856 (Earthquake) Corinth (now Greece)
1667 (Earthquake) Shemakha, Azerbaijan
1854 (Earthquake) Nankaido , Japan
1512 - Michelangelo's paintings on ceiling of Sistine Chapel
in Vatican, Italy were first exhibited. He started the work
1604 - William Shakespeare's tragedy "The Tragedy of
Othello, the Moor of Venice " was first presented.
1611 - Shakespeare's romantic comedy "The Tempest"
was first presented
1755 (Earthquake & Tsunami) Lisbon, Portugal - an estimated
10,000-100,000 people were killed
1775 (Earthquake) Kashan, Iran -estimated 40,000 killed
1834 - First published reference to poker (as a Mississippi
riverboat game) Originally 20 cards were used, and the 52
card deck appeared before 1850.
1867 - "Harper's Bazaar" issue #1 was published.
It was America's first fashion-oriented magazine.
1896 - Zulu groom and bride (a bare-breasted woman) appeared
in National Geographic Magazine. The magazine began publication
in October of 1888.
1924 - First US NHL franchise, Boston Bruins was founded.
The Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs were the first
to form and addition of the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red
Wings and New York Rangers made the Original Six teams.
1945 - First issue of Ebony magazine published by John H
Johnson. The first magazine he started was 'The Negro Digest'
(later called Black World) in 1942.
1951 - Jet magazine founded by John H Johnson. In 1996, President
Bill Clinton bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on
1967 - "Cool Hand Luke" starring Paul Newman, George
Kennedy, and Strother Martin, was released. "What we've
got here is failure to communicate."
1979 - Federal (US) government made a $1.5 billion loan guarantee
for Chrysler. The government basically 'cosigned' a loan to
keep the company in business.
1981 - First Class US Mail raised from 18 cents to 20 cents.
Prior to the use of stamps, postage was paid for by the reciever,
not the sender.
1996- The original cartoon series of Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles aired its final episode. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird
invented the TMNT in 1984 in comic book form.
2012 - Google's Gmail became the world's most popular email
(Electronic mail) service. Microsoft's hotmail was the leader
before that. Yet Yahoo actually has the most registered users,
it is/was not used as much as the others.
1898 - Cheerleading was started at the University of Minnesota
with Johnny Campbell leading the crowd in cheering on the
football team with "Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-u-mah, Hoo-Rah!
Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-e-So-Tah!" Princeton
had published cheers for the audience to chant as early as
1877. In 1903 the first cheerleading fraternity, Gamma Sigma,
was founded. Women started being popular cheerleaders in the
1936 - First high-definition TV broadcast service, by BBC
in London. At the time "standard definition" was
30 horizontal lines making up the picture, and the '36 BBC
hi-def had 240 lines. Today, 720 is considered the minimum
1936 - The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was established.
1957 - The Levelland UFO Case in Levelland, Texas, generated
national publicity. Officially, they called it 'blue lightning'.
1983 - President Reagan signed the bill establishing the
Dr Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, held on the third Monday
1988 - The Morris worm, the first internet-distributed computer
worm to gain significant mainstream media attention, was launched
from MIT. It was written by a student at Cornell University,
Robert Tappan Morris. His intention was to gauge the 'size'
of the intenet.
2000 - The first crew arrived at the International Space
Station. The assembly of the IISS began in November 1998.
2003 - Arrested Development debuted on FOX. Despite acclaim
from critics, Arrested Development received low ratings and
the series was cancelled in 2006.
1868 - First black US Congressman was elected (Republican
John Willis Menard, Louisiana)
1906 - International Radio Telecommunications Com adopted
"SOS" - international Morse code distress signal
(· · · – – – · · ·)
- as the new call for help.
1913 - The USA introduced a permanant income tax, although
the US federal government imposed the first, although temporary,
personal income tax, on August 5, 1861, to help finance the
1930 - Bank of Italy became the Bank of America National
Trust and Savings Association, now known as the Bank of America.
1952 - Clarence Birdseye marketed frozen peas. He had started
freezing fresh fish in the 1920s.
1956 - The Wizard of Oz was shown on television for the first
time, on CBS. Although a moderate success when released theatrically
in 1939, it is now recognized as the most watched film in
1975 - Good Morning America premiered on ABC (David Hartman
& Nancy Dussault). The initail show was called AM America,
which started on January 6, 1975.
1978 - First broadcast of "Diff'rent Strokes" on
NBC. The series starred Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges as Arnold
and Willis Jackson. Dana Plato performed as Kimberly Drummond.
1983 - The Nashville Network (TNN) started on cable TV. The
channel evolved to Spike TV in 2003.
1988 - Talk-show host Geraldo Rivera's nose was broken as
Roy Innis brawled with skinheads at a TV taping. He did not
press charges, claiming that he did not wish to be "tied
up with the roaches" and also said that "if there
ever was a case of deserved violence, this was it."
1667 (Earthquake) Shamakhi (now Azerbaijan) estimated 80,000
1841 - First wagon train arrived in California. They left
Independence, Missouri on May 1, 1841.
1904 - First stadium built specifically for football opened
(Harvard Stadium). Officially, when referring to more than
one stadium, they should be called 'stadia.' But stadiums
1914 - Vogue held the first model show ("Fashion Fete"
in New York City), although individual American stores had
shown models wearing the latest fashions since the early 1900s.
