- 1886 – The Folies Bergère stages its first revue.
- 1940 – Lucille Ball marries Desi Arnaz in Greenwich, Connecticut.
- 1993 – U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (the Brady Bill) into law.
- 1997 - Danbert Nobacon of the band Chumbawamba was arrested by Italian police for wearing a skirt and was detained in police cells overnight.NOVEMBER 29
- 1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time.
- 1929 – U.S. Admiral Richard Byrd becomes the first person to fly over the South Pole.
- 1963 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson establishes the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
- 1960 - Paul McCartney and Pete Best of the Beatles were deported from West Germany after being arrested on suspicion of arson after the hotel room they were staying in mysteriously caught fire. They were released and deported the next day.
- 1976 - The Lancaster local council canceled a Sex Pistols concert at Lancaster Poly, England. The reason was given in a statement by the council saying,'We don't want that sort of filth in the town limits.'
- 1980 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 'Double Fantasy' album was released.
- 1996 - Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury) died from a heart attack on stage while playing his hit ‘Tiptoe Through the Tulips’ at a club in Minneapolis.
- 2001 - Beatles guitarist George Harrison died in Los Angeles of lung cancer aged 58.NOVEMBER 28
- 1964 - Willie Nelson makes his Grand Ole Opry debut
- 1972 - Charlie Rich records "Behind Closed Doors" in Nashville
- 1967 - The Beatles recorded their last fan club record as a group
- 1974 - John Lennon made his last ever concert appearance when he joined Elton John on stage on Thanksgiving at Madison Square Gardens in New York City. Lennon performed three songs; 'Whatever Gets You Thru The Night', 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' and 'I Saw Her Standing There.'
- 1976 - The Sex Pistols appeared on BBC TV's 'Nationwide' and ITV's 'London Weekend Show.'NOVEMBER 27
- 1962 - The Beatles recorded their first BBC radio session at the BBC Paris studio on Regent Street in London, with Pete Best on drums.
- 1964 - Mick Jagger was fined £16 for driving offences by a court in Tettenhall, Staffs. His solicitor told the court: "The Duke of Marlborough had longer hair than my client and he won some famous battles. His hair was powdered, I think because of fleas. My client has no fleas."
- 1970 - George Harrison released his triple album, "All Things Must Pass"NOVEMBER 26
- 1958 - U.S. country chart debut for Johnny Cash, with his single, ‘Cry! Cry! Cry!’
- 1962 - The Beatles recorded their second single ‘Please Please Me’' "Ask Me Why.'
- 1967 - The Beatles' promotional film of 'Hello, Goodbye' was aired on The Ed Sullivan show in the U.S.
- 1968 - Cream played their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Yes and Taste were also on the bill.
- 1976 - The Sex Pistols released the single 'Anarchy In The U.K.'
- 2010 - Willie Nelson is arrested in Sierra Blanca, Texas, for possession of marijuana. He is released after posting $2,500 bond.
- 1961 - The Everly Brothers started active service, working as artillerymen.
- 1963 – President John F. Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
- 1969 - John Lennon returned his MBE to The Queen on the grounds of the UK's involvement in the Nigeria Biafra war, America in Vietnam, and against his latest single 'Cold Turkey' slipping down the charts.
- 1972 - Chuck Berry only UK No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'My Ding-a-Ling.'
- 1974 -Nick Drake died in his sleep aged 26 of an overdose of tryptasol an anti-depressant drug.
- 1976 - "The Last Waltz" took place at Bill Graham's Winterland.
- 1963 – Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is murdered two days after the assassination, by Jack Ruby in the basement of Dallas police department headquarters. The shooting happens to be broadcast live on television.
- 1974 – Donald Johanson and Tom Gray discover the 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed "Lucy" (after The Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"), in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia's Afar Depression.
- 1899 - The world's first jukebox was installed at the Palais Royal Hotel in San Francisco.
