What Happened in November 2020

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 Gunmen kill at least 32 people, set fire to homes in Oromia state, Ethiopia, in attack blamed on rebel Oromo Liberation Army
  • Nov 1 Slovakia completes testing two-thirds of its population for COVID-19 using quick antigen tests, 1.06% test positive out of 3.625 million
  • Nov 1 Super typhoon Goni makes landfall on Catanduanes island, Philippines, leaving at least 16 dead and 370,000 people displaced
  • Nov 2 Baby Shark by Pinkfong becomes the most-watched video on YouTube with over 7.04 billion views
  • Nov 2 Gunmen storm Kabul University, Afghanistan, shooting at least 22 dead with Islamic State group claiming responsibility

Film & TV History

Nov 2 Johnny Depp loses libel case against UK newspaper "The Sun", which called him a "wife-beater", said he assaulted wife Amber Heard

  • Nov 3 Australia's Melbourne Cup won by Twilight Payment
  • Nov 3 Hurricane Eta makes landfall in Nicaragua as a Category Four storm with winds of 140 km, killing at least 235 people across Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Panama

Battle of Interest

Nov 4 Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed orders military offensive and state of emergency in northern region of Tigray, amid fears of a civil war

  • Nov 6 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Keeneland Racetrack; Day 1 winners: Golden Pal, Fire at Will, Vequist, Aunt Pearl, Essential Quality

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Nov 7 35th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Depeche Mode; The Doobie Brothers; Whitney Houston; Nine Inch Nails; The Notorious B.I.G.; T-Rex; Jon Landau; and Irving Azoff

  • Nov 7 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Keeneland Racetrack; Day 2 winners: Gamine, Glass Slippers, Knicks Go, Audarya, Whitmore, Order of Australia, Monomoy, Tarnawa, Authentic

Election of Interest

Nov 7 Former Vice-President Joe Biden declared the winner of the US Presidential race, four days after the US election, defeating sitting President Donald Trump

Election of Interest

Nov 7 Kamala Harris makes US history as the 1st woman and 1st woman of color to be elected to the vice presidency (date election called)

Event of Interest

Nov 7 Rudy Giuliani holds infamous Trump Campaign press conference at Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia to contest the US election results

Event of Interest

Nov 8 First test of a high-speed levitating pod system to carry people and cargo, by Richard Branson's Virgin Hyperloop in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Nov 8 Global recorded cases of COVID-19 pass 50 million, with the known death toll at 1,245,240 (Johns Hopkins data)
  • Nov 8 More than 50 people beheaded in latest attack by Islamist militants in Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique [1]
  • Nov 9 2020 becomes busiest Atlantic hurricane season ever as tropical storm Theta named record 29th storm
  • Nov 9 Drugmakers BioNTech and Pfizer announce their COVID-19 vaccine to be over 90% effective in a first look at the results from their phase 3 trial involving nearly 44,000 people
  • Nov 9 Peru's Congress votes to impeach and oust President Martín Vizcarra on corruption charges
  • Nov 9 US Attorney General William Barr controversially approves federal investigations into voter fraud for the US elections
  • Nov 9 US recorded COVID-19 cases pass 10 million, with 1 million new cases recorded in 10 days. Death toll over 237,000. [1]
  • Nov 10 Ceasefire announced signed between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia ending military conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh region after over a month of fighting
  • Nov 10 IPL Cricket Final, Dubai International Stadium: Defending champion Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets; Trent Boult 3/30 (4), Rohit Sharma 68 (51)
  • Nov 10 Word of the year is "Lockdown" according to Collins English Dictionary
  • Nov 11 All Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers resign after China passes resolution allowing for removal of four of their colleagues
  • Nov 11 Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians (AL) and Cincinnati Reds starter Trevor Bauer (NL) take Cy Young Award for best pitchers in MLB
  • Nov 11 UK becomes the first European country to record over 50,000 Covid-19 related 50,000; 5fth country, after the US, Brazil, India, and Mexico
  • Nov 12 US President-elect Joe Biden announces Ron Klain will be his White House Chief of Staff

Music History

Nov 13 British pop singer Harry Styles becomes the first-ever solo male featured on the cover US Vogue magazine

Event of Interest

Nov 13 British strategist and chief advisor to the PM Dominic Cummings is let go by Boris Johnson

  • Nov 13 Fly-half Nicolas Sanchez scores all the Pumas points as Argentina claim their 1st ever win over New Zealand's All Blacks, winning 25-15 in a Rugby Championship game in Sydney

Music History

Nov 13 Kylie Minogue becomes the first woman to top the UK album chart over five consecutive decades with "Disco"

  • Nov 14 Record global daily total of 660,905 COVID-19 cases declared to the WHO, with total known infections over 54 million
  • Nov 15 84th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: American Dustin Johnson fires record total -20 to win his first Masters title by 5 strokes from Cameron Smith of Australia & South Korean Sungjae Im

