What Happened on November 16, 1997

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • "1776" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • 47th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jeff Gordon wins
  • 85th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto beats Saskatchawan, 47-23
  • After nearly 18 years of incarceration, the People's Republic of China releases Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident, from jail for medical reasons.

Famous Deaths

  • George Petrie, American actor (Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Honeymooners), dies from a lymphoma on his 85th birthday
  • Georges Marchais, Sec Gen of French Communist Party (1972-94), dies
  • Russ "Mad Monk" Meyer, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 74