- 1956 - Arrested: Sheet metal worker Louis Balint, for punching Elvis Presley at a Hotel in Toledo.
- 1963 – The BBC broadcasts the first episode of Doctor Who (starring William Hartnell).
- 1965 - Future leader of T. Rex Marc Bolan (Marc Feld) appeared live on the UK TV show Five O'Clock Funfair, performing 'The Wizard'.
- 1957 - Tom and Jerry (aka Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel) appear on ABC-TV's American Bandstand
- 1963 – In Dallas, Texas, US President John F. Kennedy is assassinated and Texas Governor John Connally is seriously wounded. Suspect Lee Harvey Oswald is later captured and charged with the murder of both the President and police officer J. D. Tippit. Oswald is shot two days later by Jack Ruby while in police custody.
- 1963 - The Beatles released their second UK album 'With The Beatles."
- 1965 - Bob Dylan married Sara Lowndes in a secret ceremony
- 1968 - The Beatles release the double LP "The Beatles," better know as "The White Album."
- 1877 – Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound.
- 1905 – Albert Einstein's paper, Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?, is published in the journal "Annalen der Physik". This paper reveals the relationship between energy and mass. This leads to the mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc².
- 1955 - RCA Records purchased Elvis Presley's Sun Records recording contract for an unprecedented sum of $35,000.
- 1959 – American disc jockey Alan Freed, who had popularized the term "rock and roll" and music of that style, is fired from WABC-AM radio for refusing to deny allegations that he had participated in the payola scandal.
- 1820 – An 80-ton sperm whale attacks the Essex (a whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts) 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America. (Herman Melville's 1851 novel Moby-Dick is in part inspired by this story.)
- 1955 - #1 on the UK charts: Bill Haley & His Comets' 'Rock Around The Clock.'
- 1955 - Bo Diddley banned from the Ed Sullivan Show television show after performing "Bo Diddley" instead of "Sixteen Tons."
- 1968 - The Monkees film, 'Head,' opened in the US.
- 1974 - Drummer with The Who, Keith Moon collapsed during a concert after his drink was spiked with horse tranquillizer.
- 1955 - Carl Perkins recorded 'Blue Suede Shoes' at Sun Studios in Memphis
- 1983 - Badfinger's Tom Evans committed suicide
- 1990 – Pop group Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award because the duo did not sing at all on the Girl You Know It's True album. Session musicians had provided all the vocals.
- 1994 - David Crosby of CSN had a successful liver transplant operation.
- 2002 - Emmylou Harris joins Bruce Springsteen on stage in her hometown, Birmingham, Alabama, to sing "My Hometown."
- 1307 – William Tell shoots an apple off his son's head.
- 1926 – George Bernard Shaw refuses to accept the money for his Nobel Prize, saying, "I can forgive Alfred Nobel for inventing dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize."
- 1928 – Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
- 1949 - MGM releases the Hank Williams single, "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It"/"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."
- 1956 - Fats Domino performs "Blueberry Hill" on the "Ed Sullivan Show."
- 1971 - At the age of 39, Herman 'Junior' Parker died during surgery for a brain tumor.
- 1972 - Crazy Horse singer, songwriter, and guitarist Danny Whitten died of a drug overdose, aged 29.
- 1975 - Bruce Springsteen's UK debut at the Hammersmith Odeon.
- 1976 - Richard Hell and the Voidoids perform for the first time ever, at CBGB's New York.
- 2011 - At her concert at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, Taylor Swift meets Bruce Springsteen.
- 1962 – President John F. Kennedy dedicates Washington Dulles International Airport, serving the Washington, D.C., region.
- 1963 - The Headmaster of a Surrey Grammar School, John Weightman, banned all students from having Beatle haircuts saying, "This ridiculous style brings out the worst in boys physically. It makes them look like morons."
