Today in History for November 1981

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 61 of 61

1st - 1st Class US Mail raised from 18 cents to 20 cents
1st - 3rd meeting of Giants-Jets, Jets up 2-1 with 26-7 win
1st - Antigua & Barbuda gains independence from Britain (National Day)
1st - Chako Higuchi wins LPGA Pioneer Cup Golf Tournament
3rd - Brewers reliever Rollie Fingers wins AL Cy Young Award
4th - Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart" premieres in NYC
4th - Columbia shuttle launch scrubbed with 31 secs remaining
4th - Dr George Nichopoulas is acquitted of overprescribing addictive drugs for Elvis Presley
5th - Charles Fuller's "Soldier's Play" premieres in NYC
5th - Former Dolphin, Mercury Morris, is sentenced to 20 years for drug trafficing, conspiracy, & possession of cocaine
6th - Fernando Valenzuela is 1st rookie to win a Cy Young Award
WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry HolmesWBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes 6th - Larry Holmes TKOs Renaldo Snipes in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
7th - France performs nuclear test
8th - Christian Democrats looses Belgium parliamentary election
8th - Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic
10th - "Oh, Brother!" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 3 performances
10th - Ernest Thompson's "West Side Waltz" premieres in NYC
11th - "Oh, Brother!" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 3 performances
11th - Fernando Valenzuela is 1st rookie ever to win a Cy Young Award
12th - 1st balloon crossing of Pacific is completed (Double Eagle V)
LPGA Golfer Patty SheehanLPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan 12th - 2nd shuttle mission-1st time spacecraft launched twice (Columbia 2)
12th - Bill C Davis' "Mass Appeal" premieres in NYC
12th - Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (Oakland A's)
12th - Great Britain performs nuclear test
12th - Pilin Leon of Venezuela, crowned 31st Miss World
13th - Ringo Starr releases "Wrack My Brains"
14th - 2nd Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 2-returns to Earth
14th - Old Dutch Windmill in Golden Gate Park repaired & working again
14th - Pakistan all out 62 v Australia at WACA, Lillee 5-18
14th - Paul 'Bear' Bryant ties Amos Alonzo Stagg with 314 football wins
Beatles Drummer Ringo StarrBeatles Drummer Ringo Starr 15th - "Camelot" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 48 performances
16th - "Merrily We Roll Along" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 16 performances
16th - Dennis Lillee kicked Javed Miandad, who waved his bat at Dennis
16th - President Reagan decides on a covert plan to block the Cuban aid to Nicaragua and El Salvador
17th - "1st" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 37 performances
17th - NBA NY Knick Bill Cartwright, ties record of 19 of 19 free throws
18th - Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt wins his 2nd consecutive NL MVP
MLB Third Baseman Mike SchmidtMLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt 20th - Anatoly Karpov, USSR retains world chess championship
20th - Burundia adopts its constitution
20th - El Salvador guerrilla group FMLN opens "limited offensive"
20th - Ringo releases "Stop & Smell Roses" album
21st - 400,000 demonstrate in Amsterdam against cruise missiles
21st - Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" single goes #1 & stays for 10 weeks
22nd - "Marlowe" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 48 performances
22nd - 69th CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Ottawa Rough Riders, 26-23
Singer Olivia Newton-JohnSinger Olivia Newton-John 22nd - Browns' QB Brian Sipe sets club record by being intercepted 6 times
22nd - SD Charger Dan Fouts passes for 6 touchdowns vs Oakland (55-21)
22nd - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
23rd - President Reagan vetoes House Joint Resolution 357 which called for further appropriations for fiscal year 1982
24th - 1st air-launched cruise missile tested
25th - Failed coup by South African mercenaries in Seychelles
25th - Rollie Fingers is 1st relief pitcher to win AL MVP
28th - "Merrily We Roll Along" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 16 perfs
28th - Bear Bryant wins his 315th game to out distance Alonzo Stagg & become college football's winningest coach
29th - "My Fair Lady" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 119 performances
29th - Greg Chappell scores 201 v Pakistan at The Gabba (Brisbane)
29th - Major Iranian offensive mounted on central front
MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave RighettiMLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti 30th - NY Yankee Dave Righetti wins AL Rookie of Year Award
30th - Porn star John Holmes arrested on fugitive charges
30th - South Africa anti-apartheid advocate Bulelani Ngcuka arrested
30th - 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).

