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November 26 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

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November 26 History Highlights

  • 1798 - A national Thanksgiving Day was observed in the United States, as proclaimed by President George Washington, at the request of Congress.
  • 1863 - United States President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed November 26 as a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated annually on the final Thursday of November.
  • 1942 - Thanksgiving officially began being celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.
  • November 26, 2155 (fiction) Dave Lister was found in a cardboard box under the pool table in the Aigburth Arms in Red Dwarf, TV
  • 1976 - Anarchy in the U.K., the debut single of the Sex Pistols, was released

November 26th is...

Good Grief Day
National Cake Day

Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclaimation

Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.
- Abraham Lincoln

November 26 Quotes

If I were to be given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself. -
- Charles M. Schulz

"She had me cut them in halves, quarters and eighths and add and subtract the parts. Fractions took on a new meaning, and I felt as if no problem would be too hard for me.
- Willis Carrier

Stay focused and secure your bag, because they want you to fail and they don't want us to win
-DJ Khaled

Every dog, we are told, has his day, unless there are more dogs than days.
- Bat Masterson

I'm not wise, but the beginning of wisdom is there; it's like relaxing into... and an acceptance of... things.
- Tina Turner

Sometimes you have to let everything go - purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything - whatever is bringing you down - get rid of it. Because you will find that when you are free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.
- Tina Turner

November 26 Birthdays

1827 - Ellen G. White, American religious leader and author (co-founded the Seventh-day Adventist Church, died in 1915)
1853 - Bat Masterson, Canadian/ American police officer and journalist (died in 1921)
1858 - Katharine Drexel, American nun and saint (died in 1955)
1876 - Willis Carrier, American engineer (invented air conditioning, died in 1950)
1895 - Bill W., American activist, co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous (died in 1971)
1899 - Richard Hauptmann, German-American murderer (died in 1936)
1922 - Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist, created Peanuts (died in 2000)
1933 - Robert Goulet, American-Canadian singer and actor (died in 2007)
1938 - Rich Little, Canadian-American Impressionist
1939 - Wayland Flowers, American actor and puppeteer (died in 1988)
1939 - Tina Turner, American-Swiss Singer/Songwriter, dancer and actress
1945 - John McVie, English-American bass player (Fleetwood Mac)
1956 - Dale Jarrett, American race car driver and sportscaster
1973 - Peter Facinelli, American actor, director and producer
1975 - DJ Khaled, American rapper and producer
1990 - Rita Ora, Kosovan-English Singer/Songwriter and actress

November 26 History

1703 - The Great Storm - more than 8,000 people perished and the first Eddystone Lighthouse (Winstanley's lighthouse) was totally destroyed overnight.

1716 - First African lion was exhibited in America (in Boston). It was just a single lion, which supposedly later joined a "menagerie" which was basically a traveling circus of exotic animals.

1789 - First (unofficial) national Thanksgiving in USA recognized by the new government. The 1621 good harvest celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts was first celebrated in North America.

1825 - Kappa Alpha fraternity was founded at Union College, NY.

1832 - The first New York City streetcar ran along Bowery Street in New York, with a 12 cent fare.

1842 - The University of Notre Dame was founded.

1865 - Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carrol, was published.

1867 - The patent (#71,423) for a refrigerated railroad car was issued to J.B. Sutherland of Detroit, Michigan.

1917 - The NHL (National Hockey League) formed, consisting of four teams - Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, and the Quebec Bulldogs. The Bulldogs were replaced by the Arenas shortly thereafter.

1922 - English archaeologist Howard Carter opened King Tutankhamun's virtually intact tomb in Egypt. Over the centuries almost every mummy tomb had been found and plundered - this was possible the greatest archaeological find of that period.

1922 - The Toll of the Sea debuted as the first general release film to use two-tone Technicolor. (The Gulf Between was the first film to do so, but it was not widely distributed.)

1941 - President Franklin D Roosevelt established that the fourth Thursday in November would be Thanksgiving Day .

1942 - Casablanca premiered at Hollywood Theater, in New York City. It came out in wide release January 23, 1943.

1945 - Charlie "Bird" Parker lead a record date for the Savoy label, marketed as the "greatest Jazz session ever." Recording as Charlie Parker's Reboppers, the group included Dizzie Gillespie and Miles Davis on trumpet, Curly Russell on bass and Max Roach on drums. The tracks included during this session include Ko-Ko, Billie's Bounce and Now's the Time.

1950 - #1 Hit November 26, 1949 - January 6, 1950: Frankie Laine - Mule Train

November 26, 1953 Birthday (fictional) Fran Fine, The Nanny, TV

1955 - #1 Hit November 26, 1955 - January 13, 1956: Tennessee Ernie - Sixteen Tons

1956 - The Price Is Right was first broadcast, on CBS, hosted by Bill Cullen and announced by Don Pardo.

1970 - In Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, 1.5 inches (38.1mm) of rain fell in a minute, the heaviest rainfall ever on record

1976 - The Sex Pistols released their debut single Anarchy In The UK. It came from their only album - 'Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols.'

1977 - The Hobbit, produced by Rankin/Bass, was shown on NBC.

1983 - Six gunmen broke into the Brinks Mat warehouse at the Heathrow Airport making off with three tons of gold bars valued at almost 48 million dollars (at that time). In modern perspective, it is worth over $125,000,000. Most of the gold was never recovered.

2003 - The Concorde made its final flight, over Bristol, England.

2005 - #1 Hit November 26, 2005 - December 30, 2005: Chris Brown - Run It!

November 26, 2155 (fiction) Dave Lister was found in a cardboard box under the pool table in the Aigburth Arms in Red Dwarf, TV

Today's Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

TV Quotes... "Sock it to me" (tagline) on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"

The .tv domain name is actually the country code for the small Polynesian nation of Tuvalu.

The famous "NBC chimes" are the notes G-E-C, which coincidentally corresponded to the initials of its future acquirer, the General Electric Corporation.


"I am the great Cornholio!" #TVCatchphrase

Albert Einstein's ophthalmologist took his eyeballs after his autopsy. They remain to this day floating in a jar in a bank vault in New Jersey.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! was originally titled "Champs and Chumps".

There is a fine line between "I should make that my status update" and "I should call my therapist". People need to learn the difference.

In a process called triboluminescence, Wint-O-Green Lifesavers give off little sparks when they are eaten in the dark.

US President #33 Harry Truman (1945-1953) His most famous quote was: "The buck stops here". Some people say he was "rough" with his language, especially before Mrs. Truman taught him to use the word 'manure'. Harry's friends had a bowling alley built in the White House.

James Garfield had no interest in becoming president when he attended the republican convention in 1880. He was added to the 34th ballot, and selected on the 36th. He went on to win the presidency and was assassinated 4 months later.

The Capital of Chad is N'Djamena

One-word sentences? Eliminate.

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