- 1967 – Vietnam War: Acting on optimistic reports that he had been given on November 13, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson tells the nation that, while much remained to be done, "We are inflicting greater losses than we're taking...We are making progress."
- 1979 - Died: Jethro Tull bass player John Glascock, aged of 28.
- 1960 - Patsy Cline records "I Fall To Pieces" in Nashville.
- 1968 - #1 in the US: The Jimi Hendrix Experience's LP, 'Electric Ladyland.'
- 1987 - Topper Headon of the Clash was jailed for 15 months at Maidstone Crown Court, England, for supplying heroin to a man who later died.
- 1988 - Stephen Love, former manager of the Beach Boys, was sentenced to five years probation for embezzling almost $1 million from the group's accounts.
- 1926 – The NBC radio network opens with 24 stations.
- 1966 - The Doors sign with Elektra Records.
- 1969 – Vietnam War: In Washington, D.C., 250,000-500,000 protesters staged a peaceful demonstration against the war, including a symbolic "March Against Death".
- 1969 - Janis Joplin was arrested during a gig in Tampa, Florida, after threatening a police officer with vulgar language.
- 1969 - #1 single: Merle Haggard's "Okie From Muskogee"
- 1971 – Intel releases the world's first commercial single-chip microprocessor, the 4004.
- 1951 - Hank Williams makes his first national TV appearance, performing "Hey, Good Lookin'," on CBS-TV's "The Perry Como Show."
- 1960 - No. 1 on the US singles chart: Ray Charles' 'Georgia On My Mind.'
- 1996 - Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe were married in Sydney Australia.
- On November 13th, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence.
- 1965 - The Castiles (with a young Bruce Springsteen) appeared at "Teenage Go, Go Dance" at the Fire House, Hazlet, N.J.
- 1973 - Jerry Lee Lewis Jr, who had been working as the drummer in his father's band, was killed in a car accident near Hernando, Mississippi.
- 1982 – Ray Mancini defeats Duk Koo Kim in a boxing match held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kim's subsequent death (on November 17) leads to significant changes in the sport.
- 1965 - Live debut: Velvet Underground, Summit High School, New Jersey. They were paid $75.
- 1970 - In New Orleans, the finalt live performance of The Doors with Jim Morrison.
- 1977 - UK #1 album is the "Never Mind The Bullocks, Here's the Sex Pistols."
- 1990 – Tim Berners-Lee publishes a formal proposal for the World Wide Web.
- 1955 - While attending the fourth Country Music Disc Jockey Convention in Nashville Tennessee, Mae Boren Axton plays ELVIS PRESLEY a demo of a new song she had written with Tommy Durden called ‘Heartbreak Hotel.’ Elvis released the track as a single on January 27, 1956, his first on his new record label RCA Victor, and his first No.1 pop record.
- 1972 Berry Oakley, bass player for the Allman Brothers, was killed when his motorcycle hit a bus at the same intersection as former band member Duane Allman, who had died a year earlier.
- 1619 – René Descartes has the dreams that inspire his Meditations on First Philosophy.
- 1961 - Elvis Presley hits No.1 with his 45.'Marie's The Nae (His Latest Flame)/Little Sister.'
- 1967, The Beatles filmed three promotional films for their new single ‘Hello Goodbye’ at the Saville Theatre in London.
- 1958 - "Hound Dog"/"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley becomes the third ever three million selling single.
- 1961 - Brian Epstein sees the Beatles the first time at a lunchtime session at the Cavern in Liverpool.
- 1966 - John Lennon meets Yoko One for the first time at the Indica Gallery.
- 1967 – The first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine is published.
- 1967 - The Byrds' David Crosby is fired by Roger McGuinn.
- 1990 - The IRS seized all of Willie Nelson's bank accounts and real estate holdings in connection with a $16m tax debt.
- 1968 - Cynthia Lennon is granted a divorce from her Beatle husband.
- 1960 – John F. Kennedy defeats Richard Nixon in one of the closest presidential elections of the twentieth century to become the 35th president of the United States.
