Historical Events in November 1968

Sports History

Nov 1 Detroit pitcher Denny McLain is named unanimous AL Cy Young Award winner after finishing MLB season, 31-6 for World Series winning Tigers

  • Nov 1 Motion Picture Association of America introduces rating system (G, M, R, X)

Music History

Nov 1 Musical revue "Noël Coward's Sweet Potato" opens at Booth Theater, NYC; runs for 36 performances

  • Nov 1 University of Suriname opens
  • Nov 2 "Her First Roman" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • Nov 2 A banned march in Derry, North Ireland, by members of the Derry Citizen's Action Committee (DCAC) is joined by thousands; due to the number of people taking part, the Royal Ulster Constabulary is unable to prevent it

Election of Interest

Nov 3 Bob Packwood is elected senator of Oregon

Sports History

Nov 3 David Pearson is declared NASCAR Grand National champion as Cale Yarborough wins season ending Peach State 200 at Jefferson, Georgia; Pearson finishes 126 points ahead of Bobby Isaac to secure his 2nd title

Sports History

Nov 3 English Lotus driver Graham Hill wins his 2nd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by taking out the Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez; wins title by 12 points from Scotsman Jackie Stewart

  • Nov 3 Ex-Prime Minister of Greece Georgios Papandreou buried. 300,000 demonstrate against fascist junta
  • Nov 3 New York Jets kicker Jim Turner lands 6 field goals and an extra point to beat Buffalo Bills, 25-21 at Shea Stadium

Album Release

Nov 4 "Wichita Lineman" 12th album by Glen Campbell is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1969)

  • Nov 4 Battles between Jordanian army & Al Fatah-arm forces

Meeting of Interest

Nov 4 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill meets British Prime Minister Harold Wilson for talks on Northern Ireland; Wilson states no change of constitutional position of Northern Ireland possible without consent of the its people

  • Nov 4 WRDU (now WPTF) TV channel 28 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 4 WTOG TV channel 44 in St Petersburg-Tampa, FL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 5 1st AL pitcher to win MVP, Denny McLain (wins unanimously)

Election of Interest

Nov 5 Republican candidate Richard Nixon is elected President of the United States, defeating Democrat candidate Hubert Humphrey and Independent candidate George Wallace

  • Nov 6 Psychedelic feature film "Head" starring the Monkees premieres in New York City
  • Nov 6 Students of San Francisco State Counsel go on strike
  • Nov 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Nov 8 Londonderry Corporation agreed to a Nationalist request to introduce a points system in the allocation of public sector housing in Northern Ireland

Historic Event

Nov 9 Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting lead a Loyalist march to the Diamond area of Derry, North Ireland

Music History

Nov 9 Joe Cocker's version of The Beatles song "With A Little Help From My Friends" becomes No. 1 single in the UK

  • Nov 9 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 10 Launch of Zond 6, 2nd unmanned circumlunar & return flight

Historic Event

Nov 10 Portuguese socialist Mário Soares released from banishment in Sao Tomé under new regieme of Marcello Caetano

Music History

Nov 11 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear nude on cover of "Two Virgins" album

  • Nov 11 Maldives (in Indian Ocean) becomes a republic
  • Nov 11 Ron Hill sets record 10-mile run (46:44) at Leicester England
  • Nov 12 KSEL (now KAMC) TV channel 28 in Lubbock, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 12 US Supreme Court: Epperson v. Arkansas, court declares unconstitutional Arkansas law banning teaching evolution in public schools

Sports History

Nov 13 As a rookie, future Basketball Hall of Fame forward Elvin Hayes scores 54 points in San Diego Rockets' 122-120 win over Detroit Pistons, a career-high

Sports History

Nov 13 Bob Gibson edges Pete Rose to win NL MVP

  • Nov 13 William Craig, Home Affairs Minister, bans all marches, with the exception of 'customary' parades, in Derry, Northern Ireland; the exception of 'customary' parades meant that Loyalist institutions could parade but civil rights marches could not
  • Nov 14 "National Turn in Your Draft Card Day" features draft card burning
  • Nov 14 First European lung transplant
  • Nov 14 U.S. premiere of film version of Morris L. West's best seller "The Shoes of the Fisherman"
  • Nov 14 Yale University announces it is going co-educational

Sports History

Nov 15 1st date in controversial Jim Bouton baseball diary "Ball Four"

  • Nov 16 The Derry Citizens Action Committee defies a ban on marches in Derry, Northern Ireland, by marching with an estimated 15,000 people
  • Nov 17 "Heidi Game", NBC cuts to show "Heidi" and misses Raider's rally to beat Jets, 43-32
  • Nov 17 Alexandros Panagoulis is condemned to death for attempting to assassinate Greek dictator George Papadopoulos
  • Nov 17 John Kander and Fred Ebbs' musical "Zorba" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 305 performances
  • Nov 17 KHNE TV channel 29 in Hastings, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 18 Soviets recover the Zond 6 spacecraft after a flight around the moon
  • Nov 19 Military coup in Mali, president Modibo Keita flees
  • Nov 19 New York Yankees pitcher Stan Bahnsen wins AL Rookie of the Year
  • Nov 20 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 21 Cin trades shortstop Leo Cardenas to Twins for pitcher Jim Merritt

Music History

Nov 21 The Supremes & The Temptations release "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"

  • Nov 22 1st interracial TV kiss (Star Trek - Captain Kirk and Uhura)

Historic Event

Nov 22 Terence O'Neill, then Northern Ireland Prime Minister, announced a package of reform measures granting concessions to the Catholic minority, in response to protest movement

  • Nov 22 The Beatles release "The Beatles" (White Album), their only double album
  • Nov 22 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 23 Milwaukee Bucks make their 1st NBA trade, giving Bob Love & Bob Weiss to Chicago Bulls for Flynn Robinson
  • Nov 23 Musical revue "Noël Coward's Sweet Potato" closes at Booth Theatre, NYC, after 44 performances
  • Nov 25 15th National Film Awards (India): "Hatey Bazarey" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Nov 26 Rock band Cream gives "final" concert at Royal Albert Hall, London, England - but re-unites briefly for a short tour in 2005
  • Nov 28 John Lennon is fined £150 for unauthorized drug possession

Album Release

Nov 29 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their 1st album "Two Virgins" in UK

  • Nov 30 33rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 24-16 in Birmingham
  • Nov 30 A Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march in Armagh is stopped by Royal Ulster Constabulary because of the presence of a Loyalist counter demonstration led by Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting
  • Nov 30 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Ottawa Rough Riders defeat Calgary Stampeder, 24-21; MVP Vic Washington's 79-yard TD run remains a Grey Cup record