On This Day

What Happened in November 1997

Historical Events

Film Premiere

Nov 1 "Titanic" directed by James Cameron, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet premieres at the Tokyo International Film Festival (Academy Awards Best Picture 1998)

  • Nov 1 North Carolina State University wide receiver Torry Holt catches 5 touchdown passes in a 48-35 loss to Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee
  • Nov 1 Louisiana State University running back Kevin Faulk rushes for 212 yards and a school record 5 touchdowns in a 63-28 win at Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington

Sports History

Nov 1 Expanded Negro Leagues Museum and the new American Jazz Museum open in Kansas City's historic 18th and Vine district

  • Nov 2 "Barrymore" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 240 performances
  • Nov 2 New York City Marathon: John Kagwe of Kenya wins men's race in 2:08:12; Franziska Rochat-Moser of Switzerland women's champion in 2:28:43
  • Nov 2 Typhoon Linda kills at least 208 in southern Vietnam
  • Nov 2 Eric Metcalf of the San Diego Chargers returns punts for touchdowns of 85 & 67 yards in 38-31 loss at Cincinnati; joins Hall of Famer Jack Christiansen as only players in NFL history to return punts for TDs twice in a game

Television Premiere

Nov 2 Rodgers & Hammerstein's television musical "Cinderella", starring Brandy Norwood, Whitney Houston, and Bernadette Peters premieres on ABC-TV

Sports History

Nov 3 American racing legend Bill Shoemaker retires from thoroughbred training with a 90 winners from 713 start record; rode record 8,833 winners as a jockey, before becoming a trainer in 1990

  • Nov 3 Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra becomes 6th player to be unanimous choice for American League Rookie of the Year; leads AL in hits (209), triples (11), multi-hit games (68); also sets AL rookie-record with 30-game hitting streak
  • Nov 3 California law ends affirmative action
  • Nov 3 British TV comedy "I'm Alan Partridge" starring Steve Coogan premieres on BBC Two

Album Release

Nov 4 "Come On Over" 3rd studio album by Shania Twain is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1999)

  • Nov 5 2 hours after Davey Johnson resigns he is named AL Manager of Year

Film & TV History

Nov 5 French court orders producer Jacques Charrier, ex-husband of Brigitte Bardot, to pay the former screen star $8,300 in damages

  • Nov 6 "Proposals" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • Nov 6 SF Giants manager Dusty Baker named NL Manager of the Year

Film Release

Nov 7 "Bean" film directed by Mel Smith and starring Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean opens in the US

  • Nov 8 Tampa Bay Devil Rays name their 1st manager Larry Rothschild
  • Nov 8 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Hollywood Park; winners: Countess Diana, Elmhurst, Ajina, Spinning World, Favorite Trick, Chief Bearhart, Skip Away
  • Nov 9 "Cherry Orchard" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Nov 9 "Scarlet Pimpernel" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC
  • Nov 10 "Jackie - An American Life" opens at Belasco Theater NYC

Historic Event

Nov 10 Artist Peter Max pleads guilty to tax fraud & time served

  • Nov 10 Nanny Louise Woodward murder conviction downgraded to manslaughter
  • Nov 11 CBS News anchor Dan Rather renews his contract to 2002

Sports History

Nov 11 Canadian based players win Cy Young Awards for best MLB pitcher; Toronto Blue Jays' Roger Clemens wins his 4th AL Award; Pedro Martinez of Montreal Expos takes NL Award

  • Nov 11 WNBA announces franchises in Detroit (Shock) and Washington D.C. (Mystics) would join the League as expansion teams for the 1998 season
  • Nov 11 NHL’s new Columbus franchise (scheduled to begin play in 2000) announce team’s name would be “Blue Jackets” after soldiers in the Union army during the American Civil War
  • Nov 12 Dick Vitale signs with ESPN through year 2004
  • Nov 13 "Lion King" opens at New Amersterdam Theater NYC
  • Nov 13 UN pulls out arms inspection teams from Iraq
  • Nov 14 Colo Rockie Larry Walker wins NL MVP
  • Nov 14 Disney's "Lion King" sets Broadway record of $2,700,000 daily sale
  • Nov 15 19th ACE Cable Awards: Nickelodeon wins the Golden Cable ACE for "The Big Help"
  • Nov 16 "1776" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Nov 16 CFL Grey Cup, Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton: heavily favoured defending champion Toronto Argonauts beat Saskatchewan Roughriders, 47-23
  • Nov 16 After nearly 18 years of incarceration, the People's Republic of China releases Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident, from jail for medical reasons.
  • Nov 16 47th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jeff Gordon wins

Sports History

Nov 16 American tennis great Pete Sampras wins back-to-back ATP Tour World Championship titles with a 6–3, 6–2, 6–2 over Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov in Hanover, Germany