- 1966 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law an antitrust exemption allowing the National Football League to merge with the upstart American Football League.
- 1970 - Jim Morrison makes recordings of his spoken-word material, used posthumously on the Doors' album, "An American Prayer."
- 1971 - Paul McCartney throws a party to launch his new group, Wings, at London's Empire Ballroom.
- 1975 - One month after the birth of Sean Ono Lennon, Elton John was named Godfather to John and Yoko Lennon's son.
- 1893 – Women's Suffrage: Women in the U.S. state of Colorado are granted the right to vote, the second state to do so.
- 1908 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are reportedly killed in San Vicente, Bolivia.
- 1963 - The Beatles went to Ireland to play two shows at the Adelphi Cinema, Dublin, the only two appearances ever in the country . During the trip, the band were followed by screenwriter Alun Owen for three days, who had been appointed to write the screenplay for The Beatles' first movie.
- 1967 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
- 1967 - Elton John (then known as Reg Dwight) and Bernie Taupin, signed to DJM publishing. Since both under 21 years of age, their signatures had to be witnessed by their parents.
- 1973 – The U.S. Congress overrides President Richard M. Nixon's veto of the War Powers Resolution, which limits presidential power to wage war without congressional approval.
- 1991 – Magic Johnson announces that he is infected with HIV and retires from the NBA.
- 2000 – Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected to the United States Senate, becoming the first former First Lady to win public office in the United States, although she was actually still the First Lady.
- 1893 – Died: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
- 1913 – Mohandas Gandhi is arrested while leading a march of Indian miners in South Africa.
- 1965 – Died: Edgard Varèse
- 1965 – Died: Clarence Williams
- 1968 - The Monkees' film, "Head." opened in New York City.
- 1975 - Live debut: Sex Pistols at St Martin’s School Of Art in central London.
- 1989 – Died: Dickie Goodman
- 1997 – Died: Epic Soundtracks
- 1965 - The third single by The Who, "My Generation," released in the UK.
- 1968 - Married: Herman's Hermits singer Peter Noone married Mirellie Strasser in London on his birthday.
- 1977 - The manager of the Virgin record store in Nottingham, England was arrested, under the 1898 indecent advertising act,for displaying a large poster advertising the new Sex Pistols album, 'Never Mind The Bollock's, Here's The Sex Pistols'.
- 2003 - Bobby Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers was found dead.
- 2005 - Guitarist Link Wray died, at the age of 76.
- 2012 – Elliott Carter, American composer, dies.
- 1783 – W.A. Mozart's Symphony No. 36 is performed for the first time in Linz, Austria.
- 1961 - Bob Dylan appeared at The Carnegie Chapter Hall in New York City.
- 1963 - The Beatles topped the bill at The Royal Variety Show at The Prince Of Wales Theatre, London.
- 2008 – Barack Obama becomes the first half white/half African-American to be elected President of the United States.
- 1957 - 'Great Balls Of Fire,' by Jerry Lee Lewis, released on Sun Records.
- 1972 - Married: Carly Simon and James Taylor.
- 1959 – Quiz show scandals: Twenty One game show contestant Charles Van Doren admits to a Congressional committee that he had been given questions and answers in advance.
- 1960 – Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the trial R v Penguin Books Ltd., the Lady Chatterley's Lover case.
- 1963 - Peter Paul and Mary's 'In The Wind' begins a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart.
- 1964 (or 1963) - Dion storms out of a taping of the English TV show "Ready Steady Go!". He was distracted by the go-go dancers.
- 1965 – Norman Morrison, a 31-year-old Quaker, sets himself on fire in front of the river entrance to the Pentagon to protest the use of napalm in the Vietnam war.
- 1974 - George Harrison begins North American tour in Vancouver, Canada.
- 2004 - Guitarist Eric Clapton collected his CBE from Buckingham Palace. It was awarded for his services to music.
