November 2 in Pop Culture History

November 2nd History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

November 2nd History Highlights

  • 1889 – North Dakota and South Dakota were admitted as the 39th and 40th U.S. states.
  • 1920 – KDKA in Pittsburgh broadcasted the results of the presidential election. It was the first scheduled radio broadcast.
  • 1936 – The British Broadcasting Corporation initiated the BBC Television Service (now BBC1).
  • November 2, 1983 (fiction) Mary Winchester was killed by a Yellow-Eyed Demon, Supernatural, TV
  • November 2, 19** Birthday (fictional) ‘Sid’ Cookie Monster, Sesame Street, TV
  • If you were born on November 2nd,
    You were likely conceived the week of… February 9th (same year)

November 2nd is…

All Souls Day
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists
National Deviled Egg Day
National Medical Science Liaison Appreciation Day
National Traffic Professionals Day
Plan Your Epitaph Day

Election Day

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 earliest possible date is November 2, and the latest possible date is November 8.

Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette began her life as the youngest daughter of Louis XVI and his wife Marie-Anne. Like many royal marriages of the time, it was a game for political ends, and she received a superficial education to push her into an arranged marriage to further her parents “political ambitions. After her marriage, Antoinette was deported to France to marry her first husband, Louis XIV, heir to the French throne. Marie was married on July 17, 1797, one day before the coronation of King Louis XVI, at the Royal Opera House in Paris. The union was steeped in ceremony and tradition, but it was purely political in its design to align it with her father’s political ambitions and the interests of the royal family.

Marie Antoinette is revered and hated by many and is one of the most famous figures in the history of France and the world. Married to King Louis XVI, many believe that the Queen’s excessive lifestyle fueled the French Revolution and changed the course of French history.

November 2nd Quote

“Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end? “
– Marie Antoinette

November 2nd Birthdays

1734 – Daniel Boone, American hunter, and explorer (died in 1820)
1755 – Marie Antoinette, Austrian-French queen consort of Louis XVI of France (died in 1793)
1795 – James K. Polk (11th President of the United States, died in 1849)
1865 – Warren G. Harding (29th President of the United States, died in 1923)
1908 – Bunny Berigan, American trumpet player (died in 1942)
1913 – Burt Lancaster, American actor (died in 1994)
1914 – Ray Walston, American actor (died in 2001)
1927 – Steve Ditko, American author, and illustrator (died in 2018)
1938 – Pat Buchanan, American journalist, and politician
1942 – Stefanie Powers, American actress
1945 – J. D. Souther, American Singer/Songwriter, guitarist, and actor
1952 – Maxine Nightingale, English R&B/soul singer
1954 – Pat Croce, American businessman, and author
1961 – k.d. lang, Canadian Singer/Songwriter, producer, and actress
1962 – David Brock, American journalist, and author
1966 – David Schwimmer, American actor
1973 – Marisol Nichols, American actress
1974 – Nelly, American rapper
1974 – Prodigy, American rapper (died in 2017)

November 2nd History

1898 – Cheerleading was started at the University of Minnesota with Johnny Campbell leading the crowd in cheering on the football team with “Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-u-mah, Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-e-So-Tah!”. Princeton had published cheers for the audience to chant as early as 1877. In 1903 the first cheerleading fraternity, Gamma Sigma, was founded. Women started being popular cheerleaders in the early 1920s.

1914 – New York’s Brighton Beach Express subway crashed, killed 97 people, and injured 100 more.

1920 – Charlotte Woodward voted in Philadelphia. She was the only sill living member who attended the 1848 Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention.

1936 – First high-definition TV broadcast service, by BBC in London. At the time “standard definition” was 30 horizontal lines making up the picture, and the 1936 BBC hi-def had 240 lines. Today, 720 is considered the minimum for HD.

1936 – The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) was established.

1947 – Howard Hughes flew a one-mile flight in the world’s largest aircraft “Hercules” aka ‘The Spruce Goose’.

1957 – The Levelland UFO Case in Levelland, Texas, generated national publicity. Officially, they called it ‘blue lightning’.

1959 – Quiz show scandal – Twenty One game show contestant Charles Van Doren admits to a Congressional committee that he had been given questions and answers in advance.

1960 – Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the trial R v Penguin Books Ltd, the Lady Chatterley’s Lover case.

1965 – Norman Morrison, a 31-year-old Quaker, set himself (suicide) on fire in front of the river entrance to the Pentagon to protest the use of napalm in the Vietnam war.

1974 – #1 Hit November 2, 1974 – November 8, 1974: Stevie Wonder – You Haven’t Done Nothin’

1974 – Seventy-eight people died when the Time Go-Go Club in Seoul, South Korea burned down.

1983 – President Reagan signed the bill establishing the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, held on the third Monday in January.

1985 – #1 Hit November 2, 1985 – November 8, 1985: Stevie Wonder – Part-Time Lover

1988 – The Morris Worm, the first internet-distributed computer worm to gain significant mainstream media attention, was launched from MIT. It was written by a student at Cornell University, Robert Tappan Morris. His intention was to gauge the ‘size’ of the internet.

1991 – #1 Hit November 2, 1991 – November 8, 1991: Karyn White – Romantic

November 2, 1997 – Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, starring Brandy and Whitney Houston aired live on ABC

2000 – The first crew arrived at the International Space Station. The assembly of the IISS began in November 1998.

2003Arrested Development debuted on FOX. Despite acclaim from critics, the show received low ratings and the series was canceled in 2006. It returned in 2016 on Netflix.

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 earliest possible date is November 2, and the latest possible date is November 8.

The earliest example of media distorting my reality was my belief that cats and dogs are sworn enemies like bears and sharks are.

The Capital of Greece is Athens

“It’s alive! It’s alive!” – Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) in Frankenstein, 1931

A flock of crows is known as a murder. Two is attempted murder. Three is a crow-d.

Most Disney Pixar movies are about characters getting lost and having to find their way home, usually finding friends on the way.

Life is uncertain… eat dessert first.

Avatar was the biggest film of all time. Avatar’s impact on popular culture is people talking about it having no cultural impact.

“I love Huey Lewis, but not the News, because the News is too depressing.” – Jarod Kintz #80sHumor

Whenever I see a seagull in the city, I like to imagine that it left a small beach town with the hopes to make something big of its life.

US President #24 William McKinley (1897-1901) William liked to wear a lucky red carnation. President McKinley was assassinated by Leon F. Czolgosz.

A farmer counted all of his cows and found that he had 196 of them, but when he rounded them up, he had 200.

The Capital of Ghana is Accra

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