On This Day

What Happened in November 2007

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 Joe Torre, the winningest manager in MLB postseason history, moves from one storied franchise (NY Yankees) to another (LA Dodgers), agreeing to a 3-year, $13 million contract

Sports History

Nov 1 5-time Grand Slam tennis winner Martina Hingis admits testing positive for cocaine during Wimbledon; maintains innocence; retires from tennis; no desire for fight with anti-doping authorities

  • Nov 3 Navy beats Notre Dame 46-44 in triple overtime, ending the Fighting Irish's NCAA Football-record winning streak against the Midshipmen at 43 games; last Navy win over Notre Dame, 35-14 in 1963

Historic Event

Nov 3 Pervez Musharraf declares emergency rule across Pakistan, suspends the Constitution, imposes a State of Emergency and fires the chief justice of the Supreme Court

  • Nov 5 China's first lunar satellite, Chang'e 1 goes into orbit around the Moon.

Historic Event

Nov 6 London's St Pancras station with new high speed extension and Eurostar connection officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II

  • Nov 7 Jokela school shooting in Tuusula, Finland, resulting in the death of nine people.

Music Awards

Nov 7 41st Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley wins

Album Release

Nov 9 Alicia Keys releases her 3rd studio album “As I Am” (Grammy Award Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 2008, 2008 Billboard Album of the Year)

Historic Event

Nov 10 ¿Por qué no te callas? ("Why don't you shut up?")incident between King Juan Carlos of Spain and Venezuela's president Hugo Chávez.

Sports History

Nov 11 Justine Henin of Belgium beats Russian Maria Sharapova 5–7, 7–5, 6–3 to win $1m winners cheque and her 2nd straight season-ending WTA Tour Championship in Madrid, Spain

  • Nov 13 An explosion hits the south wing of the House of Representatives of the Philippines in Quezon City, killing four people, including Congressman Wahab Akbar, and wounding six
  • Nov 14 the last direct-current distribution by Con Edison was shut down.
  • Nov 15 A devastating Cyclone named Sidr hits Bangladesh, killing an estimated 5000 people and destroying Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest
  • Nov 18 59th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jimmie Johnson wins

Sports History

Nov 18 Roger Federer scores back-to-back season-ending Tennis Masters Cup titles beating Spaniard David Ferrer 6–2, 6–3, 6–2 in the final in Shanghai, China

  • Nov 23 MS Explorer, a cruise liner carrying 154 people, sank in the Antarctic Ocean south of Argentina after hitting an iceberg near the South Shetland Islands.

Election of Interest

Nov 24 Australians elect the Kevin Rudd-led centre-left Australian Labor Party at the federal election, ending the eleven-year tenure of the John Howard-led centre-right Liberal/National coalition government.

  • Nov 24 72nd Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-10 in Auburn
  • Nov 25 The first European Parliament election and a referendum on changing the voting system (called by the President and declared invalid because of insufficient turnout) were held in Romania.
  • Nov 25 CFL Grey Cup, Rogers Center, Toronto: Saskatchewan Roughriders win 3rd title; defeat Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 23-19
  • Nov 26 "Like You'll Never See Me Again" single released by Alicia Keys (NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Music Video, Outstanding Song 2008, Billboard Song of the Year 2008)
  • Nov 29 The Armed Forces of the Philippines lay siege to The Peninsula Manila after soldiers led by Senator Antonio Trillanes stage a mutiny.
  • Nov 29 A 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurs off the northern coast of Martinique. This affected the Eastern Caribbean as far north as Puerto Rico and as south as Trinidad.

Historic Event

Nov 30 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign office hostage crisis: Leeland Eisenberg enters campaign office of Hillary Clinton in Rochester, New Hampshire with suspected bomb and holds three people hostage for 5 hours


Famous Weddings

Ellen Pompeo

Nov 9 "Grey's Anatomy" actress Ellen Pompeo (38) weds music producer Chris Ivery (38) in NYC, New York

Julianna Margulies

Nov 10 Former "E.R." actress Julianna Margulies (41) weds lawyer Keith Lieberthal in Lenox, Massachusetts

  • Nov 23 Actress and model Jaime King (28) weds director Kyle Newman (31) at Greystone Park and Manor in Los Angeles
  • Nov 24 "Superman Returns" actor Brandon Routh (28) weds actress Courtney Ford (29) at the beautiful El Capitan Ranch in Santa Barbara, California

