1972 – Vietnam War: Vietnamization: The United States Army turns over the massive Long Binh military base to South Vietnam.
1967 – Vietnam War: In a propaganda ceremony in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, three American prisoners of war are released by the Viet Cong and turned over to "new left" antiwar activist Tom Hayden.
1940 – World War II: In the Battle of Taranto, the Royal Navy launches the first all-aircraft ship-to-ship naval attack in history.
1930 – Patent number US1781541 is awarded to Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd for their invention, the Einstein refrigerator.
1926 – The United States Numbered Highway System is established.
1918 – Józef Piłsudski assumes supreme military power in Poland - symbolic first day of Polish independence.
1911 – Many cities in the Midwestern United States break their record highs and lows on the same day as a strong cold front rolls through.
1889 – The State of Washington is admitted as the 42nd state of the United States.
1864 – American Civil War: General William Tecumseh Sherman begins burning Atlanta to the ground in preparation for his march to the sea.
1839 – The Virginia Military Institute is founded in Lexington, Virginia.
1813 – War of 1812: Battle of Crysler's Farm: British and Canadian forces defeat a larger American force, causing the Americans to abandon their Saint Lawrence campaign.
1778 – Cherry Valley massacre: Loyalists and Seneca Indian forces attack a fort and village in eastern New York during the American Revolutionary War, killing more than forty civilians and soldiers.
1750 – The F.H.C. Society, also known as the Flat Hat Club, is formed at Raleigh Tavern, Williamsburg, Virginia. It is the first college fraternity.
1675 – Gottfried Leibniz demonstrates integral calculus for the first time to find the area under the graph of y = ƒ(x).
1991 – Christa B. Allen, American actress. She is known for playing the younger version of Jennifer Garner's characters in 13 Going on 30 (2004) and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009), as well as for her role as socialite Charlotte Grayson on the ABC drama series Revenge.
1989 – Adam Rippon, American figure skater. National Championships.
1987 – Vinny Guadagnino, American actor. Guadagnino (born November 11, 1987) is an American reality television personality and actor.
1986 – Jon Batiste, American singer and pianist. Jonathan Michael Batiste (born November 11, 1986) is an American musician, bandleader, and television personality.
1986 – Mark Sanchez, American football player. A backup quarterback during his first three years at USC, Sanchez rose to prominence in 2007 due to injuries suffered by starting quarterback John David Booty; he also became popular within the community due to his Mexican-American heritage.
1985 – Austin Collie, American football player. He played college football for the Brigham Young University Cougars.
1985 – Jessica Sierra, American singer, was the tenth-place finalist on the fourth season of American Idol. She was the third finalist eliminated, on March 30, 2005.
1980 – Willie Parker, American football player and coach. William Everett Parker Jr. (born November 11, 1980) is a former American football running back who played for six seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL).
1977 – Marsha Mehran, Iranian-American author (d. 2014), was an Iranian novelist. Her works include the international bestsellers Pomegranate Soup (2005) and Rosewater and Soda Bread (2008).
1976 – Jason Grilli, American baseball player. Taken as the fourth overall selection of the 1997 MLB draft by the San Francisco Giants, Grilli was one of the top starting pitcher prospects in all of Minor League Baseball, ranked 54th in 1998 and 44th in 1999.
1974 – Jon B., American singer-songwriter and producer. His debut album, Bonafide went Platinum and became a personal favorite of late rapper Tupac Shakur.
1974 – Leonardo DiCaprio, American actor and producer. As of 2019, his films have earned US$7.2 billion worldwide, and he has placed eight times in annual rankings of the world's highest-paid actors.
1974 – Static Major, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2008), was a Grammy Award-winning American recording artist and record producer from Louisville, Kentucky. He was a member of the R&B trio Playa.
1971 – David DeLuise, American actor and director. David Dominick DeLuise (born November 11, 1971) is an American actor and television director, best known for his starring roles on Megas XLR and Wizards of Waverly Place.
1968 – David L. Cook, American singer-songwriter and comedian. Cook (born November 11, 1968) is an American Christian country music singer, songwriter and comedian.
1965 – Max Mutchnick, American screenwriter and producer. He has received an Emmy Award, a People's Choice Award, and several Golden Globe Award nominations.
1964 – Calista Flockhart, American actress. Her movies include the comedy film The Birdcage (1996), the romantic comedy film A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), and the drama film Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000).
