November 1971 in History

Events in History

Event of Interest

Nov 1 Eisenhower dollar put into circulation

  • Nov 3 "Play Misty For Me" premieres
  • Nov 5 Bolivia passes death penalty for political kidnapping
  • Nov 6 US performs underground nuclear test at Amchitka Island Aleutians
  • Nov 9 David Storey's "Changing Room" premieres in London
  • Nov 9 John List kills family & moves to Colorado
  • Nov 10 US table tennis team arrived in China
  • Nov 11 Man-made earthslide at Kawasaki Japan, kills 15
  • Nov 13 Mariner 9, 1st to orbit another planet (Mars)
  • Nov 14 Enthronment of Pope Shenouda III as Pope of Alexandria

Historic Invention

Nov 15 Intel advertises 4004-processor

  • Nov 16 The Compton inquiry is published, acknowledging that there was ill-treatment of internees, but rejected claims of systematic brutality or torture (Northern Ireland)
  • Nov 16 The US increase air activity to support the Cambodian government as fighting neared Phnom Penh
  • Nov 18 A British soldier is shot dead by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in Belfast
  • Nov 18 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Nov 20 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 21 Battle of Garibpur: Indian troops aided by the Mukti Bahini, Bengali guerrillas, defeat the army of Pakistan
  • Nov 21 Richard Baker becomes teacher of San Francisco Zen Center
  • Nov 22 A member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) is killed in a premature bomb explosion in Lurgan, County Armagh
  • Nov 23 China People's Republic seated in UN Security Council
  • Nov 24 A British Army bomb-disposal specialist is killed by a bomb in Lurgan, County Armagh
  • Nov 24 A woman is killed after members of the Irish Republican Army carry out an attack on British soldiers in Strabane, County Tyrone
  • Nov 24 American "Dan Cooper" hijacks plane, extorts $200,000 ransom before jumping out of plane over Washington State, never seen again
  • Nov 24 Prison rebellion at Rahway State Prison, New Jersey

Event of Interest

Nov 25 British Labour Party leader Harold Wilson proposes Britain should work towards a withdrawal from Northern Ireland, and after 15 years; the Republic of Ireland could rejoin the British Commonwealth

  • Nov 27 Soviet Mars 2 becomes 1st spacecraft to crash land on Mars
  • Nov 27 Two Customs officials are shot by an Irish Republican Army sniper firing upon a British Army patrol investigating a bomb attack on a Customs Post near Newry, County Armagh
  • Nov 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 30 The government of the Republic of Ireland states that it will take the allegations of brutality against the security forces in Northern Ireland to the European Court of Human Rights

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 7 Jamie Drummond, Scottish-Canadian sommelier, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Nov 10 Mario Abdo Benítez, Paraguayan politician, President of Paraguay (2018-), born in Asunción, Paraguay
  • Nov 18 Thérèse Coffey, British politician (Deputy PM 2022-), born in Billinge, England
  • Nov 24 Cosmas Ndeti, three-time Boston Marathon winner
  • Nov 25 Dominic Cummings, English political strategist (Vote Leave campaign), born in Durham, England
  • Nov 27 Eric Menendez, American accused of killing his parents (Menendez Brothers), born in NYC
  • Nov 27 Sarah Kate Ellis, American journalist and human rights activist (head of GLAAD), born in New York City
  • Nov 30 Kristi Noem, American politician, Governor of South Dakota (2019-), born in Watertown, South Dakota

Deaths in History

  • Nov 1 Gertrud von Le Fort, German writer (The Eternal Woman), dies at 95
  • Nov 10 Walter Van Tilburg Clark, American author (Ox-Bow Incident), dies at 62
  • Nov 11 A. P. Herbert, English journalist and writer (Punch, Helen), dies at 81
  • Nov 11 Sylvia Brett, Lady Brooke and Ranee of Sarawak, dies at 86
  • Nov 15 Rudolf Abel, Soviet spy (b. 1903)
  • Nov 26 Joe Adonis, US crime-syndicate boss in NY & NJ, dies at 68
  • Nov 27 Korneel Goossens, Flemish literary figure and art historian, dies at 70
  • Nov 28 Grantley Herbert Adams, Premier of Barbados (1953-58) and Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation (1958-62), dies at 73
  • Nov 28 Wasfi Tal, Jordan's PM, assassinated by Black Sept in Cairo