1939 - First air conditioned automobile (Packard) was exhibited,
Chicago, Ill. The A/C option was available for $274 until
1941. WW II stopped production of many luxury items. It wasn't
until 1953 that air conditioning was commercially available
in cars again.
1948 - TS Eliot won the Nobel Prize for literature "for
his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry."
1979 - 500 Iranian "students" seized the US embassy,
took 90 hostages (444 days) in the "Iran hostage crisis"
1979 - Blockbuster film 'Jaws' was shown on TV for the first
time, on ABC. Originally released in 1975, it was the first
modern day "blockbuster." When released, critic
Roger Ebert called it "a sensationally effective action
picture, a scary thriller that works all the better because
it's populated with characters that have been developed into
1981 - The Fall Guy premiered on ABC. It starred Lee Majors,
Douglas Barr, and Heather Thomas.
1530 - St. Felix's Flood, Netherlands
1605 - Gunpowder Plot; attempt to blow up English Parliament.
Plot discovered and leader Guy Fawkes was tortured and later
executed. He was caught with 36 barrels of gunpowder at the
House of Lords.
1639 - First post office in the colonies was set up in Massachusetts,
with permission from King William and Queen Mary. The United
States Post Office (USPO) was created on July 26, 1775, by
decree of the Second Continental Congress.
1781 - John Hanson was elected first "President of US
in Congress assembled." The other short-term presidents
before George Washington was inaugurated on April 30, 1789,
were Elias Boudinot, Thomas Mifflin, Richard Henry Lee, John
Hancock, Nathaniel Gorham, Arthur St. Clair and Cyrus Griffin.
1917 - Supreme Court decision (Buchanan v Warley) struck
down Lousiville, Kenticky, ordinance requiring blacks &
whites to live in separate areas. The USSC held that a Louisville,
Kentucky, city ordinance prohibiting the sale of real property
to blacks violated the Fourteenth Amendment.
1935 - Parker Brothers launched the board game of Monopoly.
Marvin Gardens is actually a mispelling of 'Marven Gardens',
an actual locale in Atlantic City.
1956 - The Nat King Cole Show debuted on NBC. It was the
first variety program to be hosted by an African-American.
The last episode of The Nat King Cole Show aired December
1959 - American Football League (AFL) was announced, with
8 teams - The New York Titans, Boston Patriots, Buffalo Bills,
Houston Oilers, Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos, Oakland
Raiders, and Dallas Texans.
1966 - Patrick Troughton appeared as The Doctor in 'The Power
of the Daleks' as the Second Doctor. He had a fleeting appearance
in the prior week's episode - which, as of today, no known
copies exist, although there is a full-length animated reconstruction
of its missing episode.
2009 - US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan (US Army Medical Corps)
killed 13 and wounded 43 at Fort Hood, Texas in the largest
mass shooting ever at a US military installation. Although
it has been officially labeled as 'work place violence,' many
people consider it an act of terrorism.
1572 - A supernova was observed in constellation known as
Cassiopeia. Queen Cassiopeia was the wife of Cepheus, King
of Aethiopia and mother of Princess Andromeda in Greek mythology.
1789 - Pope Pius VI appointed Father John Carroll as the
first Catholic bishop in the United States. He is also known
as the founder of Georgetown University.
1860 - Abraham Lincoln (R-Ill) elected 16th American President.
His election prompted seven southern slave states to form
the Confederacy before he took the office.
1861 - Jefferson Davis was elected to 6 year term as Confederate
president. After the war was over, Davis was captured and
he was accused of treason but was not tried and was released
after two years.
1869 - First intercollegiate football (soccer) game (Rutgers
6, Princeton 4). There were two games that season, and each
team won one game. At that time, American Football was closer
to the game of rugby.
1947 - Meet the Press was first televised as a local program
in Washington DC. Meet the Press began on radio in 1945 as
American Mercury Presents: Meet the Press.
1975 - First appearance of the Sex Pistols in the UK
1990 - Arsenio Hall earned his star on Hollywood's Walk of
Fame. Joanne Woodward, Olive Borden, Ronald Colman, Louise
Fazenda, Preston Foster, Burt Lancaster, Edward Sedgwick,
and Ernest Torrence were the first to get stars.
2001 - 24 premiered on FOX - Starring Kiefer Sutherland as
Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) agent Jack Bauer.
2012 - US territory Puerto Rico voted to become a US State.
1492 - The Ensisheim Meteorite, the oldest meteorite with
a known date of impact, struck ground one afternoon in a wheat
field outside the village of Ensisheim, Alsace, France.
1665 - First edition of "London Gazette" was printed.
At the time it was called "The Oxford Gazette".
1874 - First cartoon depicting the elephant as Republican
Party symbol, by Thomas Nast. He is also know as being the
first to draw our modern version of Santa Clause.
1913 - Great Lakes Storm of 1913 lasted until November 10th.
It killed over 250 people and was concentrated around Lake
1932 - First broadcast of "Buck Rogers in the 25th century"
on CBS-radio. The Buck Rogers comic strip made its first newspaper
appearance on January 7, 1929.
1975 - The 'New Original Wonder Woman' TV movie aired as
a 'test' pilot for the series, Wonder Woman on ABC, starred
Lynda Carter. It had very little in common with the 1974 TV
movie entitled Wonder Woman starring Cathy Lee Crosby,
1976 - "Gone With the Wind" was televised for the
first time. Gone with the Wind was originally a novel written
by Margaret Mitchell, first published in 1936. The film was
released in 1939.
