On This Day

What Happened on November 1, 1996

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • 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
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Deaths

  • J. R. [Junius Richard] Jayawardene, 2nd President of Sri Lanka (1978-89) and 7th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1977-78), dies at 90
  • Maati Bouabid, Prime Minister of Morroco (1979-83), dies