November 22 in Pop Culture History

November 22 History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

November 22 History Highlights

  • 1963 – President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas.
  • November 22, 1940 (fictional) The Justice Society met for the first time, DC Comics
  • The Humane Society of the United States was founded on November 22, 1954.
  • November 22, 1968 – The first airing of an interracial kiss took place on Star Trek between William Shatner (playing Captain Kirk) and Nichelle Nichols (playing Lieutenant Uhura)in an episode titled Plato’s Stepchildren.
  • November 22, 2013 – Xbox One released, Video Game Console
  • November 22, 2005 – Xbox 360 released, Video Game Console
  • If you were born on November 22nd,
    You were likely conceived the week of… February 29th (same year)
  • For those born on November 22, 1989, you have a special birthday in the year 2033. Why? On 11/22/33 you’re turning 44.

Now You Know…

Robert Franklin Stroud, The Bird Man of Alcatraz, was the most infamous murderer of his day. He died on November 21, 1963, and the story about his death was pushed out of every major newspaper the next day by the Kennedy assassination.
Authors C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley also died on November 22, 1963, along with policeman J.D. Tippet, who was also killed by Lee Harvey Oswald.

November 22 is…

Go For a (Bicycle) Ride Day
National Stop The Violence Day
Start Your Own Country Day

November 22 Birthday Quotes

“It should be clear by now that a nation can be no stronger abroad than she is at home. Only an America which practices what it preaches about equal rights and social justice will be respected by those whose choice affects our future. Only an America which has fully educated its citizens is fully capable of tackling the complex problems and perceiving the hidden dangers of the world in which we live. And only an America which is growing and prospering economically can sustain the worldwide defenses of freedom while demonstrating to all concerned the opportunities of our system and society.”
– John F. Kennedy

“The more I like me, the less I want to pretend to be other people.”
– Jamie Lee Curtis

“I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous – everyone hasn’t met me yet.”
– Rodney Dangerfield

“I did all sorts of jobs after drama school – working in a bar, as a teaching assistant. I probably learned as much from them as I did at drama school.”
– Hoagy Carmichael

November 22 Birthdays

1808 – Thomas Cook, English businessman (founded Thomas Cook Group, died in 1892)
1820 – Katherine Plunket, Irish supercentenarian (lived 111 years and 327 days, died in 1932)
1890 – Charles de Gaulle (18th President of France, died in 1970)
1899 – Hoagy Carmichael, American Singer/Songwriter, pianist, and actor (died in 1981)
1913 – Benjamin Britten, English pianist, composer, and conductor (died in 1976)
1921 – Rodney Dangerfield, American comedian, actor, rapper, and screenwriter (died in 2004)
1940 – Terry Gilliam, American-English actor, director, animator, and screenwriter
1940 – Roy Thomas, American author (Comic Books, Conan the Barbarian)
1941 – Tom Conti, Scottish actor, and director
1941 – Terry Stafford, American Singer/Songwriter (died in 1996)
1943 – Billie Jean King, American tennis player, and sportscaster
1956 – Richard Kind, American actor
1957 – Donny Deutsch, American businessman, and TV host
1958 – Jamie Lee Curtis, American actress
1961 – Mariel Hemingway, American actress
1965 – Mads Mikkelson, Demark actor
1967 – Mark Ruffalo, American actor, and activist
1984 – Scarlett Johansson, American actress (Black Widow, Avengers)
1995 – Katherine McNamara, American actress
2000 – Ariel Rebecca Martin American Social Media Vlogger (Baby Ariel)

November 22 History

1809 – The (#1168) patent was issued in the U.S. for a metallic writing pen to Peregrine Williamson.

1858 – Denver, Colorado was founded.

1859 – The Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin was published.

November 22, 1888 Birthday (fictional) John Clayton, Tarzan, Books/Film

November 22, 1889 Birthday (fictional) Silvanus Kettleburn, Harry Potter

1910 – The patent (#976,267) for a steel-shafted golf club was issued to Arthur F. Knight of Schenectady, NY.

1927 – The patent (#1,650,334) for a snowmobile (motor toboggan) was issued to Carl J.E. Eliason of Saynor, Wisconsin.

1928 – Bolero by Maurice Ravel, was first performed publicly (Paris). The original title for the music was ‘Fandango.’

1932 – The patent (#1,888,533) for a computer pump was issued to the inventors, Robert J. Jauch, Ivan R. Farnham, and Ross H. Arnold for their “Liquid Dispensing Apparatus”. Technology has led us to the modern gas pump.

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.

November 22, 1940 (fictional) The Justice Society met for the first time, DC Comics

1941 – The US Food and Drug Administration specified the first minimum daily requirements for dietary supplements for vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, thiamine, riboflavin, calcium, iron, iodine, and phosphorus.

1951 – Pope Pius XII declared, at the opening meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, that the Big Bang theory does not conflict with the Catholic concept of creation.

1952 – #1 Hit November 22, 1952 – November 28, 1952: Johnny Standley – It’s In The Book (parts 1 & 2)

1954 – Humane Society of the United States formed.

1965 – Broadway Show – Man of La Mancha (Musical) November 22, 1965

1965 – Muhammad Ali TKO’ed Floyd Patterson in 12 rounds for the heavyweight boxing title.

1974 – The United Nations General Assembly granted the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) observer status.

1975 – #1 Hit November 22, 1975 – November 28, 1975: KC and the Sunshine Band – That’s The Way (I Like It)

1977 – British Airways inaugurated a regular London to New York City supersonic Concorde service.

1986 – #1 Hit November 22, 1986 – November 28, 1986: Human League – Human

1986 – Mike Tyson became the youngest Heavyweight Champion in history today with a second-round knockout win over Trevor Berbick.

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.

2005 – Angela Merkel became the first female Chancellor of Germany.

November 22, 2005 – Xbox 360 released, Video Game Console

2012 – 2 people were killed and 120 injured after a 100-vehicle pile-up in dense fog near Beaumont, Texas, on interstate 10.

November 22, 2013 – Xbox One released, Video Game Console

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

For large frozen pizzas, fold the box inside out to use it as a plate for when you pull it out of the oven. Larger pizzas are hard to find dishes for, and the box is always the right size. 🙂

The Capital of Costa Rica is San Jose

TV Quotes… “Stifle!” (Archie Bunker) on All in the Family.

A group of Porcupines is called a Prickle.

When reading comments online and I see “Astronomer here” or “Engineer here” I just assume it’s some college kid who’s taken an intro class on the subject.

It’s called The Breakfast Club, but they don’t actually eat breakfast. It should be called The Lunch Club.

Everyone has their own secret system of how to shake the box of lucky charms to get more marshmallows to fall out into their bowl.

Anna Jarvis, the woman who founded Mother’s Day, tried to get the holiday revoked when companies began to commercialize it for profits.

The term ‘leotard’ was named for the first person to complete the Flying Trapeze Act in 1859, Jules Leotard.

The Scary Statistic: Drowning odds: 1-in-8,942

What to do: Stay away from water, don’t look up open-mouthed when it is raining.

French and German soldiers suffered more causalities fighting each other in a single battle in WW1 (Verdun; 1,250,000) than they did while fighting each other in the whole of WW2.

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