On This Day

Historical Events on November 3 (Part 2)

Sports History

1996 Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant becomes the then youngest player to make his NBA debut (18 years, 2 months, 11 days) in 91-85 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Great Western Forum

  • 1996 "It's a Slippery Slope" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC
  • 1996 New York City Marathon: Giacomo Leone of Italy, man's champion in 2:09:54; Anuta Catuna of Romania takes women's title in 2:28:18
  • 1997 American racing legend Bill Shoemaker retires from thoroughbred training with a 90 winners from 713 start record; rode record 8,833 winners as a jockey, before becoming a trainer in 1990
  • 1997 Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra becomes 6th player to be unanimous choice for American League Rookie of the Year; leads AL in hits (209), triples (11), multi-hit games (68); also sets AL rookie-record with 30-game hitting streak
  • 1997 California law ends affirmative action
  • 1997 British TV comedy "I'm Alan Partridge" starring Steve Coogan premieres on BBC Two

Film Premier

1998 "Shakespeare in Love" directed by John Madden and starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes premieres in New York (Best Picture 1999)

  • 1998 "400 Degreez" 3rd studio album by Juvenile is released (Billboard no. 1 year end Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 1999)

Sports History

1999 Los Angeles Lakers debut in the STAPLES Center, with 103-88 win v Vancouver Grizzlies; Magic Johnson & Chick Hearn co-host ceremony unveiling Lakers' retired jerseys & championship banners in new building

  • 2001 Arkansas beats Mississippi, 58-56 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford in 7 overtime periods; the longest game in NCAA football history
  • 2001 San Antonio Spurs guard Steve Smith plays first game against Portland after being traded from the Trail Blazers; ties NBA record for most 3-point field goals in a game without a miss; goes 8-for-8, scores 36 points in 106-90 win

Federation Cup

2002 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Gran Canaria, Spain: Janette Husárová beats Spaniard Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6-0, 6-2 to give Slovakia their first title, 3-1

Hall of Fame

2003 Grant Fuhr, Pat LaFontaine, Red Wings owner Mike Illitch and Ottawa 67’s coach Brian Kilreais are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

  • 2004 With no sign the lockout of its players will end in the near future, the National Hockey League cancels 2005 All-Star Game scheduled for February in Atlanta
  • 2007 Navy beats Notre Dame 46-44 in triple overtime, ending the Fighting Irish's NCAA Football-record winning streak against the Midshipmen at 43 games; last Navy win over Notre Dame, 35-14 in 1963

Historic Event

2007 Pervez Musharraf declares emergency rule across Pakistan, suspends the Constitution, imposes a State of Emergency and fires the chief justice of the Supreme Court

Soul Train Music Awards

2009 23rd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Charlie Wilson & Chaka Khan win

  • 2012 Syrian rebels launch a major assault on Taftanaz airbase
  • 2012 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 2 winners: George Vancouver, Groupie Doll, Tapizar, Mizdirection, Shanghai Bobby, Little Mike, Trinniberg, Wise Dan, Fort Larned
  • 2013 Nick Foles connects with Riley Cooper 3 times to become 7th passer in NFL history with 7 TD tosses in a game during Philadelphia Eagles’ 49-20 win over the Raiders at Oakland; Foles completes 22 of 28 for 406 yards
  • 2013 8 people are killed and 10 are injured after a turboprop plane crashes in northern Bolivia
  • 2013 6 people are killed after an overcrowded ferry sinks in Pattaya, Thailand

Sports History

2013 Bobby Orr's autobiography "Orr: My Story" debuts at the #8 position on The New York Times best seller list for nonfiction

  • 2013 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Cagliari, Italy: Sara Errani of Italy outclasses Russia's Alisa Kleybanova 6-1, 6-1 for an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends 4-0) and 4th title for the home country
  • 2013 New York City Marathon: Geoffrey Mutai becomes first repeat winner in 15 years in slow 2:08:24; fellow Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo wins women's race in 2:25:07

Historic Event

2014 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls for global action on climate change after warning from scientists

9/11 Attack on New York's World Trade Towers

2014 New York's 104-storey One World Trade Center officially opens 13 years after the September 11 attacks

  • 2015 Melbourne Cup won by Prince of Penzance ridden by Michelle Payne; first female jockey to win the event
  • 2015 Game Maker Activision Blizzard (Call of Duty) buys King.com (Candy Crush) for $5.9 billion
  • 2017 Pakistani woman charged with poisoning 17 members of husband's family in attempt to escape forced marriage in Punjab Province
  • 2017 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Del Mar Racetrack; Day 1 winners: Rushing Fall, Battle of Midway, Mendelssohn, Forever Unbridled
  • 2018 Truck loses control hitting 31 cars and killing at least 15 people near a tollbooth in Lanzhou, China
  • 2018 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; Day 2 winners: Shamrock Rose, Stormy Liberal, City of Light, Sistercharlie, Roy H, Expert Eye, Monomoy Girl, Enable, Accelerate
  • 2019 Delhi reaches worst pollution levels of the year, over 900 AQI, with authorities declaring public health emergency
  • 2019 Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil producer Saudi Aramco, the world's most profitable company, announces its plans to go public

Music History

2019 Olivia Newton-John's black leather outfit from the film "Grease" sells for $405,700 at auction in Beverly Hills, California

Sports History

2019 British Mercedes driver and defending champion Lewis Hamilton finishes second in the US Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas to clinch his 6th F1 Drivers World Championship

  • 2019 Australian world #1 Ashleigh Barty beats Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6–4, 6–3 to win the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, China, receives US$4.42m the biggest winner's prize in tennis history
  • 2020 Hurricane Eta makes landfall in Nicaragua as a Category Four storm with winds of 140 km, killing at least 235 people across Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Panama
  • 2020 Australia's Melbourne Cup won by Twilight Payment
  • 2021 4-year old Cleo Smith found 18 days after she disappeared from a family tent, by police in Carnarvon, Western Australia
  • 2021 US begins vaccinating children aged 5 to 11 years with a lower dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
  • 2021 South African writer Damon Galgut wins literature's Booker Prize for his novel "The Promise"