On This Day

What Happened in November 1991

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 New Dutch Regulations Traffic rules & Traffic signs enforced
  • Nov 1 Three faculty, and one staff member of the department of physics and astronomy, were killed, along with one administrator, when physics graduate student Gang Lu went on a shooting rampage at the University of Iowa.
  • Nov 1 Last of Kuwait oil well fires extinguished by Canadian well control team "SafetyBOSS"
  • Nov 2 Jermaine Jackson releases "Word to the Badd!!" anti Michael song
  • Nov 2 Nevada makes biggest comeback in NCAA football history, overcoming a 35 point 3rd quarter deficit to rally and beat Weber State, 55-49
  • Nov 2 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; winners: Arazi, Black Tie Affair, Dance Smartly (leading female thoroughbred money-earner, with $3,083,456), Miss Alleged, Opening Verse, Pleasant Stage, Sheikh Albadou
  • Nov 2 Bartholomew I becomes the Patriarch of Constantinople, head of 300 million followers of the Eastern Orthodox Church
  • Nov 2 2nd Rugby World Cup Final, Twickenham: Australia beats England, 12-6 with Wallabies fly-half Michael Lynagh landing 2 penalties and a conversion
  • Nov 3 New York City Marathon: Salvador Garcia of Mexico men's champion in 2:09:28; Liz McColgan of Scotland wins women's title, 2:27.0

Sports History

Nov 3 Ayrton Senna wins Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; shortest F1 race ever run (14 laps) because of wet conditions; Senna retains his 3rd World Drivers Championship by 24 points from Nigel Mansell

  • Nov 4 Mid East peace conference ends in Madrid Spain

Historic Event

Nov 4 Imelda Marcos returns from exile to the Philippines and was arrested the next day for tax fraud and corruption. She was then released on $6,400 bail.

  • Nov 5 Kiichi Miyazawa elected premier of Japan
  • Nov 5 Richard J Kerr ends term as acting director of CIA
  • Nov 6 "Moscow Circus Cirk Valentin" opens at Gershwin NYC for 32 performances
  • Nov 6 Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovitsj returns to St Petersburg
  • Nov 6 Keck II, biggest telescope in use at Mauna Kea Hawaii
  • Nov 6 Maximus 2.0 BBS released
  • Nov 6 Robert M Gates, becomes 15th director of CIA

Historic Event

Nov 6 Russian President Boris Yeltsin outlaws the Communist Party

Kuwaiti Oil Fires

Nov 6 The last oil fire in Kuwait set by retreating Iraqi troops is extinguished

  • Nov 7 "Brigadoon" opens at New York State Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Nov 7 "Park Your Car in Harvard Yard" opens at Music Box NYC
  • Nov 7 1st NBA game in Delta City, Utah Jazz beats Seattle 103-95

Sports History

Nov 7 Magic Johnson announces he has HIV virus & retires from LA Lakers

Sports History

Nov 8 Paul Coffey sets NHL defenseman scoring mark with 311th goal

  • Nov 9 Houston's Roman Anderson is 1st NCAA to kick 400 pts
  • Nov 9 Joint European Torus (JET) scientists in Culham England successfully harness nuclear fusion to produce the first large amount of controlled fusion power
  • Nov 10 Bernie Kosar ends NFL record of 308 passes without an interception
  • Nov 10 Browns set club record for largest lead blown (led 23-0), Philadelphia 32-30
  • Nov 10 Marty Glickman broadcasts his 1,000th football game
  • Nov 10 South Africa's 1st cricket international since 1970 - one-day v India

Film & TV History

Nov 12 US TV series "Full House" 100th episode, the twins are born

Sports History

Nov 12 Atlanta Brave Tom Glavine wins NL Cy Young Award

  • Nov 12 Dili Massacre, Indonesian forces open fire on a crowd of protesters in Dili, East Timor, killing at least 250
  • Nov 13 Bomb destroys Dutch Labour party politician Aad Kosto's house in a failed assassination attempt, he survives and in a famous image finds and cuddles his cat

Sports History

Nov 13 Boston Red Sox Roger Clemens wins AL Cy Young Award

Television Premiere

Nov 14 Michael Jackson's "Black or White" video premieres on FOX TV

  • Nov 14 Pittsburgh Steelers guard Terry Long loses his steroids appeal and is suspended without pay by NFL for 4 weeks
  • Nov 14 American and British authorities announce indictments against two Libyan intelligence officials in connection with the downing of the Pan Am Flight 103

Historic Event

Nov 14 Cambodian Prince Norodom Sihanouk returns to Phnom Penh after thirteen years of exile

  • Nov 15 Dow Jones avg drops 120.31 points (5th largest dive)
  • Nov 15 Ricky Pierce (Seattle) begins NBA free throw streak of 75 game
  • Nov 17 "Brigadoon" closes at New York State Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Nov 17 1st TV condom ad aired (FOX- TV)
  • Nov 17 Detroit Lion Mike Utley is paralized in a game vs LA Rams

