On This Day

What Happened in November 1987

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 New York City Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya wins men's race, 2:11:01; English runner Priscilla Welch women's champion, 2:30:17
  • Nov 1 New York Jets retire Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Don Maynard's jersey #13
  • Nov 1 Brazilian Williams driver Nelson Piquet finishes 15th in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka but clinches his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship
  • Nov 1 New Zealand All Blacks create a rugby union international world record score when they beat Japan, 106-4 at the National Stadium in Tokyo
  • Nov 2 Entertainer Lola Falona is diagnosed with multiple schlerosis

Album Release

Nov 2 George Harrison releases album "Cloud 9" & Paul McCartney releases greatest hits album "All the Best"

Baseball Record

Nov 3 Oakland A's first baseman Mark McGwire wins American League Rookie of the Year with 49 home runs, 118 RBI; second to win AL award unanimously; first Carlton Fisk 1972

  • Nov 3 On Wall Street, after 5 consecutive gains, Dow Jones down 50.56

Historic Invention

Nov 3 Gordon Gould issued US patent US4704583 for the laser, ending his 30-year battle to be credited as the inventor of the laser

Sports History

Nov 3 New York Rangers' center Marcel Dionne becomes just the 2nd NHL player to register 1,700 career points, scoring a goal in 5-3 loss at Calgary

  • Nov 4 Benito Santiago, Padres catcher, wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 4 Lisa Steinberg, battered into coma by her adoptive father Joel
  • Nov 4 NBA announces 4 new franchises; Charlotte & Miami for 1988 & Minneapolis & Orlando for 1989

Music Premiere

Nov 5 Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's fairytale musical "Into the Woods" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC; runs for 764 performances, wins 3 Tony Awards and 5 Drama Desk Awards

  • Nov 5 France performs nuclear test
  • Nov 5 Iceberg twice size of Rhode Island sighted in Antarctic
  • Nov 5 South Africa ANC-leader Govan Mbeki freed
  • Nov 5 US Supreme Court nominee Douglas H. Ginsburg admits using marijuana, later withdraws from consideration
  • Nov 7 Tunisian premier Zine al-Abidine fires President Habib Bourguiba
  • Nov 7 3rd College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 32-25 in South Bend

Sports History

Nov 8 Cricket World Cup, Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India: David Boon scores 75 as Australia beats England by 7 runs for their first title;

  • Nov 8 11 are killed in an IRA bomb attack in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
  • Nov 10 Steve Bedrosian edges Rick Sutcliffe 57-55 to win NL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 11 "Roza" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 12 performances

Historic Event

Nov 11 Judge Anthony Kennedy nominated to Supreme Court

  • Nov 11 Moscow party secretary Boris Jerusalem resigns

Sports History

Nov 11 Boston Red Sox starter Roger Clemens wins back-to-back AL Cy Young Awards; Philadelphia Phillies starter Steve Bedrosian takes NL Award

Historic Event

Nov 11 van Gogh's "Irises" sells for record $53.6 million at auction

  • Nov 11 Football striker Mark Hughes plays for Wales and Bayern Munich in 2 countries on same day; appears for Wales in 2-0 European Championship loss to Czechoslovakia in Prague, then jets to Munich for 3-2 Cup win over Borussia
  • Nov 12 "Teddy & Alice" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • Nov 12 Heavy snow closes schools from DC to Maine
  • Nov 12 Ulla Weigerstorfer of Austria, 20, crowned 37th Miss World
  • Nov 13 1st condom commercial on British TV

Music History

Nov 13 Sonny & Cher perform together for the final time, singing "I Got You Babe" on 'Late Night with David Letterman' (NBC)

  • Nov 14 "La Cage aux Folles" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 1761 performances
  • Nov 14 Sam's Town National Bowling Pro-Am won by Debbie Bennett
  • Nov 15 28 of 82 aboard Continental Airlines DC-9, die in crash at Denver
  • Nov 15 Carla Beurskens runs Dutch female record marathon (2:26:34)
  • Nov 15 Leile McBridge (Denver), crowned Miss Black America
  • Nov 15 NY Giant Raul Allegre kicks 2, 50 or more yard field goals in a game
  • Nov 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sports History

Nov 15 Brazilian Williams driver Nelson Piquet retires from Australian Grand Prix at Adelaide with break trouble but wins his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 12 points from Nigel Mansell

Music Single

Nov 16 Paul McCartney releases single "Once Upon a Long Ago"

  • Nov 17 George Bell is 1st Blue Jay ever to win the AL MVP

Album Release

Nov 17 The Madonna compilation album "You Can Dance" is released

  • Nov 18 31 people die in a fire at King's Cross, London's busiest tube station
  • Nov 18 Congressional committee reports on Iran-Contra affair

Sports History

Nov 18 Cubs Andre Dawson is 1st player from a last-place club to win an MVP

  • Nov 19 France performs nuclear test
  • Nov 21 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Hollywood Park; winners: Epitome, Ferdinand, Miesque, Sacahuista, Success Express, Theatrica, Very Subtle
  • Nov 22 Patriots shutout Indianapolis 24-0
  • Nov 22 Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) ends his NBA free throw streak of 51 games
  • Nov 22 Two Chicago television stations are hijacked by an unknown pirate dressed as Max Headroom.