Hall of Fame

Nov 17 Mario Lemieux enters NHL Hall of Fame

  • Nov 17 In Luxor, Egypt, 62 people are killed by 6 Islamic militants outside the Temple of Hatshepsut, known as Luxor massacre (The police then kill the assailants).
  • Nov 18 Arizona Diamondbacks & Tampa Bay Devil Rays expansion draft
  • Nov 18 FBI says no evidence of foul play in 1996 TWA 800 crash
  • Nov 18 70s glam-rock star Gary Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) arrested by British police in child porn probe
  • Nov 18 Mavericks' A C Green ties Randy Smith's NBA record of 906 cons games
  • Nov 18 Rare black pearl necklace auctioned for record $902,000
  • Nov 18 Willem de Kooning painting "Two Standing Women" sold for $4,182,500
  • Nov 18 "Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture" album is released by Sony Music Soundtrax
  • Nov 19 "Eugene Onegin" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Nov 19 "Old Neighborhood" opens at Booth Theater NYC
  • Nov 19 STS 87 (Columbia 24) launches into orbit
  • Nov 19 McCaughey septuplets born to Bobbi McCaughey in Des Moines, Iowa. First set of septuplets to survive infancy.
  • Nov 20 "Ivanov" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 51 performances

Sports History

Nov 20 Flyers Eric Lindros tries to bite San Jose defenseman Marty McSorley

  • Nov 20 Last original Florida Marlin, Jeff Conine, traded to KC Royals
  • Nov 20 Mavericks' A C Green sets NBA record of 907 consecutive games played
  • Nov 20 NY Islanders lose, beginning a 10 game losing streak
  • Nov 20 Yohannes Haile-Selassie discovers the partial skull of a 2.5 million year old human ancestor, confirming and establishing the new species Australopithecus garhi, in Bouri, Middle Awash, Ethiopia
  • Nov 20 Iraq's Revolution Command Council formally endorses an agreement, arranged by Russia, that enables UN weapons inspection teams to resume operations in Iraq
  • Nov 22 62nd Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 18-17 in Auburn

Sports History

Nov 23 Czech tennis No. 1 Jana Novotná wins WTA Tour Championship at Madison Square Garden, NYC; beats Mary Pierce of France 7–6, 6–2, 6–3

  • Nov 24 "Street Corner Symphony" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theatre, NYC; runs for 79 performances
  • Nov 25 US telephone technician Richard Bliss arrested for spying in Russia

Album Release

Nov 25 "Sevens" 7th studio album by Garth Brooks is released (Grammy Award Best Country Collaboration with Vocals 1998, Billboard Album of the Year 1998)

  • Nov 26 Wash Capitals final game at USAir Arena, retire Rod Langway's #5
  • Nov 27 Lions' Barry Sanders becomes NFL's 2nd all-time rusher
  • Nov 27 Twenty-five are killed in the second Souhane massacre in Algeria.
  • Nov 28 Final episode of "Beavis & Butt-head" on MTV
  • Nov 28 First public appearance of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), an ethnic Albanian guerrilla group that fought for the independence of Kosovo from Serbia.
  • Nov 29 USAir Arena closes, hosting Wash Wizards
  • Nov 29 OPEC agrees to an increase in its production ceiling. OPEC has raised the ceiling to 27.5 million barrels per day for the first half of 1998
  • Nov 30 "Eugene Onegin" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Nov 30 86th Davis Cup: Sweden sweeps US in Gothenburg (5-0)

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 13 Brent Kinsman, American actor
  • Nov 13 Shane Kinsman, American actor
  • Nov 19 Alexis May McCaughey, American septuplet (2), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Nov 19 Brandon James McCaughey, American septuplet (5), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Nov 19 Joel Steven McCaughey, American septuplet (7), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Nov 19 Kelsey Ann McCaughey, American septuplet (4), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Nov 19 Kenneth Robert McCaughey, American septuplet (1), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Nov 19 Natalie Sue McCaughey, American septuplet (3), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Nov 19 Nathaniel Roy McCaughey, American septuplet (6), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Nov 21 Alton Mason, American model (1st black male to model for Chanel), born in Nebraska
  • Nov 26 Luka Sabbat, American model and stylist, born in New York
  • Nov 28 Thor! [Salden], Belgian pop singer, born in Antwerp, Belgium

Famous Weddings

William Shatner

Nov 15 TV host and actor William Shatner (66) weds former Ford model Nerine Kidd (38) in Pasadena, California; widowed in 1999