Sports History

Nov 15 British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton clinches 4th straight and record equalling 7th F1 World Drivers C'ship by winning Turkish GP at Intercity Istanbul Park, Tuzla

Event of Interest

Nov 15 SpaceX Falcon 9 launches first regular flight to International Space Station with four astronauts, three from NASA, one Japanese

  • Nov 15 Treaty establishing world's largest trade bloc between 15 Asian Pacific countries signed at virtual ASEAN meeting

Election of Interest

Nov 15 US President Donald Trump tweets [Biden] "won because the election was rigged,” while still refusing to concede the election

  • Nov 15 World-record price for a Belgian racing pigeon called New Kim sold for €1.6m (£1.4m) at auction
  • Nov 16 Hurricane Iota makes landfall in Nicaragua as a category four storm, just 15 km south of Hurricane Eta 13 days ago
  • Nov 16 Peru's Congress votes in its third interim President in a week, Francisco Sagasti after violent protests
  • Nov 16 US drugmaker Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is 94.5% effective in early data
  • Nov 18 Floods and landslides effect more than 3 million people, killing at least 70 in wake of Typhoon Vamco in Cagayan Province, Philippines

Film & TV History

Nov 18 Michael B. Jordan named "Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine

  • Nov 18 Thailand's parliament agrees to reforms, but not to the monarchy, after massive public protests were met by tear gas and water canons
  • Nov 18 US COVID-19 death toll passes 250,000, recorded cases at 11.5 million, hospitalizations at 76,830 amid a country-wide surge
  • Nov 19 Inquiry find "credible evidence" elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan civilians
  • Nov 19 Scottish American Douglas Stuart wins the Booker Literary prize for his first novel "Shuggie Bain"
  • Nov 21 Texas National Guard mobilized to help El Paso County, deal with a morgue crisis as COVID-19 cases and deaths surge

Sports History

Nov 22 24 year old Russian Daniil Medvedev wins ATP World Tour Finals tennis title beating Dominic Thiem of Austria 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 in London

  • Nov 22 Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gives Tigrayan forces 72 hours to surrender before the military begins offensive on regional capital of Mekelle
  • Nov 22 G20 virtual two-day summit ends with pledge to ensure affordable access to vaccines for all
  • Nov 23 AstraZeneca is the third drugmaker to report an effective vaccine for COVID-19 (62% or 90% effective depending on how it is given) and easy-to make and distribute
  • Nov 23 Charli D'Amelio becomes the first person to hit 100 million followers on TikTok
  • Nov 23 China launches Chang’e-5 mission to the Moon from Wenchang space site, Hainan Island, to collect lunar rock and soil samples
  • Nov 23 US President-elect Joe Biden introduces his new cabinet including Alejandro Mayorkas 1st Latino head of homeland security, Avril Haines 1st female director of national intelligence
  • Nov 24 COVID-19 surge in the US gathers further pace with death toll of 2,200 highest since May and new cases averaging 175,000 a day
  • Nov 24 Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 30,000 points for the first time, after formal transition to Joe Biden administration begins
  • Nov 24 Scotland's parliament votes to become the first country to make period products free [1]
  • Nov 24 US General Services Administration officially begins Joe Biden's transition, declaring him the "apparent winner" although Donald Trump vows to continue challenging the result
  • Nov 25 Dead and buried mink reported rising from the ground due to bloating, after a hurried cull of millions of COVID-19 infected animals in Denmark

Film & TV History

Nov 25 The New York Times names its "25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century (so far)", with Denzel Washington at No. 1 [1]

Event of Interest

Nov 25 US President Donald Trump pardons former security advisor Michael Flynn, guilty of lying to the FBI

  • Nov 26 Turkey gives life sentences to 337 military officers and others involved in 2016 coup
  • Nov 27 Iran's most senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh assassinated outside Tehran, escalating tensions in the region
  • Nov 28 At least 110 people killed in attack on Koshobe village in north-east Nigeria by Boko Haram jihadist group
  • Nov 28 Joe Biden injures his foot playing with his dog Major
  • Nov 28 Thousands of farmers begin entering Delhi to protest proposed agriculture reforms
  • Nov 29 Joe Biden and Kamala Harris announce the first all-female Communications team for the White House
  • Nov 30 Alphafold's DeepMind AI program announces it has achieved scientific breakthrough by being able to predict how proteins fold into 3D shapes
  • Nov 30 Australia condemns doctored photo of Australian soldier threatening Afghan child with knife on Chinese official's Twitter, marking new low in the two countries relationship
  • Nov 30 Los Angeles County begins three-week stay at home order for 10 million people to combat COVID-19 surge
  • Nov 30 Newly discovered rock art announced found in the Serranía La Lindosa, Colombian Amazon, dated 12,600 and 11,800 years ago with thousands of paintings of now extinct Ice Age animals [1]
2020 History