Sports History

Nov 22 37th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins

Sports History

Nov 23 German tennis star Steffi Graf claims her first WTA Tour Championship with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-4 win over Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina at Madison Square Garden, NYC

  • Nov 24 Li Peng succeeds premier Zhao Ziyang for the People's Republic of China
  • Nov 24 "Make It Last Forever" debut album by Keith Sweat is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1988)
  • Nov 25 Pakistan cricket leg-spin bowler Abdul Qadir takes 9-56 against England in 1st Test at Lahore; best figures by a Pakistani, and by any bowler against England
  • Nov 25 India all out for 75 v West Indies at Delhi, Patterson 5-24
  • Nov 25 Supertyphoon Nina pummels the Philippines with category 5 winds of 165 mph and a surge that swallows entire villages. at least 1,036 deaths attributed to the storm.
  • Nov 27 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Royal, Sydney
  • Nov 27 Young man survives 7 attempts at suicide in Somerset, England
  • Nov 27 52nd Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 10-0 in Birmingham
  • Nov 28 South African Airways Boeing 747 crashes into Indian Ocean, 159 die
  • Nov 29 Revival of Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen's musical ."Dreamgirls" closes at Ambassador Theater, NYC, after 177 performances
  • Nov 29 75th CFL Grey Cup, BC Place, Vancouver: Edmonton Eskimos 10th Championship; defeat Toronto Argonauts, 38-36 on Jerry Kauric's last second field-goal
  • Nov 29 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

NFL Record

Nov 29 Joe Montana of SF 49ers completes NFL record of 22 consecutive passes

  • Nov 29 New Orleans Saints win, assuring their 1st winning NFL season
  • Nov 29 Ranger's Bob Frosse becomes 2nd goalie to score a goal (vs NY Islanders). It is later ruled that he should not be credited with goal.
  • Nov 29 A Korean Air Boeing 707 explodes over the Thai-Burmese border, killing 115
  • Nov 30 Afghanistan Constitution adopted

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Jamie Demetriou, English comedian, actor and screenwriter (Shtath Lets Flats), born in London, England
  • Nov 2 Danny Cipriani, English rugby union fly-half, fullback (16 caps; Wasps, Gloucester), born in London, England
  • Nov 3 Gemma Ward, Australian model

Colin Kaepernick

Nov 3 Colin Kaepernick, American NFL quarterback (protest kneel during national anthem; SF 49ers), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Nov 3 Elizabeth A. Smart, American abductee and activist
  • Nov 4 T.O.P. [Choi Seung-hyun], Korean singer-songwriter (Big Bang) and actor, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Nov 5 Kevin Jonas, American guitarist (The Jonas Brothers), born in Teaneck, New Jersey

Ana Ivanović

Nov 6 Ana Ivanović, Serbian tennis player (French Open 2008; world #1 08), born in Belgrade, Serbia

  • Nov 8 Samantha Droke, American actress, born in De Leon, Texas
  • Nov 8 Sam Bradford, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2008, U of Oklahoma; NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year 2010, St. Louis Rams), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Nov 8 Erica Mena, American TV personality (Love & Hip Hop: New York), born in New York City
  • Nov 10 Jessica Tovey, Australian actress (Belle Taylor-Home and Away), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Nov 11 Yuya Tegoshi, Japanese Idol (member of NEWS and Tegomass), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Nov 12 Bryan Little, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Canada
  • Nov 12 Jason Day, Australian golfer (PGA Championship 2015, World Number #1 2015-16, 51 weeks), born in Beaudesert, Australia
  • Nov 15 Isaiah Osbourne, English footballer
  • Nov 15 Ian Hecox, Member of Smosh
  • Nov 17 Darren McKillion, Northern Irish sportsman
  • Nov 21 Brian Douwes, Dutch kickboxer and martial artist
  • Nov 22 Marouane Fellaini, Belgian footballer
  • Nov 23 Nicklas Backstrom, Swedish ice hockey player, born in Valbo, Sweden
  • Nov 23 Snooki [Nicole Polizzi], American reality TV personality (Jersey Shore), born in Santiago, Chile
  • Nov 24 Megan Mullins, American country singer-songwriter, fiddler, and mandolin player, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Nov 24 Sabi [Jenice Portlock], American hip-hop and pop singer-songwriter (The Bangz; "You Make Me Feel..."), born in Inglewood, California
  • Nov 24 Renate Reinsve, Norwegian actress (The Worst Person in the World), born in Solbergelva, Norway
  • Nov 27 Lashana Lynch, English actress (No Time to Die), born in London, England
  • Nov 28 Karen Gillan, Scottish actress (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy), born in Inverness, Scotland
  • Nov 29 Stephen O'Halloran, Irish footballer, born in Cobh, Republic of Ireland
  • Nov 30 Dougie Poynter, British singer and bassist (McFly), born in Orsett, England
  • Nov 30 Vasilisa Bardina, Russian tennis player
  • Nov 30 Ian Hecox, Part of the America Online comedy duo Smosh

