Events - November 2
1889 - North and South Dakota were admitted to the Union; the first time that two states simultaneously became a part of the United States. President Benjamin Harrison had a problem with admitting the two states on the same day. Which one would be first? He decided it was easier to mix up the admissions papers so no one would know and just list the states alphabetically. That’s why North Dakota is the 39th and South Dakota is the 40th of the United States of America. The Dakotas took their name from the Sioux Indian word for ’ally’, although the settlers and the Sioux weren’t always allies (Battle of Wounded Knee). Those searching for a route to the Pacific Ocean settled in South Dakota, Ft. Pierre being the first permanent white settlement. Pierre remains the capital of South Dakota. Bismarck is the capital of North Dakota. Both states are still essentially rural and agricultural. The western meadowlark and the ring-necked pheasant, the North and South Dakota state birds, respectively, still fly over the vast meadowlands. North Dakota’s flower is the wild prairie rose, while the pasque flower holds that title in South Dakota. North Dakota, home of several major air bases and intercontinental ballistic missile sites, is known as the Peace Garden State, while its more southern counterpart is called the Coyote State.
1929 - Newsreel Theatre opened -- on Broadway. The newsreel films were shown at the Embassy Theatre, 1560 Broadway, between 46th and 47th Streets in New York City. This first all-newsreel theatre in the United States also holds the distinction of being the first, and we might add, only movie theater in the U.S. to have had an all-female management and staff (1925). In 1987, the Embassy Theatre was designated as a city landmark, and in 1998 it became Times Square’s Visitor Center.
1931 - "Myrt and Marge" was heard for the first time -- on CBS radio. The program centered on two chorus girls who competed for the same parts and the same men. The creator and writer (Cliff Thomas wrote some) of the series, Myrtle Vail, also played the role of Myrt; and the original Marge was performed by Vail’s daughter, Donna Fick. Three other performers played the part when Donna died giving birth. "Myrt and Marge" continued for 11 years.
1931 - The DuPont Company of Wilmington, DE announced the first synthetic rubber. It was known as DuPrene.
1935 - Notre Dame upset Ohio State, 18-13. It was their first meeting. A forward pass by Bill Shakespeare helped the Fighting Irish down the Buckeyes as some 81,000 fans looked on. Sports scribes called it, "The Game of the Century."
1937 - "I’d Rather Be Right" opened in New York City. The humorous play about the U.S. presidency satirized the high office as it related to Franklin Roosevelt.
1947 - The world’s largest and widest plane ever built - with a wingspan of 319 feet, 11 inches - made its only flight this day. Its pilot, owner, and designer, Howard Hughes, flew the huge, wooden plane over Long Beach Harbor, California at an altitude of 70 feet. The flight lasted just one minute. Hughes named the plane "Hercules"; but it was referred to by most as the "Spruce Goose". The $25 million, 200-ton, plywood behemoth was more like a boat than a plane. Actually a seaplane, it contributed to warplane research over the next decade. The "Spruce Goose" is now in the Michael King Smith Evergreen Aviation Educational Center near McMinville, Oregon.
1948 - When Harry S Truman went to bed this day, he was losing the election for president of the United States (to Thomas E. Dewey). "Chicago Daily Tribune" printers were out on strike and getting the newspaper to readers was no simple task. To make a long story short, the editors had to guess at the outcome of the election and picked/printed the wrong person to win. Upon arising the next morning, Truman learned he had won. On a short train stop in St. Louis, he stepped onto the back platform of the train and was presented with one of the newspapers with the infamous headline, “DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN”. It was at that moment that the famous photo of Truman holding up the paper was taken. When asked to comment, Truman said “This is for the books.”
1955 - The first pop song by Julie London appeared on the charts. London’s smoky and sultry rendition of "Cry Me a River" stayed on the pop chart for five months, reaching as high as #9. Julie was Mrs. Jack Webb (Dragnet) and Mrs. Bobby Troup (songwriter, trumpeter).
1963 - After giving benefit performances for years, singer Kate Smith presented her first full concert performance to a paying crowd -- at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1968 - Another biggie for Stevie Wonder went on sale. "For Once in My Life" reached #2 on the pop charts on December 28, 1968.