Sports History

Nov 17 41st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins

Sports History

Nov 17 In an all-American final Pete Sampras wins his first of 5 ATP Tour World Championship tennis titles with a 3–6, 7–6, 6–3, 6–4 victory over Jim Courier in Frankfurt, Germany

  • Nov 18 France deports Marlon's daughter Cheyenne Brando to Tahiti
  • Nov 18 Muslim Shi'ites release hostages Terry Waite & Thomas Sutherland
  • Nov 18 Auburn men's basketball team placed on 2 yr probation for recruiting violations and not eligible for post-season play 1991-92

Victory in Battle

Nov 18 The Croatian city of Vukovar surrenders to Yugoslav People's Army and allied Serb paramilitary forces after an 87-day siege

Sports History

Nov 19 Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken wins his 2nd AL MVP

  • Nov 20 Atlanta Braves Terry Pendleton wins NL MVP
  • Nov 21 Poetess Maria Elene Cruz Varela arrested in Cuba

Sports History

Nov 22 NY Knicks pay Patrick Ewing a record $18.8 million for 2 yr extension

Film Release

Nov 22 "Phool Aur Kaante", the film debut of famous Indian actor Ajay Devgan, is released

Music History

Nov 23 Freddie Mercury, 45, confirms he has AIDS the day before he dies

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 23 Evander Holyfield TKOs Bert Cooper in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Nov 23 Martín López-Zubero swims world record 200m backstroke (1:56.57)
  • Nov 23 Sacramento Kings ends NBA's longest road losing streak at 43 games
  • Nov 23 Brigham Young University quarterback Ty Detmer finishes NCAA career with record 4,031 yards passed in a season, and 15,031 yards for career
  • Nov 24 1st international flight from Long Island's MacArthur Airport (to Mexico)

Grey Cup

Nov 24 CFL Grey Cup, Winnipeg Stadium: Toronto Argonauts defeat Calgary Stampeders, 36-21; Argos under new ownership of LA Kings owner Bruce McNall, hockey player Wayne Gretzky and actor John Candy

  • Nov 24 After going 12-0, Washington Redskins lose to Dallas 24-21

Sports History

Nov 24 Monica Seles sets female tennis record, winning prize money of $2,457,758 in a year

  • Nov 24 Rachmon Nabijev elected president of Tadzjikistan
  • Nov 24 US 75th manned space mission "STS 44" Atlantis 10 launched
  • Nov 24 Yugoslavian tennis star Monica Seles beats Martina Navratilova 6–4, 3–6, 7–5, 6–0 to win her 2nd straight WTA Tour Championship at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Nov 26 Condoms are handed out to thousands of NY High School students
  • Nov 27 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Cathy Rigby, opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Nov 27 Poetess Maria Elene Cruz Varela sentenced to 2 years (Cuba)

Pro Wrestling

Nov 27 Undertaker beats Hulk Hogan to become new WWF champ

  • Nov 29 TV show "Roc" has a gay wedding episode - Can't Help Loving that Man
  • Nov 29 Test Cricket debut of Javagal Srinath, v Australia at the Gabba
  • Nov 30 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou, China: Michelle Akers scores twice as US beats Norway, 2-1
  • Nov 30 93 cars and 11 truck accident near San Francisco during a dust storm, 17 die
  • Nov 30 Rob Pilatus, 27, of Milli Vanilli attempts suicide
  • Nov 30 San Diego State's Marshall Faulk is 1st freshman to capture national rushing and scoring titles
  • Nov 30 56th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 13-6 in Birmingham

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Jiang Yuyuan, Chinese gymnast (Olympic teams gold 2008), born in Liuzhou, Guangxi
  • Nov 1 Anthony Ramos, American actor and singer-songwriter (Hamilton), born in New York City
  • Nov 8 DanTDM [Daniel Middleton], British professional gamer and YouTube personality (The Diamond Minecraft), born in Aldershot, England
  • Nov 10 Inseong Cho, South Korean actor
  • Nov 11 Christa B. Allen, American actress ( Revenge), born in Wildomar, California
  • Nov 12 Kathleen Herles, American child voice actress (Dora the Explorer, and Go, Diego, Go! - "Dora"), born in Queens, New York City
  • Nov 15 Shailene Woodley, American Actress (The Fault in Our Stars), born in San Bernardino County, California
  • Nov 23 Anurag Kashyap, 2005 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion, born in Muzaffarpur, India
  • Nov 27 Nur Atikah Nabilah, Singaporean gymnast, born in Singapore

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Joseph Papp, US theater producer (A Chorus Line, Hair), dies at 70
  • Nov 2 Fran Stevens, singer, dies of cancer in Bronx NY at 72
  • Nov 2 Irwin Allen, American film and television producer (Land of the Giants; The Poseidon Adventure), dies at 75
  • Nov 2 Mort Shuman, American singer, and songwriter, with Doc Pomus ("Viva Las Vegas"; "Save The Last Dance For Me"), dies of cancer at 54
  • Nov 5 Fred MacMurray, American actor (Double Indemnity, The Apartment, My Three Sons), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • Nov 5 Robert Maxwell, British billionaire publisher (NY Daily News), dies at 68
  • Nov 6 Andre Vandernoot, Flemish fluitist, conductor, dies at 64

