Historical Events in November 1978

  • Nov 2 Arnold Shapiro's TV documentary "Scared Straight", narrated by Peter Falk as a controversial and questionable deterrent to juvenile delinquency, debuts on Los Angeles' KTLA-TV
  • Nov 2 Crew of Soyuz 29 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 31
  • Nov 2 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Nov 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Sports History

Nov 2 Wayne Gretzky is sold to the Edmonton Oilers after just 8 games with the Indianapolis Racers of the WHA (scoring 6 points); scores 104 points in 72 games (both teams combined) and is named WHA rookie of the year

  • Nov 3 Dominica gains independence from UK & adopts constitution
  • Nov 3 First broadcast of "Different Strokes" on NBC TV
  • Nov 3 USSR & Vietnam sign peace & friendship treaty

Sports History

Nov 4 3rd annual reentry free-agent draft, Pete Rose, Tommy John, & Darrell Evans, available

  • Nov 4 Iranian troops fire on anti-Shah student protesters by Tehran University
  • Nov 4 Islanders start 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3)
  • Nov 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event of Interest

Nov 5 Iranian PM Jaafar Sharif-Emami resigns to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Event of Interest

Nov 5 Khomeini followers attack British embassy/El Al office in Iran

Sports History

Nov 5 Oakland Raider's John Madden becomes 13th coach to win 100 NFL games

  • Nov 6 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi places the country under military rule; General Gholām Reza Azhāri forms government
  • Nov 7 Boston Red Sox Jim Rice wins AL MVP
  • Nov 7 CDA-chairman W Aantjes resigns due to his war past
  • Nov 7 Marion Barry Jr. elected as Washington, D.C.'s first African American mayor

Night & Day

Nov 8 Tom Stoppard's play "Night & Day" premieres in London

  • Nov 9 North American Soccer League (NASL) realigns its 24 teams into 6 divisions
  • Nov 10 Israel's top negotiators broke away from Middle East peace talks

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 10 Larry Holmes KOs Alfredo Evangelist in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Nov 10 NY Yankees trade Lyle, Rajsich, McCall, Heath and Ramos to Texas for Righetti, Mirabella, Beniquez, Jemison and Griffin
  • Nov 11 Maumoon Abdul Gayoom becomes president of Maldives
  • Nov 12 Gary William Friedman and Will Holt's musical "Platinum" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC; runs for 33 performances
  • Nov 13 NASA launches HEAO 2
  • Nov 15 183 die as Icelandic Airlines DC-8 crashes in Colombo, Sri Lanka


Nov 15 Harold Pinter's play "Betrayal" premieres in London

  • Nov 15 Pirates outfielder Dave Parker wins NL MVP
  • Nov 16 Major Indoor Soccer League holds its 1st draft
  • Nov 18 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Murder of Interest

Nov 18 In Jonestown, Guyana, 918 members of the Peoples Temple are murdered or commit suicide under the leadership of cult leader Jim Jones

  • Nov 18 Leo J Ryan, American politician, and 4 others, killed in Jonestown, Guyana by members of Peoples Temple, followed by ritual mass suicide of 914 members of the religious cult
  • Nov 19 "The Miracle at the Meadowlands", Eagles Herman Edwards returns a fumble for a touchdown with 31 seconds left to give Philadelphia a 19-17 victory over the rival New York Giants

Sports History

Nov 19 28th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Cale Yarborough wins

  • Nov 21 Bob Horner of Braves wins NL Rookie of Year Award

Election of Interest

Nov 25 New Zealand general election won by ruling Prime Minister Robert Muldoon and the National Party

  • Nov 26 10 die as fire erupts at Holiday Inn in Rochester, NY
  • Nov 26 1st lesbian themed TV movie - "A Question of Love"
  • Nov 26 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Edmonton Eskimos first of 5 straight titles; beat Montreal Alouettes, 20-13
  • Nov 26 Christina Crawford autobiography "Mommie Dearest" reaches best-seller status


Nov 27 San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk assassinated by former Supervisor Dan White at City Hall

  • Nov 28 44th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Sims, Oklahoma (RB)

Briefcase Full of Blues

Nov 28 Atlantic Records releases "Briefcase Full of Blues", the debut album by The Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi); album tops the chart and becomes best-selling blues record of all-time

Sports History

Nov 28 Reds fire manager Sparky Anderson after 9 years

  • Nov 29 UN observes "international day of solidarity with Palestinian people," boycotted by US & about 20 other countries
  • Nov 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 30 France performs nuclear test