1964 – Margarete Bagshaw, American painter and potter (d. 2015), was an American artist known for her paintings and pottery. She was decent of the Tewa people of K'apovi or the Kha'p'oo Owinge, Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico.
1963 – Billy Gunn, American wrestler and actor. Monty "Kip" Sopp (born November 1, 1963), better known by his ring name Billy Gunn, is an American professional wrestler currently working for All Elite Wrestling (AEW) as a producer.
1962 – Demi Moore, American actress, director, and producer. Elmo's Fire (1985), and About Last Night... (1986).
1960 – Chuck Hernandez, American baseball player and coach. He has coached in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the California Angels, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Miami Marlins, Atlanta Braves, and New York Mets.
1960 – Peter Parros, American actor, producer, and screenwriter. Currently Parros portrays Judge David Harrington on Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network, but he may be most recognized for his nearly decade-long portrayal of Dr.
1960 – Stanley Tucci, American actor and director. He has also played as lead actor in a number of films, starting with lead billing in the 1996 film A Modern Affair.
1958 – Carlos Lacámara, Cuban-American actor and playwright. Carlos Lacámara (born November 11, 1958), sometimes credited as Carlos Lacamara or Carlos LaCamara, is a Cuban-American actor and playwright who has had a long career on American television, making his first appearance in 1983 on the sitcom Family Ties.
1955 – Dave Alvin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Alvin has recorded and performed as a solo artist since the late 1980s and has been involved in various side projects and collaborations.
1954 – Roger Slifer, American author, illustrator, screenwriter, and producer (d. 2015), was an American comic book writer, screenwriter, and television producer who co-created the character Lobo for DC Comics. Among the many comic-book series for which he wrote was DC's Omega Men for a run in the 1980s.
1953 – Marshall Crenshaw, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, was often compared in the early days of his career, and whom he portrayed in the 1987 film La Bamba.
1951 – Kim Peek, American megasavant (d. 2009), was an American savant. Known as a "megasavant", he had an exceptional memory, but he also experienced social difficulties, possibly resulting from a developmental disability related to congenital brain abnormalities.
1951 – Marc Summers, American television host and producer. He is best known for hosting Double Dare for Nickelodeon, Unwrapped for Food Network, and recently he was Executive Producer for both Dinner: Impossible and Restaurant: Impossible also for Food Network.
1950 – Jim Peterik, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is best known as the founder of the band Survivor, as vocalist and songwriter of "Vehicle" by the Ides of March, and as co-writer of the anthem "Eye of the Tiger", the theme from the motion picture Rocky III.
1949 – Kathy Postlewait, American golfer. Kathy Postlewait (born November 11, 1949) is an American professional golfer who played on the LPGA Tour.
1948 – Vincent Schiavelli, American actor (d. 2005), was an American character actor and food writer noted for his work on stage, screen and television. Described as an "instantly recognizable sad-faced actor", Schiavelli was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome in childhood.
1946 – Al Holbert, American race car driver (d. 1988), was an American automobile racing driver who was a five-time champion of the IMSA Camel GT series. He still holds the top with the most IMSA race wins at 49 to this day.
1945 – Vince Martell, American singer and guitarist. Vince Martell (born Vincent James Martellucci on November 11, 1945) is best known as the lead guitarist for Vanilla Fudge.
1942 – Diane Wolkstein, American author and radio host (d. 2013), was a folklorist and author of children's books. She also served as New York City's official storyteller from 1968–1971.
1942 – Roy Fredericks, Guyanese-American cricketer and politician (d. 2000), was a West Indian cricketer who played Test cricket from 1968 to 1977.
1940 – Barbara Boxer, American journalist and politician. Barbara Levy Boxer (born November 11, 1940) is a retired American politician who served as a United States senator for California from 1993 to 2017.
1940 – Dennis Coffey, American guitarist. He was a studio musician for many soul and R&B recordings, and is well known for his 1971 Top 10 hit single "Scorpio".
1939 – Denise Alexander, American actress. Denise Alexander (born November 11, 1939) is an American actress, best known for her role as Lesley Webber on General Hospital, a role she originally played from 1973 to 1984 (contract), 1996-2009, and a guest stint in 2013, in honor of the show's 50th anniversary.
1937 – Alicia Ostriker, American poet and scholar. Additionally, she was one of the first women poets in America to write and publish poems discussing the topic of motherhood.
