On This Day

What Happened in November 1986

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 Fire in Sandoz factory in Basel, 30 tons of chemicals in the Rhine
  • Nov 1 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; winners: Brave Raj, Capote, Lady's Secret, Last Tycoon, Manila, Skywalker, Smile
  • Nov 2 New York City Marathon: Grete Waitz of Norway wins her 8th NYC event in 2:28:06; Gianni Poli of Italy, men's champion in 2:11:06
  • Nov 2 Ayako Okamoto wins Nichirei Ladies Cup US-Japan Team Golf Championship

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Nov 2 German tennis star Boris Becker wins his third tournament in 3 weeks in different continents; beats Sergio Casal of Spain 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 in the final of the Paris Open after victories in Japan and Australia

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • Nov 3 Federated States of Micronesia signs Compact of Free Association with US
  • Nov 3 Joaquim Chissano elected president Mozambique

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 3 John Lennon "Menlove Avenue" album released posthumously

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Nov 3 Lebanese magazine Ash Shirra reveals secret US arms sales to Iran
  • Nov 3 Northern Mariana Islands becomes a Commonwealth associated with US
  • Nov 6 Houston's Mike Scott (18-10) wins NL Cy Young

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Nov 6 President Reagan signs landmark immigration reform bill

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Nov 6 Rev Donald Wildmon begins a campaign against Howard Stern
  • Nov 6 "Just Like the First Time" 2nd studio album by Freddie Jackson is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1987)
  • Nov 8 "Song & Dance" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 474 performances
  • Nov 9 Pakistan all out for 77 v West Indies at Lahore

  • Nov 10 Bangladeshi Constitution restored
  • Nov 11 Houston's Astro Mike Scott (18-10) wins NL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 11 Suriname government proclaims gold purification
  • Nov 12 France performs nuclear test

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Nov 12 Roger Clemens wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • Nov 13 Giselle Jeanne-Marie LaRonde of Trinidad, 23, crowned 36th Miss World
  • Nov 13 NASA launches space vehicle S-199
  • Nov 13 US President Reagan confesses weapon sales to Iran
  • Nov 14 Doubleday Publishing sells NY Mets to Nelson Doubleday and Fred Wilpon
  • Nov 14 FCC issues Notice Of Apparent Liability to WYSP Philadelphia
  • Nov 14 SEC imposes a record $100 million penalty against Ivan Boesky

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Nov 15 2nd time "Saturday Night Live" uses a time delay (Sam Kinison hosts)

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
Actor Phil Hartman
Phil Hartman
Comedian Sam Kinison
Sam Kinison

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 15 Beastie Boys release their debut album "Licensed to Ill" - 1st No. 1 rap album on Billboard charts

Rocker Adam Yauch
Adam Yauch

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Nov 16 36th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins

Auto Racer Dale Earnhardt
Auto Racer
Dale Earnhardt

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Nov 19 Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt wins NL MVP

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • Nov 19 Tina Howe's "Coastal Disturbances" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 20 Afghanistan President Babrak Karmal flees
  • Nov 20 World Health Organization announces first global effort to combat AIDS

  • Nov 21 Central African Republic adopts constitution
  • Nov 21 Suriname army leader Desi Bouterse massacres Moiwana village

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Nov 22 20 year old Mike Tyson becomes youngest heavyweight champion in history when he stops Trevor Berbick in round 2 at Las Vegas Hilton to earn the WBC title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

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Nov 22 Edmonton Oiler Wayne Gretzky becomes the 13th NHLer to score 500 goals

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

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Nov 23 Second WTA Tour Championship of the year; change of tennis schedule; Martina Navratilova wins 5th straight and 8th overall title with 7–6, 6–3, 6–2 win over Steffi Graf in NYC

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • Nov 24 "Smile" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Nov 24 Cards reliever Todd Worrell wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 24 Wrestler John Tatum charged with possession of marijuana

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Nov 25 A's Jose Canseco wins AL Rookie of Year