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 52 of 52

2nd - Wilson Betemit, Dominican baseball player
2nd - Avy Scott, American actress
3rd - Sten Pentus, Estonian racing car driver
4th - Vince Wilfork, American football player
6th - Cassie Bernall, American murder victim (d. 1999)
6th - Lee Dong Wook, South Korean actor
7th - Muhammad Hassan, professional wrestler
7th - Anthony Moffat, Scottish musician, writer and film-maker
7th - Anushka Shetty, Tollywood Film Actress
8th - Joe Cole, English footballer
9th - Scottie Thompson, American actress
10th - Tony Blanco, American baseball player
10th - Jason L. Dunham, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2004)
10th - Alison Waite, American model and Playboy Playmate
11th - Natalie Glebova, Miss Universe 2005
11th - Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
12th - DJ Campbell, English football player
13th - Kirsty-Leigh Brown, Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
13th - Mark Cardona, Filipino basketball player
13th - Rivkah, American comic book writer and artist
14th - Tom Ferrier, British racing driver
15th - Natalie Lacuesta, Chicago Ill, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-96)
15th - Lorena Ochoa, Mexican golfer
15th - Drew Hodgdon, American football player
16th - Allison Crowe, Canadian singer
16th - Caitlin Glass, American voice actress
16th - Osi Umenyiora, English-born NFL football player
17th - Sarah Harding, English singer (Girls Aloud)
18th - Christina Vidal, American actress
18th - Gian Magdangal, Filipino singer and actor
20th - Jilen Siroky, 200m breaststroke (Olympics-96)
20th - Carlos Boozer, American basketball player
20th - Kimberley Walsh, English singer (Girls Aloud)
21st - Wesley Britt, American football player
21st - Piet Rinke, Zimbabwean cricketer
21st - Jonny Magallón, Mexican footballer
22nd - Seweryn Gancarczyk, Polish footballer
22nd - Pape Sow, Senegalese basketball player
22nd - Ben Adams, English singer
Twin daughter of US President George W. Bush Barbara Pierce BushTwin daughter of US President George W. Bush Barbara Pierce Bush (25th) 25th - Barbara and Jenna Bush, twin daughters of U.S. President George W. Bush
25th - Xabi Alonso, Spanish international footballer
25th - Mauricio Rua, Brazilian Mixed Martial Artist
25th - Jared Jeffries, American basketball player
26th - Jamie Fiske, liver transplant recipient
26th - Stephan Andersen, Danish international footballer
26th - Natasha Bedingfield, British singer
26th - Gina Kingsbury, Canadian hockey player
26th - Natalie Gauci, Australian Idol 2007 winner
27th - Gary Lucy, Actor
27th - Matthew Taylor, English footballer
29th - Nicholas Teo, Malaysian singer and actor
30th - Rich Harden, Canadian baseball player

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 2 of 2

16th - Luke marries Laura on TV soap "General Hospital" (16 million watch)
Jazz Musician Miles DavisJazz Musician Miles Davis (26th) 26th - Legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (55) weds "Sounder" actress Cicely Tyson (47) at the home of actor Bill Cosby

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 20 of 20

2nd - 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
7th - Will Durant, US author (story of civilization), dies at 96
10th - Abel Gance, french movie director (J'accuse), dies at 92
14th - Robert Bradford, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1941)
15th - Enid Markey, actress (Foolish Mothers, Civilization), dies at 85
16th - Enid Markey, actress (Aunt Violet-Bringing Up Buddy), dies at 85
16th - Morgan Conway, actor (Dick Tracy Detective), dies
16th - William Holden, actor (Network, Wild Bunch, Breezy), dies at 63
17th - Bob Eberly, singer (Jimmy Dorsey Band), dies at 65
19th - Griffiths Mxenge, South Afr's anti-apartheid advocate, murdered
21st - Harry Von Zell, TV announcer (Burns & Allen), dies at 75
22nd - Andreina Pagnani, actress (Il Commandante), dies at 74
22nd - Jack Fingleton, cricketer (18 Tests for Australia, 1189 runs), dies
25th - Jack Albertson, actor (Chico & the Man), dies at 74
26th - Machgielis "Max" Euwe, world chess champion (1935-37), dies at 80
27th - Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer/actress (From Russia With Love), dies of cancer at 83
27th - Max [Machgielis] Euwe, chess champ (1935-37), dies
29th - Natalie Wood, actress (West Side Story), drowns at 43
29th - Fredric Wertham, German-born psychologist (b. 1895)
30th - Robert H Harris, actor (Jake-Goldbergs), dies at 72

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