1974 - The first of the former Beatles to try a nationwide concert tour was in Los Angeles, appearing at the Forum. Unfortunately, only half the house was filled to see George Harrison. He stopped touring soon thereafter.
1974 - "So Far", the album by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, rose to #1 in the U.S. The tracks: "Deja Vu", "Helplessly Hoping", "Wooden Ships", "Teach Your Children", "Ohio", "Find the Cost of Freedom", "Woodstock", "Our House", "Helpless", "Guinnevere" and "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes".
1976 - Former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter was the first president from the Deep South since 1844. Elected this day, Carter was supported by four out of every five African Americans who voted. He also did well with whites in the South and Americans on low incomes. He quickly made good election promises to pardon Vietnam War draft evaders and to end the production of the expensive B-1 bomber. Carter also set out to limit aid to those governments guilty of human rights violations.
1978 - John J. Riccardo, Chairman of Chrysler Corporation, hired Lee A. Iacocca as Chrysler President. Ten months later, Riccardo resigned and Iacocca was elected Chairman (September 20, 1979).
1985 - For only the second time, a TV soundtrack LP topped the album charts. "Miami Vice" (title track by Jan Hammer) enjoyed a run of eleven weeks. The only other TV soundtrack LP to chart at #1 was Henry Mancini’s "Peter Gunn" in 1959. The remainder of the top-five albums of the week: 2)-"Brothers in Arms" by Dire Straits; 3)-"Whitney Houston" by Whitney Houston; 4)-"Scarecrow" by John Cougar Mellencamp; 5)-"Songs from the Big Chair" by Tears For Fears.
1986 - A record price for a poison apple was paid in New York City. The 12-by-16-inch celluloid, from Walt Disney’s "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", was purchased for $30,800.
1990 - The Prince film, "Graffiti Bridge" opened. Prince starred in the flick, wrote and directed it.
1991 - Karyn White’s "Romantic" hit #1 for one week on the "Billboard Hot 100" chart.
1997 - Denver QB John Elway reached two milestones this day. (1)He accounted for 276 total yards (in a 30-27 victory over the Seattle Seahawks) for 50,273 yards in his career. He was the third player in NFL history -- after Dan Marino and Fran Tarkenton -- to reach the 50,000 plateau. (2)And with 252 yards passing, Elway moved past Tarkenton into second place in career passing yardage with 47,019, trailing only Marino at that point. (All this during a 30-27 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.)
1999 - NBA.com TV, a 24-hour TV network, was launched by the National Basketball Association. Commissioner David J. Stern said, “"NBA.com TV represents the convergence of the Internet, television and basketball. By combining the immediacy and depth of information from NBA.com with current and historical television programming from the NBA, NBA.com TV will offer our fans complete, round-the-clock coverage of the league."
