On This Day

What Happened in November 1996

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 Philadelphia 76ers inaugurate NBA season with opening of the CoreStates Center before 20,444; largest crowd to see a basketball game in state of Pennsylvania; lose to Milwaukee Bucks, 111-103
  • Nov 1 Shaquille O'Neil makes his Hollywood debut as Los Angeles Lakers beat Phoenix Suns, 96-82 at the Forum, Inglewood; O'Neil scores 23 points and pulls down 14 rebounds in 35 minutes
  • Nov 2 "Hughie" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC
  • Nov 2 Miami Heat’s Pat Riley becomes eighth coach to win 800 games in 97-95 win at Indiana; milestone accomplished 2 weeks shy of his 15th coaching anniversary, faster than any coach in NBA history

Sports History

Nov 3 San Francisco 49ers receiver Jerry Rice grabs 3 passes for 45 yards and a TD to become 1st player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions in 24-17 win over New Orleans Saints; finishes career with 1,549

Sports History

Nov 3 Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant becomes the then youngest player to make his NBA debut (18 years, 2 months, 11 days) in 91-85 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Great Western Forum

  • Nov 3 "It's a Slippery Slope" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC
  • Nov 3 New York City Marathon: Giacomo Leone of Italy, man's champion in 2:09:54; Anuta Catuna of Romania takes women's title in 2:28:18

Album Release

Nov 4 British girls group the Spice Girls release their debut album "Spice", goes on to sell 23 million copies

Election of Interest

Nov 5 Bill Clinton is re-elected President of the United States, defeating Republican candidate Bob Dole

Sports History

Nov 5 Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is the unanimous choice as AL Rookie of the Year

  • Nov 6 LA Dodger Todd Hollandsworth wins NL Rookie of Year

Film Premiere

Nov 6 "The English Patient" based on the novel by Michael Ondaatje, directed by Anthony Minghella and starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche and Kristen Scott Thomas premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1997)

  • Nov 7 "3 Sisters" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC
  • Nov 7 Ex-NFL running back and Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier, is shot several times in his hometown of Camden, New Jersey; recovers
  • Nov 7 Wasim Jaffer gets 314* in 2nd cricket FC game for Mumbai v Saurashtra
  • Nov 9 8th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 48-21 in Chestnut Hill

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 9 Evander Holyfield upsets Mike Tyson in 11th-round knockout in Las Vegas to regain WBA heavyweight boxing title; second boxer, after Muhammad Ali, to win a heavyweight title 3 times

  • Nov 10 46th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Terry Labonte wins
  • Nov 11 Atlanta Braves starting pitcher John Smoltz wins NL Cy Young Award; Pat Hentgen of the Toronto Blue Jays claims AL Award
  • Nov 12 Toronto's Pat Hentgen wins AL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 12 Saudi Arabian Flight 763 and Kazakhstan Airlines Flight 1907 collide in midair over Charkhi Dadri in India, killing 349 people, the third-deadliest aviation disaster in history
  • Nov 13 "Three Sisters" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC
  • Nov 13 Joel Armengaud discovers 2^1398269 - 1 (35th known Mersenne prime)
  • Nov 13 Padres third baseman Ken Caminiti is 4th unanimous winner of NL MVP
  • Nov 14 Revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical "Chicago" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC
  • Nov 14 Texas Ranger Juan Gonzalez wins AL MVP
  • Nov 15 "Into the Whirlwind" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 2 performances
  • Nov 16 "Into the Whirlwind" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 2 performances
  • Nov 16 18th ACE Cable Awards: Lifetime wins the Golden CableACE for "Lifetime Applauds: The Fight Against Breast Cancer"
  • Nov 17 "Present Laughter" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • Nov 17 Time White and T. Assebework discover the first fossils of 2.5 million year old Australopithecus garhi, an ancestor on the human family tree, in Bouri, Middle Awash, Ethiopia
  • Nov 18 Eappens hire Louise Woodward as nanny, later she's charged with murder

