On This Day

What Happened in November 1994

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 Muslim fundamentalists in Mostaganem Algeria murder 5 children

Sports History

Nov 1 Chicago Bulls retire basketball superstar Michael Jordan's jersey #23 in a 2-hour ceremony at the United Center

  • Nov 2 Benzine explosion in Dronka Egypt, 400+ killed
  • Nov 2 NFL announces the expansion Carolina Panthers would play in the NFC West, while the Jacksonville Jaguars is assigned to the AFC Central
  • Nov 3 Dutch & British astronomers find spiral nebula Dwingeloo 1
  • Nov 3 Space shuttle STS-66 (Atlantis 13), launches
  • Nov 3 Susan Smith who claimed her two children were carjacked arrested for murder
  • Nov 3 Total solar eclipse in South America (4m23s)
  • Nov 3 Small forward Glenn Robinson signs the then most lucrative rookie contract in NBA history, a 10-year, $68.15 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks
  • Nov 3 First PlayStation console released by Sony Interactive Entertainment in Japan
  • Nov 4 Soyuz TM-20 lands in Kazakhstan
  • Nov 4 United Center in Chicago opens - Bulls beat Charlotte Hornets, 89-83
  • Nov 4 San Francisco: First conference that focuses exclusively on the subject of the commercial potential of the World Wide Web.
  • Nov 5 Space probe Ulyssus completes 1st passage behind the Sun
  • Nov 5 Tony Rominger bicycles world record for distance covered in one hour for second time (55.291 km)
  • Nov 5 Yak-40 accident in north of Peru, 8 killed
  • Nov 5 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; winners: Barathea, Cherokee Run, Concern, Flanders, One Dreamer, Tikkanen, Timber Country

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 5 George Foreman (45) KOs Michael Moorer to win boxing Heavyweight championship

  • Nov 6 24th NYC Women's Marathon won by Tegla Loroupe in 2:27:37
  • Nov 6 25th NYC Marathon won by German Silva in 2:11:21
  • Nov 6 Emomali Rachmonov recognized as president of Tadzjikistan
  • Nov 8 Cleveland Cavaliers 1st game at Gund Arena, lose to Hous Rockets, 100-98
  • Nov 8 Haitian government of Smarck Michel forms
  • Nov 8 Republican Party nominee Tom Ridge wins Pennsylvania Gubernatorial election with 45% of the vote
  • Nov 9 Chandrika Kumaratunga chosen 1st female president of Sri Lanka
  • Nov 9 Darmstadtium, Chemical element 110, discovered at GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research near Darmstadt, Germany

Historic Event

Nov 11 Bill Gates buys Leonardo da Vinci's "Codex" for $30,800,000

  • Nov 11 Progress M-25 launched to space station Mir
  • Nov 13 Sweden agrees to join European Union

Sports History

Nov 13 Title contenders Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill famously collide on lap 35 of the season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; Schumacher wins his first F1 World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Hill

Sports History

Nov 13 44th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins

Latest Wonder of the World

Nov 14 1st trains for public run in Channel Tunnel under English Channel

  • Nov 14 Space shuttle STS-66 (Atlantis 13), lands
  • Nov 15 "Glass Menagerie" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 57 performances
  • Nov 15 6.7-8.1 earthquake strikes Philippines, killing 45

Election of Interest

Nov 15 German Bundestag officially elects Helmut Kohl as Chancellor by a single vote (341-340)

  • Nov 15 Nepal Communist party Dutch Communist Party-UML wins election

Music Premiere

Nov 17 Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton's musical "Sunset Boulevard" opens at Minskoff Theater, NYC; runs for 977 performances, wins 7 Tony Awards

  • Nov 17 3rd Germany government of Kohl forms
  • Nov 17 Irish government of Reynolds resigns

Film Premiere

Nov 18 "Star Trek: Generations" film directed by David Carson and starring Patrick Stewart premieres

Film & TV History

Nov 19 Aishwarya Rai, 21, of India, crowned 44th Miss World

  • Nov 19 59th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 21-14 in Birmingham
  • Nov 20 "Flying Karamzov Brothers..." opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 performances
  • Nov 20 "Shadow Box" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • Nov 20 Russian Kosmos satellites 2294, 2295 and 2296 launch
  • Nov 20 Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign the Lusaka Protocol in Zambia, ending 19 years of civil war
  • Nov 20 Unseeded Argentine tennis star Gabriela Sabatini claims WTA Tour Championship with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over American Lindsay Davenport at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Sports History

