November 29 History, Trivia, and Fun Facts
November 29 History Highlights
November 29 is…
Customer is Wrong Day
National Lemon Creme Pie Day
National Square Dance Day
Throw Out Your Leftovers Day
November 29 Birthday Quotes
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. “
“Without commitment, you cannot have depth in anything, whether it’s a relationship, a business, or a hobby.”
“My friends tell me I have an intimacy problem. But they don’t really know me.”
“I’m very loyal in relationships. Even when I go out with my mom I don’t look at other moms.”
“Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”
“In an era of breadlines, depression, and wars, I tried to help people get away from all the misery . . . to turn their minds to something else. I wanted to make people happy, if only for an hour.”
November 29 Birthdays
1752 – Jemima Wilkinson, American androgynous evangelist (died in 1819)
1803 – Christian Doppler, Austrian mathematician, and physicist (doppler Effect, died in 1853)
1803 – Gottfried Semper, German architect (designed the Semper Opera House, died in 1879)
1832 – Louisa May Alcott, American novelist, and poet (died in 1888)
1895 – Busby Berkeley, American director, and choreographer (died in 1976)
1898 – C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis, British novelist, poet, and critic (died in 1963)
1927 – Vin Scully, American sportscaster
1933 – John Mayall, English Singer/Songwriter and blues guitarist
1935 – Diane Ladd, American actress
1939 – Meco, American record producer, and musician
1940 – Chuck Mangione, American horn player, and composer
1942 – Felix Cavaliere, American Singer/Songwriter, pianist, and producer
1942 – Maggie Thompson, American author, and critic
1946 – Suzy Chaffee, American skier
1949 – Jerry Lawler, American wrestler, and sportscaster
1949 – Garry Shandling, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (died in 2016)
1954 – Joel Coen, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1955 – Howie Mandel, Canadian comedian, actor, and TV host
1960 – Cathy Moriarty, American actress
1964 – Don Cheadle, American actor, and producer
1968 – Jonathan Knight, American Singer/Songwriter, and dancer (New Kids on the Block)
1970 – Larry Joe Campbell, American actor, and director
1976 – Anna Faris, American actress
1979 – The Game, American rapper
November 29 History
533 (Earthquake) Aleppo (now Syria) – 130,000 people estimated killed.
1681 – The Royal College of Physicians, in Edinburgh, Scotland, was granted its charter by King Charles II.
1783 – A 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck New Jersey, the biggest to date.
1825 – First Italian opera in the US, Barber of Seville premiered (in New York City, at the Park Theatre)
1910 – The US patent (#976,939) for inventing the traffic lights system was issued to Ernest Sirrine. Similar patents were granted to others later.
1932 – The patent (#1,889,729) was issued for the first card game table with an automatic dealing device, to Laurens Hammond of Chicago, Ill. He later invented the Hammond organ.
1933 – First state liquor stores authorized (Pennsylvania). It may be true that the state of Pennsylvania is the largest buyer of wine and spirits in the world.
1935 – Physicist Erwin Schrödinger published his famous thought experiment ‘Schrödinger’s cat’, a paradox that illustrates the problem of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics.
1947 – The United Nations voted in favor of separating Palestine and allowed for the creation of an Independent Jewish State – Israel.
1951 – The first U.S. underground atom bomb test, designated “Uncle”, was detonated. The low-yield 1.2 kiloton bomb was buried 17-ft sub-surface at Frenchman Flat, a 123-square-mile (320-sq.km.) dry lake bed at the Nevada Test Site (NTS).
1961 – Mercury-Atlas 5 was launched with Enos (a chimpanzee) on board. The craft orbited the Earth twice and splashed down about 200 miles south of Bermuda. The flight lasted 3 hours and 20 minutes. Enos survived and later died on November 4, 1962.
November 29, 1971(?) Birthday (fictional) Bill Weasley, Harry Potter
1972 – Atari presented Pong, as an arcade game. By 1974 there was a home version.
November 29, 19** Birthday (fictional) Jimmy Olson, Superman, DC Comics
1986 – #1 Hit November 29, 1986 – December 5, 1986: Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name
2004 – Godzilla got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2007 – #1 Hit September 29, 2007 – November 9, 2007: Kanye West – Stronger
2011 – Dr. Conrad Murray received a four-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter, in Michael Jackson’s death.
2014 – #1 Hit November 29, 2014 – January 16, 2015: Taylor Swift – Blank Space
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
“I consider it a challenge before all the human race, and I never lose.” #songlyrics
Horror movie soundtracks sometimes include infrasound, which is sound below the range of human hearing. Even though we can’t hear it we can still feel it and it has been shown to induce anxiety, heart palpitations, and shivering.
By reading this sentence, I have become a small part of your world.
Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman married 18-year-old Mandy Smith but divorced after a year. Bill’s 30-year-old son then Stephen married Mandy’s mother, age 46. If Bill and Mandy had remained married, Bill would be his own…?
Buffy the Vipre Slayer’s Sunnydale ZIP code would place the town in Morgan Hill, California.
Many of us write more text messages, emails, and Facebook posts in a day than most people wrote handwritten letters in a year just 30 years ago.
The Capital of Canada is Ottawa
“There’s no place like home.” – Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) in Wizard of Oz, The Wizard of Oz, 1939
If “Batman” was originally written online, the title would probably be: “Rich Guy Goes Nuts – You Won’t Believe What Happened Next.”
Etiquette Question: If you have a co-worker who desperately needs a nose hair trimmer, do you just anonymously leave one on their desk, or do you tell her about it?
“Don’t expect the world to be safe or life to be fair.” – Helen Fielding
‘Ant-Man’ isn’t a very catchy name. Why don’t they call him Dr. Shrink, and ironically, when he’s not out saving the world, he’s a Psychiatrist, helping people in a different way?
Changing another country’s weather is classed as a war crime under the Geneva convention.
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