Film Premiere

Nov 18 "Star Trek: First Contact" film directed by Jonathan Frakes and starring Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes premieres

  • Nov 19 "God Said, Ha!" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 22 performances
  • Nov 19 "Sex & Longing" closes at Cort Theater NYC
  • Nov 19 Albert Belle, signs record five-year, $55 million with White Sox
  • Nov 19 Space Shuttle STS 80 (Columbia 21), launches into space
  • Nov 19 The case of the Port Arthur massacre comes to trial.
  • Nov 19 Lieutenant General Maurice Baril of Canada arrives in Africa to lead a multi-national policing force in Zaire
  • Nov 19 The 12.9 km Confederation Bridge, joining Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island and Cape Jourimain, New-Brunswick is completed and becomes the longest bridge over ice covered waters in the world
  • Nov 21 "Rehearsal" opens at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Nov 21 A propane explosion at the Humberto Vidal shoe store and office building in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 33.

Sports History

Nov 22 O.J. Simpson takes stand as hostile witness in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against him, saying it is "absolutely not true"

  • Nov 23 Irene Skliva, 18, of Greece, crowned 46th Miss World
  • Nov 23 The Republic of Angola officially joins the World Trade Organization.
  • Nov 23 61st Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 24-23 in Birmingham
  • Nov 24 Elliot Goldenthal' musical "Juan Darién - A Carnival Mass" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater, NYC; runs for 49 performances
  • Nov 24 CFL Grey Cup, Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton: MVP Doug Flutie leads Toronto Argonauts to 13th title; beat Edmonton Eskimos, 43-37
  • Nov 24 Mashonaland defeat Matabeleland to win the Logan Cricket Cup
  • Nov 24 Mohammad Wasim scores 109 on Test Cricket debut, Pakistan v NZ Lahore

Sports History

Nov 24 German tennis star Steffi Graf retains her WTA Tour Championship with a 6–3, 4–6, 6–0, 4–6, 6–0 win over Martina Hingis at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Sports History

Nov 24 American Pete Sampras wins his 3rd ATP Tour World Championship tennis titles with a classic 3–6, 7–6, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4 victory over defending champion Boris Becker in Hanover, Germany

  • Nov 25 After 24 years, Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade, ends
  • Nov 26 Baseball owners approve interleague play, 26-4
  • Nov 30 South African cricket opening batsman Gary Kirsten follows his 1st innings 102 with 133 in the Proteas' 329 run 2nd Test win v India in Kolkata

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Lil Peep [Gustav Åhr], American rapper, born in Allentown, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)


Nov 7 Lorde [Ella Yelich-O'Connor], New Zealand singer (Royals), born in Auckland, New Zealand

  • Nov 9 Cheyenne Pyle, California, youngest heart transplant patient (90 mins old)
  • Nov 15 Vanessa Nakate, Ugandan climate activist, born in Uganda
  • Nov 22 Hailey Baldwin, American model, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Nov 22 Madison Davenport, American actress (From Dusk till Dawn: The Series), born in San Antonio, Texas

Famous Weddings

Daniel Day-Lewis

Nov 13 "A Room With A View" actor Daniel Day-Lewis (39) weds "Personal Velocity: Three Portraits" screenwriter Rebecca Miller (34) in Vermont

Michael Jackson

Nov 14 King of Pop Michael Jackson (38) weds Debbie Rowe (38) in Sydney, Australia

  • Nov 16 "What Part of No" country singer Lorrie Morgan (37) weds singer Jon Randall (29) in Nashville

Chris Rock

Nov 23 Actor and comedian Chris Rock (31) weds founder and executive director of StyleWorks Malaak Compton

  • Nov 30 Multimillionaire and top-selling female suspense novelist Mary Higgins Clark (67) weds Merrill Lynch Futures retired CEO John Conheeney (67) in Saddle River, New Jersey
  • Nov 30 "All My Children" actress-model Eva LaRue (29) weds John Callahan (42) under a 500-year-old banyan tree at Koele in Lanai, Hawaii

