On This Day

November 1981 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 1 1st Class US Mail raised from 18 cents to 20 cents
  • Nov 1 Antigua & Barbuda gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 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
  • Nov 6 Fernando Valenzuela is 1st rookie to win a Cy Young Award
  • Nov 7 France performs nuclear test
  • Nov 8 Christian Democrats looses Belgium parliamentary election
  • Nov 10 Ernest Thompson's "West Side Waltz" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 11 Fernando Valenzuela is 1st rookie ever to win a Cy Young 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
  • Nov 12 Great Britain performs nuclear test

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 13 Ringo Starr releases "Wrack My Brains"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Nov 14 2nd Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 2-returns to Earth
  • 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 16 Dennis Lillee kicked Javed Miandad, who waved his bat at Dennis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 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 "Stop & Smell Roses" album
  • Nov 21 400,000 demonstrate in Amsterdam against cruise missiles
  • Nov 22 Browns' QB Brian Sipe sets club record by being intercepted 6 times
  • 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

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon
New Zealand 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 30 Porn star John Holmes arrested on fugitive charges
  • Nov 30 South Africa anti-apartheid advocate Bulelani Ngcuka arrested
  • 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)

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 6 Cassie Bernall, American murder victim, born in Wheat Ridge, Colorado (d. 1999)
  • Nov 10 Jason L. Dunham, American Corporal in the United States Marine Corps and Medal of Honor recipient, born in Scio, New York (d. 2004)
  • Nov 11 Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
  • Nov 13 Rivkah, American comic book writer and artist

Person of interestBarbara Pierce Bush

Nov 25 Barbara and Jenna Bush, twin daughters of U.S. President George W. Bush, born in Dallas, Texas

Twin daughter of US President George W. Bush Barbara Pierce Bush
Twin daughter of US President George W. Bush
Barbara Pierce Bush
  • Nov 25 Mauricio Rua, Brazilian Mixed Martial Artist
  • Nov 26 Jamie Fiske, liver transplant recipient
  • Nov 26 Natalie Gauci, Australian Idol 2007 winner, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Nov 28 Sharon Needles [Aaron Coady], American drag queen, recording artist and TV performer (RuPaul's Drag Race season 4 winner), born in Newton, Iowa

Weddings in History

  • Nov 16 Luke marries Laura on TV soap "General Hospital" (16 million watch)

Deaths in History

  • Nov 2 Kenneth Oakley, English Anthropologist, Palaeontologist, and Geologist whose method for the relative dating of fossils using fluorine content was instrumental in exposing the Piltdown Man hoax, dies at 70
  • Nov 3 Thérèse Casgrain, French Canadian politician and senator, dies at 85

Person of interestWill Durant

Nov 7 Will Durant, American author and historian (The Story of Philosophy, The Story of Civilization), dies at 96

Historian Will Durant
Historian
Will Durant
  • Nov 19 Griffiths Mxenge, South Afr's anti-apartheid advocate, murdered
  • Nov 20 Rolf Bongs, German writer, dies at 74
  • Nov 29 Fredric Wertham, German-born psychologist (b. 1895)