Canterbury Anniversary Day in New Zealand (Date for 2024. Holiday is actually the 16th of December but it is observed on the second Friday after the first Tuesday in November. This is also Christchurch Show Day. Canterbury Anniversary applies to the North and Central Canterbury Regions which include Christchurch and Ashburton)
2003 – The first day of the 2003 Istanbul bombings, in which two car bombs, targeting two synagogues, explode, killing 25 people and wounding about 300.
1988 – The first Fairtrade label, Max Havelaar, is launched in the Netherlands.
1976 – René Lévesque and the Parti Québécois take power to become the first Quebec government of the 20th century clearly in favor of independence.
1971 – Intel releases the world's first commercial single-chip microprocessor, the 4004.
1969 – Cold War: The Soviet submarine K-19 collides with the American submarine USS Gato in the Barents Sea.
1967 – The only fatality of the North American X-15 program occurs during the 191st flight when Air Force test pilot Michael J. Adams loses control of his aircraft which is destroyed mid-air over the Mojave Desert.
1955 – The first part of Saint Petersburg Metro is opened.
1933 – Thailand has its first election
1920 – First assembly of the League of Nations is held in Geneva, Switzerland.
1914 – Harry Turner becomes the first player to die from game-related injuries in the "Ohio League", the direct predecessor to the National Football League.
1864 – American Civil War: Union General William Tecumseh Sherman begins Sherman's March to the Sea.
1791 – The first U.S. Catholic college, Georgetown University, opens its doors.
1777 – American Revolutionary War: After 16 months of debate the Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation.
1532 – Commanded by Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conquistadors under Hernando de Soto meet Inca Empire leader Atahualpa for the first time outside Cajamarca, arranging a meeting on the city plaza the following day.
1995 – Karl-Anthony Towns, Dominican-American basketball player. Towns was named to the Dominican Republic national team as a 16-year-old.
1992 – Trevor Story, American baseball player. Trevor John Story (born November 15, 1992) is an American professional baseball shortstop for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB).
1991 – Shailene Woodley, American actress. She first gained prominence for her starring role as Amy Juergens in the ABC Family drama series The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008–2013).
1986 – Coye Francies, American football player. In the 2009 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns drafted Francies in the sixth round.
1986 – Jerry Roush, American singer-songwriter. Gerald Allen "Jerry" Roush (born November 15, 1986) is an American musician, best known as the former vocalist for Sky Eats Airplane, Of Mice & Men, and Glass Cloud.
1985 – Charron Fisher, American basketball player. Charron Fisher (born November 15, 1985) is an American former professional basketball player.
1982 – D. J. Fitzpatrick, American football player. He played college football at Notre Dame.
1982 – Joe Kowalewski, American football player. He played college football at Syracuse.
1982 – Lofa Tatupu, American football player. Mosiula Mea'alofa "Lofa" Tatupu (born November 15, 1982) is a former American football linebacker who played six seasons in the National Football League (NFL).
1981 – Drew Hodgdon, American football player. Lincoln Andrew Hodgdon (born November 15, 1981) is a former American football offensive lineman for the Houston Texans of the National Football League.
1979 – Brooks Bollinger, American football player and coach. Brooks Michael Bollinger (born November 15, 1979) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions.
1978 – Floyd Womack, American football player. He played college football at Mississippi State.
1977 – Robaire Smith, American football player. Robaire Fredrick Smith (born November 15, 1977) is a former American football defensive lineman that plays Defensive end and Defensive tackle.
1976 – Brandon DiCamillo, American comedian, actor, and stuntman. Brandon Ralph "Dico" DiCamillo (born November 15, 1976) is an American actor, stunt performer, screenwriter, producer, and gamer.
1973 – Sydney Tamiia Poitier, American actress. Sydney Tamiia Poitier (born November 15, 1973) is a Bahamian-American television and film actress.
1972 – Jonny Lee Miller, English-American actor. He was also part of the principal cast in the films Melinda and Melinda (2004), Dark Shadows (2012) and Byzantium (2013).
1971 – Jay Harrington, American actor. He is known for his role as the title character in the ABC sitcom Better Off Ted and as Deacon Kay in S.W.A.T.
1970 – Jack Ingram, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Jack Owen Ingram (born November 15, 1970) is an American country music artist formerly signed to Big Machine Records, an independent record label.
1968 – Jennifer Charles, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Along with Oren Bloedow, she co-founded the New York band Elysian Fields.
1968 – Ol' Dirty Bastard, American rapper and producer (d. 2004). He was one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, a rap group primarily from Staten Island, New York, which rose to mainstream prominence with its 1993 debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
1967 – Cynthia Breazeal, American computer scientist, roboticist, and academic. Cynthia Lynn Breazeal (born November 15, 1967 in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she is the head of the Personal Robots group (formerly the DRobotic Life Group) at the MIT Media Lab, and the associate director of strategic initiatives for The Bridge, part of the MIT Quest for Intelligence.
1967 – E-40, American rapper and actor (The Click). Stevens (born November 15, 1967), better known by his stage name E-40, is an American rapper and actor.