MLB Player José Canseco
MLB Player
José Canseco

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Nov 25 Oliver North's secretary, Fawn Hall, smuggles documents out of his office

Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure Oliver North
Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure
Oliver North
  • Nov 28 Hilbert van der Duim skates 1 hour world record 39.4928 km
  • Nov 28 US Reagan administration exceeds SALT II arms limitations for 1st time
  • Nov 28 OPEC reaches oil production accord
  • Nov 29 51st Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 21-17 in Birmingham
  • Nov 30 "Flamenco Puro" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • Nov 30 CFL Grey Cup, BC Place, Vancouver: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat Edmonton Eskimos, 39-15; Al Bruno's 2nd Grey Cup win, 1st as head coach, also as a player with 1952 Toronto Argonauts

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Nov 30 American-based Czech tennis star Ivan Lendl is first player to make over $10 million in career earnings

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Penn Badgley, American actor (Dan Humphrey - Gossip Girl), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Nov 2 Erika Jo, American country music singer, born in Angleton, Texas
  • Nov 2 Lara Sacher, Australian actress (Neighbours)
  • Nov 3 Paul Derbyshire, Italian rugby union flanker (24 caps; Benetton Treviso), born in Cecina, Livorno, Italy
  • Nov 4 Alexz Johnson, Canadian singer and actress, born in New Westminster, British Columbia
  • Nov 4 Adrian Zaugg, South African racing driver
  • Nov 5 BoA [Kwon Boa], South Korean singer, born in Gyeonggi-do
  • Nov 5 Kasper Schmeichel, Danish footballer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Nov 7 Sol Aranza, Mexican voice actress
  • Nov 7 Andy Hull, American singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Manchester Orchestra - "The Gold"), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Nov 8 Aaron H. Swartz, computer programmer and internet activist (Demand Progress), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • Nov 10 Josh Peck, American actor (Drake & Josh), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 11 François Trinh-Duc, French rugby player, born in Montpellier, France
  • Nov 11 Victor Cruz, American football wide receiver (New York Giants), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Nov 11 Jon Batiste, American jazz pianist, bandleader (Stay Human; The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), and composer (Soul), born in Metairie, Louisiana,
  • Nov 12 Evan Yo, Taiwanese pop singer, born in Taiwan, Taiwan
  • Nov 15 Sania Mirza, Indian tennis player, born in Mumbai, India
  • Nov 15 Jeffree Star, American model, fashion designer, make-up artist and singer-songwriter
  • Nov 16 Saeko, Japanese actress, born in Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan
  • Nov 17 Nani, Portuguese football player
  • Nov 18 Nic Sampson, New Zealand actor
  • Nov 20 Aaron Yan, Taiwanese singer and actor, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Nov 20 Oliver "Oli" Sykes, English rock vocalist (Bring Me The Horizon), born in Ashford, United Kingdom
  • Nov 20 Jared Followill, American alternative-rock backing vocalist and musician (Kings of Leon), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Nov 22 Oscar Pistorius, South African paralympic athlete
  • Nov 25 Amber Hagerman, American kidnapping and murder victim, basis of the Amber Alert system (d. 1996)
  • Nov 25 Katie Cassidy, American singer and actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 26 Trevor Morgan, American actor (Genius), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 26 Konstadinos Filippidis, Greek pole vaulter, born in Athens, Greece
  • Nov 27 Suresh Raina, Indian cricketer (Gujarat Lions, Chennai Super Kings), born in Muradnagar, India
  • Nov 30 Jordan Farmar, National Basketball Association player

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 1 MLB player Kirby Puckett (24) weds Tonya Hudson (20)

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 15 Golfer Byron Nelson (74) weds advertising copy writer Peggy Simmons (42)

Golfer Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 19 Hall of Fame boxing champ Muhammad Ali (44) weds Yolanda Williams

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 20 Comedian and actor Steve Martin (41) weds actress Victoria Tennant (36)

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin
  • Nov 28 NBC's Ahmad Rashad marriage proposal is accepted by Phylicia Ayers-Allen during halftime of Det Lions-NY Jets football game

