On This Day

November 1996 in History

Events in History

Election of Interest

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

  • 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)
  • Nov 15 Vanessa Nakate, Ugandan climate activist, born in Uganda

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 Bernard Frank, French oriental scholar and writer, dies at 69
  • Nov 3 Barry Porter, British lawyer and Conservative Party politician, dies at 57

Jean-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, British economist, dies at 89
  • Nov 8 Peter Fowler, British 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, British journalist (Daily Mirror), and advice columnist (Dear Marje), dies at 85
  • Nov 12 John Hardbattle, Botswana bushman activist (First People of the Kalahari), dies of cancer 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 of London 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, British motor racing journalist, dies at 74
  • Nov 19 Ian Bancroft, British civil servant (Head of the UK Civil Service), dies at 73
  • Nov 19 Krishnarao Shiva Shelvankar, Indian journalist and 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