1967 – Greg Anthony, American basketball player and sportscaster. Anthony also contributes to Yahoo! Sports as a college basketball analyst and serves as a co-host/analyst on SiriusXM NBA Radio.
1966 – Rachel True, American actress. Rachel India True (born November 15, 1966) is an American film and television actress and former fashion model.
1962 – Judy Gold, American comedian, actress, and producer. She has also been involved in many projects in various roles, including the television series All-American Girl and HBO at the Multiplex segments where she asks humorous questions of unexpecting moviegoers.
1962 – Mark Acres, American basketball player and educator. Mark Richard Acres (born November 15, 1962) is a retired American professional basketball player who spent most of his career in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1957 – Harold Marcuse, American historian and educator. Harold Marcuse (born November 15, 1957 in Waterbury, Connecticut) is an American professor of modern and contemporary German history.
1957 – Kevin Eubanks, American guitarist and composer. He also led the Primetime Band on the short-lived The Jay Leno Show.
1956 – Michael Hampton, American guitarist and producer. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.
1954 – Kevin S. Bright, American director and producer. Bright (born November 15, 1954) is an American television executive producer and director whose credits include Dream On, Friends, and Joey.
1953 – James Widdoes, American actor, director, and producer. James Widdoes (born November 15, 1953, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American actor and director.
1952 – Randy Savage, American wrestler (d. 2011), was an American professional wrestler, actor, rapper and commentator best known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and later World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). His best known nickname was "Macho Man".
1952 – Rick Atkinson, American journalist, historian, and author. Lawrence Rush "Rick" Atkinson IV (born November 16, 1952) is an American author, most recently of The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777, the first volume in the Revolution Trilogy.
1951 – Beverly D'Angelo, American actress, singer, and producer. Beverly Heather D'Angelo (born November 15, 1951) is an American actress and singer, who starred as Ellen Griswold in the National Lampoon's Vacation films (1983–2015).
1947 – Bill Richardson, American politician and diplomat, 21st United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Ambassador to the United Nations and Energy Secretary in the Clinton administration, a U.S.
1945 – Bob Gunton, American actor and singer. Walcott, the domineering dean of Virginia Medical School in Patch Adams, and President Juan Peron in the original Broadway production of Evita, for which he received a Tony Award nomination.
1941 – Daniel Pinkwater, American author and illustrator. He has also written an adult novel, The Afterlife Diet, and essay collections derived from his talks on National Public Radio.
1940 – Sam Waterston, American actor. He has been nominated for multiple Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA, and Emmy awards, having starred in over eighty film and television productions during his fifty-year career.
1940 – Tony Mendez, American CIA technical operations officer, was an American technical operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), who specialized in support of clandestine and covert CIA operations. He wrote three memoirs about his CIA experiences.
1937 – Little Willie John, American singer-songwriter (d. 1968), was an American R&B singer who performed in the 1950s and early 1960s. He is best known for his successes on the record charts, with songs such as "All Around the World" (1955), "Need Your Love So Bad" (1956), "Talk to Me, Talk to Me" (1958), "Leave My Kitten Alone" (1960), "Sleep" (1960), and "Fever" (1956).
1937 – Yaphet Kotto, American actor and screenwriter. Yaphet Frederick Kotto (born November 15, 1939) is an American actor known for numerous film roles, as well as starring in the NBC television series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–99) as Lieutenant Al Giardello.
1936 – H. B. Bailey, American race car driver (d. 2003). B." Bailey (November 15, 1936 – April 17, 2003) was a NASCAR driver.
1935 – Nera White, American basketball player (d. 2016). White played in the AAU national tournaments for the Nashville Business College team while completing her education at George Peabody College for Teachers, which did not field a team.
1934 – Joanna Barnes, American actress and author. Joanna Barnes (born November 15, 1934) is an American actress, novelist and journalist.
1933 – Gloria Foster, American actress (d. 2001). She had acclaimed roles in plays In White America and Having Our Say, winning three Obie Awards during her career.
1932 – Alvin Plantinga, American philosopher, author, and academic. Alvin Carl Plantinga (born 1932) is an American analytic philosopher who works primarily in the fields of philosophy of religion, epistemology (particularly on issues involving epistemic justification), and logic.
1932 – Clyde McPhatter, American singer (d. 1972), was an American rhythm and blues, soul and rock and roll singer. He was one of the most widely imitated R&B singers of the 1950s and early 1960s and was a key figure in the shaping of doo-wop and R&B.
1930 – Olene Walker, American lawyer and politician, 15th Governor of Utah (d. 2015), was an American politician and Utah's 15th Governor. She was sworn into office on November 5, 2003, shortly before her 73rd birthday, as Utah's first female governor.
1929 – Ed Asner, American actor, singer, and producer. Eddie Asner (/ˈæsnər/; born November 15, 1929), also credited as Edward Asner, is an American actor, voice actor, and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild.
1929 – Joe Hinton, American singer (d. 1968), was an American soul singer.