  • Nov 22 "The Lord of The Rings" actor Sean Bean (38) weds actress Abigail Cruttenden (29)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 2 G. Harry Stine, American science fiction writer, dies at 69
  • Nov 2 Roy McMillan, American baseball infielder, coach and manager (MLB All Star 1956-57; Gold Glove 1957-59; Cincinnati Reds), dies of heart failure at 68
  • Nov 4 George Chambers, Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago (1981-86), dies at 69
  • Nov 4 Richard Hooker [H. Richard Hornberger, American surgeon (his novel M*A*S*H inspired the film and TV series), dies at 73
  • Nov 4 Wally Bruner, American journalist and TV host (ABC, What's My Line), dies at 66
  • Nov 5 James Robert Baker, American novelist, screenwriter (b. 1946)
  • Nov 5 Isaiah Berlin, Latvian-British philosopher, dies at 88
  • Nov 5 Epic Soundtracks [Kevin Paul Godfrey], English musician (Swell Maps, Crime and the City Solution, These Immortal Souls), dies in his sleep at 38
  • Nov 6 Phillipo Seed, social work academic, dies at 67
  • Nov 6 Annie Llewelyn-Davies, Baroness Llewelyn-Davies of Hastoe, British Labour Party politician, dies at 82
  • Nov 9 Helenio Herrera, French football player and coach (b. 1910)
  • Nov 10 William Alland, American actor (Citizen Kane), dies at 81
  • Nov 10 Tommy Tedesco, American jazz and Los Angeles session guitarist (Wrecking Crew; Lalo Schifrin), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • Nov 11 Rodney Milburn, American athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1972), dies in a work accident at 49
  • Nov 12 William Matthews, American poet, dies at 55
  • Nov 12 Carlos Surinach, Spanish-American composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 13 John Elwyn, British painter, dies at 80
  • Nov 13 André Boucourechliev, Bulgarian-French composer, dies at 72
  • Nov 13 Dawud M. Mu'Min, American murderer (b. 1953)

Eddie Arcaro

Nov 14 Eddie Arcaro, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Triple Crown 1941 Whirlaway, 1948 Citation), dies of liver cancer at 81

  • Nov 14 Stefan Lorant, Hungarian-American writer, photojournalist and filmmaker, dies at 96
  • Nov 15 Saul Chaplin [Kaplan], American Oscar Award-winning stage, and screen composer, arranger, and orchestrator (An American in Paris; "The Anniversary Song"), dies at 85
  • Nov 16 Headley Keith, South African cricket batsman (8 Tests @ 21.19; Natal), dies at 70
  • Nov 16 George Petrie, American actor (Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Honeymooners), dies from a lymphoma on his 85th birthday
  • Nov 16 Georges Marchais, French political leader (French Communist Party), dies at 77
  • Nov 17 Wilfred Josephs, British composer (Rebecca; Requiem), dies at 70
  • Nov 18 Joyce Wethered, British golfer (English Ladies' champion 1920–24), dies at 96
  • Nov 19 Christina Corrigan, American obese girl (680 lbs), dies at 13
  • Nov 19 Durlyn Eddmonds, American murderer, executed at 45
  • Nov 19 Walter Stewart, American murderer, executed at 42
  • Nov 20 Gary Burris, American murderer (Kenneth Chambers), executed in Indiana at 40
  • Nov 20 Robert Palmer, American rock critic, dies at 52
  • Nov 20 Dick Littlefield, American MLB pitcher, dies at 71
  • Nov 21 Ismail Fahmi, external minister of Egypt in (1973-77), dies
  • Nov 21 Robert Simpson, British classical composer, and broadcaster (BBC), dies at 76
  • Nov 22 Joanna Moore [Dorothy Cook] American actress (Bronk; The Hindenburg), dies of lung cancer at 63

Michael Hutchence

Nov 22 Michael Hutchence, Australian rock singer and actor (INXS), commits suicide at 37

  • Nov 22 Tom Blackburn, writer, dies at 71
  • Nov 22 Harry Kissin, Baron Kissin, British businessman and President (GPG), dies at 85
  • Nov 25 Charles Hallahan, American actor (Hunter), dies of heart attack at 54
  • Nov 25 Fenton Robinson, US blues guitarist (Tennessee Woman), dies at 62
  • Nov 25 Hastings Kamuzu Band, PM/President of Malawi (1964-66/66-94), dies
  • Nov 25 Barbara [Monique Andrée Serf], French singer ("L'Aigle noir"), dies at 67
  • Nov 26 Francis Paudras, designer and jazz fan, dies at 62
  • Nov 27 Buck Leonard, American Baseball HOF first baseman (Negro League World Series 1943, 44, 48 Homestead Grays; 13 x NL All Star), dies from stroke complications at 90
  • Nov 27 Henry Charnock, oceanographer, dies at 76
  • Nov 28 Georges Marchal, French actor (Evil Eden, Gina, Milky Way, La mort en ce jardin), dies at 77
  • Nov 28 William "Smitty" Smith, American rock keyboardist and session musician (Motherlode - "When I Die"), dies of a heartattack at 53
  • Nov 29 Coleman Young, 1st African American mayor of Detroit, dies at 79
  • Nov 29 Isabelle Kelley, American social worker credited with instigating the US Federal Food Stamp Program, dies at 80
  • Nov 29 Heikki Savolainen, Finnish pommel horse gymnast (Olympic medalist, 1928-52, including gold, 1948), and medical doctor, dies at 90
  • Nov 30 Clare Lucy Madeleine Evans, historian, dies at 37
  • Nov 30 Kathy Acker, American experimental novelist (Blood and Guts in High School), dies at 54
  • Nov 30 Ronald Gulliford, English educationalist (Dean of the Faculty of Education, Birmingham University 1979-81), dies at 76