On This Day

Historical Events in November 1970

  • Nov 1 First NFL regular season New York Giants-Jets game; Giants win 22-10 at Shea Stadium
  • Nov 1 Fire at Club Cinq-Sept Discotheque in Saint-Laurent-du-Pont, France, kills 146, as all emergency exits were padlocked
  • Nov 1 KGTF TV channel 12 in Agana, GU (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 3 "President's Daughter" opens at Billy Rose Theater, NYC; runs for 72 performances
  • Nov 3 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson wins his second NL Cy Young Award (23-7 record, 274 strikeouts and 3.12 ERA

Historic Event

Nov 3 US President Richard Nixon promises gradual troop removal of Vietnam

Historic Event

Nov 3 Marxist Salvador Allende inaugurated as President of Chile

Historic Event

Nov 4 Russian nuclear physicist Andrei Sakharov forms Human Rights Committee

  • Nov 4 Genie, a 13 year old feral child found in Los Angeles, California, having been locked in her bedroom by her father for most of her life
  • Nov 6 Twins Jim Perry wins AL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 7 "Purlie" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 689 performances
  • Nov 7 Race riots in Daytona Beach Florida
  • Nov 7 Argentine boxer Carlos Monzon upsets defending champion Nino Benvenuti of Italy in 12th round KO in Rome to win WBC, WBA middleweight titles
  • Nov 8 Tom Dempsey of New Orleans Saints kicks NFL record 63 yard field goal
  • Nov 8 5th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 12-7
  • Nov 9 Trial of Seattle 8 anti-war protesters begins
  • Nov 9 The Goodies make their television debut on the BBC
  • Nov 9 The Irish School of Ecumenics is founded by Michael Hurley
  • Nov 10 Luna 17, with unmanned self-propelled Lunokhod 1, is launched

Music Premiere

Nov 10 Richard Rodgers and Martin Charnin's musical "Two by Two" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 343 performances

  • Nov 11 Baltimore Oriole Boog Powell wins AL MVP
  • Nov 12 Cleveland Cavaliers 1st NBA victory (11th game), beating Portland 105-103
  • Nov 12 Scientists perform 1st artificial synthesis of a live cell
  • Nov 12 Cyclone Bhola makes landfall in East Pakistan (Bangladesh) killing up to 500,000, making it the deadliest tropical cyclone ever recorded
  • Nov 12 The Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) is formed; the NIHE gradually took over control of the building and allocation of public sector housing in Northern Ireland

Historic Event

Nov 13 US Vice President Spiro Agnew calls TV executives "impudent snobs"

  • Nov 14 Marshall U football team wiped out in DC-9 air crash at Kenova, West Virginia, killing 75

Sports History

Nov 15 Paul Brown, as head coach of the expansion Cincinnati Bengals, defeats his former team the Cleveland Browns, a moment he calls his "greatest victory"

  • Nov 16 Two men are shot dead by the Irish Republican Army (IRA)
  • Nov 16 South Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky defends operations in Cambodia because communist forces could overrun South Vietnam "within 24 hours" if troops operating there were withdrawn
  • Nov 17 British newspaper Sun puts 1st pinup girl on page 3 (Stephanie Rahn)
  • Nov 17 Russia lands Lunokhod 1 unmanned remote-controlled vehicle on Moon

Historic Invention

Nov 17 Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse

Music Recording

Nov 17 Elton John performs a live studio concert broadcast for WABC in New York City, later released as his 11-17-70 album

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 18 Joe Frazier KOs Bob Foster in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

Sports History

Nov 18 Johnny Bench wins NL MVP

Historic Event

Nov 18 Linus Pauling declares large doses of Vitamin C could ward off colds

  • Nov 18 Netherlands & Albania form diplomatic relations
  • Nov 18 Russia lands self propelled rover on Moon
  • Nov 19 Golden Gate Park Conservatory becomes a Californian state historical landmark
  • Nov 19 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 20 UN General Assembly accepts membership of People's Republic of China

Coup d'├ętat

Nov 21 General Hafez al-Assad becomes Prime Minister of Syria following military coup

  • Nov 21 NY Knicks 1st game against Cleve Cavalier, Knicks win 102-94 at Madison Square Garden
  • Nov 21 17th National Film Awards (India): "Bhuvan Shome" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Nov 22 20th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bobby Isaac wins

Music Single

Nov 23 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord" single in the US

  • Nov 23 KNCT TV channel 46 in Belton/Killeen, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 23 Arthur Young resigns as Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC)

Album Release

Nov 23 Cat Stevens releases his fourth studio album "Tea for the Tillerman"; featuring singles "Wild World and "Father and Son"

  • Nov 24 36th Heisman Trophy Award: Jim Plunkett, Stanford (QB)
  • Nov 25 New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson wins AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 25 In Japan, author Yukio Mishima and two compatriots commit ritualistic suicide after an unsuccessful coup attempt
  • Nov 26 In Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, 1.5 inches (38.1mm) of rain fall in a minute, the heaviest rainfall ever on record
  • Nov 27 Carl Morton (18-11 for last-place Expos), receives NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 27 George Harrison releases his triple album set "All Things Must Pass" - it becomes the best selling solo release of any of the Beatles, going 6X Platinum

Papal Visit

Nov 27 Pope Paul VI wounded in chest during a visit to Philippines by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest

  • Nov 27 Test Cricket debut of Rodney "Iron Gloves" Marsh v England, Brisbane
  • Nov 28 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Montreal Alouettes defeat Calgary Stampeders, 23-10; game marred by woeful field conditions
  • Nov 28 35th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 33-28 in Birmingham
  • Nov 29 Charles Ives' "Yale-Princeton" premieres
  • Nov 29 England cricket batsman Colin Cowdrey reaches 22 on Day 3 of the drawn 1st Test against Australia in Brisbane to become Test Cricket's leading run scorer; passes countryman Wally Hammond's world Test-record aggregate of 7,249 runs