On This Day

Historical Events in November 1990

Music Premiere

Nov 1 Revival of George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Oh, Kay!" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC; runs for 77 performances

Historic Event

Nov 1 Last of Margaret Thatcher's original government resigns, Deputy PM Howe

Historic Event

Nov 1 Rhetoric escalates as George Bush likens Saddam Hussein to Adolf Hitler

Sports History

Nov 1 Sandra Miller awarded $100 for Mike Tyson fondling her breasts

  • Nov 2 First NBA game at Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Rolando Blackman top scores with 21 points as Timberwolves beat Mavericks, 98-85
  • Nov 2 First regular season game played outside North America by any major professional sports league the NBA's Phoenix Suns beat the Utah Jazz, 119-96 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Japan
  • Nov 2 Golden State Warriors register a 162-158 win over the Denver Nuggets at McNichols Arena, with the 320 total points setting an NBA record for most points scored by 2 teams in a non-overtime game
  • Nov 3 Gro Harlem Brundtland is installed as Prime Minister of Norway

NBA Record

Nov 3 Atlanta Hawks' center Moses Malone sets an NBA record for free throws made in a career by hitting 7-of-9 in a 121-120 win over Indiana Pacers at the Omni; passes Oscar Robinson's record (7,694)

  • Nov 3 TCU quarterback Matt Vogler completes 44 passes including 5 touchdowns for an NCAA football record 690 passing yards in a 56-35 loss to Houston at the Astrodome; Cougars quarterback David Klingler throws for 7 TDs
  • Nov 3 MLB club owners agree to pay players $280 million in damages under a settlement to close aftermath of the owners' 3-year conspiracy case against free agents; largest owner-to-player payment ever made in sports
  • Nov 4 "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story" opens at Shubert Theatre, NYC; runs for 225 performances
  • Nov 4 20th NYC Women's Marathon won by Wanda Panfil in 2:30:45
  • Nov 4 21st NYC Marathon won by Douglas Wakiihuri in 2:12:39
  • Nov 4 Iraq says it is preparing for a "dangerous war"
  • Nov 4 US Secretary of State James Baker visits American troops in Saudi Arabia

Sports History

Nov 4 Ayrton Senna retires with gearbox trouble during the season-ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins by 7 points from Alain Prost; McLaren-Honda wins Constructors title for 3rd straight year

  • Nov 5 Reports of increasing Saudi petroleum production and lower world demand

Film & TV History

Nov 6 Arsenio Hall gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

  • Nov 6 Braves' Dave Justice wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 6 Fire destroys some of Universal Studios' stages
  • Nov 6 Guam Republican governor Joseph Ada re-elected
  • Nov 6 Iran's oil-producing region suffers a serious earthquake

Album Release

Nov 6 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" 3rd studio album by Whitney Houston is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1991)

  • Nov 7 "Little Night Music" closes at New York State NYC after 11 performances
  • Nov 7 "Those Were The Days" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 126 performances
  • Nov 7 Cleveland Indian Sandy Alomar Jr wins AL Rookie of Year, unanimously
  • Nov 7 Mary Robinson elected as 1st female president of Ireland
  • Nov 8 "6 Degrees of Separation" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 496 performances
  • Nov 8 100,000 additional US troops are sent to Persian gulf

Contract of Interest

Nov 8 Darryl Strawberry signs 5-year contract with LA Dodgers

  • Nov 8 Gina Marie Tolleson of USA, 21, crowned 40th Miss World
  • Nov 8 Saddam fires his army chief & threatens to destroy Arabian peninsula
  • Nov 8 Unconfirmed rumors emerge that Bush might announce an airlift of supplies to US embassy in Kuwait, which could ultimately trigger a military clash

Music Single

Nov 8 Musician Chris Isaak releases single "Wicked Game"

  • Nov 9 Tanzania government of Malecela forms
  • Nov 9 New democratic constitution is issued in Nepal.
  • Nov 10 Lebanon releases 2 French hostages (Camille Sontag & Marcel Coudari)

Film Premiere

Nov 10 John Hughes' film "Home Alone" directed by Chris Columbus and starring Macaulay Culkin premieres in Chicago

  • Nov 10 Chandra Shekhar becomes 8th Prime Minister of India

Music History

Nov 11 William Nicholson's drama "Shadowlands", based on the life of C.S. Lewis, opens at Brooks Atkinson Theatre, NYC; runs for 169 performances and wins a Tony Award

  • Nov 11 California Angel Chuck Finley & Seattle Mariner Randy Johnson combine to pitch a no-hitter in exhibition game between US & Japanese all-star teams

Historic Event

Nov 12 Crown Prince Akihito is formally installed as Emperor Akihito of Japan, becoming the 125th Japanese monarch.

