On This Day

What Happened in November 2004

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 "That's What I Love About Sunday" single released by Craig Morgan (Billboard Song of the Year 2005)

Election of Interest

Nov 2 George W. Bush is re-elected as President of the United States, defeating Democrat candidate John Kerry

  • Nov 3 With no sign the lockout of its players will end in the near future, the National Hockey League cancels 2005 All-Star Game scheduled for February in Atlanta
  • Nov 4 12 French soldiers, 3 UN personnel and hundreds of civilians die during the Côte d'Ivoire civil war.
  • Nov 6 An express train collides with a stationary car near the village of Ufton Nervet, England, killing 6 and injuring 150.
  • Nov 6 Russian owned, Liberian flagged tanker 'Tropical Brilliance' gets stuck in the Suez Canal for 3 days, blocking all traffic
  • Nov 7 War in Iraq: The interim government of Iraq calls for a 60-day "state of emergency" as U.S. forces storm the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
  • Nov 8 War in Iraq: More than 10,000 U.S. troops and a small number of Iraqi army units participate in a siege on the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.

Album Release

Nov 8 "Greatest Hits" album by Shania Twain is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2005)

  • Nov 9 Video game Halo 2 a first person shooter first released on Xbox by Bungie Studios

Music Awards

Nov 9 38th Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride & Keith Urban wins

  • Nov 11 New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington.

Election of Interest

Nov 11 Yasser Arafat's death through unidentified causes confirmed by Palestine Liberation Organization, Mahmoud Abbas elected PLO chairman minutes later.

Music Awards

Nov 14 31st American Music Awards: Sheryl Crow, Usher & Kenny Chesney win

Sports History

Nov 15 Maria Sharapova becomes the first Russian to win the tennis season-ending WTA Tour Championship; beats American Serena Williams 4–6, 6–2, 6–4 at the Staples Center, Los Angeles

  • Nov 16 "Let Me Love You" single released by Mario (Billboard Song of the Year 2005)
  • Nov 17 Kmart Corp. announces it is buying Sears, Roebuck and Co. for $11 billion USD and naming the newly merged company Sears Holdings Corporation.
  • Nov 18 Russia officially ratifies the Kyoto Protocol
  • Nov 20 69th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 21-13 in Tuscaloosa
  • Nov 21 The second round of the Ukrainian presidential election is held, unleashing massive protests and controversy over the election's integrity.
  • Nov 21 Island of Dominica hit by the most destructive earthquake in its history. Damage concentrated in the north and the town of Portsmouth. Also felt in neighboring Guadeloupe, where one person is killed.
  • Nov 21 The Paris Club agrees to write off 80% (up to $100 billion) of Iraq's external debt.
  • Nov 21 CFL Grey Cup, Frank Clair Stadium, Ottawa: Toronto Argonauts defeat BC Lions, 27-19; first Grey Cup game played on next-generation FieldTurf surface
  • Nov 21 56th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Kurt Busch wins

Sports History

Nov 21 Roger Federer of Switzerland wins back-to-back season-ending Tennis Masters Cup titles with a 6–3, 6–2 victory over Australian Leyton Hewitt in the final in Houston, Texas

  • Nov 22 The Orange Revolution begins in Ukraine, resulting from the presidential elections
  • Nov 23 World of Warcraft, multiplayer online role-playing video game released, world's most subscribed game
  • Nov 26 Ruzhou School massacre: a man stabs and kills eight people and seriously wounds another four in a school dormitory in Ruzhou, China.
  • Nov 27 New Zealand's All Blacks thump Six Nations Rugby Union Champions France 45-6 in Paris

Historic Event

Nov 27 Pope John Paul II returns the relics of Saint John Chrysostom to the Eastern Orthodox Church.

  • Nov 27 Marco Antonio Barrera beats Erik Morales by majority decision to win WBC super featherweight boxing title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas; final fight of legendary trilogy; The Ring's 'Fight of the Year'
  • Nov 28 Male Poʻo-uli dies of Avian malaria in the Maui Bird Conservation Center in Olinda, Hawaii before it could breed, making the species in all probability extinct
  • Nov 28 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Moscow, Russia: Anastasia Myskina & Vera Zvonareva beat French pair Marion Bartoli & Émilie Loit 7-6, 7-5 to clinch Russia's first title, 3-2
  • Nov 30 Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge resigns

Film & TV History

Nov 30 Longtime "Jeopardy!" champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with $2,520,700 USD, television's all-time biggest game show haul

  • Nov 30 Lion Air Flight 538 crash lands in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, killing 26

Album Release

Nov 30 RCA releases "Breakaway", Kelly Clarkson's 2nd studio album; wins 2 Grammy Awards and becomes her best selling album to date with over 12 million units sold

Famous Weddings

  • Nov 13 "The View" co-host Star Jones (42) weds banker Al Reynolds (35) at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City; divorce in 2008

Penn Jillette

Nov 23 "Penn and Teller" magician Penn Jillette (49) weds TV producer Emily Zolten at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Famous Divorces

