November 8 in Pop Culture History

November 8th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

November 8th History Highlights

  • 1519 – Cortez and his troops took Montezuma, the Aztek Emporer, hostage, effectively taking over the nation.
  • 1889 – Montana was admitted as the 41st U.S. state.
  • US President Franklin D. Roosevelt unveiled the Civil Works Administration, an organization designed to create jobs for more than 4 million unemployed in 1933.
  • 1966, US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law an antitrust exemption allowing the National Football League (NFL) to merge with the American Football League (AFL).
  • HBO launched with the broadcast of the 1971 movie Sometimes a Great Notion, starring Paul Newman and Henry Fonda.
  • If you were born on November 8th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… February 15th (same year)

November 8th is…

National Cappucino Day
First Folio Day
National Harvey Wallbanger Day

First Folio Day

The first folio, considered one of the most influential books in the world, contained 36 Shakespeare plays, 18 of which had never been published or printed before. Of the 36 pieces in it, 36 have been newly published and 18 have never been printed before.

The first leaf, printed in 1623, was the first published collection of Shakespeare’s plays, written seven years after his death. The title is an abbreviation of the initials of his first name William Shakespeare, and the plays were divided into the categories comedy, history, and tragedy for the first time. There were three editions of this first folio: the second, in 1632, the third, which appeared in 1664 and was later re-published in 1685 as an edition in 1664; the fourth and final folio, both published after 1685, was the most popular of them.

November 8th Birthday Quotes

“Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.”
– John F. Kennedy (elected November 8, 1960)

“Nothing is too small. I counsel you, put down in record even your doubts and surmises. Hereafter it may be of interest to you to see how true you guess. We learn from failure, not from success!”
– Bram Stoker

“Chefs are nutters. They’re all self-obsessed, delicate, dainty, insecure little souls, and absolute psychopaths. Every last one of them.”
– Gordon Ramsay

“We can live in fear or act out of hope.”
– Bonnie Raitt

“Every problem has two handles. You can grab it by the handle of fear or the handle of hope.”
– Margaret Mitchell

“I sat on the bed. I looked at the Rorschach blot. I tried to make it look like a spreading tree, shadows pooled beneath it, but it didn’t. It looked more like a dead cat I once found, the fat, glistening grubs writhing blindly, squirming over each other, frantically tunneling away from the light. But even that isn’t the real horror. The horror is this: in the end, it is simply a picture of empty meaningless blackness.”
– Alan Moore

November 8th Birthdays

1656 – Edmond Halley, English astronomer and mathematician (died in 1742)
1836 – Milton Bradley, American businessman (founded the Milton Bradley Company, died in 1911)
1847 – Bram Stoker, Irish novelist, and critic (created Count Dracula, died in 1912)
1884 – Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst (died in 1922)
1898 – Marie Prevost, Canadian-American actress, and singer (died in 1937)
1900 – Margaret Mitchell, American journalist and author (died in 1949)
1920 – Esther Rolle, American actress (died in 1998)
1922 – Christiaan Barnard, South African surgeon and academic (died in 2001)
1924 – Joe Flynn, American actor (died in 1974)
1931 – Morley Safer, Canadian-American journalist and author (died in 2016)
1947 – Minnie Riperton, American Singer/Songwriter (died in 1979)
1949 – Wayne LaPierre, American businessman, author, and activist
1949 – Bonnie Raitt, American Singer/Songwriter, and guitarist
1950 – Mary Hart, American journalist, and actress
1954 – Rickie Lee Jones, American Singer/Songwriter, and producer
1961 – Leif Garrett, American singer, actor, and television personality
1966 – Gordon Ramsay, British chef, restaurateur, and TV host /personality
1967 – Courtney Thorne-Smith, American actress
1968 – Parker Posey, American actress
1970 – Tom Anderson, American businessman (co-founded Myspace)
1971 – Tech N9ne, American musician, record producer, and actor
1972 – Gretchen Mol, American model, and actress
1974 – Masashi Kishimoto, Japanese author, and illustrator (created Naruto)
1975 – Tara Reid, American actress

November 8th History

392 – Roman Emperor Theodosius declared the Christian religion the official state religion. He also dissolved the order of the Vestal Virgins in Rome, which had been in place for almost 400 years.