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Sippie Wallace [Beulah Belle Thomas], American blues singer, (Women Be Wise) dies at 88
  • Nov 2 Paul Frees [Solomon Hersh Frees], American voice actor (voice of Boris Badenov in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show), dies at 66
  • Nov 3 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis [Edward F. Davis], American jazz saxophonist (Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band), dies of cancer at 65
  • Nov 3 E. Cuyler Hammond, American epidemiologist (first to link smoking with lung cancer), dies at 74
  • Nov 4 Kurt Hirsch, German mathematician (b. 1906)
  • Nov 4 Zlatan Vauda, Slovene composer and conductor (RTB Children's Choir, 1953-86), dies at 86
  • Nov 5 Bobby Nunn, American singer (The Robins, The Coasters) dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Nov 5 Claude Jutra, Québécois actor and film director (b. 1930)
  • Nov 6 Elisabeth Grümmer, Alsatian soprano (b. 1911)
  • Nov 7 Tracy Pew, Australian musician (The Birthday Party) (b. 1957)
  • Nov 8 Beatrice Kay, singer/actress (Sister Sue-Calvin & the Col), dies at 78

Person of interestVyacheslav Molotov

Nov 8 Vyacheslav Molotov [Skryabin], Russian politician (Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1939-49, 1953-6), dies at 96

Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov
Soviet Foreign Minister
Vyacheslav Molotov
  • Nov 10 King Clancy, Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and referee (b. 1903)
  • Nov 10 Rogelio de la Rosa, Filipino actor and politician (b. 1916)
  • Nov 10 Gordon Richards, British jockey (winner of 4,870 races), dies at 82
  • Nov 11 Roger C.Carmel, American actor (Mudd-Star Trek, Mothers-in-Law), dies at 54
  • Nov 13 Rolando Olalia, Philippines worker's union leader, murdered
  • Nov 13 Rudolf Schock, German opera tenor, dies at 71
  • Nov 13 Thierry Le Luron, French humorist, dies at 34
  • Nov 15 Alexandre Tansman, Polish composer (Dyptique), dies at 89
  • Nov 16 Siobhán McKenna [Cionnaith], Irish stage actress (Saint Joan, The Chalk Garden), dies of lung cancer at 63
  • Nov 17 Alan Hewitt, actor (Det Brennan-My Favorite Martian), dies at 71
  • Nov 17 Georges Besse, French president-director of Renault, murdered
  • Nov 18 Gia Carangi, American model (AIDS) (b. 1960)
  • Nov 18 Lajos Bárdos, Hungarian conductor, composer, musicologist and professor, dies at 87
  • Nov 20 William Bradford Huie, American writer and publisher, dies at 76
  • Nov 21 Jerry Colonna, American actor (Jerry Colonna Show, Alice in Wonderland, Road to Singapore), dies at 82
  • Nov 21 Marcelino Sanchez, American actor (b. 1957)
  • Nov 21 Dar Robinson, American film stuntman (b. 1947)
  • Nov 22 Fred Bertrand, Belgian politician, dies at 73
  • Nov 22 Robert Sutton Whitney, composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 22 Scatman Crothers [Benjamin], American actor, singer, dancer and musician (Chico and the Man, The Shining), dies at 76
  • Nov 22 Dinny Pails, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1947), dies at 65
  • Nov 22 Robert Whitney, American conductor (Sospiro do Roma), dies at 82
  • Nov 26 Betico Croes, Arubian politician, dies in an accident at 48
  • Nov 27 Steve Tracy, actor (Percival-Little House on Praire), dies at 61
  • Nov 28 Herb Vigran, actor (Ernest-Ed Wynn Show), dies at 76

Person of interestCary Grant

Nov 29 Cary Grant [Archibald Alexander Leach], British-born American actor (Arsenic & Old Lace, North by Northwest), dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 82

Actor Cary Grant
Cary Grant
  • Nov 29 Herb Vigran, actor (Vampire, Mark of Vampire), dies