  • Nov 9 Hotel heiress and fashion model Nicky Hilton (21) divorces businessman Todd Andrew Meister (33) due to bi-coastal relationship after nearly 3 months of marriage
  • Nov 10 Talk show host Ricki Lake and Rob Sussman divorce after 10 years of marriage
  • Nov 19 American singer Jermaine Jackson (49) divorces Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza (35) after 9 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Mac Dre [Andre Louis Hicks], American rapper and hip hop pioneer, dies at 34
  • Nov 1 Terry Knight, American rock producer and singer (Grand Funk Railroad), murdered by his daughter's boyfriend defending her during a domestic dispute at 61
  • Nov 2 Theo van Gogh, Dutch film director (Submission), dies at 47
  • Nov 2 Gerrie Knetemann, Dutch road cyclist (World Road Race Champion 1978; Amstel Gold Race 1974, 85), dies from a heart attack at 53
  • Nov 3 Joe Bushkin, American jazz pianist (Bunny Berigan; Tommy Dorsey; Bing Crosby), composer ("Oh! Look At Me Know"), and TV host (A Couple of Joes), dies of pneumonia at 87
  • Nov 6 Fred Dibnah, English steeplejack and television personality, dies at 66
  • Nov 6 Johnny Warren, Australian soccer player, dies at 61
  • Nov 6 Robert Lang, English actor (Night Watch), dies at 70
  • Nov 6 Pete Jolly [Ceragioli], American session and West Coast jazz pianist, and accordionist (Shorty Rogers; Pete Jolly Trio), dies of multiple myeloma at 72
  • Nov 7 Howard Keel, American actor, singer and president of the Screen Actors Guild (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Kiss Me Kate), dies of cancer at 87
  • Nov 8 Peter Mathers, English-born Australian novelist (b. 1931)
  • Nov 8 Eddie Charlton, Australian snooker player (World #3 1976-81; Pot Black 1972, 73, 80), dies at 75
  • Nov 8 Bruno Bettinelli, Italian composer and teacher (Musica per archi), dies at 90
  • Nov 8 Chandler Harper, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1950), dies of pneumonia at 90
  • Nov 9 Iris Chang, American author and journalist, committed suicide at 36

Stieg Larsson

Nov 9 Stieg Larsson, Swedish author (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), dies of a heart attack at 50

  • Nov 9 Edward "Ed" Kemmer, American actor (Space Patrol, Lux Video Theatre), dies at 83
  • Nov 10 (Catalina) "Katy" de la Cruz, Filipina bodabil singer and actress, dies at 97

Yasser Arafat

Nov 11 Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority (1994-2004) and 1994 Nobel peace prize winner, dies in Paris at 75

  • Nov 11 Richard Dembo, French director and screenwriter (b. 1948)
  • Nov 11 Dayton Allen, American comedian (Steve Allen Show, The Cotton Club), dies from a stroke at 85
  • Nov 13 Thomas Foglietta, American politician and diplomat (US Representative for Pennsylvania, 1981-97; Ambassador to Italy, 1997-2001), dies from surgery complications at 75
  • Nov 13 Ol' Dirty Bastard [Russell Jones], American rapper (member of Wu Tang Clan), dies of a drug overdose at 35
  • Nov 13 John Balance [Geoffrey Rushton], British poet and industrial rock musician (Coil; Psychic TV), falls to his death from a second floor balcony at 42
  • Nov 14 Michel Colombier, French composer (b. 1939)
  • Nov 15 Elmer L. Andersen, 30th Governor of Minnesota (1961-63), dies at 95
  • Nov 15 John Morgan, Canadian comedian (b. 1930)
  • Nov 15 Ben Cami, Flemish writer and poet (Rose from Mud), dies at 84
  • Nov 16 Margaret Hassan, Irish aid worker in Iraq, abducted at 59 (presumed dead)
  • Nov 16 Massimo Freccia, Italian-American conductor (New Orleans Symphony, 1944-52: Baltimore Symphony), 1952-59, dies at 98
  • Nov 17 Mikael Ljungberg, Swedish wrestler (Olympic gold 2000), dies at 34
  • Nov 17 Alexander Ragulin, Russian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), dies at 63
  • Nov 18 Cy Coleman [Seymour Kaufman], American songwriter (Witchcraft, Sweet Charity), dies at 75
  • Nov 19 Piet Esser, Dutch sculptor (b. 1914)
  • Nov 19 Helmut Griem, German actor (b. 1932)
  • Nov 19 Terry Melcher, American musician and record producer (b. 1942)
  • Nov 19 John R. Vane, English pharmacologist (Nobel 1982), dies at 77
  • Nov 20 David Grierson, Canadian radio host (b. 1955)
  • Nov 20 Jenny Ross, English alt-rock keyboard player and vocalist (Section 25 - "Looking from a Hilltop"), dies from cancer at 42
  • Nov 23 Pete Franklin, American talk radio host (b. 1928)
  • Nov 24 Wong Jim, Hong Kong TV theme song and Canto-pop songwriter, and actor, dies of lung cancer at 64
  • Nov 24 Arthur Hailey, English novelist (Hotel, Airport), dies at 84
  • Nov 29 Anne Samson, oldest-ever nun documented (b. 1891)
  • Nov 29 Harry Danning, American baseball player, dies at 93
  • Nov 29 John Drew Barrymore, American actor (Pantomine Quiz), dies from cancer at 72
  • Nov 30 Bill Brown, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (28 caps; Dundee, Tottenham Hotspur), dies at 73