November 15 in Pop Culture History

November 15th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

November 15th History Highlights

  • 1791 – The first US Catholic college, Georgetown University, opened.
  • 1926 – The NBC radio network opened (24 stations).
  • November 15, 1955 (fictional) Doc Brown fell and bumped his head, which gave him the idea for the Flux Capacitor, Back to the Future, Film
  • The murders of the Clutter Family in Holcomb, Kansas were discovered, inspiring Truman Capote’s novel, 1959’s In Cold Blood.
  • November 15, 2001, Microsoft Xbox released, Video Game Console
  • November 15, 2013 – PlayStation 4 released, Video Game Console
  • If you were born on November 15th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… February 22nd (same year)

November 15th is…

America Recycles Day
Great American Smokeout
National Bundt CakeDay
National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
National Philanthropy Day
National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day

November 15th Birthday Quotes

“Mortal danger is an effective antidote for fixed ideas. “
– Erwin Rommel

“Mantovani was a great influence on me.”
– Brian May (musician)

“I’m afraid that I’m either going to have to write myself something or direct something if I’m going to get somewhere.”
– Yaphet Kotto

“Comedy is the most palliative way to make a point. People are more willing to listen if they can laugh.”
– Judy Gold

“Expect the unexpected in the kingdom of madness!”
– Randy Savage

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”
– Georgia O’Keeffe

November 15th Birthdays

1738 – William Herschel, German-English astronomer and composer (discovered infrared radiation, died in 1822)
1887 – Georgia O’Keeffe, American painter, and educator (died in 1986)
1891 – Erwin Rommel, German field marshal (died in 1944)
1905 – Mantovani, Italian conductor, and composer (died in 1980)
1928 – C. W. McCall, American Singer/Songwriter, and politician
1929 – Ed Asner, American actor, singer, and producer
1932 – Petula Clark, English Singer/Songwriter, and actress
1932 – Clyde McPhatter, American singer (died in 1972)
1939 – Yaphet Kotto, American actor and screenwriter
1940 – Sam Waterston, American actor
1951 – Beverly D’Angelo, American actress, singer, and producer
1952 – Randy Savage, American wrestler (died in 2011)
1953 – James Widdoes, American actor, director, and producer
1957 – Kevin Eubanks, American guitarist, and composer
1962 – Judy Gold, American comedian, actress, and producer
1968 – Ol’ Dirty Bastard, American rapper and producer (died in 2004)
1980 – Ace Young, American Singer/Songwriter, and actor (American Idol)
1985 – Lily Aldridge, American model
1991 – Shailene Woodley, American actress

November 15th History

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 – The first Catholic college in the US, Georgetown University, opened

1806 – First US college magazine, Yale Literary Government, published its first issue

1894 – First newspaper Sunday color comics section was published (NY World)

1896 – The first long-distance transmission of hydroelectricity from the Niagara Falls Power Company flowed to Buffalo, N.Y., 26 miles away.

1904 – King Camp Gillette was issued a US patent (#775,134) for his invention of a safety razor using disposable blades.

1914 – Canton Bulldog Harry Turner became the first player to die from game-related injuries (spinal) in the “Ohio League”, the direct predecessor to the National Football League.

1920 – The first assembly of the League of Nations was held in Geneva, Switzerland.

1926 – The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) launched with a radio network of 24 stations across the USA.

1956 – Li’l Abner opened at St James Theater New York City.

1959 – The murders of the Clutter Family in Holcomb, Kansas occurred, which inspired Truman Capote’s non-fiction book In Cold Blood.

1969 – Wendy’s Hamburgers opened in Columbus, Ohio.

1971 – Intel advertised the 4004-processor, the first microprocessor.

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.

1980 – #1 Hit November 15, 1980 – December 26, 1980: Kenny Rogers – Lady

1984 – Baby Fae died, an infant born a month earlier, but lived for 20 days with a transplanted baboon heart.

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.

November 15, 2001, Microsoft Xbox released, Video Game Console

2007 – #1 Hit September 15, 2007 – September 28, 2007: Soulja Boy – Crank That (Soulja Boy)

November 15, 2013 – PlayStation 4 released, Video Game Console

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Vincent Van Gogh had an older brother, also named Vincent, who died exactly one year to the day before the famous painter was born.

Math was discovered, not invented

Help! I got stuck in a shampoo lather, rinse, repeat loop!

In less than 100 years, humanity has witnessed two global conflicts, the invention and use of the atomic bomb, three flu epidemics, the invention of the computer and smartphones, the first moon landing, and pet rocks.

When with friends, and a bear (or any large, meat-eating animal) charges, you just need to run faster than one of the people in your group. You may have to trip someone up.

The Capital of Dominica is Roseau

“Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape.” – George Taylor (Charlton Heston) in Planet of the Apes, 1968

“Make it work!” #TVCatchphrase

All large copy machines are designed to hold an entire ream of paper. Don’t be the person who only puts half in. – LifeProTips

Del Shannon – Real Name: Charles Westover

My friend asked: We tend to eat animals that are vegetarians: cows, goats, sheep, chickens. So my question to you is if you were starving would you eat a person? I mean, assuming the person was a vegetarian.

Useless Pronunciation: E as in el

One of the 7 Wonders of the Middle Ages: Porcelain Tower of Nanjing in Nanjing, China, constructed in the early 1400s.

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