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 J. R. [Junius Richard] Jayawardene, 2nd President of Sri Lanka (1978-89) and 7th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1977-78), dies at 90
  • Nov 1 Maati Bouabid, Prime Minister of Morocco (1979-83), dies at 68
  • Nov 2 Christ Prater, English screenprinter, dies at 72
  • Nov 2 Eva Cassidy, American singer, dies of cancer at 33

Toni Stone

Nov 2 Toni Stone, American baseball second baseman (first woman to play in men's Negro League), dies at 75

  • Nov 3 Bernard Frank, French oriental scholar and writer, dies at 69
  • Nov 3 Barry Porter, British lawyer and Conservative Party politician, dies at 57

Jean-Bédel Bokassa

Nov 3 Jean-Bédel Bokassa, President (1966-1977) and later Emperor (1977-1979) of the Central African Republic, dies of a heart attack at 75

  • Nov 3 Abdullah Çatlı, a Turkish nationalist and neofascist activist (b. 1956)
  • Nov 4 Robert Rapoport, American social anthropologist, dies at 72
  • Nov 5 Eddie Harris, American jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 62
  • Nov 5 Lars-Ake Nilsson, diplomat, dies at 53
  • Nov 5 Paula Hinton, English ballet dancer, dies at 72
  • Nov 6 Mario Savio, American political activist, dies of heart attack at 53
  • Nov 6 Patience Edney, British nurse and communist, dies at 85
  • Nov 6 Tommy Lawton, footballer, dies at 80
  • Nov 7 Bryan Keith-Lucas, British political scientist, dies at 84
  • Nov 7 Claude Ake, political scientist, dies at 57
  • Nov 7 Michael Fenton Haddon, mining engineer, dies at 81
  • Nov 7 Jaja Wachuku, Nigerian Lawyer and First Foreign Affairs Minister (b. 1918)
  • Nov 7 Carmell Jones, American bebop jazz and session trumpet player (Bud Shank; Horace Silver), dies of heart failure at 60
  • Nov 8 Edward Albert Radice, British economist, dies at 89
  • Nov 8 Peter Fowler, British physicist who studied cosmic rays and radiation, dies at 73
  • Nov 8 Gino Marinuzzi, Jr., Italian-American conductor, symphonic and film score composer (Le Carrosse d’or), and electronic music pioneer (Fonosynth), dies at 76
  • Nov 9 Frederic Lipmann, French watchmaker, dies at 91
  • Nov 9 Roger Makins, diplomat, dies at 92
  • Nov 10 Beecher Moore, British sailor, dies at 88
  • Nov 10 Hugo Buchthal, art historian, dies at 87
  • Nov 10 Marjorie Proops, British journalist (Daily Mirror), and advice columnist (Dear Marje), dies at 85
  • Nov 11 Jo Baker, American blues-rock vocalist (Elvin Bishop), dies of liver disease at 48
  • Nov 12 Don Kenyon, English cricketer, dies at 72
  • Nov 12 Gwen Catley, English soprano, dies at 90
  • Nov 12 John Hardbattle, Botswana bushman activist (First People of the Kalahari), dies of cancer at 51
  • Nov 13 Kenneth Watkins, British woodland conservationist and founder (The Woodland Trust), dies at 86
  • Nov 13 Swami Rama, Himalayan yoga master (b. 1925)
  • Nov 13 Bill Doggett, American jazz and blues musician (Honky Tonk), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • Nov 14 Havelock Henry Trevor Hudson, Lloyd's of London underwriter, dies at 77
  • Nov 14 Joseph Bernardin, cardinal Archbishop of Chicago, dies at 68
  • Nov 14 Liz Knights, English book publisher (Victor Gallancz) dies of cancer at 41