1933 – Peter B. Lewis, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2013), was an American businessman who was the chairman of Progressive Insurance Company.
1930 – Hugh Everett III, American physicist and mathematician (d. 1982), was an American physicist who first proposed the many-worlds interpretation (MWI) of quantum physics, which he termed his "relative state" formulation. In contrast to the then-dominant Copenhagen interpretation, the MWI posits that the Schrödinger equation never collapses and that all possibilities of a quantum superposition are objectively real.
1930 – Mildred Dresselhaus, American physicist and academic, was an Institute Professor and Professor Emerita of physics and electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dresselhaus won numerous awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Science, the Enrico Fermi Award and the Vannevar Bush Award.
1929 – LaVern Baker, American singer (d. 1997), was an American rhythm-and-blues singer who had several hit records on the pop chart in the 1950s and early 1960s. Her most successful records were "Tweedle Dee" (1955), "Jim Dandy" (1956), and "I Cried a Tear" (1958).
1928 – Ernestine Anderson, American singer (d. 2016), was an American jazz and blues singer. In a career spanning more than six decades, she recorded over 30 albums.
1927 – Mose Allison, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2016), was an American jazz and blues pianist, singer, and songwriter. He became notable for playing a unique mix of blues and modern jazz, both singing and playing piano.
1925 – John Guillermin, English-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2015), was a British film director, writer and producer who was most active in big budget, action adventure films throughout his lengthy career.
1925 – Jonathan Winters, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2013), was an American comedian, actor, author, television host, and artist. Beginning in 1960, Winters recorded many classic comedy albums for the Verve Records label.
1922 – Kurt Vonnegut, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (d. 2007), was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published fourteen novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction, with further collections being published after his death.
1921 – Terrel Bell, American sergeant, academic, and politician, 2nd United States Secretary of Education (d. 1996), was the Secretary of Education in the Cabinet of President Ronald Reagan. He was the second Secretary of Education, following Shirley Hufstedler.
1918 – Stubby Kaye, American entertainer (d. 1997), was an American actor, comedian, vaudevillian, and singer, known for his appearances on Broadway and in film musicals.
1915 – Anna Schwartz, American economist and author (d. 2012), was an American economist who worked at the National Bureau of Economic Research in New York City and a writer for the New York Times. Paul Krugman once said that Schwartz is, "one of the world's greatest monetary scholars."
1915 – William Proxmire, American soldier, journalist, and politician (d. 2005), was an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a United States Senator from Wisconsin from 1957 to 1989, the longest term served by a Wisconsin senator.
1914 – Henry Wade, American soldier and lawyer (d. 2001), was a Texas lawyer who served as District Attorney of Dallas from 1951 to 1987. As such, he participated in two of the most notable U.S. court cases of the 20th century: the prosecution of Jack Ruby for killing Lee Harvey Oswald, and the U.S.
1914 – Howard Fast, American novelist and screenwriter (d. 2003), was an American novelist and television writer. Fast also wrote under the pen names E.
1914 – James Gilbert Baker, American astronomer, optician, and academic (d. 2005), was an American astronomer and designer of optics systems.
1912 – Thomas C. Mann, American lawyer, politician, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to El Salvador (d. 1999), was an American diplomat who specialized in Latin American affairs. He entered the U.S.
1909 – Robert Ryan, American actor (d. 1973), was an American actor who most often portrayed hardened cops and ruthless villains.
1906 – Brother Theodore, German-American monologuist and comedian (d. 2001), was a German-born American actor and comedian known for rambling, stream-of-consciousness monologues which he called "stand-up tragedy". He was a man described as "Boris Karloff, surrealist Salvador Dalí, Nijinsky and Red Skelton…simultaneously".
1904 – Alger Hiss, American lawyer and convicted spy (d. 1996), was an American government official who was accused of spying for the Soviet Union in 1948, but statutes of limitations had expired for espionage. He was convicted of perjury in connection with this charge in 1950.
1904 – J. H. C. Whitehead, Indian-American mathematician and academic (d. 1960), was a British mathematician and was one of the founders of homotopy theory. He was born in Chennai (then known as Madras), in India, and died in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1960.
1901 – F. Van Wyck Mason, American historian and author (d. 1978), was an American historian and novelist. He had a long and prolific career as a writer spanning 50 years and including 78 published novels, many of which were best sellers and well received.