Nov 20 American tennis star Pete Sampras beats Boris Becker 4–6, 6–3, 7–5, 6–4 to win his second ATP Tour World Championship title in Frankfurt, Germany

  • Nov 21 1st-class cricket debut of Andrew Symonds (Queensland v NSW, SCG)
  • Nov 25 Sony founder Akio Morita announces he will be stepping down as CEO of the company
  • Nov 27 CFL Grey Cup, BC Place, Vancouver: BC Lions beat Baltimore FC, 26-23; first-ever championship in pro football history featuring a US v Canada matchup; Lions win on last second Lui Passaglia field-goal
  • Nov 27 Fire in disco in Fuxin, North-China, 233 killed
  • Nov 27 Julio Maria Sanguinetti elected president of Uruguay
  • Nov 28 Norway votes against joining European Union

Historic Event

Nov 28 Convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is clubbed to death by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver in the Columbia Correctional Institution gymnasium in Portage, Wisconsin

  • Nov 29 Seoul, Korea, celebrated the 600th anniversary of its founding

Album Release

Nov 29 "My Life" second studio album by Mary J. Blige is released (Billboard Music Award Top R&B Album 1995)

  • Nov 30 Beatles' 1st album in 25 years, "Live at the BBC", is released in Britain
  • Nov 30 Cruise ship Achille Lauro destroyed by fire at Somalia, 4 die
  • Nov 30 Man Mohan Adhikary sworn in as 1st communist premier of Nepal

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 James Ward-Prowse, English soccer midfielder (9 caps; Southampton), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
  • Nov 7 Shamir [Bailey], American singer-songwriter and actor, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Nov 8 Lauren Alaina, American singer-songwriter (American Idol), born in Rossville, Georgia
  • Nov 10 Jon Rahm, Spanish golfer (US Open 2021; Ryder Cup 2018), born in Barrika, Spain
  • Nov 10 Zoey Deutsch, American actress (The Politician), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 12 Guillaume Cizeron, French ice dancer (Olympic gold [Gabriella Papadakis] 2022; World C'ship gold 2015–16, 18–19, 22), born in Montbrison, Loire, France
  • Nov 14 Keno Eckert Ludwig, German actor (Dumbo), born in Bonn Bad Godesberg, Germany
  • Nov 17 Raquel Castro, American actress
  • Nov 22 Dacre Montgomery, Australian actor (Stranger Things; Power Ranrgers), and poet, born in Perth, Australia
  • Nov 27 Shrek the sheep, New Zealand sheep that held world record for biggest shorn fleece, born at Bendigo Station, Otago (d. 2011)
  • Nov 28 Lola Sanchez, American actress
  • Nov 30 Nyjah Huston, American skateboarder, born in Davis, California

