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November 30th History

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November 30th In Pop Culture History

3340 BC - Earliest believed record of an eclipse, in Ireland.

1609 - Galileo Galilei realized that the moon was a landscape, not a flat surface on a circle in the sky.

1858 - The Mason Jar was invented and patented (#22,186) by Philadelphia tinsmith John Landis Mason.

1872 - First international soccer game was played. Final score: Scotland-England 0-0 (in Glasgow)

1875 - A patent (#170,460) was issued for a "Biscuit Cutter" was issued to Alexander P. Ashbourne.

1886 - The first commercially successful U.S. alternating current power plant was opened at Buffalo, NY by George Westinghouse.

1897 - A patent (#594,501) for a "Device for Rolling Cigarettes" was issued to American inventor J.A. Sweeting.

1936 - London's Crystal Palace was destroyed by fire.

1940 - Lucille Ball married Desi Arnaz in Greenwich, Connecticut.

1954 - First proven meteorite known to strike a woman/person (Liz Hodges, in Sylacauga, Alabama). It took a year of pleading with the air force, but she was allowed to keep the 9 pound meteorite.

1956 - CBS became the first network to broadcast from videotape. It was a rebroadcast to the West Coast of the 15-minute Douglas Edwards and the News program. It was recorded on 2-inch tape with an Ampex Mark IV machine.

1968 - #1 Hit November 30, 1968 - December 13, 1968: Diana Ross & the Supremes - Love Child

1971 - TV movie Brian's Song, aired for first time on ABC

1979 - Pink Floyd released The Wall double album. "If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding, how can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat!"

1982 - Michael Jackson's second solo album, Thriller, the biggest selling album in history, was released worldwide.

1985 - #1 Hit November 30, 1985 - December 6, 1985: Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin - Separate Lives

1991 - #1 Hit November 30, 1991 - December 6, 1991: P.M. Dawn - Set Adrift On Memory Bliss

1992 - Guns N' Roses performed their hit song "November Rain" in Bogotá, Colombia. When they started to play it, a soft rain fell over the city and stopped right after they finished the song.

1993 - The Brady Bill, requiring a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers, was signed into law.

1994 - Italian cruise ship MS Achille Lauro caught fire off Somalia, with 3 people dead, and most of the nearly 1,000 passengers and crew escaping in lifeboats. It sank on December 2nd.

2004 - Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, finally loses, leaving him with $2,520,700 - television's biggest game show winnings.

2009 - CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) started. "CERN's Large Hadron Collider has today become the world's highest energy particle accelerator, having accelerated its twin beams of protons to an energy of 1.18 TeV in the early hours of the morning." CERN is experimenting with things like "The Big Bang" but hopefully on a smaller scale.

November 30th
Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
Billy Idol (1955)
Robert Guillaume (1927)
Ben Stiller (1965)
Jonathon Swift (1667)
Mandy Patinkin (1952)
Bo Jackson (1962)
Clay Aiken (1978)
Kaley Cuoco (1985)
Dick Clark (1929)
Abbie Hoffman (1936)
G. Gordon Liddy (1930)
Roger Glover (1945)
Elisha Cuthbert (1982)
Mark Twain (1835)
Ridley Scott (1937)
Jorge Negrete (1911)
Richard Crenna (1927-2003)

Men are like fine wine. They all start out like grapes, and it's our job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something you'd like to have dinner with.

- The Lady Who Knows

Lady Astor: "Mr. Churchill, you're drunk!"
Winston Churchill: "Yes, and you, Madam, are ugly. But tomorrow, I
shall be sober."
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education
- Mark Twain (1835-1910)


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