Famous Divorces

Hulk Hogan

Nov 20 Linda Bollea (46) divorces professional wrestler Hulk Hogan (53) after 23 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Paul Tibbets, US Air Force retired Brigadier General (b. 1915)
  • Nov 1 S. Ali Raza, Bollywood Screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • Nov 2 Charmaine Dragun, Australian journalist (b. 1978)
  • Nov 2 Witold Kiełtyka, Polish metal drummer (Decapitated) (b. 1984)
  • Nov 2 Igor Moiseyev, Russian choreographer (b. 1906)
  • Nov 2 Lillian Ellison, American professional wrestler (b. 1923)
  • Nov 2 Henry Cele, South African Actor; best known for his onscreen portrayal of the legendary Shaka Zulu
  • Nov 2 The Fabulous Moolah [Mary Lillian Ellison], American pro wrestler (World Champion 1956-83), dies from a heart attack at 84
  • Nov 3 Martin Meehan, Irish republican (b. 1945)
  • Nov 4 Peter Viertel, German-American author and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • Nov 5 Nils Liedholm, Swedish football midfielder and coach (b. 1922)
  • Nov 6 Enzo Biagi, Italian journalist and writer, dies at 87
  • Nov 6 Hilda Braid, English actress ( Eastenders), dies at 78
  • Nov 6 George Grljusich, Australian sports broadcaster, dies at 68
  • Nov 6 Sayed Mustafa Kazemi, Afghan politician, killed in a bomb attack at 47 or 48
  • Nov 6 George Osmond, Osmond family patriarch (b. 1917)
  • Nov 6 Hank Thompson, American country music singer (The Brazos Valley Boys), dies at 82
  • Nov 7 Earl Dodge, American politician (Prohibition Party) (b. 1932)
  • Nov 8 Dulce Saguisag, Filipino politician and former DSWD Secretary, dies at 64
  • Nov 8 Chad Varah, English founder of charity The Samaritans (b. 1911)
  • Nov 8 Aad Nuis, Dutch writer and political scientist, dies at 74
  • Nov 10 Laraine Day [La Raine Johnson], American actress (Dr. KIldaire, Foreign Correspondent), dies at 87
  • Nov 10 Augustus F. Hawkins, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1963-75), dies at 100
  • Nov 11 John Peterson, American drummer (the Beau Brummels), dies at 65
  • Nov 11 Dick Nolan, American NFL football coach (San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints), dies at 75
  • Nov 12 K C Ibrahim, Indian cricket batsman (4 Tests, 1 x 50, HS 85; Bombay CA), dies at 88
  • Nov 12 Ira Levin, American author (Rosemary Baby, Boys From Brazil, This Perfect Day), dies at 78
  • Nov 13 Wahab Akbar, Filipino politician and Congressman, dies at 47
  • Nov 13 John Doherty, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • Nov 13 Kazuhisa Inao, Japanese baseball player (b. 1937)
  • Nov 13 Montague "Monty" Westmore, American 3rd generation make-up artist (Westmore family), dies of prostate cancer at 84
  • Nov 14 Mauro Bortolotti, Italian composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 15 Joe Nuxhall, American baseball pitcher and sportscaster (youngest MLB player at 15 years, 316 days), dies at 79
  • Nov 16 Harold Alfond, American businessman and founder of Dexter Shoe Company, dies at 93
  • Nov 16 Grethe Kausland, Norwegian actress and singer (b. 1947)
  • Nov 16 Trond Kirkvaag, Norwegian comedian and author, dies at 61
  • Nov 19 Kevin DuBrow, American heavy metal singer (Quiet Riot), dies of an overdose at 53
  • Nov 19 Mike Gregory, English rugby league footballer, dies from progressive muscular atrophy at 43
  • Nov 19 Dick Wilson, British-American actor, dies at 91
  • Nov 19 Jim Ringo, American NFL center (Green Bay, Philadelphia), dies at 75
  • Nov 20 Ian Smith, Rhodesian farmer, fighter pilot, and politician (Prime Minister of Rhodesia, 1964-79), dies at 88
  • Nov 21 Fernando Fernán Gómez, Spanish actor, director, academic and playwright (All About My Mother), dies at 86
  • Nov 21 Tom Johnson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1928)
  • Nov 21 Noel McGregor, New Zealand cricket batsman (25 Tests, 1 x 100; Otago CA), dies at 75
  • Nov 22 Maurice Béjart, Father of the Ballet Renewal(b. 1929)
  • Nov 22 Verity Lambert, English film and TV producer, 1st producer of Doctor Who, dies at 71
  • Nov 22 Reg Park, British bodybuilder (Mr Universe 1951, 58, 65), dies at 79
  • Nov 23 Joe Kennedy, American baseball player (b. 1979)
  • Nov 23 Óscar Carmelo Sánchez, Bolivian footballer (b. 1971)
  • Nov 23 Pat Walsh, New Zealand rugby union utility back, selector (14 caps), dies at 71
  • Nov 26 Silvestre Herrera, Mexican-born American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient. (b. 1917)
  • Nov 26 Mel Tolkin, Ukrainian television comedy writer, dies at 94
  • Nov 26 Herb McKenley, Jamaican 4 X 400m relay runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 85
  • Nov 27 Bill Willis, American NFL guard (Cleveland Browns), dies at 86
  • Nov 27 Robert Cade, American physician and inventor of Gatorade, dies at 80
  • Nov 27 Bernie Banton, Australian asbestos campaigner (b. 1946)
  • Nov 27 Sean Taylor, American NFL free safety (Pro Bowl 2006, 07; All Pro 2007; Washington Redskins), dies when shot by an armed intruder at 24
  • Nov 27 Bill Moor [William Hendrickson Moor III], American actor (Kramer vs. Kramer, The Devil's Advocate, Hanky Panky), dies at 76
  • Nov 27 Cecil Payne, American jazz baritone saxophonist, dies of prostrate cancer at 84
  • Nov 28 Gudrun Wagner, co-director of the Bayreuth Festival (b. 1944)
  • Nov 28 Boeli van Leeuwen, Antillian writer (Vreemdeling Op Aarde), dies at 85
  • Nov 29 Henry Hyde, American politician (Rep (R) Illinois (1975-2007), dies at 83
  • Nov 29 James Barber, Canadian chef and writer (b. 1923)
  • Nov 29 Tom Terrell, American musicologist, NPR reviewer and deejay, dies at 57
  • Nov 29 Roger Smith, American Chairman and CEO of General Motors), dies at 82
  • Nov 29 Ralph Beard, American basketball guard (Olympic gold 1948; NBA All Star 1951; life ban point shaving scandal 1951), dies at 79

Evel Knievel

Nov 30 Evel Knievel, American motorcycle daredevil (Snake River Canyon), dies of pulmonary disease at 69

  • Nov 30 Engin Arık, Turkish nuclear physicist, dies at 59