November 27 in Pop Culture History

November 27 History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

November 27 History Highlights

  • 1095 – Pope Urban II declared the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont.
  • The first Eddystone Lighthouse was destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703.
  • 1896 – Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss was first performed.
  • 1927 – The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held in NYC.
  • The United States Senate votes 92 – 3 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States in 1973 (25th Amendment)
  • If you were born on November 27th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… March 5th (same year)

November 27 is…

National Bavarian Cream Pie Day
National Electric Guitar Day
National Pins And Needles Day
Pie in The Face Day
Turtle Adoption Day

November 27 Birthday Quotes

“I will be dead in five years’ time, but while I am here, I will travel many highways and I will, of necessity, die at a time when my message of love, peace, and freedom can be shared with people all over the world. Once you’re dead, you’re made for life.”
– Jimi Hendrix

“First of all, the word superstar really turns me off — and I’ll tell you why. The word “star” man, it’s an illusion. it’s something what the public calls you. You should look upon oneself as an actor, man. I mean you would be very pleased if somebody said (punches his fist into his open hand) “man, you are a super actor!” it is much better than, you know, superstar.”
-Bruce Lee

“Try things then clean up after yourself. Then try some more things and clean that up too.”
-Bill Nye

“We want our sound to go into the soul of the audience, and see if it can awaken some little thing in their minds… ’cause there are so many sleeping people.”
– Jimi Hendrix

November 27 Birthdays

1701 – Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer, physicist, and mathematician (died in 1744)
1843 – Cornelius Vanderbilt II, American businessman (died in 1899)
1907 – L. Sprague de Camp, American historian and author (died in 2000)
1917 – Buffalo Bob Smith, American actor and TV host (died in 1998)
1940 – Bruce Lee, American-Chinese actor, martial artist, and screenwriter (died in 1973)
1941 – Eddie Rabbitt, American Singer/Songwriter, and guitarist (died in 1998)
1942 – Jimi Hendrix, American Singer/Songwriter, guitarist, and producer (died in 1970)
1955 – Bill Nye, American engineer, educator, and TV host (the science guy)
1957 – Caroline Kennedy, American lawyer and diplomat (daughter of President John F. Kennedy)
1962 – Davey Boy Smith, English-Canadian wrestler (died in 2002)
1964 – Robin Givens, American actress
1973 – Samantha Harris, American model, and TV host
1976 – Jaleel White, American actor
1982 -Tommy Robinson, English conservative activist
1985 -Alison Pill, Canadian actress

November 27 History

1703 – The first Eddystone Lighthouse was destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703.

1826 – Chemist John Walker invented the friction match in England.

1834 – The direct current (DC) electric motor was invented by Thomas Davenport.

1896 – Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss was first performed.

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 City.

1937 – Broadway Show – Pins and Needles (Review) November 27, 1937

1952 – CBS began broadcasting the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

1960 – Gordie Howe became the first player in the NHL to score 1,000 goals.

1962 – Broadway Show – Never Too Late (Play) November 27, 1962

1965 – Author Ken Kesey’s first ‘Acid Test’ (parties he had where people experimented with LSD) was on November 27th, 1965 in Santa Cruz, California, and featured a live performance by a band called The Warlocks. They later changed their name to the Grateful Dead.

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.

1975Guinness Book of Records co-founder and editor Ross McWhirter was shot dead outside his North London home. Police believe it was an IRA hit.

1978The White Shadow premiered on CBS.

1980Bosom Buddies premiered on ABC.

1982 – #1 Hit November 27, 1982 – December 10, 1982: Lionel Richie – Truly

2004 – Pope John Paul II returned the relics of Saint John Chrysostom to the Eastern Orthodox Church.

2005 – 13-year-old bat mitzvah Elizabeth Brooks had 50 Cent & Aerosmith perform at her celebration at New York’s Rainbow Room.

2011 – Mexico City briefly held the world 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.

2013Frozen, starring Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, was released.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

“Here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!” – Oliver Hardy #moviequotes

The world record for the longest breath held voluntarily was achieved by Aleix Segura Vendrell, a free diver who held his breath for an astounding 24 minutes and 3.45 seconds.

The misplaced apostrophe in Lands’ End (as opposed to Land’s End) resulted from a typo the fledgling clothing company couldn’t afford to fix. It’s still misspelled that way today.

Tom Jones – Real Name: Thomas Woodward

His Full Name? Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso.

Rather than just a name for a sport, ‘Competitive Eating’ could be used to describe nature in general.

The person who said “Don’t sweat the small stuff”, and the guy who said “Its the small things that count” must have led very different lives.

“How many people does it take to screw in a light bulb? One, me, ’cause I’m the only one that does anything around here anyway.” – Neil #TVQuotes

Mastercard and Visa were originally not-for-profit ventures who barely covered their operating expenses for the first several years eventually becoming trillion-dollar clearinghouses for merchants and consumers.

A lot of people die in the Star Wars Universe and Disney films falling down infinite chasms.

Why do we put signs like the dollar sign ($10) before the number, but with percentages (10%) we put after, even when we say both signs after the numbers? One-tenth of $100 is “$10%”

The Capital of Central African Republic is Bangui

“Is it safe?” – Dr. Christian Szell (Laurence Olivier) in Marathon Man, 1976

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