Famous Weddings

  • Nov 20 Patti Davis weds Paul Hayeland

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Richard Krautheimer, art historian, dies at 97
  • Nov 1 Syd Dernley, British hangman (1949-54), dies at 73
  • Nov 1 Noah Beery Jr, American actor (Rockford Files, Quest, Doc Elliot, Gung Ho!, Heaven With a Gun), dies of a cerebral thrombosis, at 81
  • Nov 1 Jan Wegter, Dutch actor (Pastorale 1943), dies at 64
  • Nov 2 David Feinberg, American AIDS activist and author, dies at 37
  • Nov 2 Egbert George "Pete" Pitterson, trumpeter, dies at 73
  • Nov 3 Dennis C Ott, American actor (Star Trek 3/4), dies of AIDs
  • Nov 3 Richard Krautheimer, US art historian, dies at 97
  • Nov 3 Ralph Wyckoff, American scientist and pioneer of X-ray crystallography, dies at 97
  • Nov 4 Alexander Hardie Williamson, British artist, dies at 87
  • Nov 4 Fred "Sonic" Smith, American guitarist (MC5 - "Kick Out the Jams"), dies of heart failure at 46
  • Nov 4 Sam Francis, American painter (Basel Mural), dies at 71
  • Nov 5 McHenry Boatwright, American operatic singer (Clarence Cameron White's "Ouanga"; Dave Brubeck's "The Gates of Justice"), dies of cancerat 66
  • Nov 6 Dean Gallo, American politician (Rep-R-NJ, 1985-94), dies of cancer at 58
  • Nov 7 Carleton Young, American actor (Reefer Madness, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), dies at 89
  • Nov 7 Shorty Rogers [Milton Rajonsky], American jazz trumpeter, flugelhorn player, arranger, and composer, dies of melanoma at 70
  • Nov 8 Marianne Straub, Swiss born English weaver (Festival of Britain), dies at 85
  • Nov 8 Michael O'Donoghue, American comedy writer (SNL), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 54
  • Nov 9 Priscilla Morrill, American actress (Edie Grant-Mary Tyler Moore), dies at 67
  • Nov 9 Ralph Michael, British actor (Quest, Doctor in the House), dies at 87
  • Nov 10 Carmen McRae, American jazz singer and pianist, dies at about 73
  • Nov 10 Louis Nizer, Jewish-American lawyer ("highest-paid lawyer in the world"), dies at 92
  • Nov 10 William Higinbotham, American physicist (member of team who developed first nuclear bomb), dies at 84
  • Nov 11 Elizabeth Lefanu Maconchy, English composer (My Dark Heart), dies at 87
  • Nov 11 Ernest Clark, British actor (Ghandi, The Dam Busters, Doctor in the House), dies at 82
  • Nov 11 Frances Tustin, English child psychologist, dies at 81
  • Nov 11 Pedro Zamora, Cuban American AIDS Activist, dies at 22
  • Nov 11 John Volpe, American politician (61st and 63rd Governor of Massachusetts) and U.S. Secretary of Treasury (1969-73), dies at 85
  • Nov 11 Frank McGuire, American basketball coach (won 550 games in 30 college seasons), dies at 80
  • Nov 12 Katherine Elliott, British physician (oral rehydration therapy), dies at 75
  • Nov 12 Michael John Innes Mackintosh Stewart Innes, writer, dies at 88
  • Nov 12 Wilma Rudolph, American athlete (3 Olympic gold 100/200/4x100m 1960), dies of brain cancer at 54
  • Nov 13 Frank Singleton, librarian, dies at 67
  • Nov 13 Joseph H. Hazen, US Lawyer/producer/VP (Warner Bros), dies at 96
  • Nov 13 Lewis Bingham Keeble, town Planner, dies at 79
  • Nov 13 Motoo Kimura, Japanese geneticist, dies at 70
  • Nov 14 Jake Dengel, American actor (Ragtime, Ironweed), dies at 61
  • Nov 14 John F Hampe, pathologist (Fabric & Stoflongen), dies at 83
  • Nov 14 John I M Stewart, detective writer (A Comedy of Terrors), dies at 88
  • Nov 14 Michael Grierson Jarrett, archaeologist, dies at 60
  • Nov 14 Tom Villard, American actor (b. 1953)
  • Nov 15 James W. Watts, American neurosurgeon, developer of the Frontal Lobotomy, dies at 90
  • Nov 15 Janet Ahlberg, illustrator, dies at 50
  • Nov 15 Volodymyr Ivashko, President of Ukraine (1990-91), dies
  • Nov 15 Elizabeth George Speare, American author (The Witch of Blackbird Pond), dies at 85
  • Nov 16 Chester Dino Powers Valenti, singer/Songwriter, dies at 57
  • Nov 16 Dan Smith, harmonica/gospel singer, dies at 83
  • Nov 16 Doris Speed, actress (Annie-Coronation Street), dies at 95
  • Nov 16 Harvey Watkins, gospel Singer, dies at 64
  • Nov 16 John Boylan, American actor (Twin Peaks, Sleepless in Seattle), dies at 82
  • Nov 16 Dino Valenti [Chester "Chet" Powers], American rock guitarist/vocalist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies at 57
  • Nov 17 G Waller, German/Swiss movie journalist (NRC/Variety), dies at 82
  • Nov 18 Cab[ell] Calloway, US band leader/actor (Missourians), dies at 86
  • Nov 18 Christopher Joyce, British photographer, dies at 51
  • Nov 18 Michael [George] Somes, English dancer (Royal Ballet), dies at 77
  • Nov 19 Dedrick Gobert, American actor (Boyz 'n the Hood), shot to death at 22
  • Nov 19 Julian Symons, British crime writer and poet, dies at 82
  • Nov 19 Li Yuan-chia, Chinese artist, dies at 65
  • Nov 20 John Lucarotti, British Canadian scriptwriter (Doctor Who), dies at 68
  • Nov 20 Ali-Akbar Sa'idi Sirjani, Iranian poet and journalist, dies at 64
  • Nov 21 Manfred Longer, Austrian/Dutch gay disco owner, dies at 42
  • Nov 22 Charles Fortune, South African cricket commentator, dies
  • Nov 22 John Michael Grimes, British set designer (Philby, Burgess and MacLean), dies at 70
  • Nov 22 L V Johnson Singer, dies
  • Nov 22 Norma Donaldson, American singer and actress (Poetic Justice, 5 Heartbeats), dies at 68
  • Nov 23 Eldero L D Williams, tenor saxophonist, dies at 70
  • Nov 23 Erick Frederick Hawkins, US dancer/wed to Martha Graham, dies at 85
  • Nov 23 Tommy Boyce, American songwriter (Boyce & Hart; The Monkees), commits suicide at 55
  • Nov 23 William Donald Campbell, diarist/Ornithologist, dies at 89
  • Nov 23 Art Barr, American professional wrestler, dies at 28
  • Nov 23 Frederick Hawkins, American dancer and choreographer, dies at 85
  • Nov 24 Ivo Perilli, Italian screenplay/director (Ragazzo), dies at 92
  • Nov 24 Jo Vis, Dutch resistance fighter (Yad Vashem), dies at 88
  • Nov 25 Arthur Ballard, artist, dies at 79
  • Nov 25 Gerard John Toorenaar, Amsterdam police commissar, dies at 69
  • Nov 26 Arturo Rivera Damas, archbishop of El Salvador (1980-94), dies at 71
  • Nov 26 David Bache, British car designer (Rover), dies at 69
  • Nov 26 Nimrod Workman, American folksinger, dies at 99
  • Nov 26 Joey Stefano, American actor (b. 1968)
  • Nov 26 Omer Vanaudenhoven, Flemish politician and resistance fighter, dies at 80
  • Nov 27 Arthur Frank "Peter" Shore, egyptologist, dies at 70
  • Nov 27 Fernando Lopes-Graça, Portuguese composer and musicologist (b. 1906)
  • Nov 28 Al Levitt, American jazz drummer, dies at 63
  • Nov 28 Franfo Fortini [Franco Lattes], Italian poet, dies at 77