2003 - Star Wars: Clone Wars debuted on The Cartoon Network.
In addition to the feature films, this series is also generally
considered 'canon' - which means it officially happened in
the Star Wars universe.
2006 - At O'Hare International Airport, UFO Sighting Near
Gate C-17 twelve employees reported seeing a metallic saucer
shaped craft hovering over the airport. The FAA stance concluded
that the sighting was caused by a weather phenomenon and that
the agency would not be investigating the incident, which
many think is odd in the post-2001 security-enhanced world
of airport security.
392 - Roman Emperor Theodosius declared the Christian religion
the official state religion. He also dissolved the order of
the Vestal Virgins in Rome, which had been in place for almost
1519 - First meeting of Moctezuma II & Hernán
Cortés in Tenochtitlan, Mexico. Little is known about
him, except that was the the leader of the Aztecs and was
killed in the Spanish conquest of Mexico. "Montezuma's
Revenge' is named after him.
1731 - In Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin (with members of
his Junto Club) opened the first US library. Plans had begun
in earnest in July, and Ben retired as the Librarian in 1734.
1789 - Bourbon Whiskey was first distilled from corn (by
Elijah Craig, Bourbon Ky). That's what his namesake's website
1895 - Wilhelm Röntgen observed X-rays for the first
time during an experiment at Würzburg University, Germany.
It earned him the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901, and
element 111, roentgenium, was named after him.
1965 - Days of our Lives premiered on NBC. The original title
sequence voiced by MacDonald Carey is still used.
1966 - Ronald Reagan was elected Governer of California.
His career path also included lifeguard, actor, cheerleader
and US President.
1972 - Home Box Office (HBO) was launched, in Wilkes-Barre,
Pennsylvania. The first broadcast was a 1971 film, Sometimes
a Great Notion, starring Paul Newman and Henry Fonda.
1979 - Nightline Premiered on ABC. Frank Reynolds was the
original presenter, Ted Koppel too over shortly after the
1980 - Voyager 1 space probe discovered the 15th moon of
Saturn. We've counted 62 moons and dozens of moonlets around
the planet to date.
1995 - General Hospital character Stone Cates died of AIDS
on the show, right after he was informed that he had infected
his lover Robin Scorpio with HIV.
2001 - The Tick premiered on FOX. Creator Ben Edlund published
his first Tick comic book in 1988.
2010 - Conan debuted on TBS
1799 - Napoleon Bonaparte became dictator (first consul) of
1888 - Jack Ripper's 5th, and probably last victim, Mary
Jane Kelly, was found on her bed. His first four victims were
Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, and Catherine
1925 - Robert A. Millikan confirmed the existence of cosmic
rays from outer space in a speech to the National Academy
of Sciences at Madison, Wisconsin. He also helped find the
charge in an electron, which is a key part of the constants
1938 - Al Capp, cartoonist of Lil'l Abner creates Sadie Hawkins
Day. It was now "celebrated" on the first Saturday
after November 9th.
1953 - Supreme Court ruled Major League baseball exempt from
anti-trust laws. Basically, it was a mechanism to make sure
a player could not just quit one team to work for another
1965 - Several U.S. states and parts of Canada were hit by
a series of blackouts lasting up to 13 hours in the 'Northeast
Blackout of 1965.'
1989 - The Berlin Wall fell. It was constructed by the German
Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) starting on August
1994 - The chemical element Darmstadtium (#110) was discovered/created
in Germany. It was named in honor of the city of Darmstadt,
where it was discovered.
1997 - In the 'Montreal Screwjob,' wrestler Bret Hart lost
his final match in the WWF via submission to Shawn Michaels.
2011 - At 2:00 PM EST, all US TV and radio stations in the
Emergency Alert System were tested simultaneously, the first
nationwide test of the system since the 1997 inception of
1871 - Henry Morton Stanley in Ujiji, Central Africa, encountered
David Livingstone with the immortal words: 'Dr Livingstone,
1908 - The first Gideon Bible put in hotel rooms at the Superior
Hotel in Superior, Montana.
1919 - The American Legion's first national convention (Minneapolis).
The American Legion is an organization of U.S. war veterans
that formed in Paris on March 15-17, 1919.
1977 - The Incredible Hulk (made for TV movie) was shown
on CBS. Bill Bixby starred as David Banner, but the comics
referred to the character as Bruce Banner.
1999 - Sesame Street celebrated its 30th anniversary. The
series created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett.
2001 - Fox Family Channel became ABC Family on Cable television.
2010 - Disney composer Alan Menken received the 2,442nd star
on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1790 - Chrysanthemums were introduced to England from China
by M. Cels (France).
1918 - Armistice signed by the Allies and Germany comes into
ending WW I.
1921 - President Harding dedicated the Tomb of Unknown Soldier
at Arlington Cemetery. It is also known as The Tomb of the
1926 - U.S. Route 66 was established. It has also been called
The Will Rogers Highway.
1939 - Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin's "God Bless
America" on her radio show. Irving Berlin had originally
written it in 1918.
1966 - Methodist Church & Evangelical United Brethren
Church joined together as the United Methodist Church (USA)
1972 - Dow Jones Index moved above 1,000 for first time.
It closed under 1,000 though.
1994 - Bill Gates bought Leonardo da Vinci's "Codex
Leicester" for $30,800,000. It was an insightful overview
on Leonardo's thoughts on a variety of topics. It was also
the most expensive book or manuscript of all time.
