On This Day

What Happened in November 2003

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 Arkansas beats Kentucky 71-63 in 7 OTs at Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington; ties NCAA record for longest game in college football history
  • Nov 1 John Gagliardi ties Eddie Robinson as college football's career victory leader with his 408th win, guiding Division III St. John's to a 15-12 victory over St.Thomas at St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Nov 1 University of Pittsburgh wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald establishes a new NCAA record with a touchdown reception in his 14th straight game as Pittsburgh beats Boston College, 24-13 at Alumni Stadium
  • Nov 1 Arkansas beats Kentucky, 71-63 at Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington; ties NCAA record for longest football game ever played, with 7 overtime periods
  • Nov 2 New York City Marathon: Margaret Okayo of Kenya wins in 2:22:31 to break her own record; her countryman Martin Lel wins men's race in 2:10:30

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Nov 2 US sitcom "Arrested Development" Premieres created by Mitchell Hurwitz, starring Jason Bateman, Porta de Rossi, Michael Cera and an ensemble cast on Fox

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Nov 3 Grant Fuhr, Pat LaFontaine, Red Wings owner Mike Illitch and Ottawa 67’s coach Brian Kilreais are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr
NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine
  • Nov 4 The most powerful solar flare as observed by satellite instrumentation is recorded.
  • Nov 4 Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy becomes the first person indicted under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. He was eventually acquitted.
  • Nov 4 "Shock'n Y'all" 8th studio album by Toby Keith is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2004)
  • Nov 5 37th Country Music Association Award: Alan Jackson & Martina McBride wins
  • Nov 9 A suicide-terrorist attack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, kills 17 people.
  • Nov 10 Kim Clijsters of Belgium becomes first female tennis player to earn $US4 million in a season when she overwhelms Amélie Mauresmo 6-2, 6-0 for the WTA Tour Championship at the Staples Center, Los Angeles
  • Nov 12 With 501 km/h (311 mph) Shanghai Transrapid sets up a new world record for commercial railway systems.
  • Nov 12 Iraq war: In Nasiriya, Iraq, at least 23 people, among them the first Italian casualties of the 2003 Iraq war are killed in a suicide bomb attack on an Italian police base.
  • Nov 15 First day of the Istanbul Bombings takes place, followed by additional bombings on November 20th

  • Nov 16 CFL Grey Cup, Taylor Field, Regina: Edmonton Eskimos reverse previous year result; beat Montreal Alouettes, 34-22 for 12th title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 16 Lionel Messi makes his official debut for FC Barcelona in a friendly against Porto

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • Nov 16 55th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Matt Kenseth wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 16 Roger Federer of Switzerland wins his first of 6 season-ending Tennis Masters Cup titles with a 6–3, 6–0, 6–4 victory over American Andre Agassi in the final in Houston, Texas

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 17 Britney Spears, at 21 years old, becomes the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears
  • Nov 18 The congress of the Communist Party of Indian Union (Marxist-Leninist) decides to merge the party into Kanu Sanyal's CPI(ML).
  • Nov 18 In England, the Local Government Act 2003, repealing controversial anti-gay amendment Section 28, becomes effective
  • Nov 18 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules the state's ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional
  • Nov 20 After the November 15 bombings, a second day of the 2003 Istanbul Bombings occurs in Istanbul, Turkey, destroying the Turkish head office of HSBC Bank AS and the British consulate.
  • Nov 22 In Tbilisi, Georgia, opponents of President Eduard Shevardnadze seize the parliament building and demand the president's resignation
  • Nov 22 5th Rugby World Cup Final, Stadium Australia, Sydney: Fly-half Jonny Wilkinson lands winning drop goal in extra time as England beats Australia, 20-17
  • Nov 22 68th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 28-23 in Auburn
  • Nov 23 Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze resigns following weeks of mass protests over flawed elections.
  • Nov 23 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Moscow, Russia: Amélie Mauresmo beats American Meghann Shaughnessy 6-2, 6-1 to give France an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 4-1) and their second title

Sport awardPresident's Cup

Nov 23 Presidents Cup Golf, Fancourt Hotel and CC: US and International team tie, 17-17; after 3 tied playoff holes between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, captains and players decide Cup to be shared

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Nov 26 India accepts Pakistan's offer of a ceasefire in Kashmir
  • Nov 26 Supersonic airplane the Concorde makes its last ever flight, returning to Bristol, England.
  • Nov 30 92nd Davis Cup: Australia beats Spain in Melbourne (3-1)

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 8 Lady Louise Windsor, British royal, born in Surrey, England

Famous Weddings

  • Nov 1 "Showgirls" actress Elizabeth Berkley (31) weds artist Greg Lauren (33) at Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Nov 17 Singer Blake Shelton (27) weds Kaynette Williams in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 22 Actress Carmen Electra (31) weds rocker Dave Navarro (36) at the St. Regis Hotel in Los Angeles, California

  • Nov 22 Singer Wynonna Judd (39) weds D. R. Roach (39) in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 29 Composer and former Oingo Boingo singer Danny Elfman (50) weds actress Bridget Fonda (39) at First Congressional Church in Los Angeles