Jeffrey Dahmer

Nov 28 Jeffrey Dahmer, American serial killer (Milwaukee Cannibal), killed in prison at 34

  • Nov 28 Jerry Rubin, US anti-war activist (Youth Party) and businessman, dies at 56
  • Nov 28 Vicente Enrique y Tarancon, Spanish cardinal, dies at 87
  • Nov 28 Ian Serraillier, English children's books author (The Silver Sword), dies at 82
  • Nov 28 Victor Legley, Belgian violinist, composer, and educator (Brussels Conservatory, 1949-80), dies at 79
  • Nov 29 Ronald "Buster" Edwards, British Great Train Robber turned flower-seller, found hanged at 63
  • Nov 29 Muhammad Ali Araki, Iranian grand ayatollah (Marja'), dies at 99
  • Nov 29 Sviatoslav S. Stravinsky, French-American composer, son of Igor S, dies at 84
  • Nov 30 Connie Conrad Henry Kirnon Kay, jazz Drummer, dies at 67
  • Nov 30 Guy Debord, situationist, dies at 63
  • Nov 30 Irwin Kostal, American orchestra leader and arranger (West Side Story; The Sound Of Music; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), dies at 83
  • Nov 30 Lionel Stander, American blacklisted actor (Hart to Hart, Unfaithfully Yours), dies at 86
  • Nov 30 Connie Kay, American jazz drummer (Modern Jazz Quartet), dies of a cardiac arrest at 67