Historical Events in November 1979

  • Nov 1 Bolivia military coup under General Busch, President Guevara flees
  • Nov 1 Tanker Burmah Agate off Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 10.7 m gallons of oil, in US's worst oil spill disaster
  • Nov 1 US Federal government proposes making a $1.5 billion loan to Chrysler

Music Premiere

Nov 2 Peter Shaffer's musical "Amadeus" premieres in London

  • Nov 2 Studio 54's owners are arrested for tax evasion
  • Nov 3 Five people mortally wounded during anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstration in NC
  • Nov 3 Moroccan offensive against Polisario Front

Iran Hostage Crisis

Nov 4 500 Iranian students loyal to Ayatollah Khomeini seize the US Embassy in Tehran, taking 90 hostages for 444 days

  • Nov 5 Iran government of Bazargan resigns

Historic Event

Nov 5 Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini describes the United States as "The Great Satan" amid accusations of imperialism and the sponsoring of corruption

  • Nov 6 Ayatollah Khomeini takes over in Iran
  • Nov 7 MLB Chicago Cubs reliever Bruce Sutter wins NL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 8 ABC broadcasts "Iran Crisis: American Held Hostage" with Frank Reynolds (forerunner to "Nightline")

Film & TV History

Nov 8 Bernard Slade's stage comedy "Romantic Comedy", starring Mia Farrow and Anthony Perkins, opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NYC; runs for 396 performances

  • Nov 8 The Chilean Communist Party (Proletarian Action) is formed.
  • Nov 9 False alarm of a Soviet ballistic missile attack by US NORAD system after technician fails to code a test properly
  • Nov 10 Train detrailment in Mississauga, Ontario; a 106 car train derails causing the evacuation of 200,000 people
  • Nov 11 Boston Court issues occupancy permit for Cambridge Buddhist Center
  • Nov 12 Tony Franklin of Philadelphia Eagles kicks 59-yard field goal
  • Nov 12 US President Carter announces a halts to Iranian oil imports & freezes Iranian assets
  • Nov 13 British newspaper "The Times" resumes publishing after 1 year

Sports History

Nov 13 Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell and St Louis Cardinals first baseman Keith Hernandez share National League MVP Award

Historic Event

Nov 13 Ronald Reagan announces his candidacy for US President in NYC

  • Nov 14 California's Don Baylor, wins AL MVP

Historic Event

Nov 15 A package from the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski begins smoking in the cargo hold of a flight from Chicago to Washington, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing

  • Nov 15 ABC-TV announces it would broadcast nightly specials on Iran hostage
  • Nov 15 In Parliament Sir Anthony Blunt, art advisor to the Queen, exposed as 4th man in Soviet spy ring. He was then stripped of his knighthood and fellowship of Trinity College, Cambridge
  • Nov 15 Iran cancels all contracts with U.S. oil companies

Music History

Nov 16 Paul McCartney releases "Wonderful Christmas"

Television Premiere

Nov 17 "Salem's Lot", American two-part miniseries based on the horror novel of the same name by Stephen King, premieres in the United States

  • Nov 17 Ayatollah Khomeini frees most black & female US hostages
  • Nov 17 Daniel Okrent sketches out 1st draft rules for Rotisserie Baseball on a flight to Austin, TX
  • Nov 17 NY Stars (WBL) home opener at Madison Square Garden in NYC

Sports History

Nov 18 29th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins

Contract of Interest

Nov 19 Astros sign Nolan Ryan, to record 4 year, $4.5 million contract

Music History

Nov 19 Chuck Berry released from prison for income tax evasion conviction

  • Nov 20 Islamic extremists led by Juhayman al-Otaybi occupy the Grand Mosque of Mecca, declare the arrival of the Mahdi (the "redeemer of Islam") in the form of Mohammed Abdullah al-Qahtani and call for the overthrow of the House of Saud. Siege lasts two weeks with 100s killed and sets Saudi Arabia on an ultra-conservative path. [1]
  • Nov 20 US's 1st artificial blood transfusion occurs at University of Minnesota Hospital
  • Nov 21 Crowd at Islamabad, Pakistan attack US embassy, 1 dies
  • Nov 24 "Salem's Lot", American two-part miniseries based on the horror novel of the same name by Stephen King, concludes in the United States
  • Nov 24 Kings' Charley Simmer fails on 8th penalty shot against Islanders

Agent Orange in Vietnam

Nov 24 Senate report proves US troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic chemical defoliant Agent Orange

  • Nov 25 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 53 performances
  • Nov 25 CFL Grey Cup, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: Edmonton Eskimos retain Championship; defeat Montreal Alouettes, 17-9; Eskimos shut out of MVP and MV Canadian awards
  • Nov 25 Israel returns Alma oilfields in Gulf of Suez to Egypt

Sports History

Nov 25 Pat Summerall and John Madden broadcast a game together for the first time, a pairing that lasts 22 years and becomes one of the most well-known partnerships in TV sportscasting history

  • Nov 25 Pittsburgh gains 606 net yards against Cleveland, winning 33-30
  • Nov 26 Intl Olympic Committee votes to readmit China after 21 years
  • Nov 26 Twins John Castino & Jays Alfredo Griffin tie for AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 27 1st day-night one-day cricket international, Australia v WI at SCG
  • Nov 28 "King of Schnorrers" opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 63 performances
  • Nov 28 Air New Zealand DC-10 crashes into Mt Erebus on Antarctica, killing 257 people, making it New Zealand's deadliest peacetime disaster
  • Nov 28 LA Dodger Rick Sutcliffe wins NL Rookie of Year

Papal Visit

Nov 28 Pope John Paul II's first papal visit to Turkey, almost 1 1/2 years before Turkish native Mehmet Ali Agca attempts to kill him

  • Nov 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Music History

Nov 30 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" released, sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks

  • Nov 30 Ted Koppel becomes anchor of late nightly news on Iran "America Held Hostage" (ABC)
  • Nov 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR