November 13 in Pop Culture History

November 13th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

November 13th History Highlights

  • James Braid saw a demonstration of animal magnetism, which lead to his study of a subject he eventually named hypnotism (1841)
  • In 1927, the Holland Tunnel opened to traffic, being the first Hudson River vehicle tunnel linking New Jersey to New York City.
  • Walt Disney’s animated musical film Fantasia was first shown at New York’s Broadway Theatre.
  • The Supreme Court of the United States declared Alabama laws requiring segregated buses illegal, ending the 1956 Montgomery Bus Boycott.
  • On November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. murdered his entire family in Amityville, Long Island in the house (112 Ocean Avenue) that would become known as The Amityville Horror.
  • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, DC in 1982.
  • A coordinated Paris terror attack killed 30 people and injured 368.
  • If you were born on November 13th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… February 20th (same year)

November 13th is…

Actor’s Day
National Indian Pudding Day
National Mom’s and Dad’s Day
Sadie Hawkins Day (official since 1937)
Start a Rumor Day (we heard)
World Kindness Day

November 13th Birthday Quotes

“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson

“The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding. “
– Louis Brandeis

“I don’t want to appear selfish, but stop what you’re doing and focus on me.”
– Neil Flynn, as The Janitor on Scrubs

“Kimble!”
– Neil Flynn, as a transit cop, in 1993’s The Fugitive

“To me, you can wrap all of Judaism up in one sentence, and that is, “Do not do unto others…”. All I tried to do in my stories was to show that there’s some innate goodness in the human condition. And there’s always going to be evil; we should always be fighting evil.”
– Stan Lee (born 1922, died on November 12, 2018)

“On November 13, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence; that request came from his wife. Deep down, he knew she was right, but he also knew that someday he would return to her. With nowhere else to go, he appeared at the home of his friend, Oscar Madison.”
-Announcer, The Odd Couple

November 13th Birthdays

1850 – Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish novelist, poet, and essayist (died in 1894)
1856 – Louis Brandeis, American lawyer and jurist (‘right to privacy’ died in 1941)
1929 – Fred Phelps, American lawyer, pastor, and activist (founded the Westboro Baptist Church, died in 2014)
1932 – Richard Mulligan, American actor (died in 2000)
1934 – Garry Marshall, American actor, director, and producer (died in 2016)
1941 – David Green, American businessman, and philanthropist (founded Hobby Lobby)
1947 – Joe Mantegna, American actor, and voice artist
1955 – Whoopi Goldberg, American actress, comedian, and talk show host
1960 – Neil Flynn, American actor
1963 – Vinny Testaverde, American football player
1967 – Jimmy Kimmel, American comedian, actor, and talk show host
1969 – Gerard Butler, Scottish actor

November 13th History

1789 – Ben Franklin wrote “nothing is certain, but death and taxes” in a letter to Jean Baptiste Le Roy.

1841 – James Braid first saw a demonstration of animal magnetism, which leads to his study of the subject he eventually calls hypnotism.

1855 – A proposal for a tunnel under the English Channel was announced by French engineer M. Loèpold Favre, to connect Boulogne to Dover.

1927 – The Holland Tunnel opened to traffic as the first Hudson River vehicle tunnel linking New Jersey to New York City.

1940 – Walt Disney released Fantasia, an film experience mixing animation and classical music, at New York’s Broadway Theatre.

1942 – US President Franklin D. Roosevelt lowered the minimum draft age from 21 to 18.

1947 – The Soviet Union completed the development of the AK-47.

1954 – #1 Hit November 13, 1954 – December 3, 1954: Eddie Fisher – I Need You Now

1956 – The US Supreme Court of the United States declared Alabama laws requiring segregated buses illegal, thus ending the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

1970 (Cyclone) East Pakistan (Bangladesh) killed approximately 500,000 people.

1971 – Mariner 9 was the first spacecraft to orbit another planet, reaching Mars.

1976 – #1 Hit November 13, 1976 – January 7, 1977: Rod Stewart – Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)

1980 – US spacecraft Voyager 1 sent back first close-up pictures of Saturn.

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.

1982 – Ray Mancini defeats Duk Koo Kim in a boxing match held in Las Vegas. Kim later died on November 17.

1985 (Volcano Eruption) Nevado del Ruiz, Columbia – over 23,000 people were killed.

1994 – Sweden agreed to join the European Union

1997 – Broadway Show – The Lion King (Musical) November 13, 1997, at the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway.

2008 – Broadway Show – Billy Elliot the Musical (Musical) November 13, 2008

2010 – #1 Hit November 13, 2010 – November 19, 2010: Kesha – We R Who We R

2015 – Terrorist attacks in Paris killed 130 people and injured hundreds.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

John M. Chivington, an anti-slavery preacher, one Sunday found a pro-slavery mob outside his church planning to tar and feather him. He pulled out two handguns and declared “By the grace of God and these two revolvers, I will preach here today”

Be careful of who you fall in love with, that is what makes the difference between the people that can hurt you and the people that can’t.

The Capital of Ecuador is Quito

No word in the English language rhymes with month.

TV Quotes… “How YOU doin’?” (Joey Tribbiani) on “Friends”

Casper the Friendly Ghost’s last name is McFadden.

When Peanuts characters hit puberty and their voices start to change, do they start to sound more and more like a trombone?

The use of the electric light bulb as a symbol of a great idea was introduced by the animated character Felix the Cat. #idea

Her: “You’re so childish”
Him: “It’s my day too, Linda”<we sit in silence>
Wedding Planner: “So is that a yes or a no on the bouncy castle?”

2005. It’s weird we automatically assume most four-digit numbers as calendar years.

Googling “the best” products or restaurants really only tells you which ones have the best SEO.

The Capital of East Timor (Timor-Leste) is Dili

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