Gene Tierney

Nov 6 Gene Tierney, American actress (Laura, Leave Her to Heaven, The Razor's Edge), dies of emphysema at 70

  • Nov 7 Tom of Finland [Touko Laaksonen], Finnish fetish artist, dies at 71
  • Nov 8 Frances Faye, American cabernet singer and actress (Pretty Baby), dies after a stroke ay 79
  • Nov 8 John Kirkpatrick, American pianist and musicologist (Charles Ives Archives), dies at 86
  • Nov 9 Guido Claus, Belgian actor (Sacrament), dies
  • Nov 10 Alessandro Lessona, Minister of Italian Colonies (1931-38), dies
  • Nov 10 Franco Malfatti, president of Commission of Europe (1970-1972), dies
  • Nov 10 Tutte Lemkow, dancer and director (Capt Paradise; I Am A Camera), dies at 73
  • Nov 10 Dick the Bruiser [William Fritz Afflis], American professional wrestler, dies at 62
  • Nov 12 Diane Brewster, American actress (Courage of Black Beauty), dies at 60
  • Nov 12 Paul-Émile Léger, Canadian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop (Montreal), dies at 87
  • Nov 13 Cyril Poitier, actor (Uptown Saturday Night), dies of cancer at 80
  • Nov 13 Hanson Baldwin, US military historian, dies at 88
  • Nov 14 Tony Richardson, British director (Tom Jones), dies of AIDs at 63
  • Nov 16 Ralph Marrero, American actor (Dawn of the Dead; The Babe; Johnny Suede), dies in car accident at 33
  • Nov 17 John Blatnik, (Rep-Minn, 1947-75), dies at 80
  • Nov 17 Kelly Jean Van Dyke-Nance, American actress, adult film performer and Jerry Van Dyke's daughter, commits suicide at 33
  • Nov 17 Paul Reid Roman, actor (Aviator, Blue Knight), dies of cancer at 55

Adrian Quist

Nov 17 Adrian Quist, Australian tennis player, analyst (Australian C'ship 1936, 40, 48), dies at 78

  • Nov 18 Gustav Husak, president of Czechoslovakia (1975-89), dies at 78
  • Nov 19 Reggie Nalder, Austrian actor (Mark of Devil), dies of bone cancer at 80
  • Nov 20 Gina Petrushka, actress (Exorcist, Sybil), dies at 82
  • Nov 21 Daniel Mann [Chugerman], American stage and screen director (The Rose Tattoo; The Teahouse Of The August Moon; Butterfield 8), dies of heart failure at 79
  • Nov 21 David "Sonny" Werblin, AFL owner (NY Jets), dies at 81
  • Nov 21 Prior Jones, West Indian cricket fast bowler (9 Tests, 25 wickets; Trinidad), dies at 74
  • Nov 21 Sonny Werblin, NY sports impresario, dies at 81
  • Nov 22 Jac de Jong [Jacobus Hendrik de Jong], Dutch entrepreneur and politician (Nedac-Sorbo), dies
  • Nov 23 Ken Uehara, actor (Honolulu-Tokyo), dies of heart failure at 82
  • Nov 23 Klaus Kinski [Naksynski], German-Polish actor (Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Little Drummer Girl), dies at 65
  • Nov 24 Anton Furst, American production designer (Batman), dies at 47
  • Nov 24 Eric Carr [Paul Charles Caravello], American drummer (Kiss), dies of cancer at 41

Freddie Mercury

Nov 24 Freddie Mercury [Farrokh Bulsara], British singer-songwriter (Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"), dies of AIDS at 45

  • Nov 25 Eleanor Audley, American voice actress (Cinderella - "Wicked Stepmother"), dies at 86
  • Nov 26 Bob Johnson, collegiate and NHL ice hockey coach (University of Wisconsin Badgers, 1966-82; US Olympic team, 1976; Calgary Flames, 1982-87; Pittsburgh Penguins, 1990-91), dies of brain cancer at 60
  • Nov 26 Dehl Berti, Chiricahua Apache actor (Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Guns of Paradise), dies of heart attack at 70
  • Nov 26 François Billetdoux, French author (Word Awake), dies at 64
  • Nov 26 Ed Heinemann, American aircraft designer (Douglas Aircraft; b. 1908)
  • Nov 29 Frank Yerby, American novelist (The Foxes of Harrow), dies at 75
  • Nov 29 Ralph Bellamy, American actor (Rosemary's Baby, His Girl Friday, Trading Places), dies at 87
  • Nov 29 Louis Finkelstein, American historian and theologist (Pharizees), dies at 96
  • Nov 30 Zin [Parke Gerald Zinzan] Harris, New Zealand cricketer (9 Tests for NZ 1962-65), dies at 64