Above: Agbani Darego
TEENS IN THE NEWS on November 16 …
Nov. 16, 1959: Jean-Pierre Léaud, fifteen, portrays Antoine Doinel in François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows, which makes its U.S. debut today. Bowsley Crowther of The New York Times calls the film “a small masterpiece” and says, “words cannot state simply how fine is Jean-Pierre Léaud.”
Nov. 16, 1977: Oksana Bauil is born in the Ukraine. At sixteen in 1994, she wins the women’s figure skating gold medal, edging Nancy Kerrigan of the U.S.
Nov. 16, 2001: Agbani Darego, eighteen, of Nigeria wins the 51st edition of the Miss World pageant. She is the first black African to win the Miss World crown.
Nov. 16, 2008: Eri Yoshida, sixteen, is the first female selected in Japan’s Kansai Independent Baseball League. She is a right-handed, sidearming knuckleball pitcher.