Famous Weddings

Cal Ripken Jr

Nov 13 MLB baseball player Cal Ripken Jr (27) weds Kelly Geer at Towson United Methodist Church in Maryland

Lenny Kravitz

Nov 16 Actress Lisa Bonet marries singer Lenny Kravitz

Wedding of Interest

Nov 21 American actress Demi Moore (25) weds American actor Bruce Willis (32) at The Little White Chapel in Las Vegas; divorce in 2000

Phil Hartman

Nov 25 Actor Phil Hartman (39) weds former model Brynn Omdahl


Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 René Lévesque, Premier of Quebec, dies at 65
  • Nov 4 Raphael Soyer, Russian-born American artist (Depression scenes in NYC), dies at 87
  • Nov 5 Eamonn Andrews, Television Presenter (b. 1922)
  • Nov 5 Georges Franju, French film director (Judex; Les Yeux sans visage - Eyes Without A Face), dies at 75
  • Nov 5 Jan Nicolaas Bakhuizen van den Brink, Dutch theologist and church historian, dies at 91
  • Nov 6 Ross R. Barnett, American lawyer and politician, (Gov-D-Miss), dies at 89
  • Nov 6 William Pahlmann, American interior designer (4 Season restaurant, NYC), dies at 80
  • Nov 6 Zohar Argov, Israeli singer, dies in jail of unintentional suicide at 32
  • Nov 6 Jean Rivier, French composer and educator (Paris Conservatory, 1946-66), dies at 91
  • Nov 11 Lowell T. Coggeshall, American medical scientist and US Secretary of HEW (1956-58), dies at 86
  • Nov 11 Nico Slothouwer, poet (Liefdesstratenplan), commits suicide at 30
  • Nov 12 Roger Lewis, aviation exec (Lockheed, C Wright, Pan Am), dies at 75
  • Nov 16 Jim Brewer, American baseball relief pitcher (World Series 1965; MLB All Star 1973; LA Dodgers), dies of injuries suffered in car accident at 50
  • Nov 16 Zubir Said, Singaporean composer who composed Singapore's national anthem (b. 1907)
  • Nov 17 Irene Wicker, singer/actress (Singing Lady), dies at 81

Jacques Anquetil

Nov 18 Jacques Anquetil, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1957, 61-64; first 5-time winner), dies of stomach cancer at 53

  • Nov 21 Jim Folsom, American politician (Alabama-Gov, 1947-51, 1955-59), dies at 79
  • Nov 22 Ted Taylor, American R&B singer, dies in a car crash at 58
  • Nov 23 Marcia Henderson, American actress (Aldrich Family -"Kathleen"; Peter Pan), dies of lupus at 58
  • Nov 23 Alton Adams, American composer (1st black bandmaster in the United States Navy), dies at 98
  • Nov 24 Jehane Benoît, French Canadian culinary author (b. 1904)
  • Nov 25 Anton Pieck, Dutch illustrator (1001 Nights), dies at 92
  • Nov 25 Harold Washington, 1st African American mayor of Chicago (D, 1983-87), dies at 65
  • Nov 26 Emmanuel Bondeville, French composer, dies at 89
  • Nov 26 Thomas G Lanphier Jr, US WW II pilot, dies at 71
  • Nov 27 Babe Herman, American baseball right fielder (.324 career average; hit for cycle record x 3; Brooklyn Robins), dies at 84
  • Nov 28 Choh Hao Li, bio-chemist prof (isolated growth hormones), dies at 74
  • Nov 28 Paul Arma, Hungarian-French composer, dies at 83
  • Nov 29 Howard Pyle, American politician (Governor-R-Arizona, 1951-55), dies at 81
  • Nov 29 Irene Handl, British actress (Riding High, Morgan), dies at 85
  • Nov 30 Arthur H Dean, lawyer/advisor to FDR, dies at 89

James Baldwin

Nov 30 James Baldwin, American novelist (Go Tell it on Mountain, Another Country) and playwright (The Amen Corner), dies at 63

  • Nov 30 Simon Carmiggelt, journalist/literary (Kronkel), dies at 74