On This Day

What Happened in November 2002

Historical Events

  • Nov 2 14th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 14-7 in South Bend

Sports History

Nov 2 Mark Messier plays his 1,616th NHL game, a 3-2 Rangers loss against the St. Blues, to move into 2nd place on the all-time games played list; passes Larry Murphy and ends career with 1,756 games, just 11 shy of Gordie Howe

Federation Cup

Nov 3 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Gran Canaria, Spain: Janette Husárová beats Spaniard Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6-0, 6-2 to give Slovakia their first title, 3-1

  • Nov 4 Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress
  • Nov 6 12 people are killed in a fire on board a train headed for Vienna from Paris.

Music Awards

Nov 6 36th Country Music Association Award: Alan Jackson & Martina McBride wins

  • Nov 7 Iran bans advertising of products from the United States

Historic Event

Nov 8 Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council under Resolution 1441 unanimously approves a resolution on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face "serious consequences"

Sports History

Nov 11 Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters beats American Serena Williams 7–5, 6–3 to win the season-ending WTA Tour Championship at the Staples Center, Los Angeles

  • Nov 13 The oil tanker Prestige sinks off the Galician coast and causes a huge oil spill
  • Nov 13 Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq agrees to the terms of the UN Security Council Resolution 1441

Music Single

Nov 13 Eminem releases single 'Lose Yourself' from soundtrack of "8 Mile", 1st rap song to win Academy Award Best Original Song

  • Nov 14 Argentina defaults on an $805 million World Bank payment.

9/11 Attack on New York's World Trade Towers

Nov 14 The United States House of Representatives votes not to create an independent commission to investigate the September 11 attacks

Film Release

Nov 14 Film "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" is released, based on the 2nd book of the series by J. K. Rowling

Historic Event

Nov 15 Hu Jintao becomes the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

  • Nov 16 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein says that he had to accept UN Resolution 1441 because the United States and Israel had shown their "claws and teeth" and declared unitlateral war on the Iraqi people

SARS Outbreak

Nov 16 The first case of SARS is recorded in Foshan City, Guangdong Province, China, though is not identified until much later. First patient is thought to be a farmer in the city.

  • Nov 17 54th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tony Stewart wins
  • Nov 17 Australian Leyton Hewitt scores back-to-back season-ending Tennis Masters Cup titles with a classic 7–5, 7–5, 2–6, 2–6, 6–4 victory over Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero in Shanghai, China
  • Nov 18 Iraq disarmament crisis: United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.

Album Release

Nov 18 "Up!" 4th studio album by Shania Twain is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2003)

Album Release

Nov 18 Dark Horse/EMI posthumously releases "Brainwashed", George Harrison's 12th and final studio album

Album Release

Nov 19 Nonesuch Records releases "Travelogue", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 18th studio album, a collection of re-worked versions her own songs, backed by an orchestra

Film Release

Nov 20 "Die Another Day", 20th James Bond film released, directed by Lee Tamahori, starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry

  • Nov 21 NATO invites Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.
  • Nov 22 In Nigeria, more than 100 people are killed at an attack aimed at the contestants of the Miss World contest
  • Nov 23 67th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-7 in Tuscaloosa
  • Nov 24 CFL Grey Cup, Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton: Montreal Alouettes beat Edmonton Eskimos, 25-16; Don Matthews' 5th Grey Cup title as a head coach
  • Nov 29 "The Concert for George", a benefit memorial to George Harrison held at the Royal Albert Hall, London, features Eric Clapton; Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr; Jeff Lynne; Tom Petty; Joe Brown; Anoushka Shankar; Billy Preston; and members of Monty Python

Historic Event

Nov 30 Ina Garten's cooking show "Barefoot Contessa" premieres on the Food Network


Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 5 Jawsh 685 [Joshua Nanai], Samoan-New Zealander dance mixer and music producer ("Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)", with Jason Derulo), born in Aukland, New Zealand
  • Nov 13 Emma Raducanu, British tennis player (US Open 2021), born in Toronto, Canada