1519 – First meeting of Moctezuma II & Hernán Cortés in Tenochtitlan, Mexico. #bigmistake Little is known about him, except that was the leader of the Aztecs and was killed in the Spanish conquest of Mexico. “Montezuma’s Revenge’ is named after him.

1601 -The Bodleian Library was established in Oxford, England.

1623 – Shakespeare’s First Folio was published.

1731 – In Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin (with members of his Junto Club) opened the first US library. Plans had begun in earnest in July, and Ben retired as the Librarian in 1734.

1789 – Bourbon Whiskey was first distilled from corn (by Elijah Craig, Bourbon Ky). That’s what his namesake’s website says.

1837 – Mount Holyoke College was founded.

1895 – Wilhelm Röntgen observed X-rays for the first time during an experiment at Würzburg University, Germany. It earned him the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901, and element 111, roentgenium, was named after him.

1904 – U.S. patent (#774,250) for a separable electric attachment plug was issued to inventor and manufacturer Harvey Hubbell of Bridgeport, Connecticut. It is essentially the plug we use today.

1910 – The first US patent (#974,785) for an “electric insect destroyer” (Bug Zapper) was issued to William H. Frost of Spokane, Washington.

1939 – Broadway Show – Life With Father (Play) November 8, 1939

November 8, 19** (fiction) Billy Batson became Captain Marvel, Fawcett/DC Comics

1960 – John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon to become the 35th president of the United States.

1965 – Days of our Lives premiered on NBC. The original title sequence voiced by MacDonald Carey is still used.

1966 – Ronald Reagan was elected Governor of California. His career path also included lifeguard, actor, cheerleader, and US President.

1969 – #1 Hit November 8, 1969 – November 28, 1969: The 5th Dimension – Wedding Bell Blues

1972 – Home Box Office (HBO) was launched, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The first broadcast was a 1971 film, Sometimes a Great Notion, starring Paul Newman and Henry Fonda.

1979 – Nightline premiered on ABC. Frank Reynolds was the original presenter, Ted Koppel too over shortly after the program began.

1980 – Voyager 1 space probe discovered the 15th moon of Saturn. We’ve counted 62 moons and dozens of moonlets around the planet to date.

1986 – #1 Hit November 8, 1986 – November 21, 1986: Boston – Amanda

1995 – General Hospital character Stone Cates died of AIDS on the show, right after he was informed that he had infected his lover Robin Scorpio with HIV.

1999 – Bruce Miller was killed near Flint, Michigan. His wife, Sharee Miller, convinced her online lover Jerry Cassaday to kill him, was convicted of the crime, in what became the world’s first Internet murder.

2001 – The Tick premiered on FOX. Creator Ben Edlund published his first Tick comic book in 1988.

2010 – Conan debuted on TBS

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

The US election day is always held on a Tuesday because in 1845 farmers often needed a full day to travel by horse-drawn vehicles to the county seat to vote. Farmers would leave Monday, vote on Tuesday, and be back in time for market day, which was on Wednesday. The latest possible date is November 8, and the earliest possible date is November 2.

Cash is a gift certificate to everywhere.

Sailors considered black cats good luck and would use them as “ship’s cats” in hopes of a safe voyage. Wives of fishermen would also keep a black cat at home as it was believed that the cat would allow their husbands to return safely.

Redbad, the last pagan King of Frisia (northern Netherlands), refused to convert to Christianity because he “preferred spending eternity in Hell with his pagan ancestors than in Heaven with his enemies.”

The Capital of Fiji is Suva

“May the Force be with you.” – Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in Star Wars, 1977

Felix Mendelssohn – Real Name: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Greece’s most famous ruin, the Parthenon, survived from Ancient times until the near-modern age completely intact. It was blown to pieces in 1687 after the Ottoman Turks used the Temple to store explosives

“ET phone home.” – Gertie (Drew Barrymore) #moviequotes

Colonel Thomas Blood, known as the ‘Man who stole the Crown Jewels’. He was caught, however, King Charles II was so impressed that he was pardoned and rewarded with a large annuity.

A group of Bass is called a Shoal.

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