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November 19

1863 - Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address.

1955 - The National Review published its first issue.

1959 - Ford announces the discontinuation of the Edsel.

Birthdays

1862 - Billy Sunday, evangelist.

1887 - James B. Sumner, chemist. He showed that enzymes are proteins and can be crystallized.

1905 - Tommy Dorsey, bandleader..

1917 - Indira Ghandi, third Prime Minister of India.

1936 - Dick Cavett, talkshow host.
 
November 20

1945 - Twenty-four Nazi war criminals go on trial at Nuremberg.

1962 - The Cuban Missle Crisis ends.

1985 - Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released.

Birthdays

1887 - Edwin Hubble, astronomer.

1913 - Charles Berlitz, language instructor.

1939 - Dick Smothers, comedian and actor. One-half of the Smothers Brothers.

1956 - Bo Derek, actress. 10!
 
November 20

1945 - Twenty-four Nazi war criminals go on trial at Nuremberg.

1962 - The Cuban Missle Crisis ends.

1985 - Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released.

Birthdays

1887 - Edwin Hubble, astronomer.

1913 - Charles Berlitz, language instructor.

1939 - Dick Smothers, comedian and actor. One-half of the Smothers Brothers.

1956 - Bo Derek, actress. 10!
I just saw Bo Derek in a Christmas movie. She may now be just a 9.75
 
November 21

1676 - Danish astronomer Ole Rom presents the first measurement of the speed of light.

1877 - Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph.

1905 - Albert Einstein's paper on mass-energy equivalence (E = mc^2) is published.

1927 - The Columbine Mine Massacre happens. Unarmed striking coal miners are attacked by the Colorado state militia. Six are killed.

1959 - Disc jockey Alan Freed is fired by his radio station for his participation in the payola scandal.

Birthdays

1920 - Stan Musial, baseball player and manager.

1937 - Marlo Thomas, actress.

1969 - Ken Griffey Jr., baseball player.


 
November 22

1718 - The pirate, Blackbeard, is killed in battle with the Royal Navy.

1928 - The first performance of Ravel's Bolero takes place in Paris.

1935 - PAA's China Clipper makes its flight between Alemeda, California and Manila.

1963 - President John F. Kennedy is killed by Lee Harvey Oswald. Vice president Lyndon B. Johnson becomes President.

1977 - British Airways starts regular supersonic service between New York and London, using the Concorde.

Birthdays

1819 - George Eliot, female English novelist. She wrote Silas Marner.

1890 - Charles de Gaulle, French general and eighteenth President of France.

1921 - Rodney Dangerfield, comedian.

1922 - Eugene Stoner, designer of the AR-15 rifle.

1958 - Jamie Lee Curtis, actress.
 
November 22

1718 - The pirate, Blackbeard, is killed in battle with the Royal Navy.

1928 - The first performance of Ravel's Bolero takes place in Paris.

1935 - PAA's China Clipper makes its flight between Alemeda, California and Manila.

1963 - President John F. Kennedy is killed by Lee Harvey Oswald. Vice president Lyndon B. Johnson becomes President.

1977 - British Airways starts regular supersonic service between New York and London, using the Concorde.

Birthdays

1819 - George Eliot, female English novelist. She wrote Silas Marner.

1890 - Charles de Gaulle, French general and eighteenth President of France.

1921 - Rodney Dangerfield, comedian.

1922 - Eugene Stoner, designer of the AR-15 rifle.

1958 - Jamie Lee Curtis, actress.
Quite possibly the best thing to happen on this date is the birth of the man who couldn't get no respect!
 
November 23

1889 - The first jukebox goes into operation in San Francisco.

1963 - The BBC broadcasts the first episode of Dr. Who.

1971 - Representatives of the People's Republic of China attend the UN for the first time.

Birthdays

1887 - English actor Boris Karloff.

1887 - English physicist William Moseley. He enlisted in the British army and was killed at Gallipoli in 1915.

1992 - Miley Cyrus, singer, songwriter and actress.q
 
November 24

1859 - Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species.

1877 - The novel, Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell, is published.

1932 - The FBI Crime Lab opens.

1962 - The satirical British tv program That Was the Week That Was first broadcasts.

1963 - Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shoots and kills Lee Harvey Oswald, the killer of President Kennedy, in a Dallas police station.

Birthdays

1864 - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French painter and illustrator.

1868 - Scott Joplin, pianist and composer.

1921 - John Lindsay, lawyer and politician, mayor of New York City.

1925 - William F. Buckley, Jr., author and publisher.

1945 - Lee Michaels, singer and musician. His big hit was Do You Know What I Mean (1971).

1946 - Ted Bundy, serial killer. Electrocuted for his crimes in 1989.


 
November 25

1963 - John F. Kennedy and his killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, are buried.

