On This Day

What Happened in November 2008

Historical Events

Sports History

Nov 2 British McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton finishes 4th in season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Autódromo José Carlos Pace to clinch his first F1 World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Felipe Massa

Election of Interest

Nov 4 Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States, defeating Republican candidate John McCain

  • Nov 8 18th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 17-0 in Chestnut Hill

Election of Interest

Nov 8 John Key leads the National Party to victory in New Zealand's general election, defeating nine year Prime Minister Helen Clark and her Labour-led coalition government

Sports History

Nov 9 American tennis star Venus Williams wins her first career year-ending title; beats Russian Vera Zvonareva 6–7, 6–0, 6–2 in the WTA Tour Championship final at Doha, Qatar

  • Nov 11 The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) set sail on her final voyage to Dubai.

Album Release

Nov 11 Taylor Swift releases her second studio album “Fearless” (Billboard Album of the Year, 2009; Grammy Album of the Year, 2010, American Music Awards, 2009)

Music Awards

Nov 12 42nd Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley win

  • Nov 13 Germany's economy, Europe's largest, contracts by 0.5% in the third quarter after GDP fell 0.4% in the second quarter, putting it in recession for the first time in five years
  • Nov 13 Equity research by Deutsche Bank states that Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines should not experience a recession, despite potential harm to economic growth from falling commodity prices and possible weaker exports
  • Nov 14 Italy plunges into recession, its first since the start of 2005, after GDP contracts a steeper-than-expected 0.5% in the third quarter
  • Nov 14 Hong Kong becomes the second Asian economy to tip into recession, its exports hit by weakening global demand
  • Nov 14 Eurozone officially slips into recession for the first time since its creation in 1999, pushed down by recessions in Germany and Italy

Appointment of Interest

Nov 14 Elizabeth Warren is appointed to chair a Congressional Oversight Panel for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act

  • Nov 16 60th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jimmie Johnson wins

Sports History

Nov 16 Novak Đoković of Serbia wins his first career season-ending Tennis Masters Cup title beating Russian Nikolay Davydenko 6-1, 7-5 in the final in Shanghai, China

  • Nov 17 Japan, the world's second-biggest economy, slides into its first recession in seven years

Film Premiere

Nov 17 "Twilight", based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, premieres in Los Angeles

  • Nov 20 After critical failures in the US financial system began to build up after mid-September, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level since 1997.
  • Nov 22 YouTube hosts the largest ever live broadcast, YouTube Live

Sports History

Nov 22 Patrick Roy's #33 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

  • Nov 22 13th Rugby League World Cup: New Zealand beats Australia 34-20

Music Awards

Nov 23 35th American Music Awards: Rihanna & Chris Brown win

  • Nov 23 97th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Mar del Plata (3-1)
  • Nov 23 CFL Grey Cup, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: Calgary Stampeders beat Montreal Alouettes, 22-14; 66,308 2nd-highest attended Grey Cup game in history
  • Nov 23 Economists at the University of Hawaii report that the state entered recession in the previous quarter based on the drop in tourist figures and growing unemployment, with 8,800 jobs expected to be cut in 2009

Album Release

Nov 24 British singer-rapper-songwriter Craig David releases his first Greatest Hits album

  • Nov 25 A car bomb in St. Petersburg, Russia, kills three people and injures one
  • Nov 26 Terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India: Ten coordinated attacks by Pakistan-based terrorists kill 164 and injure more than 250 people in Mumbai, India.
  • Nov 28 Sweden technically enters the recession after experiencing contraction of 0.1% in the second and third quarter
  • Nov 29 73rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 36-0 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama's first win in the series in seven years

Famous Weddings

  • Nov 1 Actress Marisa Coughlan (34) weds Stephen Wallack at a private estate in Pasadena, California
  • Nov 17 Heartthrob finalist from Top Chef's second season Sam Talbot (30) weds Colombian model and t-shirt designer Paola Guerrero in a secret wedding ceremony at City Hall in New York City
  • Nov 29 "Without a Trace" star Roselyn Sanchez (35) weds actor Eric Winter (32) at Fort San Cristobal in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Nathaniel Mayer, American R&B singer ("Village of Love"; "Leave Me Alone"), dies after multiple strokes at 64
  • Nov 1 Jacques Piccard, Swiss ocean explorer (b. 1922)
  • Nov 1 Yma Sumac [Chavarri], Peruvian-American 5 octave soprano and exotica singer (Omar Khayyam), dies at 85
  • Nov 1 Shakir Stewart, American record executive (Def Jam), dies of a self-inflicted gun wound at 34
  • Nov 1 Jimmy Carl Black [Inkanish], American rock drummer (Mothers Of Invention, 1965-69; Muffin Men, 1993-2008), dies of lung cancer at 70
  • Nov 3 Jean Fournet, French conductor, dies at 95
  • Nov 3 Alan Ford, American swimmer (world 100m freestyle record 55.4; Olympic silver 1948), dies of emphysema at 84

