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November 30 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

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November 30 History Highlights

  • 1803 - In New Orleans, Spanish representatives officially transferred the Louisiana Territory to France. Just a few weeks later, France transferred the same land to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase
  • 1872 - The first-ever international football match takes place at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow, between Scotland and England. Four thousand people watched the scoreless game.
  • 1982 - Michael Jackson's sixth solo studio album, Thriller, was released worldwide.
  • Exxon and Mobil sign a US$73.7 billion agreement to merge, thus creating ExxonMobil, the world's largest company at that time.

November 30 is...

Cities For Life Day
Computer Security Day
National Mousse Day
National Stay At Home Because You're Well Day

November 30 Quotes

A sound heart is a safer guide than an ill-trained conscience.
- Mark Twain

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
- Winston Churchill

When a great genius appears in the world the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
- Jonathan Swift

You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.
- Abbie Hoffman

I don't set trends. I just find out what they are and exploit them.
- Dick Clark

Music is the soundtrack of your life.
- Dick Clark

Hello. My name is Iñigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
- Mandy Patinkin, as Inigo Montoya, in The Princess Bride

If you want to stay young-looking, pick your parents very carefully.
- Dick Clark

November 30 Birthdays

1667 - Jonathan Swift, Irish satirist and essayist (died in 1745)
1835 - Mark Twain, American novelist, humorist, and critic (died in 1910)
1872 - John McCrae, Canadian physician, soldier and poet (In Flanders Fields, died in 1918)
1874 - Winston Churchill, English colonel, journalist, and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Nobel Prize laureate, died in 1965)
1918 - Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor (died in 2014)
1920 - Virginia Mayo, American actress (died in 2005)
1924 - Allan Sherman, American actor, comedian, singer, producer and screenwriter (died in 1973)
1926 - Richard Crenna, American actor, director and producer (died in 2003)
1927 - Robert Guillaume, American actor and singer (died in 2017)
1929 - Dick Clark, American TV host and producer (founded Dick Clark Productions, died in 2012)
1930 - G. Gordon Liddy, American lawyer, radio host
1936 - Abbie Hoffman, American activist and author (co-founded the Youth International Party, died in 1989)
1937 - Ridley Scott, English director and producer (Alien, Blade Runner)
1942 - Eugene Krabs, restaurateur (The Krusty Krab)
1951 - Daniel Petrie, Jr., American director, producer and screenwriter
1952 - Mandy Patinkin, American actor and singer
1953 - June Pointer, American singer (Pointer Sisters, d. 2006)
1955 - Kevin Conroy, American actor (animated Batman)
1955 - Billy Idol, English Singer/Songwriter (White Wedding, Mony Mony)
1958 - Stacey Q, American pop Singer/Songwriter, dancer and actress
1959 - Cherie Currie, American Singer/Songwriter, musician and actress (The Runaways)
1960 - Mandy Patinkin, American actor
1962 - Bo Jackson, American football and baseball player
1968 - Des'ree, English Singer/Songwriter
1975 - Mindy McCready, American Singer/Songwriter (died in 2013)
1977 - Steve Aoki, American DJ and producer (founded Dim Mak Records)
1978 - Clay Aiken, American singer (American Idol)
1982 - Elisha Cuthbert, Canadian actress
1985 - Kaley Cuoco, American actress (Big Bang Theory)
1985 - Chrissy Teigen, American model

November 30 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.

1931 - The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombaurer was published.

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, possible 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 lost, 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.

Today's Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

US President #34 Dwight Eisenhower (1953-1961) He initiated the use of Air Force One.

Despite Star Wars being set a "long time ago in a galaxy far far away" they have insanely advanced technology, yet they don't have glasses.

The Capital of Cameroon is Yaounde

After the Library of Congress was burned by the British in 1814, Thomas Jefferson offered his entire personal library as a replacement - more than doubling the previous size of the library to 6,487 volumes

TV Quotes... "Well, isn't that special?" (Dana Carvey as the Church Lady) on "Saturday Night Live"

The Scooby Gang includes, Scooby-doo Fred "Freddie" Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley and Norville "Shaggy" Rogers.

I just got done with my performance review and it's pretty clear that my boss is clueless to the difference between a "debacle" and a "fiasco".

A group of Antelope is called a Herd.

"I'm not even supposed to be here. I'm just 'Crewman Number Six.' I'm expendable. I'm the guy in the episode who dies to prove how serious the situation is. I've gotta get outta here." - Guy Fleegman

From Russia with Love was the last film JFK saw at the White House, on November 20, 1963 before going to Dallas.

Roulette Odds: 0,00,1,2,3 combination: Payoff: 6:1 True Odds: 13.16%

The Bohemian Rhapsody lyric "Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango", it refers to a clown character from 17th century theatre being asked to do a Spanish dance, which has a lively triple meter rhythm like a waltz.

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