Composer Danny Elfman
Composer
Danny Elfman

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Kent Kennan, American composer, dies at 90
  • Nov 2 Frank McCloskey, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana (1983-95), dies at 64
  • Nov 3 Rasul Gamzatov, Russian poet (b. 1923)
  • Nov 4 Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (deeply engaged with issues that were central to the visual arts), dies at 89
  • Nov 4 Ken Gampu, South African actor (b. 1929)
  • Nov 4 Charles Causley, Cornish writer and poet (b. 1917)
  • Nov 5 Bobby Hatfield, American singer (Righteous Brothers) (b. 1940)
  • Nov 6 Crash Holly, American professional wrestler (b. 1971)
  • Nov 6 Rie Mastenbroek, Dutch swimmer (3 x Olympic gold 1936), dies at 84
  • Nov 6 Eduardo Palomo, Mexican actor (b. 1962)
  • Nov 8 Bob Grant [Robert St Clair Grant], British actor, comedian and writer (on the Buses), dies at 71
  • Nov 8 C. Z. Guest, American socialite (b. 1920)
  • Nov 8 Guy Speranza, American singer, original Riot frontman (b. 1956)

Person of interestArt Carney

Nov 9 Art Carney, American actor (Ed Norton-Honeymooners), dies of natural causes at 85

Actor Art Carney
Actor
Art Carney
  • Nov 9 Gordon Onslow Ford, English painter (b. 1912)
  • Nov 9 Binod Bihari Verma, Indian Maithili literateur (b.1937)
  • Nov 10 Canaan Banana, 1st President of Zimbabwe (1980-87), dies of cancer at 67
  • Nov 10 Irv "Kup" Kupcinet, American columnist and television personality (b. 1912)
  • Nov 12 Kay E. Kuter, American actor (Green Acres), dies at 78
  • Nov 12 Penny Singleton, American actress (Blondie) and voice actress (Jane-Jetsons), dies at 95
  • Nov 12 Tony Thompson, American drummer (Chic, Power Station) (b. 1954)

Person of interestJonathan Brandis

Nov 12 Jonathan Brandis, American actor (Lucas Wolenczak-seaQuest DSV), commits suicide at 27

  • Nov 13 Kellie Waymire, American actress (Six Feet Under), dies at 36
  • Nov 14 Gene Anthony Ray, American dancer and actor (Leroy-Fame), dies at 41
  • Nov 15 Speedy West, Country Music Hall of Fame Steel Guitarist (b. 1924)
  • Nov 15 Ray Lewis, Canadian 4X400 relayer (Olympic bronze 1932), dies at 93
  • Nov 15 Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (Annie), dies of cancer at 78
  • Nov 15 Laurence Tisch, American businessman (b. 1923)
  • Nov 16 Bettina Goislard, French relief worker (b. 1974)
  • Nov 17 Arthur Conley, American singer (b. 1946)
  • Nov 17 Don Gibson, American country musician (Sweet Dreams), dies at 75
  • Nov 18 Michael Kamen, American composer and arranger (film scores to Brazil and Mr. Holland's Opus; Pink Floyd), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • Nov 18 Ken Brett, American baseball player, dies at 55
  • Nov 19 Ian Geoghegan, Australian racing driver (b. 1940)
  • Nov 19 Greg Ridley, English musician (Humble Pie), dies at 56
  • Nov 20 Robert Addie, British actor (cancer) (b. 1960)
  • Nov 20 Loris Azzaro, French fashion designer (b. 1933)
  • Nov 20 David Dacko, first President of the Central African Republic (b. 1930)
  • Nov 20 Eugene Kleiner, American entrepreneur (b. 1923)
  • Nov 20 Roger Short, British Consulate General (b. 1944)
  • Nov 20 James "Jim" Siedow, American actor (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), dies from emphysema at 83
  • Nov 20 Kerem Yilmazer, Turkish actor (b. 1945)
  • Nov 22 Dick Thomas, American singing cowboy and TV host (Village Barn), dies at 88
  • Nov 24 Floquet de Neu, Ecuato Guinean albino gorilla (b. 1964)
  • Nov 24 Warren Spahn, Major League Baseball left hand pitcher (Boston/Milwaukee Braves), dies at 82
  • Nov 24 Anthony Hollis, British High Court Judge, dies at 76
  • Nov 26 Stefan Wul, French sci-fi author (The Temple of the Past), dies at 81
  • Nov 26 Soulja Slim, American rapper (b. 1978)
  • Nov 27 Riccardo Malipiero, Italian composer, dies at 89
  • Nov 28 Ted Bates, English former footballer, dies at 85
  • Nov 28 Antonia Forest [Patricia Giulia Caulfield Kate Rubinstein], British children's author (The Marlows), dies at 88
  • Nov 29 Larry Booker (Moondog Spot), American pro wrestler (WWF Tag Team champion 1981), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • Nov 29 Tony Canadeo, American NFL hall of fame halfback (Green Bay Packers), dies at 84
  • Nov 30 Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer (1st female English Channel 1926), dies at 98