Michael Crichton

Nov 4 Michael Crichton, American novelist (Andromeda Strain, Congo, Looker) and filmmaker (Jurassic Park, ER), dies at 66

  • Nov 4 Juan Camilo Mouriño, Mexican Secretary of the Interior (b. 1971)
  • Nov 5 Michael Higgins, American actor (Angel Heart, 1918, Wanda, Black Stallion), dies of heart failure at 88
  • Nov 5 Paul Greening, Royal Navy officer and master of Queen's household, dies at 80
  • Nov 7 Hedley Howarth, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (30 Tests, 86 wickets; Auckland CA), dies of cancer at 64
  • Nov 9 Edwin Charles "Preacher" Roe, American baseball pitcher (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 92
  • Nov 10 Miriam Makeba, South African singer and civil rights activist (Grammy for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording, 1965), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Nov 11 Herb Score, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1955, 56; Cleveland Indians) and announcer (Cleveland Indians 1964-97), dies at 75
  • Nov 12 Catherine Baker Knoll, 30th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, (b. 1930)
  • Nov 12 Mitch Mitchell, English musician (Jimi Hendrix Experience), dies at 62
  • Nov 12 Serge Nigg, French composer, dies at 84
  • Nov 14 Wilhelmus Norbert Schmelzer, Dutch foreign minister (KVP), dies at 87
  • Nov 15 Glen Brand, American wrestler (Olympic gold middleweight 1948), dies at 85
  • Nov 16 Reg Varney, British actor (On The Buses) (b. 1916)
  • Nov 16 Ralph "Rusty" Gill,, American singer (Polka Time), dies at 89
  • Nov 17 Pete Newell, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Uni of San Francisco, Michigan State Uni; NCAA men's C'ship 1959, Cal Berkeley; Olympic gold 1960), dies at 93
  • Nov 17 George Stephen Morrison, American admiral and father of The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison
  • Nov 17 Guy Peellaert, Belgian graphic artist, photographer (Rock Dreams), movie poster and album cover designer (David Bowie -"Diamond Dogs'; Rolling Stones - "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"), dies of cancer at 74
  • Nov 19 Carole Caldwell Graebner, American tennis player (US Open doubles 1965, Australian Open doubles 1966), dies of cancer at 65
  • Nov 20 Sven Inge, Swedish painter and modern artist (b. 1935)
  • Nov 22 MC Breed, American hip hop artist (b. 1971)
  • Nov 23 Richard Hickox, English conductor and music director, dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Nov 24 Cecil H. Underwood, Governor of West Virginia (b. 1922)
  • Nov 24 Kenny MacLean, Scottish-Canadian musician (Platinum Blonde -"Crying Over You"), dies of heart failure at 51
  • Nov 26 Edna Parker, American supercentenarian, the oldest person in the world following the death of Yone Minagawa of Japan on August 13, 2007, dies at 115
  • Nov 26 De'Angelo Wilson, American actor (b. 1979)
  • Nov 27 V.P. [Vishwanath Pratap] Singh, Indian politician, 7th Prime Minister of India (1989-90), dies at 77
  • Nov 27 Paul Hibbert, Australian cricketer (one Test Aust v India 1977, scored 13 & 2), dies at 56
  • Nov 27 Pekka Pohjola, Finnish rock and jazz-fusion bassist, and composer, dies of a seizure at 56
  • Nov 29 Jørn Utzon, Danish architect (Sydney Opera House), dies at 90
  • Nov 30 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer (Loudness) (b. 1958)
  • Nov 30 Naomi Datta, British geneticist and bacteriologist (pioneer in investigating the development of resistance to antibiotics by bacteria), dies at 86