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November 19 History Highlights

  • November 19, 2006 - Wii& Wii Virtual Console released, Video Game Console
  • The Gettysburg Address was given by Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1963
  • The week before Thanksgiving is 'Better Conversation Week'

The Gettysburgh Address

Given November 19, 1963 by Abraham Lincoln

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -we can not consecrate- we can not hallow- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion ? that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

November 19 is...

Dedication Day (aka Equal Opportunity Day)
Have a Bad Day Day
International Men's Day
National Bagpipes Day
Woman's Entrepreneurship Day
World Toilet Day (aka Sanitation for All Day)

November 19 Quotes

It is the high privilege and sacred duty of those now living to educate their successors and fit them, by intelligence and virtue, for the inheritance which awaits them. In this beneficent work sections and races should be forgotten and partisanship should be unknown.
- James A. Garfield

Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.
- James A. Garfield

Normal is not something to aspire to, it is something to get away from.
- Jodie Foster

Arrogance is a killer, and wearing ambition on one's sleeve can have the same effect. There is a fine line between arrogance and self-confidence. Legitimate self-confidence is a winner. The true test of self-confidence is the courage to be open — to welcome change and new ideas regardless of their source. Self-confident people aren't afraid to have their views challenged. They relish the intellectual combat that enriches ideas.
- Jack Welch

November 19 Birthdays

1831 - James A. Garfield, American general, lawyer, and politician, 20th President of the United States (died in 1881)
1905 - Tommy Dorsey, American trombonist, composer and bandleader (The California Ramblers, died in 1956)
1917 - Indira Ghandi, Indian politician (assassinated in 984)
1919 - Alan Young, English-Canadian actor, singer, and director (Mister Ed, died in 2016)
1920 - Gene Tierney, American actress and singer (died in 1991)
1933 - Larry King, American journalist and talk show host
1935 - Jack Welch, American engineer, businessman and author
1936 - Dick Cavett, American actor and talk show host
1938 - Ted Turner, American businessman and philanthropist (founded Turner Broadcasting System)
1942 - Calvin Klein, American fashion designer (founded Calvin Klein Inc.)
1954 - Kathleen Quinlan, American actress
1955 - Sam Hamm, American screenwriter and producer (Batman)
1959 (1960?) - Allison Janney, American actress
1961 - Jim L. Mora, American football player and coach
1961 - Meg Ryan, American actress and producer
1962 - Jodie Foster, American actress, director and producer
1971 - Tony Rich, American R&B Singer/Songwriter and musician (Nobody Knows)
1976 - Jack Dorsey, American businessman (co-founded Twitter)
1977 - Kerri Strug, American gymnast and runner
1983 - Adam Driver, American actor
1986 - Jeannie Ortega, American Singer/Songwriter, dancer and actress
1997 - McCaughey septuplets (Kenny, Alexis May, Nataie Sue, Kelsey Ann, Nathan Roy, Brandon James, Joel Steven, the first surviving set of septuplets)
1997 - Rachel Parsons, American ice dancer

November 19 History

1620 - The Mayflower reached Cape Cod & explored the coast.

1805 - Lewis & Clark reached Pacific Ocean, they were the first European Americans to cross the American continent.

1850 - A patent (#7,784) for magic lantern slides made of glass plate was issued to Frederick Langenheim of Philadelphia, PA as an "improvement in photographic pictures on glass."

1863 - US President Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address beginning "Four score & seven years ago..."

1911 - NY received the first Marconi wireless transmission from Italy.

1916 - Samuel Goldfish and Edgar Selwyn established Goldwyn Pictures.

1953 - US Supreme Court ruled (7-2) baseball was a sport not a business

1954 - The first automatic toll collection machine was used at the Union Toll Plaza on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway. It only accepted quarters (one was needed).

1955 - The National Review published its first issue

1959 - Rocky & Friends premiered on NBC (moved to ABC and changed to The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show in 1964).

1966 - #1 Hit November 19, 1966 - December 2, 1966: The Supremes - You Keep Me Hangin' On

1978 - The Miracle at the Meadowlands - Philadelphia Eagles' Herman Edwards returned a fumble for a touchdown with 31 seconds left to give Philadelphia a 19-17 victory over the New York Giants.

1980 - CBS banned a Calvin Klein's jean ad featuring Brooke Shields.

1988 - #1 Hit November 19, 1988 - December 2, 1988: Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine

1998 - The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee began impeachment hearings against U.S. President Bill Clinton.

November 19, 2006 - Wii& Wii Virtual Console released, Video Game Console

Today's Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

The "moral" of the movie Grease is that it's okay to give into peer pressure, completely change yourself, and abandon any moral code you stand by in order to get a guy.

Ecuador's large monument to the Equator is not really on the equator. They marked the wrong spot 200 years ago and didn't realize it until GPS was invented.

If you forget to return a library book and the fee gets too expensive, you might as well wait 70 years and then return it. Someone will write an article about it and the library will waive the fee.

The Capital of Croatia is Zagreb

"Hello, gorgeous." - Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand) in Funny Girl, 1968

The political phrase "cult of personality" was first used by Karl Marx.

Parks and Recs' Ron Swanson should get a spinoff show that is an HGTV-like show mocumentary where he works with annoying couples who want to fix their homes.

The first movie to gross over $100 million was "Jaws" in 1975.

Both Chicago the city, and the Chicago River were both named after the native name for a species of wild onion that grew profusely in the area, chicagou.

Dean Martin - Real Name: Dino Crocetti

Roulette Odds: Six number combination: Payoff: 5:1 True Odds: 15.79%

The shortest scientific paper published, "The unsuccessful self-treatment of a case of writer's block", was written by Dennis Upper and published in 1974. It contains no text except for the title.

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