  • Nov 14 Vera von der Heydt, German psychoanalyst, dies at 96
  • Nov 14 Virginia Cherrill, American actress (City Lights; Lake Extra; Brat), dies at 88
  • Nov 15 Alger Hiss, former alleged spy/lawyer, dies at 92
  • Nov 16 George Byatt, Scottish playwright (The Clyde Is Red), dies at 73
  • Nov 16 Jack Popplewell, British composer and playwright (If I Should Fall In Love Again), dies at 87
  • Nov 16 John Reginald Bevins, British Conservative politician, dies at 88
  • Nov 17 Andrew John Fairclough, trade union educator, dies at 45
  • Nov 17 Johan Fleming Ramsland, British broadcaster, dies at 54
  • Nov 18 David Herbert, publisher, dies at 69
  • Nov 18 John Vassall, British spy and civil servant (spied for Soviet Union), dies at 72
  • Nov 18 Douglas Guest, British organist (For the Fallen), dies at 80
  • Nov 19 Denis Jenkinson, British motor racing journalist, dies at 74
  • Nov 19 Edward Kassner, Austrian-born music publisher, dies at 76
  • Nov 19 Ian Bancroft, British civil servant (Head of the UK Civil Service), dies at 73
  • Nov 19 Krishnarao Shiva Shelvankar, Indian journalist and diplomat, dies at 90
  • Nov 20 Bert Geoffrey Achong, Trinidadian pathologist and inventor (electron microscopist), dies at 67
  • Nov 21 Bernard Rose, British organist, soldier, composer, and academic, dies at 80
  • Nov 21 Virginia Downing, actress (Gig, Butterfield 8), dies at 92
  • Nov 21 Abdus Salam, Pakistani theoretical physicist (1979 Noble Prize for Physics - electroweak unification theory), dies at 70
  • Nov 22 Maria Casares [Pérez], Spanish-French actress (Orpheus, Lectrice), dies at 73
  • Nov 22 Mark Lenard, American actor (Sarek-Star Trek), dies of cancer at 72
  • Nov 22 Terence Donovan, English fashion photographer, film and video director, commits suicide at 60
  • Nov 23 Art Porter, saxophonist, dies at 35
  • Nov 23 George Nicholas, cartoon animator, dies at 85
  • Nov 23 Mohamed Amin, Kenyan photojournalist, dies at 53
  • Nov 23 Ralph Tubbs, architect, dies at 84
  • Nov 23 Idries Shah, Indian author and Sufi teacher, dies at 72
  • Nov 24 Edison Vasalievich Denisov, Russian avant-garde composer (Sun of the Incas), dies at 67
  • Nov 24 Michael James O'Hehir, commentator/journalist, dies at 76
  • Nov 24 Sorley MacLean, Scottish poet (Poems to Eimhir and Other Poems), dies at 85
  • Nov 25 Hugh Joseph Charles James L'Etang, medical writer, dies at 79
  • Nov 25 Michael Economides, restaurateur, dies at 86
  • Nov 26 May Moxon, Scottish dance producer, dies at 91
  • Nov 26 Hans Klein, politician, dies at 65
  • Nov 26 Dame Joan Hood Hammond, Australian operatic soprano, dies at 84
  • Nov 26 Michael Bentine, British author/comedian (Reluctant Jester), dies at 74
  • Nov 26 Paul Rand, graphic designer, dies at 82
  • Nov 27 George Ernest Leslie, trade union official, dies at 76
  • Nov 28 Anna Pollak, English mezzo-soprano, dies at 84
  • Nov 28 Don McNeill, American tennis player (French C'ship 1939, US Nat C'ship 1940), dies of pneumonia at 78
  • Nov 29 Dan Flavin, American minimalist sculptor, dies at 63
  • Nov 30 Koji Kobayashi, industrialist, dies at 89
  • Nov 30 Tiny Tim [Herbert Khaury], American musician ("Tiptoe Through The Tulips"), dies of a heart attack at 71