On This Day

November 1996 in History

Events in History


Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 5 Bill Clinton is re-elected President of the United States, defeating Republican candidate Bob Dole

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
US Senator and Presidential Candidate Bob Dole
US Senator and Presidential Candidate
Bob Dole
  • Nov 6 LA Dodger Todd Hollandsworth wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 12 Toronto's Pat Hentgen wins AL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 12 Saudi Arabian Flight 763 and Kazakhstan Airlines Flight 1907 collide in midair over Charkhi Dadri in India, killing 349 people, the third-deadliest aviation disaster in history
  • Nov 13 Joel Armengaud discovers 2^1398269 - 1 (35th known Mersenne prime)
  • Nov 16 18th ACE Cable Awards: Lifetime wins the Golden CableACE for "Lifetime Applauds: The Fight Against Breast Cancer"
  • Nov 17 Time White and T. Assebework discover the first fossils of 2.5 million year old Australopithecus garhi, an ancestor on the human family tree, in Bouri, Middle Awash, Ethiopia
  • Nov 18 Eappens hire Louise Woodward as nanny, later she's charged with murder
  • Nov 19 Space Shuttle STS 80 (Columbia 21), launches into space
  • Nov 19 The case of the Port Arthur massacre comes to trial.
  • Nov 19 Lieutenant General Maurice Baril of Canada arrives in Africa to lead a multi-national policing force in Zaire
  • Nov 19 The 12.9 km Confederation Bridge, joining Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island and Cape Jourimain, New-Brunswick is completed and becomes the longest bridge over ice covered waters in the world
  • Nov 21 A propane explosion at the Humberto Vidal shoe store and office building in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 33.
  • Nov 23 The Republic of Angola officially joins the World Trade Organization.

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 9 Cheyenne Pyle, California, youngest heart transplant patient (90 mins old)

Weddings in History

  • Nov 30 Multimillionaire and top-selling female suspense novelist Mary Higgins Clark (67) weds Merrill Lynch Futures retired CEO John Conheeney (67) in Saddle River, New Jersey

Deaths in History

  • Nov 1 J. R. [Junius Richard] Jayawardene, 2nd President of Sri Lanka (1978-89) and 7th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1977-78), dies at 90
  • Nov 1 Maati Bouabid, Prime Minister of Morocco (1979-83), dies at 68
  • Nov 2 Christ Prater, English screenprinter, dies at 72
  • Nov 3 Barry Porter, British lawyer and Conservative Party politician, dies at 57

Person of interestJean-Bédel Bokassa

Nov 3 Jean-Bédel Bokassa, President (1966-1977) and later Emperor (1977-1979) of the Central African Republic, dies of a heart attack at 75

  • Nov 3 Abdullah Çatlı, a Turkish nationalist and neofascist activist (b. 1956)
  • Nov 4 Robert Rapoport, American social anthropologist, dies at 72
  • Nov 5 Lars-Ake Nilsson, diplomat, dies at 53
  • Nov 6 Mario Savio, American political activist, dies of heart attack at 53
  • Nov 6 Patience Edney, British nurse and communist, dies at 85
  • Nov 7 Bryan Keith-Lucas, British political scientist, dies at 84
  • Nov 7 Claude Ake, political scientist, dies at 57
  • Nov 7 Michael Fenton Haddon, mining engineer, dies at 81
  • Nov 7 Jaja Wachuku, Nigerian Lawyer and First Foreign Affairs Minister (b. 1918)
  • Nov 8 Edward Albert Radice, economist, dies at 89
  • Nov 8 Peter Fowler, physicist, dies at 73
  • Nov 9 Frederic Lipmann, French watchmaker, dies at 91
  • Nov 9 Roger Makins, diplomat, dies at 92
  • Nov 10 Beecher Moore, British sailor, dies at 88
  • Nov 10 Hugo Buchthal, art historian, dies at 87
  • Nov 10 Marjorie Proops, problem page editor, dies at 85
  • Nov 12 John Qace Hardbattle, political activist, dies at 51
  • Nov 13 Kenneth Watkins, British woodland conservationist and founder (The Woodland Trust), dies at 86
  • Nov 13 Swami Rama, Himalayan yoga master (b. 1925)
  • Nov 14 Havelock Henry Trevor Hudson, lloyd's underwriter, dies at 77
  • Nov 14 Joseph Bernardin, cardinal Archbishop of Chicago, dies at 68
  • Nov 14 Liz Knights, English book publisher (Victor Gallancz) dies of cancer at 41
  • Nov 14 Vera von der Heydt, German psychoanalyst, dies at 96
  • Nov 15 Alger Hiss, former alleged spy/lawyer, dies at 92
  • Nov 16 George Byatt, Scottish playwright (The Clyde Is Red), dies at 73
  • Nov 16 John Reginald Bevins, British Conservative politician, dies at 88
  • Nov 17 Andrew John Fairclough, trade union educator, dies at 45
  • Nov 18 David Herbert, publisher, dies at 69
  • Nov 18 John Vassall, British spy and civil servant (spied for Soviet Union), dies at 72
  • Nov 19 Denis Jenkinson, journalist, dies at 74
  • Nov 19 Ian Powell Bancroft, civil servant, dies at 73
  • Nov 19 Krishnarao Shiva Shelvankar, journalist/diplomat, dies at 90
  • Nov 20 Bert Geoffrey Achong, Trinidadian pathologist and inventor (electron microscopist), dies at 67
  • Nov 22 Terence Donovan, English fashion photographer, film and video director, commits suicide at 60
  • Nov 23 Mohamed Amin, Kenyan photojournalist, dies at 53
  • Nov 23 Ralph Tubbs, architect, dies at 84
  • Nov 23 Sayed Idries Shah, thinker, dies at 72
  • Nov 24 Michael James O'Hehir, commentator/journalist, dies at 76
  • Nov 24 Sorley MacLean, Scottish poet (Poems to Eimhir and Other Poems), dies at 85
  • Nov 25 Hugh Joseph Charles James L'Etang, medical writer, dies at 79
  • Nov 25 Michael Economides, restaurateur, dies at 86
  • Nov 26 Hans Klein, politician, dies at 65
  • Nov 26 Paul Rand, graphic designer, dies at 82
  • Nov 27 George Ernest Leslie, trade union official, dies at 76
  • Nov 29 Dan Flavin, American minimalist sculptor, dies at 63
  • Nov 30 Koji Kobayashi, industrialist, dies at 89