On This Day

Historical Events in November 1960

  • Nov 1 Benelux treaty goes into effect

Music History

Nov 2 Dmitri Shostakovich's 8th String quartet premieres in Leningrad

Historic Publication

Nov 2 Penguin Books cleared of obscenity for publishing DH Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover"

Sports History

Nov 2 New York Yankees outfielder Roger Maris beats teammate Mickey Mantle for American League MVP Award, 225-222; second-closest vote ever

  • Nov 3 Meredith Willson's musical "The Unsinkable Molly Brown", starring Tammy Grimes, opens at Winter Garden, NYC; runs for 532 performances, and wins a Tony Award
  • Nov 3 Ivory Coast adopts constitution
  • Nov 3 Pittsburgh Pirates starter Vern Law (20-9, 18 complete games) wins MLB's Cy Young Award

Historic Discovery

Nov 4 Mary Leakey and Louis Leakey discover first Homo habilis jaw fragments (OH 7) at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania

  • Nov 7 KNRR TV channel 12 in Pembina, ND (IND) begins broadcasting

Election of Interest

Nov 8 John F. Kennedy is elected President of the United States, defeating Republican candidate Richard Nixon who was the incumbent Vice President

How Britain Fell in Love with Lady Chatterley

Nov 10 Uncensored version of D. H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley’s Lover" finally goes on sale in the UK after a jury finds publisher Penguin Books not guilty in an obscenity trial

  • Nov 11 Record New York Knicks' crowd for the third Madison Square Garden venue on 49th Street, NYC; 18,499 see Knicks beat Syracuse Nationals, 112-108

Coup d'état

Nov 12 Coup against South Vietnamese President Ngô Đình Diệm fails

  • Nov 12 Mercury-Redstone 1 test launch fails at 10 cm altitude
  • Nov 13 Fire in movie theater kills 152 children in Amude, Spain
  • Nov 14 2 passenger trains collided at high-speed killing 110 (Czech)
  • Nov 14 Belgium threatens to leave UN due to criticism on its policy on Congo

#1 in the Charts

Nov 14 Ray Charles' single "Georgia On My Mind" reaches #1

  • Nov 14 Riot due to school integration in New Orleans

Sports History

Nov 15 Elgin Baylor of NBA LA Lakers scores 71 points vs NY Knicks

  • Nov 15 USS G Washington, 1st sub with nuclear ballistic missiles, launched
  • Nov 16 NL batting champion Dick Groat wins MVP
  • Nov 17 New MLB Washington franchise is awarded to Elwood Quesada
  • Nov 18 Charlie Finley makes a bid to purchase expansion LA Angels
  • Nov 18 Copyright office issues its 10 millionth registration
  • Nov 19 Mickey Vernon is hired as 1st manager of new Washington team
  • Nov 20 Australian driver Jack Brabham finishes 4th in season-ending US Grand Prix at Riverside Raceway to retain his F1 World Drivers Championship by 9 points from Bruce McLaren of New Zealand

Sports History

Nov 21 Bob Scheffing signs to manage Tigers after Casey Stengel turns it down

  • Nov 22 French National Meeting decide to build own nuclear weapons
  • Nov 23 Dodgers outfielder Frank Howard is voted NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 23 Tinseltown dedicated its Walk of Fame at Hollywood Blvd & Vine St
  • Nov 23 Tiros 2, a weather satellite is launched

NBA Record

Nov 24 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain pulls down NBA record 55 rebounds in Warriors 132-129 defeat to Boston Celtics at Philadelphia Civic Center

  • Nov 25 "Amos 'n' Andy" made its last broadcast on CBS radio
  • Nov 25 First atomic reactor for research & development, Richland, Wa
  • Nov 25 CBS ends last 4 radio soap operas (Ma Perkins, Right to Happiness, Young Dr Malone & 2nd Mrs Burton) & cancels 4 other series
  • Nov 25 Three of the four Mirabal sisters, opponents of the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic, are assassinated
  • Nov 26 CFL Grey Cup, Empire Stadium, Vancouver: Ottawa Rough Riders defeat Edmonton Eskimos, 16-6 for their 5th Championship
  • Nov 26 Minneapolis-St Paul baseball club takes the name Twins
  • Nov 26 25th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 3-0 in Birmingham
  • Nov 27 CBS radio cancels "Have Gun Will Travel"
  • Nov 27 Dr Felix Houphouet-Boigny becomes president of Ivory Coast

Sports History

Nov 27 Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHLer to score 1,000 points

  • Nov 27 Trailing 38-7 late in 3rd quarter, Buffalo Bills tie Broncos at 38-38
  • Nov 28 CBS radio expands hourly news coverage from 5 to 10 minutes
  • Nov 28 Mauritania gains independence from France (National Day)
  • Nov 29 26th Heisman Trophy Award: Joe Bellino, Navy (HB)
  • Nov 30 French Senate condemns building own nuclear weapons
  • Nov 30 Tad Mosels "All the Way Home" premieres in NYC