1901 – Sam Spiegel, American film producer (d. 1985). Spiegel (November 11, 1901 – December 31, 1985) was an Austro-Polish-born American independent film producer.
1896 – Carlos Eduardo Castañeda, Mexican-American historian, was a historian, specializing in the history of Texas, and a leader in the push for civil rights for Mexican-Americans.
1896 – Shirley Graham Du Bois, American author, playwright, composer, and activist (d. 1977), was an American author, playwright, composer, and activist for African-American and other causes. She won the Messner and the Anisfield-Wolf prizes for her works.
1895 – Wealthy Babcock, American mathematician and academic (d. 1990). She was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and had a long teaching career at that institution.
1894 – Beverly Bayne, American actress (d. 1982), was an American actress who appeared in silent films beginning in 1910 in Chicago, Illinois, where she worked for Essanay Studios.
1891 – Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player and manager (d. 1954). Louis Cardinals between 1912 and 1934.
1887 – Roland Young, English-American actor (d. 1953). He began his acting career on the stage, but later found success and received an Academy Award nomination for his role in the film Topper (1937).
1885 – George S. Patton, American general (d. 1945). 304th Tank Brigade3rd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry5th Cavalry Regiment3d Cavalry Regiment2nd Brigade, 2nd Armored Division2nd Armored DivisionI Armored CorpsDesert Training CenterII Corps
1872 – David I. Walsh, American lawyer and politician, 46th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1947), was a United States politician from Massachusetts. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 46th Governor of Massachusetts before serving several terms in the United States Senate.
1836 – Thomas Bailey Aldrich, American poet and author (d. 1907), was an American writer, poet, critic, and editor. He is notable for his long editorship of The Atlantic Monthly, during which he published writers including Charles W.
2016 – Robert Vaughn, American actor (b. 1932)
2016 – Victor Bailey, American singer and bass player (Weather Report) (b. 1960)
2015 – Nathaniel Marston, American actor and producer (b. 1975)
2015 – Rita Gross, American theologian and author (b. 1943)
2014 – Big Bank Hank, American rapper (b. 1956)
2014 – Carol Ann Susi, American actress (b. 1952)
2014 – Harry Lonsdale, American chemist, businessman, and politician (b. 1932)
2014 – Jim Rogers, American academic and politician (b. 1935)
2014 – John Doar, American lawyer and activist (b. 1921)
2014 – Philip G. Hodge, American engineer and academic (b. 1920)
2013 – Bob Beckham, American singer-songwriter (b. 1927)
2013 – John S. Dunne, American priest and theologian (b. 1929)
2012 – Harry Wayland Randall, American photographer (b. 1915)
2010 – Marie Osborne Yeats, American actress and costume designer (b. 1911)
2008 – Herb Score, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1933)
2007 – Delbert Mann, American director and producer (b. 1920)
2005 – Moustapha Akkad, Syrian-American director and producer (b. 1930)
2005 – Peter Drucker, Austrian-American author, theorist, and educator (b. 1909)
2004 – Dayton Allen, American comedian and voice actor (b. 1919)
1999 – Mary Kay Bergman, American voice actress (b. 1961)
1998 – Frank Brimsek, American ice hockey player and soldier (b. 1913)
1997 – Rod Milburn, American hurdler and coach (b. 1950)
1997 – William Alland, American film producer and writer (b. 1916)
1994 – John A. Volpe, American soldier and politician, 61st Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1908)
1993 – Erskine Hawkins, American trumpet player and bandleader (b. 1914)
1985 – Arthur Rothstein, American photographer and educator (b. 1915)
1979 – Dimitri Tiomkin, Ukrainian-American composer and conductor (b. 1894)
1976 – Alexander Calder, American sculptor (b. 1898)
1972 – Berry Oakley, American bass player (b. 1948)
1962 – Joseph Ruddy, American swimmer and water polo player (b. 1878)
1945 – Jerome Kern, American composer (b. 1885)
1887 – Adolph Fischer, German-American printer and activist (b. 1858)
1887 – Albert Parsons, American journalist and activist (b. 1848)
1887 – August Spies, American journalist and activist (b. 1855)
1887 – George Engel, German-American businessman and activist (b. 1836)
1880 – Lucretia Mott, American activist (b. 1793)
1862 – James Madison Porter, American lawyer and politician, 18th United States Secretary of War (b. 1793)
1831 – Nat Turner, American slave and rebel leader (b. 1800)