November 14 in Pop Culture History

November 14th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

November 14th History Highlights

  • Female journalist Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) began her successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days. She completed the trip in 72 days, in 1889.
  • The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) began radio service in the United Kingdom in 1922.
  • Ruby Bridges became the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in Louisiana (1960)
  • In 1967, Theodore Maiman was given a patent for his ruby laser system.
  • 2008 – The first G-20 economic summit opened in Washington DC.
  • If you were born on November 14th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… February 21st (same year)

November 14th is…

Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day
National American Teddy Bear Day
National Pickle Day
National Spicy Guacamole Day
Operating Room Nurse Day
World Diabetes Day

Robert Fulton’s Steamboat

The American inventor and engineer best known for developing the first commercially successful steamboat is Robert Fulton, inventor of the Fulton Steamboat, one of the first steamboats in America. After Fulton’s steamship Clermont was built in 1807, American rivers opened up to commercial trade and passenger traffic.

With a length of about 2.5 feet and a width of 4 feet and a 15-foot diameter paddlewheel mounted on each side, the Clermont had a low draft average of about 5 miles per hour, for the 150-mile trip.

Fulton and Livingston used the Clermont for several years and eventually built more steamships and ferries to expand their business. In 1808 Fulton built an improved steamboat, which he called the “Fulton North River Steamboat” (nicknamed “Clermont”), which was 149 feet long, with paddle wheels and passenger seats. On July 1, 1809, the Fulton NorthRiver steamship began its scheduled service, carrying passengers and light cargo between New York, Albany, and the Hudson River.

Robert Fulton (1765 – 1815) deserves credit for making the steamboat a commercial success, but he was the first to make it such a strange, somewhat unfriendly ship. The idea for the steamship came from others, including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Jacob Astor. A working model of a steamboat was demonstrated in 1787 by William James, one of Fulton’s co-inventors.

November 14th Birthday Quotes

“The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then get elected and prove it.”
– P. J. O’Rourke

“Most beautiful dumb girls think they are smart and get away with it, because other people, on the whole, aren’t much smarter.”
– Louise Brooks

“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand as if it were necessary to understand when it is simply necessary to love.”
– Claude Monet

“I never gave away anything without wishing I had kept it; nor kept it without wishing I had given it away.”
– Louise Brooks

“When you say the name Gilligan, you know who that is. If a show is good, if it’s written well, you should be able to erase the names of the characters saying the lines and still be able to know who said it. If you can’t do that, the show will fail.”
– Sherwood Schwartz, creator of Gilligan’s Island

“If you study both ‘Gilligan’ and ‘Brady,’ you will see they are based on a similar philosophy: that it’s possible for different kinds of people to learn to live together, either in a family or stuck on an island with no escape.”
– Sherwood Schwartz, creator of The Brady Bunch

November 14th Birthdays

1719 – Leopold Mozart, Austrian violinist, composer, and conductor (father of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, died in 1787)
1765 – Robert Fulton, American inventor (Steamboat, died in 1815)
1840 – Claude Monet, French painter (died in 1926)
1900 – Aaron Copland, American composer, conductor, and educator (died in 1990)
1904 – Dick Powell, American actor, singer, director, and producer (died in 1963)
1906 – Louise Brooks, American actress, and dancer (died in 1985)
1908 – Joseph McCarthy, American captain, lawyer, and politician (died in 1957)
1916 – Sherwood Schwartz, American screenwriter, and producer (died in 2011)
1921 – Brian Keith, American actor, and director (died in 1997)
1927 – McLean Stevenson, American actor, and screenwriter (died in 1996)
1947 – P. J. O’Rourke, American political satirist and journalist
1947 – Buckwheat Zydeco, American accordion player (died in 2016)
1948 – Charles Philip Arthur George (Prince of Wales)
1954 – Yanni, Greek-American pianist, composer, and producer
1956 – Valerie Jarrett, American government official
1959 – Paul McGann, English actor (8th Doctor, Doctor Who)
1961 – D. B. Sweeney, American actor
1962 – Laura San Giacomo, American actress
1964 – Patrick Warburton, American actor, and comedian
1966 – Curt Schilling, American baseball player, and sportscaster
1972 – Josh Duhamel, American model, and actor
1975 – Travis Barker, American drummer, songwriter, and producer

November 14th History

India celebrates Children’s Day on November 14th, exactly 9 months after Valentine’s Day.

1851 – Moby-Dick by Herman Melville was published.

1889 – (fiction) New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) began her attempt to duplicate the literary journey of Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg by traveling around the world in less than 80 days. She succeeded, finishing the trip in January in 72 days and 6 hours.

1922 – The BBC (The British Broadcasting Company ) officially began its daily domestic radio service broadcasting with the 6:00 pm news, read by announcer Arthur Burrows.

November 14, 1942 (fiction) Leo Wyatt was killed in World War II, Charmed, TV

1956 – Love Me Tender, starring Elvis Presley was released in US theaters.

1960 – #1 Hit November 14, 1960 – November 20, 1960: Ray Charles – Georgia on My Mind

1960 – OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries), was formed by Iraq, Kuwait, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

1967 – The patent for “Ruby Laser Systems” was issued to Theodore Maiman (Patent #3,353,115). His first ruby laser was tested in 1960.

1968 – National Turn in Your Draft Card Day featured the burning of draft cards on US college campuses.

1972 – The Dow Jones closed at over 1000 for the first time, at 1,003.16.

1979 – US President Jimmy Carter issued Executive order 12170, which froze all Iranian assets in the United States, in response to the hostage crisis.

1986 – FCC issued a Notice Of Apparent Liability to WYSP in Philadelphia for broadcasting The Howard Stern Show, with material that the FCC believed contained “indecent” material.

1988 – Murphy Brown debuted on CBS.

1991 – Michael Jackson’s Black Or White video was aired on FOX (and MTV, BET, VH1) right after an episode of The Simpsons.

1992 – #1 Hit November 14, 1992 – November 27, 1992: The Heights – How Do You Talk To An Angel

1994 – First trains for the general public ran in Channel Tunnel (Chunnel) under the English Channel.

1996 – Broadway Show – Chicago (Musical) November 14, 1996

1998 – #1 Hit November 14, 1998 – November 27, 1998: Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)

2008 – The first G-20 economic summit convened in Washington, DC.

2009 – #1 Hit November 14, 2009 – November 27, 2009: Jason Derulo – Whatcha Say

2015 – #1 Hit November 14, 2015 – January 22, 2016 : Adele – Hello

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

“My precious.” – Gollum (Andy Serkis) in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 2002

Mr. Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister.

McDonald’s is the only Irish restaurant in America that doesn’t serve beer. #dammit

We can’t find Happiness… But, we can make it.

“No pleasure, no rapture, no exquisite sin greater… than central air. ” – Azrael #moviequotes

There are only three official Presidential Seals: The seal in the Oval Office, the seal in the hall by the Liberty Bell, and the seal in the Hall of Presidents at the Magic Kingdom. It took an act of Congress for Disney to be allowed to use it.

US President #29 Warren Harding (1921-1923) Many historians consider him our worst President ever. There are many stories, including this one: Warren G. Harding once lost all the White House china gambling, on one hand of cards.

My life is an open book, but I just spilled some tea on it and nowiowe wrifsjkvhbflvdhl

The Capital of the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo

TV Quotes… “Is that your final answer?” (Regis Philbin) on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”

A group of baby Piglets is called a Litter or Farrow.

When the internet first became popular we were afraid of people from the internet finding us in real life, now we’re afraid of people in real life finding out about our lives on the internet.

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