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Billy Tubbs, American college basketball coach (Southwestern Uni, Lamar Uni, Uni of Oklahoma, Texas Christian Uni), dies from leukemia at 85
  • Nov 2 Baron Wolman, American photographer, founding chief photographer for Rolling Stone, dies of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) at 83
  • Nov 2 John Sessions, Scottish actor and comedian (Whose Line Is It Anyway), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Nov 2 Nancy Darsch, American women's basketball coach (Ohio State Uni; assistant coach US Olympic gold 1984, 96; NY Liberty, Washington Mystics), dies of Parkinson's disease at 68
  • Nov 3 Don Talbot, Australian swimming coach and sport administrator (coach national swim teams - Canada, United States, Australia), dies from dementia complications at 87
  • Nov 4 Ken Hensley, British rock songwriter, keyboardist, and singer (Uriah Heep, 1970-80 - "Easy Livin'"; Blackfoot, 1982-84), dies at 75
  • Nov 5 Geoffrey Palmer, British actor (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, The Madness of King George, Butterflies), dies at 93 [1]
  • Nov 5 Len Barry [Leonard Borisoff], American singer, songwriter and producer (The Dovells - "Bristol Stomp"; solo - "1-2-3"), dies of bone marrow cancer at 78
  • Nov 6 Barbara York, Canadian composer (A Butterfly in Time), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 71 
  • Nov 6 King Von [Dayvon Bennett], American rapper and songwriter ("Crazy Story"), dies in a nightclub gunfight at 26
  • Nov 7 Cándido Camero, Cuban American percussionist (congo drum) and bandleader, dies at 99 [1]
  • Nov 7 Norm Crosby, American comedian and "Master of the Malaprop" (Liar's Club), dies of heart failure at 93

Alex TrebekAlex Trebek (1940-2020)

Nov 8 Canadian-American Emmy Award-winning TV game show host (Jeopardy, 1984-2020; High Rollers, 1974-80), dies of pancreatic cancer at 80

  • Nov 8 Howie Meeker, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing, coach, broadcaster (NHL All Star 1947-49; Stanley Cup 1947, 48, 49, 51; Toronto Maple Leafs) and politician (Canada MP), dies at 97
  • Nov 9 Amadou Toumani Touré, Mali politician, President of Mali (2002-12), dies at 72 [1]
  • Nov 9 Fernando Atzori, Italian boxer (Olympic gold flyweight 1964), dies at 78
  • Nov 9 Tom Heinsohn, American NBA star, coach (Boston Celtics) and broadcaster, dies at 86
  • Nov 10 Juan Sol, Spanish soccer defender (28 caps; Valencia, Real Madrid), dies at 73
  • Nov 10 Tony Waiters, English soccer goalkeeper (5 caps; Blackpool) and manager (Canada, Plymouth Argyle, Vancouver Whitecaps), dies at 83
  • Nov 11 Carlos Campos, Chilean soccer striker (39 caps; Universidad de Chile 259 games), dies from respiratory failure at 83
  • Nov 11 Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Bahraini royal and politician, world's longest serving Prime Minister (1970-2020), dies at 84
  • Nov 12 Albert Quixall, English soccer inside-forward (5 caps; Sheffield Wednesday, Manchester United), dies at 87
  • Nov 12 Jerry Rawlings, Ghanaian Head of State (1981-93) and President of Ghana (1993-2001), dies at 73
  • Nov 12 Krasnodar Rora, Croatian soccer midfielder (5 caps Yugoslavia; Dinamo Zagreb, Standard Liège) and manager (Šibenik), dies at 75
  • Nov 12 Masatoshi Koshiba, Japanese physicist (2002 Nobel Prize for Physics for neutrinos), dies at 94 [1]
  • Nov 13 Jan Konopásek, Czech-American jazz baritone saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator, dies at 88
  • Nov 13 Jim Pace, American auto racer (24 Hours of Daytona 1996), dies from COVID-19 at 59
  • Nov 13 Paul Hornung, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1956, Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1959, 60; Green Bay Packers), dies from dementia complications at 84

Peter SutcliffePeter Sutcliffe (1946-2020)

Nov 13 English murderer of 13 women "The Yorkshire Ripper", dies in prison of COVID-29 complications at 74 [1]

