Nov 30 Francisco Sandaza, Spanish Footballer
  • Nov 30 Nigel de Jong, Dutch soccer midfielder (81 caps; Manchester City, AC Milan), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Nov 30 Omahyra Mota, Dominican model/actress

Famous Weddings

Diego Maradona

Nov 7 FIFA soccer player Diego Maradona (24) weds long-time fiancée Claudia Villafañe in Buenos Aires

Roger Clemens

Nov 24 MLB pitcher Roger Clemens (22) weds Debra Lynn Godfrey

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Norman Krasna, author (Dear Ruth), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Nov 2 Margie V Barfield, US murderer, 1st woman electrocuted in 22 years
  • Nov 4 Merie Earle [Ireland], American film and television character actress (The Waltons - "Maude Gormley"), dies of uremic poisoning at 95
  • Nov 6 Gastón Suárez, Bolivian novelist and dramatist (b. 1929)
  • Nov 7 George Mathews, American stage and screen character actor (The Eve of St. Mark; Glynis - "Chick"), dies of heart disease at 73
  • Nov 8 Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen, Norwegian composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 10 Sudie Bond, American actress (Love Story, Johnny Dangerously), dies of a respiratory ailment at 56
  • Nov 10 Xavier Herbert, Australian author (b. 1901)
  • Nov 11 Jan Novák, Czech classical composer, dies at 63
  • Nov 11 Martin Luther King Sr, US vicar and father of MLK Jr., dies at 84
  • Nov 12 Chester Himes, American author (b. 1909)
  • Nov 13 Dorothy Arnold, actress (House of Fear, Phantom Creeps), dies at 66
  • Nov 13 Mauk de Braauw, Dutch minister (DS'70) and Minister of Wetenschapsbeleid, dies at 59
  • Nov 14 Cesar Climaco, Filipino politician (b. 1916)
  • Nov 15 Baby Fae, who received a baboon's heart, dies at 3 weeks
  • Nov 16 Leonard Rose, American concert cellist (NY Phil 1943-51), dies at 66
  • Nov 16 Vic Dickenson, American trombonist (b. 1906)
  • Nov 18 Mary Hamman, American writer and editor (Pictorial Review, Good Housekeeping), dies at 77
  • Nov 19 George D. Aiken, American politician (Senator-R-Vermont, 1941-75), dies at 92
  • Nov 20 Alexander Moyzes, Slovak composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 20 Trygve Bratteli, Norwegian Prime Minister (Labour: 1971-72, 1973-76), dies at 74
  • Nov 24 Godfrey Ridout, Canadian composer, dies at 66
  • Nov 27 Percy Norris, deputy high commissioner of India, shot dead
  • Nov 28 Hans Speidel, German general and NATO-supreme commander (1957-64), dies at 87
  • Nov 28 Ricky Bell, American NFL football running back, 1977-82 (Tampa Bay Buccaneers; San Diego Chargers), dies of heart failure caused by dermatomyositis at 29
  • Nov 29 Gotthard Günther, German philosopher (b. 1900)