Birthdays - November 2
1734 - Daniel Boone (frontiersman, explorer; captured and adopted by Shawnee Indians as Big Turtle; captured by British; died Sep 26, 1820)
1795 - James (Knox) Polk (11th U.S. President [1845-1849]; Speaker of the House of Representatives, U.S. Congress; married to Sandra Childress [no children]; nickname: Young Hickory; died June 15, 1849)
1865 - Warren G. (Gamaliel) Harding (29th U.S. President [1921-1923]; former newspaperman and senator from Ohio; first president to speak on radio; married to Florence De Wolfe [no children]; died Aug 2, 1923)
1913 - Burt Lancaster (Academy Award-winning actor: Elmer Gantry, ; Trapeze, From Here to Eternity, The Bird Man of Alcatraz, The Unforgiven, Atlantic City, Local Hero, Field of Dreams, The Phantom of the Opera, The Rainmaker, The Rose Tattoo, Scorpio, Tough Guys, Airport, Come Back Little Sheba, Gunfight at the OK Corral, Judgment at Nuremberg; circus acrobat; died Oct 20, 1994)
1914 - Johnny (John Samuel) Vander Meer (‘Double No-Hit’, ‘The Dutch Master’: baseball: pitcher: Cincinnati Reds [only pitcher w/two consecutive no-hitters /all-star: 1938, 1939, 1942, 1943/World Series: 1940], Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians; died Oct 6, 1997)
1914 - Ray Walston (Emmy Award-winning actor: Picket Fences [1995-96]; My Favorite Martian, Fast Times, Silver Spoons, Damn Yankees, South Pacific, The Apartment, Of Mice and Men, Popeye, Silver Streak, The Sting; died Jan 1, 2001)
1917 - Ann Rutherford (actress: Andy Hardy series, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Gone with the Wind; TV panelist: Leave It to the Girls; died Jun 11, 2012))
1926 - Charlie Walker (singer: Pick Me Up on Your Way Down, Don’t Squeeze My Sharmon; died Sep 12, 2008)
1937 - Earl ‘Speedoo’ Carroll (singer: groups: Carnations; Cadillacs: Speedoo, Peek-A-Boo; Coasters: Let’s Go Get Stoned; died Nov 25, 2012)
1938 - Jay Black (David Blatt) (singer: group: Jay and The Americans: Only in America, Come a Little Bit Closer, This Magic Moment)
1938 - Pat Buchanan (Patrick Joseph Buchanan) (outspoken conservative, speechwriter, political advisor)
1940 - Jim Bakken (football: St. Louis Cardinals kicker: holds NFL Individual record: filed goals kicked in a game [7 - 9/24/67])
1941 - Brian Poole (singer: Brian Poole & The Tremeloes: Twist & Shout, Do You Love Me, Someone Someone)
1941 - Dave Stockton (golf: PGA champ )
1941 - Bruce Welch (Cripps) (musician: guitar: group: The Shadows: Apache, Kon Tiki, Wonderful Land, Dance On, Foot Tapper)
1942 - Shere Hite (Shirley Gregory) (author: The Hite Report, Women and Love, Sexual Honesty: By Women for Women, A Nationwide Study of Female Sexuality)
1942 - Stefanie Powers (Stefania Zofia Federkiewcz) (actress: Hart to Hart, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., The Feather and Father Gang, McClintock!, Die! Die! My Darling, Herbie Rides Again, The Interns)
1944 - Keith Emerson (musician: keyboards: groups: Emerson, Lake & Powell; Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Lucky Man, From the Beginning; solo Tonk Train Blues; film scores: The Inferno, Nighthawks)
1952 - Maxine Nightingale (singer: Lead Me On; actress: Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell; Right Back Where We Started From)
1961 - K.D. (Kathryn Dawn) Lang (singer: LPs: Angel with a Lariat, Shadowland, Absolute Torch and Twang, Ingenue, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, All You Can Eat, Drag, Invincible Summer, Live by Request)
1963 - Bobby Dall (Robert Harry Kuykendall) (musician: guitar: group: poison: Every Rose Has It’s Thorn, Something to Believe In, Fallen Angel, Ride the Wind, Talk Dirty to Me, Nothing But a Good Time, Stand)
1966 - David Schwimmer (actor: Friends, The Wonder Years, Breast Men, Band of Brothers)
Chart Toppers - November 2
That Lucky Old Sun - Frankie Laine
You’re Breaking My Heart - Vic Damone
I Can Dream, Can’t I? - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Jack Leonard)
Slipping Around - Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
You Send Me - Sam Cooke
Silhouettes - The Rays
Wake Up Little Susie - The Everly Brothers
Yesterday - The Beatles
A Lover’s Concerto - The Toys
Get Off of My Cloud - The Rolling Stones
Hello Vietnam - Johnny Wright
Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight & The Pips
Keep on Truckin’ - Eddie Kendricks
Paper Roses - Marie Osmond
We’re Gonna Hold On - George Jones & Tammy Wynette
Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do) - Christopher Cross
Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones
Private Eyes - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Never Been So Loved (In All My Life) - Charley Pride
Miss You Much - Janet Jackson
Sowing the Seeds of Love - Tears For Fears
Listen to Your Heart - Roxette
High Cotton - Alabama
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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