Historical Events in November 1981

  • Nov 1 1st Class US Mail raised from 18 cents to 20 cents
  • Nov 1 Antigua & Barbuda gains independence from Britain (National Day)

Sports History

Nov 1 Darrell Waltrip wins his 4th straight NASCAR Cup race, the American 500 at North Carolina Motor Speedway; ties Richard Petty record 1967; 12th win of season; goes on to win Winston Cup crown

  • Nov 3 Milwaukee Brewers future Baseball Hall of Fame reliever Rollie Fingers (6-3 record, 28 saves and 1.04 ERA) wins American League Cy Young Award, with 22 of 28 possible 1st-place votes
  • Nov 4 Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 4 Columbia shuttle launch scrubbed with 31 secs remaining
  • Nov 4 Dr George Nichopoulas is acquitted of overprescribing addictive drugs for Elvis Presley
  • Nov 5 Charles Fuller's "Soldier's Play" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 5 Former Dolphin, Mercury Morris, is sentenced to 20 years for drug trafficking, conspiracy and possession of cocaine

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 6 Larry Holmes TKOs Renaldo Snipes in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Nov 7 France performs nuclear test
  • Nov 8 Christian Democrats looses Belgium parliamentary election
  • Nov 10 Donald Driver and Michael Valenti's musical comedy "Oh, Brother!" opens at ANTA Theater, NYC; runs for 3 performances
  • Nov 10 Ernest Thompson's "West Side Waltz" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 11 Donald Driver and Michael Valenti's musical comedy "Oh, Brother!" closes at ANTA Theater, NYC, after 3 performances

Sports History

Nov 11 LA Dodgers starter Fernando Valenzuela becomes first MLB rookie to win a Cy Young Award; Milwaukee Brewers' Rollie Fingers takes AL Award

  • Nov 12 1st balloon crossing of Pacific is completed (Double Eagle V)
  • Nov 12 2nd shuttle mission-1st time spacecraft launched twice (Columbia 2)
  • Nov 12 Bill C Davis' "Mass Appeal" premieres in NYC

Sports History

Nov 12 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (Oakland A's)

  • Nov 12 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • Nov 12 Pilin Leon of Venezuela, crowned 31st Miss World

Music Single

Nov 13 Ringo Starr releases single "Wrack My Brain", written and produced by George Harrison, in the UK

  • Nov 14 "Raise!" 11th studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1982)
  • Nov 14 2nd NASA Space Shuttle Mission: Columbia 2 returns to Earth

Sports History

Nov 14 In the first world championship fight between 2 Puerto Ricans in boxing history, WBC Super Welterweight champion Wilfred Benitez beats Carlos Santos in a 15-round unanimous decision at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas

  • Nov 14 Old Dutch Windmill in Golden Gate Park repaired and working again
  • Nov 14 Pakistan all out 62 v Australia at WACA, Lillee 5-18
  • Nov 14 Paul 'Bear' Bryant ties Amos Alonzo Stagg with 314 football wins
  • Nov 15 Revival of "Camelot" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 48 performances
  • Nov 16 "Merrily We Roll Along" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Nov 16 Dennis Lillee kicks Javed Miandad after he had waved his bat at Dennis

Historic Event

Nov 16 President Reagan decides on a covert plan to block the Cuban aid to Nicaragua and El Salvador

  • Nov 17 "1st" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • Nov 17 NBA NY Knick Bill Cartwright, ties record of 19 of 19 free throws

Sports History

Nov 18 Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt wins his 2nd consecutive NL MVP

  • Nov 19 U.S. Steel agrees to pay $6.3 billion for Marathon Oil
  • Nov 20 Burundi adopts its constitution
  • Nov 20 El Salvador guerrilla group FMLN opens "limited offensive"
  • Nov 20 Ringo Starr releases album "Stop and Smell the Roses" in the UK

Sports History

Nov 20 Russian Anatoly Karpov retains world chess championship

  • Nov 21 400,000 demonstrate in Amsterdam against cruise missiles

#1 in the Charts

Nov 21 Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" single goes #1 & stays for 10 weeks

  • Nov 22 "Marlowe" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 48 performances

Sports History

Nov 22 31st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Darrell Waltrip wins

  • Nov 22 Browns' QB Brian Sipe sets club record by being intercepted 6 times
  • Nov 22 CFL Grey Cup, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: Edmonton Eskimos 4th consecutive Championship; beat Ottawa Rough Riders, 26-23; final Grey Cup game for Rough Riders, fold in 1996
  • Nov 22 SD Charger Dan Fouts passes for 6 touchdowns vs Oakland (55-21)
  • Nov 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 23 President Reagan vetoes House Joint Resolution 357 which called for further appropriations for fiscal year 1982
  • Nov 24 1st air-launched cruise missile tested
  • Nov 25 Failed coup by South African mercenaries in Seychelles

Appointment of Interest

Nov 25 Pope John Paul II names Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger "Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith"

  • Nov 25 Rollie Fingers is 1st relief pitcher to win AL MVP
  • Nov 28 "Merrily We Roll Along" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Nov 28 46th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 28-17 in Birmingham
  • Nov 28 Bear Bryant wins his 315th game to out distance Almos Alonzo Stagg, becomes college football's winningest coach

Election of Interest

Nov 28 New Zealand general election won by ruling National party and Prime Minister Robert Muldoon

  • Nov 29 Greg Chappell scores 201 v Pakistan at The Gabba (Brisbane)
  • Nov 29 Major Iranian offensive mounted on central front
  • Nov 29 Revival of musical "My Fair Lady" closes at Uris Theater, NYC, after 119 performances
  • Nov 30 Cold War: In Geneva, representatives from the United States and the Soviet Union begin to negotiate intermediate-range nuclear weapon reductions in Europe (the meetings ended inconclusively on December 17)

Sports History

Nov 30 NY Yankee Dave Righetti wins AL Rookie of Year Award

  • Nov 30 Porn star John Holmes arrested on fugitive charges
  • Nov 30 South Africa anti-apartheid advocate Bulelani Ngcuka arrested