1980 - Too Close for Comfort premiered on ABC. It was modeled
after the British series Keep It in the Family'.
1987 - Van Gogh's "Irises" sold for record 53.9
million dollars at auction via Sotheby's, New York
1892 - William "Pudge" Walter Heffelfinger was the
first professional (paid) US Football player. He got $25 and
a $500 bonus for a single game.
1922 (Volcano Eruption & Tsunami) Chile/Argentina - over
1,000 people were killed.
1933 - First known photo of so-called Loch Ness Monster was
1940 - Armistice Day Blizzard. It killed nearly 150 people
and stretched from Kansas to Michigan.
1946 - The Exchange National Bank of Chicago, Illinois, instituted
the first drive in banking service in America .
1952 (Earthquake & Tsunami) Kamchatka.
1954 - Ellis Island in New York closed after providing entrance
to the US for 12 million immigrants between 1892 and 1924.
1970 - The Oregon Highway Division attempts to destroy a
beached eight-ton sperm whale near Florence, Oregon with half
a ton of dynamite. It mainly made a bigger mess.
1981 - First balloon crossing of Pacific was completed. The
Double Eagle V launched from Nagashima, Japan on November
2001 - In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an
Airbus A300 on its way to the Dominican Republic, crashed
minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport,
killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.
2004 - A jury in Redwood City, California, convicted Scott
Peterson of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, and dumping
her body in San Francisco Bay.
1789 - Ben Franklin wrote "nothing is certain, but death
and taxes" in a letter to Jean Baptiste Le Roy.
1927 - The Holland Tunnel (aka Hudson River Vehicular Tunnel
or Canal Street Tunnel ) connecting the island of Manhattan
in New York City with Jersey City, New Jersey opened.
1940 - Walt Disney released Fantasia, an film experience
mixing animation and classical music.
1942 - US President Franklin D. Roosevelt lowered the minimum
draft age from 21 to 18.
1956 - The US Supreme Court ruled that state and local laws
requiring segregated buses are illegal.
1970 (Cyclone) East Pakistan (Bangladesh) killed approximately
1971 - Mariner 9 was the first spacecraft to orbit another
planet, reaching Mars.
1980 - US spacecraft Voyager 1 sent back first close-up pictures
1982 - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a monument consisting
of two black granite walls engraved with the names of 58,272
US soldiers that did not return from Vietnam, was dedicated
in Washington D.C.
1985 (Volcano Eruption) Nevado del Ruiz, Columbia - over
23,000 people were killed.
1994 - Sweden agreed to join European Union
1997 - "The Lion King," based on the 1994 Disney
animated film, opened at the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway.
1889 - New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane)
began her attempt to duplicate the literary journey of Jules
Verne's Phileas Fogg by traveling around world in less than
80 days. She succeeded, finishing the trip in January in 72
days and 6 hours.
1926 - The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) launched with
a radio network of 24 stations across the USA.
1956 - Love Me Tender, starring Elvis Presley was released
in US theaters.
1960 - OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries),
was formed by Iraq, Kuwait, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
1968 - "National Turn in Your Draft Card Day" featured
the burning of draft cards on US college campuses.
1972 - The Dow Jones closed at over 1000 for the first time,
1979 - US President Jimmy Carter issued Executive order 12170,
which froze all Iranian assets in the United States, in response
to the hostage crisis.
1986 - FCC issued a Notice Of Apparent Liability to WYSP
in Philadelphia for broadcasting The Howard Stern Show, with
material that the FCC believe contained "indecent"
1991 - Michael Jackson's "Black Or White" video
was aired on FOX (and MTV, BET, VH1) right after an episode
of The Simpsons.
1994 - First trains for the general public ran in Channel
Tunnel (Chunnel) under the English Channel.
1492 - Christopher Columbus' notes included the first recorded
reference to tobacco.
1660 - First kosher butcher (Asser Levy) was licensed in
New York City (New Amsterdam).
1791 - First Catholic college in US, Georgetown, opened
1806 - First US college magazine, Yale Literary Government,
published it's first issue
1894 - First newspaper Sunday color comic section was published
1956 - "Li'l Abner" opened at St James Theater
New York City
1969 - Wendy's Hamburgers opened in Columbus, Ohio.
1971 - Intel advertised the 4004-processor, the first micro-processor.
1979 - The UnaBomber struck for the first time when a bomb
exploded in the cargo cabin of an American Airlines 727 on
its way from Chicago to Washington.
1990 - The world discovered that Milli Vanilli, the hot,
new Grammy winning pop duo, were lip synching in their songs,
and resulted in losing the Grammy award for Best New Artist.
1993- Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera
joined the cast of The New Mickey Mouse Club.
1676 - First colonial prison was organized in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
William Bunker was the first warden.
1801 - First edition of New York Evening Post was published.
It is the US' oldest continuously published daily newspaper.
1907 - Oklahoma became the United States' 46th state.
1938 - LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) was first synthesized
by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories
in Basel, Switzerland.
1945 - UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization) was founded.
1959 - "Sound of Music" opened at Lunt Fontanne
Theater New York City, starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel.
1965 - Venera 3 launched, and was the first to land on another
planet (it crashed into Venus).
1965 - Walt Disney launched Epcot Center: Experimental Prototype
Community of Tomorrow.
