On This Day..... November 15

 

NOVEMBER 15TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CLEAN OUT YOUR REFRIGERATOR DAY
  • TODAY IS THE GREAT AMERICAN SMOKE OUT
 
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL BUNDT CAKE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL SPICY HERMIT COOKIE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL RAISIN BRAN CEREAL DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • GEORGIA O’KEEFFE (1887-1986)
  • ERWIN ROMMEL (1891-1944)
 
  • JOSEPH WAPNER (1919-2017)
  • ED ASNER (1929, 89)
 
  • SAM WATERSTON (1940, 78)
  • BEVERLY D’ANGELO (1951, 67)
 
  • OL’ DIRTY BASTARD (1968-2004)
  • JONNY LEE MILLER (1972, 46)
 
  • CHAD KROEGER (1974, 44)
  • SHAILENE WOODLEY (1991, 27)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN  1492, CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS FIRST ENCOUNTERS TOBACCO
  • IN 1577, SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BEGINS HIS TRIP UP THE PACIFIC COAST FROM CHILE TO MODERN DAY WASHINGTON
  • IN 1620, MYLES STANDISH LEADS A 16 MAN EXPEDITION TO EXPLORE CAPE COD
  • IN 1720, CAPTAIN JONATHAN BARNETT CAPTURES NOTORIOUS PIRATES ANNE BONNY, MARY READ AND JOHN RACKHAM AND TRANSFERS THEM TO JAMAICA TO STAND TRIAL
 
  • IN 1763, CHARLES MASON AND JEREMIAH DIXON BEGIN SURVEYING THE BORDER LANDS BETWEEN PENNSYLVANIA AND MARYLAND
  • IN 1777, THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS ADOPTS THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION
  • IN 1791, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY OPENS, THE FIRST CATHOLIC COLLEGE IN THE U.S.
 
  • IN 1835, CHARLES DARWIN ARRIVES IN TAHITI TO STUDY CORAL REEFS
  • IN 1837, ISAAC PITMAN INVENTS SHORTHAND
  • IN 1849, BOSTON HOSTS THE FIRST AMERICAN POULTRY SHOW
  • IN 1864, UNION MAJOR GENERAL SHERMAN BEGINS HIS “MARCH TO THE SEA” FROM ATLANTA TO THE GEORGIA SHORE
 
  • IN 1884, THE INTERNATIONAL BERLIN CONFERENCE FORMALIZES THE EUROPEAN PROCESS FOR COLONIZATION OF AFRICA ANSD BEGINS THE “SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA”
  • IN 1904, KING GILLETTE PATENTS THE GILLETTE RAZOR BLADE
  • IN 1914, BENITO MUSSOLINI FOUNDS HIS SOCIALIST NEWSPAPER IL POPULO D’ITALIA
  • IN 1919, THE U.S. SENATE NEEDS TO INVOKE CLOTURE ON A FILIBUSTER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY IN ORDER TO RATIFY THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES
 
  • IN 1920, THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS MEETS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN GENEVA
  • IN 1926, RCA (LATER NBC) SCOOPS UP 25 RADIO STATIONS RUN BY AT&T AND FORMS THE FIRST EVER RADIO NETWORK
  • IN 1932, THE WALT DISNEY SCHOOL OF ART OPENS
  • IN 1935, THE MARX BROTHERS RELEASE “A NIGHT AT THE OPERA”
 
  • IN 1936, GERMANY AND JAPAN SIGN AN “ANTI-KOMINTERN” PACT TO WORK TOGETHER AGAINST RUSSIA THROUGH PROPOGANDA
  • IN 1937, CONGRESS IS AIR CONDITIONED FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • IN 1939, PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT LAYS A CORNERSTONE FOR THE JEFFERSON MEMORIAL
  • IN 1939, UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BEGINS IN WASHINGTON D.C. AS AN EXTENSION OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT
 
  • IN 1940, THE MIDTOWN TUNNEL OPENS BETWEEN MANHATTAN AND QUEENS
  • IN 1950, ARTHUR DORRINGTON BECOMES THE FIRST BLACK MAN TO PLAY PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY, PLAYING FOR THE ATLANTIC CITY SEAGULLS
  • IN 1956, ELVIS PRESLEY RELEASES HIS MOVIE “LOVE ME TENDER”
 
  • IN 1959, RICHARD HICKOCK AND PERRY SMITH KILLS THE CLUTTER FAMILY  OF KANSAS, THE BASIS OF THE TRUMAN CAPOTE TRUE CRIME BOOK “IN COLD BLOOD”
  • IN 1966, THE DOORS SIGN WITH ELEKTRA RECORDS
  • IN 1967, CARL YASTRZEMSKI WINS THE AMERICAN LEAGUE MVP
 