1928 – C. W. McCall, American singer-songwriter and politician. William Dale Fries Jr. (born November 15, 1928) is an American singer, activist and politician best known by his stage name C.
1928 – Seldon Powell, American saxophonist and flute player (d. 1997), was an American soul jazz, swing, and R&B tenor saxophonist and flautist born in Lawrenceville, Virginia.
1925 – Howard Baker, American lawyer, politician, and diplomat, 12th White House Chief of Staff (d. 2014), was an American politician and diplomat who served as a United States Senator from Tennessee from 1967 to 1985. During his tenure, he rose to the rank of Senate Minority Leader and then Senate Majority Leader.
1922 – David Sidney Feingold, American biochemist and academic. Feingold was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, United States in 1922.
1919 – Carol Bruce, American singer and actress (d. 2007), was an American band singer, Broadway star, and film and television actress.
1919 – Joseph Wapner, American lieutenant and judge (d. 2017), was an American judge and television personality. He was the first presiding judge of the ongoing reality court show The People's Court.
1916 – Bill Melendez, Mexican-American voice actor, animator, director, and producer (d. 2008), was a Mexican–American character animator, voice actor, film director and producer known for his cartoons for Walt Disney Productions (working on four Disney films Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo and Bambi), Warner Bros. Cartoons, UPA and the Peanuts series.
1908 – Carlo Abarth, Italian engineer and businessman, founded Abarth (d. 1979), was an automobile designer. Abarth was born in Austria, but later was naturalized as an Italian citizen; and at this time his first name Karl was changed to its Italian equivalent of Carlo.
1906 – Curtis LeMay, American general and politician (d. 1990), was a general in the United States Air Force. LeMay is credited with designing and implementing an effective, but also controversial, systematic strategic bombing campaign in the Pacific theater of World War II.
1899 – Avdy Andresson, Estonian-American soldier and diplomat, Estonian Minister of War (d. 1990), was the Estonian Minister of War in exile from April 3, 1973 until two months before his death on June 20, 1990, and disputed Commander of Armed Forces from 14 October 1975.
1892 – Naomi Childers, American actress (d. 1964), was an American silent film actress whose career lasted until the mid-20th century.
1891 – W. Averell Harriman, American businessman and politician, 11th United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 1986), was an American Democratic politician, businessman, and diplomat. The son of railroad baron E.
1888 – Artie Matthews, American pianist and composer (d. 1958), was an American songwriter, pianist, and ragtime composer.
1887 – Georgia O'Keeffe, American painter and educator (d. 1986), was an American artist. She was best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes.
1887 – Marianne Moore, American poet, critic, and translator (d. 1972), was an American modernist poet, critic, translator, and editor. Her poetry is noted for formal innovation, precise diction, irony, and wit.
1882 – Felix Frankfurter, Austrian-American lawyer and jurist (d. 1965), was an Austrian-American lawyer, professor, and jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Frankfurter served on the Supreme Court from 1939 to 1962 and was a noted advocate of judicial restraint in the judgments of the Court.
1881 – Franklin Pierce Adams, American journalist and author (d. 1960), was an American columnist known as Franklin P. Adams and by his initials F.P.A..
1879 – Lewis Stone, American actor (d. 1953), was an American movie actor best known for his role as Judge James Hardy in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Andy Hardy film series. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1929 for The Patriot.
1873 – Sara Josephine Baker, American physician and academic (d. 1945), was an American physician notable for making contributions to public health, especially in the immigrant communities of New York City. Her fight against the damage that widespread urban poverty and ignorance caused to children, especially newborns, is perhaps her most lasting legacy.
1849 – Mary E. Byrd, American astronomer and educator (d. 1934), was an American educator and is considered a pioneer astronomy teacher at college level. She was also an astronomer in her own right, determining cometary positions by photography.
1661 – Christoph von Graffenried, Swiss-American settler and author (d. 1743), was a British peer from Switzerland who founded New Bern, Carolina, in 1710. Today, he is best known for his memoir, Relation of My American Project (c. 1716), which recounts his life as the Baron of Bernburg and Landgrave of Carolina.
2016 – Mose Allison, American pianist and songwriter (b. 1927)
2015 – Herbert Scarf, American economist and academic (b. 1930)
2013 – Sheila Matthews Allen, American actress and producer (b. 1929)
2011 – Oba Chandler, American murderer (b. 1946)
2010 – Ed Kirkpatrick, American baseball player (b. 1944)
2010 – William Edwin Self, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1921)
2008 – Grace Hartigan, American painter (b. 1922)
2007 – Joe Nuxhall, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1928)
2006 – David K. Wyatt, American historian and author (b. 1937)
2005 – Adrian Rogers, American pastor and author (b. 1931)
2004 – Elmer L. Andersen, American businessman and politician, 30th Governor of Minnesota (b. 1909)
2003 – Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (b. 1925)
2003 – Laurence Tisch, American businessman, co-founded the Loews Corporation (b. 1923)
2003 – Speedy West, American guitarist and producer (b. 1924)