1981 - Luke and Laura's wedding for ABC soap opera General
Hospital was one of the most watched weddings in American
2006 - Great Firewall of China began, giving the Chinese
goverment much control over what could be seen online by it's
2012 - 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 2' grossed $500 million in
24 hours to become the biggest entertainment launch of all
time (so far).
1827 - The Delta Phi & Sigma Phi fraternities were founded
at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Along with Kappa
Alpha Society and Sigma Phi Society, the trio were informally
called the 'Union Triad'.
1855 - David Livingstone became the first European to see
Victoria Falls in what was now present-day Zambia-Zimbabwe.
1869 - Suez Canal (Egypt) opened, linking the Mediterranean
& Red seas. It is 102 miles long.
1871 - National Rifle Association was organized (in New York
City) by Army and Navy Journal editor William Conant Church
and General George Wood Wingate.
1894 - Daily Racing Form was founded in Chicago, Illinois
by Frank Brunell.
1968 - "Heidi Game" - NBC cut the AFL championship
to show the children's film "Heidi" and millions
missed the Raiders beat the Jets, 43-32. The movie started
at 7:00 PM. The game ended at 7:07.
1969 - SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks) discussions
opened in Helsinki, Finland
1978 - Star Wars Holiday Special aired on CBS
1992 - Dateline NBC aired a demonstration show General Motors
trucks blowing up on impact, later it was revealed that NBC
2001 - The Justice League premiered on The Cartoon Network.
The initial team included Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman,
Green Lantern (John Stewart), The Flash (Wally West), Martian
Manhunter (J'onn J'ones), and Hawkgirl.
2004 - Kmart Corp. announced it was buying Sears, Roebuck
and Company for $11 billion USD and naming the newly merged
company Sears Holdings Corporation.
1307 - William Tell shot an apple off his son's head with
1477 - First English dated printed book "Dictes &
Sayengis of the Phylosophers" was published by William
1626 - St. Peter's Basilica was consecrated. Replaced the
earlier Basilica, which was consecrated on this same date
in 326 AD.
1727 (Earthquake) Tabriz, Iran - an estimated 77,000 people
1805 - Thirty women met at Mrs Silas Lee's home in Wiscasset,
Maine, and organized the Female Charitable Society of Wiscasset,
the first woman's club in America. They actually published
a 32 page book upon their centennial.
1872 - American suffragette Susan B Anthony was arrested
after voting on the 5th November in Rochester New York. She
was found guilty and never paid the $100 fine.
1874 - National Woman's Christian Temperance Union organized
1902 - Brooklyn toymaker Morris Michtom named the teddy bear
he invented after US President Teddy Roosevelt. He founded
the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company in 1907.
1928 - Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse first appeared in NY in
"Steamboat Willie." It seems that every time this
is brought up, someone points out that Walt Disney did the
original voice, and he did!
1932 - "Flowers & Trees" received the first
Academy Award for a cartoon.
1949 - National League batting leader (.342) Jackie Robinson
won the NL MVP.
1962 - 'Ma' Bell Telephone introduced the push button telephone.
1978 - In Jonestown, Guyana, 918 members of Peoples Temple
were murdered and/or committed suicide under leadership of
cult leader Jim Jones. The bodies of over 400 of those who
died are buried in a mass-grave at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland,
1985 - Sesame Street's Elmo was introduced. He was usually
puppeteered by Kevin Clash. After Clash's controversial resignation
in late 2012, he has been puppeteered by Ryan Dillon.
1992- The Seinfeld episode titled "The Contest"
was broadcast. It was a controversial episode which later
won an Emmy and was named the number one episode of all time
by TV Guide magazine.
1993 - WWF boss Vince McMahon was charged with steroid distribution.
1999 - 12 people were killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M
University when a massive bonfire under construction collapsed.
1620 - The Mayflower reached Cape Cod & explored the coast.
1805 - Lewis & Clark reached Pacific Ocean, they were
the first European Americans to cross the American continent.
1863 - US President Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg address
beginning "Four score & seven years ago..."
1911 - NY received the first Marconi wireless transmission
1953 - US Supreme Court ruled (7-2) baseball was a sport
not a business
1954 - The first automatic toll collection machine was used
at the Union Toll Plaza on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway.
It only accepted quarters (one was needed).
1955 - National Review published it's first issue
1959 - Rocky & Friends premiered on NBC (moved to ABC
and changed to The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show in 1964).
1978 - "The Miracle at the Meadowlands" - Philadelphia
Eagles' Herman Edwards returned a fumble for a touchdown with
31 seconds left to give Philadelphia a 19-17 victory over
the New York Giants.
1980 - CBS banned a Calvin Klein's jean ad featuring Brooke
2006 - Nintendo released the Wii in the US.
1929 - First broadcast of 'The Goldbergs' on NBC radio. The
original title was 'The Rise of the Goldbergs', until 1936,
when it moved to CBS. It was also on television, in various
forms from 1949 to 1956.
1945 - The Nuremburg Trials with an International Military
Tribunal made up of four judges one from each country United
States, Soviet Union, Britain and France begin when charges
against Germany's Nazi leaders.
1959 - WABC fired Alan Freed over the payola scandal. The
early rock and roll DJ died in 1965, and in 2002 his ashes
were moved to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland,
1962 - USSR agreed to remove bombers from Cuba, & US
lifted the blockade.
1969 - Pele scored his 1,000th soccer goal. His career goals
1973 - A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving aired on CBS for the
1982 - Drew Barrymore, at age 7, hosted Saturday Night Live.