- 1968 – The Motion Picture Association of America's film rating system is officially introduced, originating with the ratings G, M, R, and X.
- 1969 - The Beatles 'Abbey Road' reached No.1 on the album charts.
- 1985 – Phil Silvers died.
- 2004 – Terry Knight died.
- 1958 - Eddie Cochran recorded the 1959 hit, 'C'mon Everybody',
- 1964 - With Glen Campbell playing the lead guitar intro, the Beach Boys recorded ‘Dance Dance Dance.’
- 1969 - The No. 1 song, ‘Je T’aime... Moi Non Plus’, the erotic French language love song by Serge Gainsbourg and actress Jane Birkin, was not aired on the BBC’s "Top Of The Pops," for the first time in the show's history.
- 1971 - John Sebastian joined The Who on harmonica during ‘Magic Bus’ during a small, low-key show at the University of Surrey, Guildford.The group celebrated John Entwistle’s 27th birthday after the show.
- 1976 - The Sex Pistols signed to EMI records for £40,000. The band was dropped, and the contract was terminated, three months later.
- 1990 – Died: B.J. Wilson, drummer for Procol Harum.
- 1955 – American poet Allen Ginsberg performs his poem Howl for the first time at the Six Gallery in San Francisco.
- 1945 – Baseball: Billy Sianis and his pet billy goat are ejected from Wrigley Field during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series (see Curse of the Billy Goat).
- 1985 – Died: Nelson Riddle
- 1989 – Died: Bette Davis
- 1962 – Dr. No, the first in the James Bond film series, is released.
- 1962 – The Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do" backed with "P.S. I Love You," is released in the United Kingdom.
- 1969 – The first episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus airs on BBC One.
- 2004 – Died: Rodney Dangerfield
- 2011 – Died: Steve Jobs
- 2011 – Died: Bert Jansch
- 1957 – Leave It To Beaver premieres on CBS.
- 1970 - Died: Singer Janis Joplin, after an accidental heroin overdose.
- 1949 – WERD, the 1st black-owned radio station in the United States, opens in Atlanta, Georgia.
- 1955 – The Mickey Mouse Club debuts on ABC.
- 1957 – Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems is ruled to be not obscene by the California State Superior Court.
- 1958, First show of "The Biggest Show Of Stars 1958 Tour": Worcester Auditorium in Worcester, Massachusetts, with Buddy Holly, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Darin, The Olympics, Dion & The Belmonts, Bobby Freeman, The Elegants, Jimmy Clanton, The Danleers, Duane Eddy, Clyde McPhatter and The Coasters.
- 1961 – The Dick Van Dyke Show premieres on CBS-TV in the United States.
- 1967 - American singer, songwriter Woody Guthrie, the composer of "This Land Is Your Land," father of singer Arlo Guthrie, and a major influence on Bob Dylan, among others, died after suffering from Huntington's Chorea disease for years.
- 1978 - Aerosmith band members bailed 30 fans out of jail after they were arrested for smoking pot during the band's concert at Fort Wayne Coliseum.
- 1992 - On 'Saturday Night Live', Sinead O'Connor ripped up a photograph of Pope John Paul II, during a performance of the Bob Marley song, "War." The delayed west coast broadcast inserted the less controversial dress rehearsal version.
- 2002- Died: Iron Butterfly's Darryl DeLoach, at the age of 56.
- 1950 – "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz is first published.
- 1959 – The anthology series "The Twilight Zone" premieres on CBS television.
- 1967 - Busted: All six members of The Grateful Dead, by California narcotics agents for possession of marijuana at the groups' S.F. house.
- 1998 – Died: Gene Autry
- 1966 - Jimi Hendrix' first live U.K. appearance, jamming with Eric Clapton and Cream at their gig at London Polytechnic.
- 1982 – Sony launches the first consumer compact disc player (model CDP-101).