  • IN 1969, THE JACKSON FIVE APPEARS ON THE SINGLES CHART FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH “I WANT YOU BACK”
  • IN 1969, 2 MILLION PEOPLE DEMONSTRATE AGAINST THE VIETNAM WAR
  • IN 1969, THE FIRST WENDY’S HAMBURGER SHOP IS OPENED BY DAVE THOMAS IN COLUMBUS, OHIO
 
  • IN 1975, ED BRUCE RELEASES ‘MAMMAS DON’T LET YOUR BABIES GROW UP TO BE COWBOYS”
  • IN 1977, PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER HOSTS THE SHAH OF IRAN IN THE U.S.
  • IN 1979, ABC ANNOUNCES THAT ITS SERIES OF SPECIALS ON THE IRAN HOSTAGE CRISIS WOULD BECOME A NIGHTLY BROADCAST. IT WOULD EVENTUALLY MORPH INTO “NIGHTLINE”
 
  • IN 1979, A BOMB HIDDEN IN A PACKAGE FROM THE UNABOMBER BEGINS SMOKING WHILE BEING DELIVERED ON A PLANE FROM CHICAGO TO WASHINGTON. THE PLANE IS FORCED TO MAKE AN EMERGENCY LANDING
  • IN 1980, BLONDIE HITS #1 WITH “THE TIDE IS HIGH”
  • IN 1984, KOOL AND THE GANG RELEASES “EMERGENCY”
 
  • IN 1984, BABY FAE DIES AT 3 WEEKS OLD AFTER RECEIVING A BABOON HEART
  • IN 1985, A RESEARCH ASSISTANT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN IS INJURED WHEN HE OPENS A PACKAGE ADDRESSED TO HIS PROFESSOR FROM THE UNABOMBER
  • IN 1986, SAM KINISON HOSTS “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” FORCING THEM TO INSTITUTE A TAPE DELAY FOR ONLY THE SECOND TIME EVER
 
  • IN 1986, THE BEASTIE BOYS RELEASE THEIR DEBUT ALBUM “LICENSED TO ILL”
  • IN 1988, OPRAH WINFREY WHEELS 65 POUNDS OF FAT ON STAGE DURING HER SHOW TO CELEBRATE HER RECENT WEIGHT LOSS
  • IN 1989, TIME WARNER DEBUTS “THE COMEDY CHANNEL”, LATER “COMEDY CENTRAL”
 
  • IN 1990, PRESIDENT BUSH SIGNS THE “CLEAR AIR ACT”
  • IN 1990, PRODUCERS ADMIT PUBLICLY THAT MILLI VANILLI DID NOT SING ON THEIR GRAMMY WINNING ALBUM
  • IN 1992, OZZY OSBOURNE RETIRES BY SAYING “WHO WANTS TO BE TOURING AT 46”
 
  • IN 1993, JEOY BUTTAFUOCO IS SENTENCED TO SIX MONTHS IN PRISON FOR STATUATORY RAPE FOR HIS AFFAIR WITH AMY FISHER
  • IN 1995, BILL CLINTON AND MONICA LEWINSKY HAVE THEIR FIRST PHYSICAL CONTACT
  • IN 2002, HU JINTAO IS ELECTED GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE FOR THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CHINA
  • IN 2005, CARRIE UNDERWOOD RELEASES HER DEBUT ALBUM “SOME HEARTS”
 
  • IN 2007, A CYCLONE IN BANGLADESH KILLS 5,000 PEOPLE
  • IN 2007, JAY-Z HITS #1 WITH “AMERICAN GANGSTER”
  • IN 2011, DRAKE RELEASES “TAKE CARE”
 
  • IN 2012, BP OIL AGREES TO PAY $4.5 BILLION FOR ITS ROLE IN THE DEEP HORIZON OIL SPILL IN THE GULF OF MEXICO
  • IN 2013, THE SONY PLAYSTATION 4 SELLS OVER A MILLION UNITS IN ITS FIRST DAY
  • IN 2015, HOLLY HOLM UPSETS UFC CHAMPION RONDA ROUSY IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
 
  • IN 2017, AUSTRALIA LEGALIZES GAY MARRIAGE BY A POSTAL VOTE WITH 61% IN FAVOR
  • IN 2017, THE ARMY IN ZIMBABWE ARRESTS AND REMOVES PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE AND HIS FAMILY AFTER 40 YEARS RULING THE COUNTRY
  • IN 2017, BLAKE SHELTON IS NAMED PEOPLE’S SEXIEST MAN ALIVE
  • IN 2017, THREE UCLA BASKETBALL PLAYERS ARE DETAINED IN CHINA FOR SHOPLIFTING, FORCING PRESIDENT TRUMP TO PERSONALLY ASK FOR THEIR RETURN
 

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