Birthdays

1835 - Andrew Carnegie, businessman and philanthropist.

1844 - Karl Benz, founder of Mercedes-Benz.

1846 - Carrie Nation, member of the temperance movement.

1881 - Pope John XXIII.

1914 - Joe DiMaggio, baseball player.

1926 - Poul Anderson, author.

1960 - John F. Kennedy Jr.

1971 - Christina Applegate, actress.

1976 - Donovan McNabb, quarterback.
 
November 26

1842 - The University of Notre Dame is founded.

1942 - The film Casablanca premieres.

Birthdays

1604 - Johannes Bach, German organist and composer.

1853 - Bat Masterson, police officer and journalist.

1858 - Katherine Drexel, nun and saint.

1876 - Willis Carrier, engineer and inventor of air conditioning.

1912 - Eric Sevareid, journalist.

1919 - Frederick Pohl, author.

1922 - Charles M. Schultz, cartoonist and creator of Peanuts.

1939 - Tina Turner, singer.

1954 - Roz Chast, cartoonist.
 
November 27

1924 - The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held in New York City.

Birthdays

1907 - L. Sprague de Camp, author.

1917 - Buffalo Bob Smith, hosted the Howdy Doody Show.

1940 - Bruce Lee, actor and martial artist.

1942 - Jimi Hendrix, singer and guitarist.

1955 - Bill Nye, the Scence Guy.

1957 - Caroline Kennedy

1969 - Robin Givens, actress.
 
November 28

1895 - The first American automobile race takes place from Chicago to Evanston, Illinois (54 miles). The winner finished in about 10 hours..

1925 - The Grand Ole Opry began broadcasting in Nashville, Tennessee.

1942 - 492 people die in a fire in the Coconut Grove nightclub in Boston.

Birthdays

1929 - Berry Gordy, Jr., founder of Motown Records.

1967 - Anna Nicole Smith, model and actress.
 
November 29

1877: Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time.

1929: Admiral Richard E. Byrd leads the first expedition to fly over the South Pole.

1963: President Lyndon Johnson establishes the Warren Commission to investigate the killing of John F. Kennedy.

1963: The Beatles' I Want to Hold Your Hand is released in the UK.

1972: Atari releases Pong, the first commercialy successful video game.

Birthdays

1832: Louisa May Alcott, novelist and poet. She wrote Little Women.

1940: Chuck Mangione, horn player and composer.
 
November 30

1886 - The Folies Bregere stages its first revue.

1979 - Pink Floyd's rock opera, The Wall, is released.

1982 - Michael Jackson's album Thriller is released. It will become the bestselling record album in history.

Birthdays

1810 - Oliver Winchester. He founded the Winchester Repeating Arms Company.

1835 - Mark Twain, author.

1906 - John Dickson Carr, author.

1912 - Gordon Parks, photographer. He directed the film Shaft.

1918 - Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., actor. He starred in the tv series 77 Sunset Strip.
 
December 1

1913 - The Ford Motor Company introduces the moving assembly line.

1955 - Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man and is arrested. This leads to the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott.

1969 - The first draft lottery since WWII is held in the U.S.

Birthdays

1761 - Marie Tussaud. She founded Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.

1933 - Lou Rawls, singer and actor.

1935 - Woody Allen, actor, director and screenwriter.

1940 - Richard Pryor, comedian and actor.

1945 - Bette Midler, singer and actress.
 
December 2

1859 - Abolitionist John Brown is hanged for his part in the Harpers Ferry, West Virginia raid.

1927 - Ford unveils the Model A.

1939 - LaGuardia Airport opens in New York City.

1942 - A team led by Enrico Fermi institute's the first artificial self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

1970 - The United States Environmental Protection Agency begins operation.

Birthdays

1946 - Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer.
 
December 3

1910 - Modern neon lighting is first demonstrated at the Paris Motor Show.

1927 - The first Laurel and Hardy film, Putting Pants on Philip, is released.

1982 - A soil sample is taken from Times Beach, MO that will be found to contain dioxin at 300 times the safe level.

1984 - A methyl isocyanate leak at a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India kills more than 3800 people outright and injures 150,000 - 600,000. Six thousand of the injured will die later.

Birthdays

1857 - Joseph Conrad, Polish - British novelist.

1948 - Ozzy Osbourne, British singer-songwriter.
 

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December 3

1736 - Astronomer Anders Celsius takes measurements that confirm Newton's theory that the earth was an ellipsoid rather than the previously accepted sphere

1854 - In what is claimed by many to be the birth of Australian democracy, more than 20 goldminers at Ballarat, Victoria, are killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences. A league of gold miners in Australia, which was then a colony of the United Kingdom, launched a revolt against their colonial government over miner's licensing and a lack of representation despite taxation via that license.

1967 - 53-year-old Louis Washkansky receives the first human heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.
 
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