She was starring in the hit film 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial'
at that time.
1983 - The made-for-television movie 'The Day After,' depicting
the start of a nuclear war. was shown on ABC. Over 100 million
people saw the broadcast.
1985 - Microsoft Windows 1.0 was released
1995- Day time soap opera One Life To Live aired its 7,000th
episode on ABC.
1999- John Carpenter became the first world-wide winner of
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. The $1 million question was,
"Which of these U.S. Presidents appeared on the television
series 'Laugh-In'?", with the choices being A) Lyndon
Johnson, B) Richard Nixon, C) Jimmy Carter, and D) Gerald
Ford. He knew the answer and used his lifeline to call his
father to tell him that he was winning a million dollars.
2003 - Michael Jackson was booked on suspicion of multiple
counts of child molestation, later acquitted on all charges.
He was on $3 million bond.
201 - Two campus police officers who pepper-sprayed peaceful
student protesters at a close range at the University of California
were suspended. The meme made the incident immortal.
1877 - Thomas Edison announced his "talking machine"
invention. His phonograph originally recorded sound onto a
tinfoil sheet phonograph cylinder.
1942 - Tweety Bird, aka Tweety Pie, debuted in 'Tale of Two
Kitties.' Bob Clampett created the character.
1952 - First US postage stamp (The Red Cross 3 cent) in 2
colors (with the rotary printing process) was introduced.
1953 - Authorities at the British Natural History Museum
announced the "Piltdown Man" skull, one of the most
famous fossil skulls in the world, was a hoax.
1959 - Jack Benny (violin) & Richard Nixon (piano) play
their famed duet
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1964 - World's longest suspension bridge "Verrazano
Narrows" opened (New York City - 4,260 feet). It is still
the longest in the western hemisphere.
1980 - Eveyone asked "Who Shot J.R.?" in last year's
Dallas season finale? This week's episode of Dallas answered
the question people were asking all summer, and well into
the fall. Sue Ellen's sister Kristin (played by Mary Crosby).
1989 - Law banning smoking on most US domestic flights was
signed by President George H. W. Bush.
1995 - Dow Jones closed above 5,000 for first time.
1928 - "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel, was first performed
publicly (Paris). The original title for the music was 'Fandango.'
1935 - First commercial crossing of Pacific Ocean by plane
(China Clipper). On November 29, the airplane reached its
destination, Manila, after traveling via Honolulu, Midway
Island, Wake Island, and Guam, and delivered over 110,000
pieces of mail.
1954 - Humane Society of the United States formed.
1963 - President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee
Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas.
1965 - Muhammad Ali TKO'ed Floyd Patterson in 12 rounds for
the heavyweight boxing title.
1968 - William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols shared the first
interracial kiss on US television on CBS' Star Trek (in episode
titled "Plato's Stepchildren").
1986 - Mike Tyson became the youngest Heavyweight Champion
in history today with a second round knockout win over Trevor
1987 - WGN-TV Channel 9 and PBS affiliate WTTW-TV Channel
11 broadcast signals were hijacked by an unknown person wearing
a Max Headroom mask. The hijacker was never caught.
1995 - Pixar's Toy Story was released. It was the first feature-length
film created completely using computer generated animation.
2012 - 2 people were killed and 120 injured after a 100-vehicle
pile-up in dense fog near Beaumont, Texas, on interstate 10.
1889 - Debut of the first jukebox, the 'nickel-in-the-slot
phonograph', at the Palais Royale Saloon, San Francisco. It
could only be loaded with one cylander (song) at a time.
1936 - Originally started in 1883, Life magazine was shifted
into a picture magazine by Time magazine's Henry R Luce. Prior
to that is was a humor and general interest magazine.
1963 - The first episode of the BBC's Doctor Who premiered.
'Doctor Who' is not his name - we don't know it. He is simply
1969 - The Rolling Stones made their final appearance on
The Ed Sullivan Show, singing featured the songs "Gimme
Shelter," "Love In Vain" and "Honky Tonk
1975 - NBC joined Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
(in progress) at the conclusion of an overtime NFL game. Kids
missed about 45 minutes of the film.
1980 (Earthquake) Conza, Italy - estimated 3,000 people were
1991 - Freddie Mercury (September 1946 – 24 November 1991)
confirmed that he has AIDS the day before he died.
1993 - The Food Network made its debut.
2002 - The Miss World contest was forced to relocate to London
from Abuja after riots by Islamic extremists opposed to the
contesy left more than 100 people dead and hundreds injured
1639 - First observation of transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks
and William Crabtree - helped establish the size of our Solar
1859 - Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species."
A first printing sells for around $100,000.
1896 - The first US absentee voting law (voting via mail)
was enacted by Vermont.
1954 - Air Force One, the first US Presidential airplane,
was christened. It was the third of three C-121 Constellation
airplanes, the "Columbine III." A 1953 incident
where Eisenhower's aircraft was "Air Force 8610"
and an Eastern Airlines plane was "Eastern 8610"
created the need to devise a unique call sign.
1963 - Jack Ruby shot and killed President Kennedy's suspected
assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. It was the first live murder
shown on American television.
1964 - For first time since 1800, residents of Washington,
DC were permitted to vote.
1971 - Dan "DB" Cooper parachuted from a Northwest
AL 727 with $200,000 in ransom money, somewhere over the Cascade
Mountains, possibly over Woodland, Washington, in the Pacific
1982 - Orioles' Cal Ripken was named AL Rookie of Year. In
his creerer he compiled 3,184 hits, 431 home runs, and 1,695
runs batted in. From May 30, 1982 to September 19, 1998, he
played 2632 consecutive games, another MLB record.