  • Nov 12 "The Body Bag Game" - after Eagles coach Buddy Ryan threatens beating Redskins so badly "they'll have to be carted off in body bags" the Eagles defense score 3 touchdowns winning 28–14, knocking 8 Redskins out of the game

Historic Event

Nov 12 The World Wide Web is first proposed by CERN computer scientists Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau [1]

  • Nov 13 Oakland's Bob Welch wins AL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 13 In the seaside town of Aramoana, David Gray shoots dead 13 people in the Aramoana massacre
  • Nov 13 Saudis ask US for rights to bid on SPR (Strategic Petroleum Reserve) crude
  • Nov 14 Doug Drabek (22-6) wins NL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 14 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Nov 14 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 14 Michael Heseltine contests Margaret Thatcher's leadership of the British Conservative Party
  • Nov 14 Philippines hit by typhoon, 110 die

Sports History

Nov 14 James Worthy is arrested in Houston and charged with two counts of solicitation of prostitution

Historic Event

Nov 15 US President George H. W. Bush signs Clear Air Act of 1990

  • Nov 15 Producers confirm that Milli Vanilli didn't sing on their album
  • Nov 15 US 68th manned space mission STS 38 (Atlantis 7) launches into orbit

Historic Event

Nov 16 Manuel Noriega claims US denied him a fair trial

  • Nov 17 David Crosby breaks his left leg, ankle and shoulder in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles, CA
  • Nov 18 "Fiddler on the Roof" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 241 performances

Solheim Cup

Nov 18 1st Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Lake Nona G & CC: US beats Europe 11½-4½ in inaugural event; Kathy Whitworth US captain; Mickey Walker Europe skipper

  • Nov 18 NFL NY Giants beat Det Lions 20-0, to run 1990 record to 10-0

Sports History

Nov 18 40th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins

Sports History

Nov 18 Yugoslavian tennis star Monica Seles beats Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina 6–4, 5–7, 3–6, 6–4, 6–2 to win her first of 3 straight WTA Tour Championships in NYC; first 5-set women's final since 1901

Sports History

Nov 18 Andre Agassi claims his first and only season-ending ATP Tour World Championship tennis title with a 5–7, 7–6, 7–5, 6–2 win over defending champion Stefan Edberg in Frankfurt, Germany

  • Nov 19 Greyhound files reoganization plan so they can be traded publicly

Sports History

Nov 19 Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Barry Bonds wins NL MVP

  • Nov 19 Pop duo Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award after it is learned they did not sing on their award-winning "Girl You Know Its True" album

Sports History

Nov 20 Oakland's Rickey Henderson wins AL MVP

  • Nov 20 Sacramento Kings last NBA win on the road for over a year
  • Nov 20 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher fails to defeat Michael Heseltine's bid for leadership of the Conservative Party
  • Nov 20 US 68th manned space mission STS 38 (Atlantis 7) returns from space
  • Nov 20 Saddam Hussein announces plans to release German hostages
  • Nov 20 Soviet Union shows reluctance to endorse the use of force against Iraq
  • Nov 21 Michael Milken is sentenced to 10 years for security law violations

Historic Event

Nov 21 French President François Mitterrand voices support for a proposed UN resolution that would authorize the use of force in the Persian Gulf

  • Nov 22 George H. W. Bush visits US troops in Saudi Arabia
  • Nov 22 Margaret Thatcher announces her resignation as British Prime Minister
  • Nov 22 Professor Amos Sawyer installed as interim President of Liberia
  • Nov 23 Test Cricket debut of Saeed Anwar (Pak v WI), scores 0 & 0
  • Nov 25 CFL Grey Cup, BC Place, Vancouver: Winnipeg Blue Bombers' 10th Championship: beat Edmonton Eskimos, 50-11; Winnipeg's 28 points in 3rd quarter is Grey Cup record

Election of Interest

Nov 25 Lech Wałęsa wins Poland's first popular election

  • Nov 25 India bowl the Sri Lankan cricket team out for 82; Venkatapathy Raju (I) takes 6-12 off 17.5 overs

Music Awards

Nov 26 1st Billboard Music Awards: M.C. Hammer & Janet Jackson win

  • Nov 26 Buffalo Bills become 6th 1st place NFL team to lose on same weekend
  • Nov 26 Matsushita purchases MCA for $6.6 billion

Historic Event

Nov 26 Mikhail Gorbachev tells Iraq to get out of Kuwait

  • Nov 26 Premier Mazowiecki of Poland resigns
  • Nov 26 US proposes addition to UN resolution that would require Iraq's withdrawal from Kuwait by January 1

Historic Event

Nov 28 Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew resigns, ending his term as Singapore's longest-serving Prime Minister

Historic Event

Nov 28 Conservative Party chooses John Major to succeed Margaret Thatcher as leader and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

  • Nov 29 "Shogun - The Musical" opens at Marquis Theater, NYC; runs for 72 performances
  • Nov 29 Expos pres Claude Brochu agrees to buy club from Charles Bronfman
  • Nov 29 UN Security Council approves US-sponsored resolution authorizing the use of force in the Persian Gulf if Iraq does not withdrawal from Kuwait by Jan. 15, 1991

Film & TV History

Nov 30 American actor Burt Lancaster suffers a stroke

  • Nov 30 US President George H. W. Bush offers to send Secretary of State James Baker to Baghdad to meet with Saddam Hussein