  • Nov 13 Viden Apostolov, Bulgarian soccer defender (22 caps; PFC Botev Plovdiv 429 games), dies at 79
  • Nov 14 Des O'Connor, British television presenter, singer and comedian, dies at 88 [1]
  • Nov 15 Campbell Forsyth, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (4 caps; St Mirren, Kilmarnock, Southampton), dies at 86
  • Nov 15 Ray Clemence MBE, English soccer goalkeeper (England 61 caps, Liverpool, Tottenham), dies from prostate cancer at 72
  • Nov 15 Soumitra Chatterjee, Indian actor, playwright and poet (Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy), dies of COVID complications at 85 [1]
  • Nov 16 Antonis Georgiadis, Greek soccer manager (Greece, South Africa; AEK Athens, Olympiacos), dies at 87
  • Nov 17 Walt Davis, American athlete (Olympic gold high jump 1952) and basketball center (NBA C'ship 1956, 58; Philadelphia Warriors, St. Louis Hawks), dies at 89
  • Nov 18 Adam Musiał, Polish soccer defender (34 caps; Wisła Kraków) and manager (Wisła Kraków, Lechia Gdańsk, Stal Stalowa Wola), dies at 71
  • Nov 18 Pim Doesburg, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (8 caps; Eredivisie record 687 games; Sparta, PSV), dies at 77
  • Nov 19 André Quilis, French rugby union flanker (5 caps; RC Narbonne), dies at 79
  • Nov 19 Jake Scott, American College Football Hall of Fame safety (Uni of Georgia; 5×Pro Bowl; 2×First-team All-Pro; Super Bowl 1972 [MVP], 73; Miami Dolphins), dies from head injuries in a fall at 75
  • Nov 20 Ernesto Canto, Mexican race walker (Olympic gold 20k 1984; World C'ship gold 20k 1983), dies from pancreatic and liver cancer at 61
  • Nov 20 Jan Morris, Welsh journalist, historian, writer and pioneering trans woman (Venice, Conundrum), dies at 94 [1]
  • Nov 20 Ken Schinkel, Canadian ice hockey right wing (NY Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins 636 NHL games) and coach (Pittsburgh Penguins 1972-77), dies at 87
  • Nov 20 Patriarch Irinej [Miroslav Gavrilović], Head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, dies of COVID-19 at 90 [1]
  • Nov 21 Ricky Yacobi, Indonesian soccer striker (31 caps; Arseto Solo, Matsushita), dies from a heart attack at 57
  • Nov 22 Doris de Agostini-Rossetti, Swiss alpine skier (Downhill World Cup 1982/1983), dies at 62
  • Nov 22 Maurice Setters, English soccer wing half (West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United, Stoke City) and manager (Doncaster Rovers), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • Nov 22 Ray Prosser, Welsh rugby union prop (22 caps Wales, 1 British & Irish Lions; Pontypool) and coach (Pontypool RFC 1969-87), dies at 93
  • Nov 23 Anele Ngcongca, South African soccer defender (53 caps; Genk), dies in a car accident at 33
  • Nov 23 David Dinkins, American politician (1st African American Mayor of NYC 1990-93), dies at 93 [1]
  • Nov 23 Hal Ketchum, American country singer (Small Town Saturday Night), dies at 67
  • Nov 24 Christophe Dominici, French rugby union winger (65 caps; Stade Français), dies from suicide at 48

Diego MaradonaDiego Maradona (1960-2020)

Nov 25 Argentine soccer forward (91 caps; World Cup 1986 [captain]; FIFA Player of the 20th Century; Argentinos Juniors, Napoli), dies from a heart attack at 60

  • Nov 25 Duris Maxwell [Ted Lewis], Canadian session and touring drummer (Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers; Powder Blues Band), dies of heart failure at 74
  • Nov 25 Jacques Secrétin, French table tennis player (World C'ship gold mixed doubles 1977), dies at 71
  • Nov 25 Zenon Plech, Polish motorcycle speedway rider (World C'ship individual 1979, pairs 1980 runner-up), dies at 67
  • Nov 26 Dimitar Largov, Bulgarian soccer midfielder (20 caps; Slavia Sofia 220 games), dies at 84
  • Nov 26 Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudanese politician and Imam, Prime Minister of Sudan (1966-67, 1986-89), dies of COVID-19 at 84 [1]
  • Nov 27 Kevin Burnham, American sailor (Olympic gold 470 class 2004; silver 470 1992), dies from pulmonary disease at 63
  • Nov 28 Dave Prowse, English actor (Darth Vader), dies of COVID-19 at 85
  • Nov 28 Vítor Oliveira, Portuguese soccer midfielder (Braga, Portimonense) and manager (won 11 promotions to Primeira Liga, 6 as champion), dies from a heart attack at 67
  • Nov 29 Ben Bova, American sci-fi author (Exiled from Earth), dies at 88 [1]
  • Nov 29 Papa Bouba Diop, Senegalese soccer midfielder (63 caps; Lens, Fulham, Portsmouth, West Ham Utd), dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 42
  • Nov 29 Viorel Turcu, Romanian soccer midfielder (7 caps; FC Argeș Pitești, Steaua București, FC Olt Scornicești), dies from a heart attack at 60