1988 - Mystery Science Theater 3000 premiered on KYMA, in
2012 - Gangnam Style became the most viewed youtube video
surpassing 808 million views. As of late 2014, it was over
2 billion views.
1792 - The Old Farmer's Almanac first published by Robert
B. Thomas. He added "Old" to the title in 1832 because
there was so much competition in the Farmer's Almanac business.
1920 - The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest
in the US, starting on this date.
1937 - World's Fair of Paris (Exposition Internationale des
Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne - International Exposition
dedicated to Art and Technology in Modern Life) closed, with
31.2 million visitors.
1940 - Woody Woodpecker debuted with release of Walter Lantz's
"Knock Knock." He was actually the antagonist to
Andy Panda (already established character) in the cartoon.
1947 - The 'Hollywood Ten' consisting of Alvah Bessie, Herbert
Biberman, Lester Cole, Edward Dmytryk, Ring Lardner Jr., John
Howard Lawson, Albert Maltz, Samuel Ornitz, Adrian Scott and
Dalton Trumbo were cited for contempt of Congress for refusing
to give testimony to the House Committee on Un-American Activities
1959 - "Once Upon a Mattress" opened at Alvin Theater
New York City. The play was written as an adaptation of the
Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Princess and the Pea.
1963 - John F. Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National
Cemetery. The flags in Arlington National Cemetery are flown
at half-staff from a half hour before the first funeral until
a half hour after the last funeral each day.
1973 - Maximum speed limit was cut to 55 MPH as an energy
1979 - Pat Summerall and John Madden broadcasted a NFL game
(Vikings vs Buccaneers) together for the first time.
1984 - Band Aid which was founded by Bob Geldof to help raise
money to assist famine stricken Ethiopia, recorded the single
Do They Know It's Christmas in a London studio. The group
included Adam Clayton (U2), Phil Collins (Genesis, solo),
Bob Geldof (The Boomtown Rats), Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet),
Chris Cross (Ultravox), John Taylor (Duran Duran), Paul Young,
Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17), Simon
Le Bon (Duran Duran), Simon Crowe (The Boomtown Rats), Marilyn,
Keren (Bananarama), Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet), Jody Watley
(Shalamar), Bono (U2), Paul Weller (The Style Council), James
Taylor (Kool & The Gang), Peter Blake (credited as 'sleeve
artist'), George Michael (Wham!), Midge Ure (Ultravox), Martin
Ware (Heaven 17), John Keeble (Spandau Ballet), Gary Kemp
(Spandau Ballet), Roger Taylor (Duran Duran), Sara (Bananarama),
Siobhan (Bananarama), Pete Briquette (The Boomtown Rats),
Francis Rossi (Status Quo), Robert 'Kool' Bell (Kool &
the Gang), Dennis Thomas (Kool & the Gang), Andy Taylor
(Duran Duran), Jon Moss (Culture Club), Sting (The Police),
Rick Parfitt (Status Quo), Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), Johnny
Fingers (The Boomtown Rats), Boy George (Culture Club), Holly
(Frankie Goes to Hollywood), Paul McCartney (The Beatles,
Wings) and David Bowie .
2009 - Wikileaks - Information about 9/11 attacks on the
World Trade Centre and the Pentagon were distributed online,
with more than 500,000 intercepted pager messages, mainly
from US officials posted by wikileaks founder, Julian Assange.
1716 - First lion was exhibited in America (in Boston). It
was just a single lion, which supposedly later joined a "menagerie"
which was basically a traveling circus of exotic animals.
1789 - First (unofficial) national Thanksgiving in USA recognized
by the new government. The 1621 good harvest celebration at
Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts was first celebrated
in North America.
1825 - Kappa Alpha fraternity was founded at Union College,
1832 - The first New York City streetcar ran along Bowery
Street in New York, with a 12 cent fare.
1917 - The NHL (Natioanl Hockey League) formed, consisting
of four teams - Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa
Senators, and the Quebec Bulldogs. The Bulldogs were replaced
by the Arenas shortly thereafter.
1922 - English archaeologist Howard Carter opened King Tutankhamun's
virtually intact tomb in Egypt. Over the centuries almost
every mummy tomb had been found and plundered - this was possible
the greatest archaeological find of that period.
1941 - President Franklin D Roosevelt established that the
fourth Thursday in November would be Thanksgiving Day .
1942 - "Casablanca" premiered at Hollywood Theater,
in New York City. It came out in wide release January 23,
1945 - Charlie "Bird" Parker lead a record date
for the Savoy label, marketed as the "greatest Jazz session
ever." Recording as Charlie Parker's Reboppers, the group
included Dizzie Gillespie and Miles Davis on trumpet, Curly
Russell on bass and Max Roach on drums. The tracks included
during this session include "Ko-Ko", "Billie's
Bounce" and "Now's the Time".
1970 - In Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, 1.5 inches (38.1mm) of
rain fell in a minute, the heaviest rainfall ever on record
1976 - The Sex Pistols released their debut single "Anarchy
In The UK." It came from their only album - 'Never Mind
the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols.'