Famous Weddings

  • Nov 9 Eighties pop princess Sheena Easton (43) weds Beverly Hills plastic surgeon John Minoli (44) at Las Vegas City Hall

Famous Divorces

Divorce of Interest

Nov 25 Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage (38) files for divorce from the "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 months of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 2 Tonio Selwart [Antonio Selmair-Selwart], German actor (Barefoot Contessa, Naked Maja), dies from natural causes at 106
  • Nov 2 Charles Sheffield, American author and physicist (b. 1935)
  • Nov 3 Lonnie Donegan, Scottish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, dies at 71
  • Nov 3 Jonathan Harris, American actor (Dr Zachary Smith-Lost in Space), dies at 87
  • Nov 4 Antonio Margheriti, Italian filmmaker (Yor, the Hunter from the Future), dies at 72
  • Nov 5 Billy Guy [Frank Phillips], American baritone pop singer (The Coasters, 1955-73 - "Charlie Brown"; "Youngblood"), and record producer, dies of cardiovascular disease at 66
  • Nov 5 Vinnette Carroll, American actress and 1st African-American woman to direct on Broadway (1972: Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope), dies of heart disease and diabetes at 80
  • Nov 6 Sid Sackson, American board game designer (Asquire), dies at 82
  • Nov 7 Rudolf Augstein, German publisher (b. 1923)
  • Nov 7 Margaret "Peg" Phillips, American actress (Northern Exposure -"Ruth-Anne"; ER; 7th Heaven), dies of lung disease at 84
  • Nov 7 Charles Hambro, English banker, multi-millionaire and CEO (Hambros), dies at 72
  • Nov 8 Jaun Elia, Pakistani scholar, poet and philosopher, dies at 70
  • Nov 9 William Schutz, American psychologist (b. 1925)
  • Nov 9 Merlin Santana, American actor (b. 1976)
  • Nov 10 Michel Boisrond, French film director and screenwriter, dies at 81
  • Nov 13 Rishikesh Shaha, Nepalese politician and writer (b. 1925)
  • Nov 13 Michael “Mike” Stewart, American music producer, co-founder and guitarist for We Five (Let's Get Together), commits suicide at 57
  • Nov 14 Eddie Bracken, American actor (Summer Stock, Young & Willing), dies at 87
  • Nov 15 Sohn Kee-chung, Korean athlete and long-distance runner, dies at 90
  • Nov 15 Myra Hindley, English murderess (murdered 5 small children with Ian Brady), dies at 60
  • Nov 17 Abba Eban, Israeli diplomat (b. 1915)
  • Nov 18 James Coburn, American actor (Our Man Flint, Magnificent Seven), dies at 74
  • Nov 19 George Fullerton, South African cricketer (South African keeper-batsman 1947-51), dies at 79
  • Nov 21 Hadda Brooks, American jazz singer, pianist, and composer (b. 1916)
  • Nov 22 Arne Mellnäs, Swedish composer, dies at 69
  • Nov 22 Adele Jergens, American actress (Dark Past, Fuller Brush Man), dies at 84
  • Nov 22 C. S. Nayudu, Indian cricketer (brother of C K, 11 Tests as leggie), dies at 88
  • Nov 23 Roberto Matta, Chilean painter (b. 1911)
  • Nov 24 John Rawls, political philosopher (b. 1921)
  • Nov 25 Karel Reisz, Czech theater director (b. 1926)
  • Nov 26 Verne Winchell, American doughnut entrepreneur, and horse breeder, dies of a heart attack at 87
  • Nov 26 Polo Montañez, Cuban son cubano singer-songwriter and guitarist, dies from injuries suffered in a car crash at 47
  • Nov 28 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American country blues musician, dies of lung cancer at 59
  • Nov 29 Daniel Gélin, French actor (Obsession; Napoléon; The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)), dies of kidney failure at 81
  • Nov 29 George "Two Ton" Harris, American professional wrestler, dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Nov 30 Tim Woods, American professional wrestler (b. 1934)