November 12th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts
November 12th History Highlights
November 12th is…
National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
National French Dip Day
National Happy Hour Day
National Pizza with the Works Except for Anchovies Day
World Pneumonia Day
November 12th Birthday Quotes
“Getting angry doesn’t solve anything.”
– Grace Kelly
“People are gonna believe what they want to believe And like I said before, I really don’t give a damn.”
“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other guy die for his.”
“To the artist, there is never anything ugly in nature.”
“The more simple we are, the more complete we become.”
November 12th Birthdays
1840 – Auguste Rodin, French sculptor, and illustrator, created The Thinker (died in 1917)
1885 – George Patton, American General (died in 1945)
1889 – DeWitt Wallace, American publisher, and philanthropist (co-founded Reader’s Digest, died in 1981)
1917 – Jo Stafford, American singer (died in 2008)
1922 – Kim Hunter, American actress (died in 2002)
1929 – Grace Kelly, American actress, later Princess Grace of Monaco (died in 1982)
1930 – Bob Crewe, American Singer/Songwriter, and producer (died in 2014)
1934 – Charles Manson, American cult leader (died in 2017)
1944 – Al Michaels, American sportscaster
1945 – Neil Young, Canadian Singer/Songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1947 – Buck Dharma, American Singer/Songwriter, and guitarist
1958 – Megan Mullally, American actress, and singer
1961 – Nadia Comaneci, Romanian Olympic Gymnast
1968 – Sammy Sosa, Dominican-American baseball player
1970 – Tonya Harding, American figure skater
1976 – Tevin Campbell, American R&B Singer/Songwriter, and actor
1980 – Ryan Gosling, Canadian actor, producer, and singer
1982 – Anne Hathaway, American actress
1984 – Omarion, American singer, songwriter, actor, and dancer
November 12th History
1799 – Andrew Ellicott wrote the about first known record of a meteor shower observed in the US. We now know they were the Leonids.
1847 – Sir James Young Simpson, the father of modern anesthetics, used chloroform (“perchloride of formyle”) for the first time as an anesthetic in an operation.
1892 – William “Pudge” Walter Heffelfinger was the first professional (paid) US Football player. He got $25 and a $500 bonus for a single game.
1922 (Volcano Eruption & Tsunami) Chile/Argentina – over 1,000 people were killed.
1927 – The Holland Tunnel connecting NY and NY – the world’s first underwater vehicular tunnel – officially opened.
1929 – Commander Richard E. Byrd made the first flight over the South Pole.
1933 – First known photo of the so-called Loch Ness Monster was taken by Hugh Gray.
1936 – The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened to traffic.
1940 – The Armistice Day Blizzard killed nearly 150 people and stretched from Kansas to Michigan.
1946 – The Exchange National Bank of Chicago, Illinois, instituted the first drive-in banking service in America.
1952 (Earthquake & Tsunami) Kamchatka.
1954 – Ellis Island in New York closed after providing entrance to the US for 12 million immigrants between 1892 and 1924.
November 12, 1955 (fiction) The Hill Valley Clock Tower was struck by lightning, Back to the Future, Film
1956 – The largest iceberg on record was sighted by the USS Glacier, a U. S. Navy icebreaker, about 150 miles west of Scott Island in the Southern Hemisphere. It had broken from the Ross Ice Shelf in the Antarctic. It was about 208 miles long and 60 miles wide.
1966 – #1 Hit November 12, 1966 – November 18, 1966: Johnny Rivers – Poor Side Of Town
1966 – The first photograph was taken from Earth’s atmosphere by the satellite Gemini XII.
1970 – Broadway Show – Sleuth (Play) November 12, 1970
1970 – The Oregon Highway Division attempted to destroy a beached eight-ton sperm whale near Florence, Oregon with half a ton of dynamite. It mainly made a bigger mess.
Arches National Park: Established on November 12, 1971, in Utah, this park spans 120 square miles. Known for its more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the iconic Delicate Arch.
1981 – Mission STS-2, utilizing the Space Shuttle Columbia, marked the first time a manned spacecraft is launched into space twice.
1981 – First balloon crossing of the Pacific was completed. The Double Eagle V launched from Nagashima, Japan on November 10, 1981.
1983 – #1 Hit November 12, 1983 – December 9, 1983: Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)
1988 – #1 Hit November 12, 1988 – November 18, 1988: The Escape Club – Wild, Wild West
1989 – Broadway Show – Grand Hotel (Musical) November 12, 1989
1993 – The first Ultimate Fighting Championship event, UFC 1, was held in Denver, Colorado.
1997 – Ramzi Yousef is found guilty of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
2001 – In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 on its way to the Dominican Republic, crashed minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 onboard and five people on the ground.
2004 – A jury in Redwood City, California, convicted Scott Peterson of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, and dumping her body in San Francisco Bay.
November 12, 2010 – Avalon High aired on The Disney Channel
2011 – #1 Hit November 12, 2011 – January 6, 2012: Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris – We Found Love
November 12 is French Dip Day
The French dip is a sandwich so delicious it’s worth celebrating with National French Dip Day on November 12th. Made from tender beef or pork swimming in pan drippings and spice-infused mustard, then topped off by an extra layer of bread dipped into more au jus – this dish has been enjoyed at lazy summer cookouts for generations! Follow these easy steps to make your very own decadent delicacy:
French Dip Ingredients:
1 pound lean beef or pork
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
The Capital of Egypt is Cairo
“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” – Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) in Wall Street, 1987
That’s a nice ham you’ve got there.
I decided to clean my kitchen today, but I had found that all of the stuff that gets kicked under the fridge had coalesced into a colony of angry fungus people and they made an attempt to escape. They had a wormhole generator and there were noodly arms coming out of it.
The smallest US state (Rhode Island) has a larger population than the largest U.S. state (Alaska).
The most lethal sports riot in history happened in Constantinople AD 532, was over chariot racing, and saw tens of thousands dead and half the city destroyed.
4 chutes = 2 parachutes
“It’s… different. When you got girls in bikinis screaming for you, it strokes your ego. But when you got people thanking for saving their lives… it’s humbling. The best thing that came out of that was a chance to put my family back together. I can’t risk screwing that up again.” – Fin Shepard, Sharnado
Five Card Poker Odds, nothing wild: Full House – Three of one number or “face”, two of another same pair, 1 in 700
More Pop Culture History Resources