1977 - The Hobbit, produced by Rankin/Bass, was shown on
1983 - Six gunmen broke into the Brinks Mat warehouse at
the Heathrow Airport making off with three tons of gold bars
valued at almost 48 million dollars (at that time). In modern
perspective, it is worth over $125,000,000. Most of the gold
was never recovered.
1703 - The first Eddystone Lighthouse (Winstanley's lighthouse)
was destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703, south of Rame Head,
1826 - Chemist John Walker invented the friction match in
1910 - Pennsylvania Station opened, called so because the
Pennsylvania Railroad trains began using it November 27, 1910.
1924 - Macy's department store held its first Thanksgiving
Day parade down a two-mile stretch of Broadway in New York
1952 - CBS began broadcasting the Macy's Thanksgiving Day
1973 - The US Senate approved Gerald R. Ford as the US' 40th
vice president, after the resignation of Spiro T. Agnew, who
plead guilty to income tax evasion.
1975 - Guinness Book of Records co-founder and editor Ross
McWhirter was shot dead outside his North London home. Police
believe it was an IRA hit.
1978 - The White Shadow premiered on CBS.
1980 - Bosom Buddies premiered on ABC.
2005 - 13-year-old bat mitzvah Elizabeth Brooks had 50 Cent
& Aerosmith perform at her celebration at New York's Rainbow
2011 - Mexico City briefly held the world record record of
having the largest "zombie walk" in the world after
almost 10,000 people dressed as zombies paraded through the
city. Several walks have beaten that record.
2013 - "Frozen", the highest-grossing animated
film of all time, starring Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell,
1582 - William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway (not the
'our' Anne Hathaway)
1717 - Blackbeard attacked a French merchant vessel called
"La Concorde", which he captured and renamed as
the "Queen Anne's Revenge"
1895 - America's first auto race started: 6 cars, 55 miles,
the winner averaged 7 MPH.
1925 - The Grand Ole Opry made its (weekly) radio debut on
station WSM, in Nashville, Tennessee..
1907 - In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis
B. Mayer opened his first movie theater, The Orpheum. It was
a renovated 600 seat burlesque house.
1934 - Infamous bank robber George "Baby Face"
Nelson was killed by FBI agents near Barrington, Illinois.
1942 - Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire, Boston Massachusettes.
Nearly 500 people were killed in the blaze. This fire was
probably the single biggest reason 'EXIT' signs are now in
(US) public places.
1975 - As the World Turns and The Edge of Night aired their
last 'live' episodes, switching to pre-recorded programs.
1984 - William Penn and his wife Hannah Callowhill Penn were
made Honorary Citizens of the United States.
1994 - Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer died of injuries received
after he was attacked by other prisoners while cleaning a
prison toilet. Or maybe one other prisoner. 'Nobody saw nothin',
it was reported.
1995 - President Bill Clinton ended the federal 55 mph speed
limit that began in 1974, as an energy-saving measure.
1997 - The last episode of Beavis and Butt-Head aired on
MTV. The series was later resumed again briefly in 2011.
2001 - Enron Corporation, once the world's largest energy
trader, covering major electricity, natural gas, communications,
pulp and paper, and with over 20,000 employees, essentially
went out of business.
533 (Earthquake) Aleppo (now Syria) - 130,000 people estimated
1825 - First Italian opera in US, "Barber of Seville"
premiered (in New York City, at the Park Theatre)
1910 - The first US patent for inventing the traffic lights
system was issued to Ernest Sirrine, US Patent No. 976,939.
1933 - First state liquor stores authorized (Pennsylvania).
It may be true that the state of Pennsylvania is the largest
buyer of wine and spirits in the world.
1935 - Physicist Erwin Schrödinger published his famous
thought experiment 'Schrödinger's cat', a paradox that
illustrates the problem of the Copenhagen interpretation of
Once the cat is in the box, do you know if it really alive,
1947 - The United Nations voted in favor of separating Palestine
and to allowed for the creation of an Independent Jewish State
1959 - Grammy Awards were first televised on NBC.
1961 - Mercury-Atlas 5 was launched with Enos (a chimpanzee)
on board. The craft orbited the Earth twice and splashed down
about 200 miles south of Bermuda. The flight lasted 3 hours
and 20 minutes.
1972 - Atari presented Pong, as an arcade game. By 1974 there
was a home version.
2004 - Godzilla got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2011 - Dr. Conrad Murray received a four-year sentence for
involuntary manslaughter, in Michael Jackson's death.
1858 - The Mason Jar was invented and patented (#22,186) by
Philadelphia tinsmith John Landis Mason.
1872 - First international soccer game was played. Final
score: Scotland-England 0-0 (in Glasgow)
1954 - First proven meteorite known to strike a woman (Liz
Hodges, in Sylacauga, Alabama). It took a year of pleading
with the air force, but she was allowed to keep the 9 pound
1971 - TV movie "Brian's Song," aired for first
time on ABC
1979 - Pink Floyd released "The Wall" double album.
"If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding,
how can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat!"
1993 - The Brady Bill, requiring a five-day waiting period
for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective
buyers, was signed into law.
1994 - Italian cruise ship MS Achille Lauro caught fire off
Somalia, with 3 people dead, and most of the nearly 1,000
passengers and crew escaping in lifeboats. It sank on December
2009 - CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research)
started. "CERN's Large Hadron Collider has today become
the world's highest energy particle accelerator, having accelerated
its twin beams of protons to an energy of 1.18 TeV in the
early hours of the morning." CERN is experimenting with
things linke "The Big Bang" but hopefully on a smaller