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November 29 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

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November 29 History Highlights

  • 1777 - San Jose, California, was founded as Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe by José Joaquín Moraga.
  • 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.
  • 1972 - Atari releases Pong, the first commercially successful video game.

November 29 is...

Customer is Wrong Day
National Chocolates Day
National Lemon Creme Pie Day
National Square Dance Day
Throw Out Your Leftovers Day

November 29 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.
- C.S. Lewis

Without commitment, you cannot have depth in anything, whether it's a relationship, a business or a hobby.
- The Game

My friends tell me I have an intimacy problem. But they don't really know me.
- Garry Shandling

I'm very loyal in relationships. Even when I go out with my mom I don't look at other moms.
- Garry Shandling

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.
- Louisa May Alcott

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.
- Busby Berkeley

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 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.
Once the cat is in the box, do you know if it really alive, or dead?

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).

1952 - #1 Hit November 29, 1952 - December 26, 1952: Joni James - Why Don't You Believe Me

1959 - The Grammy Awards were first televised on NBC.

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.

1969 - #1 Hit November 29, 1969 - December 5, 1969: The Beatles - Come Together / Something

November 29, 1971(?) Birthday (fictional) Bill Weasley, Harry Potter

1972 - Atari presented Pong, as an arcade game. By 1974 there was a home version.

1975 - #1 Hit November 29, 1975 - December 26, 1975: Silver Convention - Fly, Robin, Fly

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 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 you 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 hand written 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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