Events - November 24
1871 - The National Rifle Association was incorporated. Remember, “Guns don’t kill. People do.” Hey, watch where you’re pointing that person!
1874 - Joseph F. Glidden of DeKalb, Illinois found just what he had been waiting for -- in his mailbox. It was the patent for his invention: barbed wire.
1903 - For you self-starters out there, this special note: The automatic self-starter was patented by Clyde J. Coleman of New York City.
1937 - Music from the Raymor Ballroom in Boston, Massachusetts was beamed coast to coast on NBC radio. The special guests during this broadcast were Glenn Miller and his orchestra.
1937 - Three lovely ladies, known as The Andrews Sisters, recorded Decca record number 1562 this day. It became one of their biggest hits: "Bei Mir Bist Du Schön".
1947 - The Cleveland Indians renewed the managerial contract of Lou Boudreau for an additional two years.
1947 - The first Postmaster General of the United States, to be promoted from the rank and file, was named. J.M. Donaldson had moved through the post office beginning as a letter carrier in 1908.
1950 - The musical comedy, "Guys and Dolls", from the pen of Frank Loesser, opened at the 46th Street Theatre in New York City. The show ran for 1,200 performances.
1958 - Jackie Wilson’s "Lonely Teardrops" was released, as was a disk by Richie Valens featuring "Donna" on one side and "La Bamba" on the other.
1958 - Harold Jenkins, who changed his name to Conway Twitty, got his first #1 hit on this day. "It’s Only Make Believe" was the most popular song in the U.S. for one week.
1967 - Actor and TV host, Gary Collins, and former (1959) Miss America, Mary Ann Mobley, were married on this day.
1970 - The nation’s outstanding collegiate football player of the year received the annual Heisman Memorial Trophy. Jim Plunkett was a quarterback for the Stanford Cardinal and later went on to a sterling career in the NFL.
1971 - It was a dark, freezing-cold, rainy Thanksgiving eve when Dan Cooper, now better known as D.B. Cooper, boarded a Northwest Orient airliner in Portland, Oregon. The chain-smoking Cooper, in his mid-forties, wore dark glasses, a dark suit and tie, and white shirt. He carried a black briefcase containing what resembled a bomb, using it to hijack the Boeing 727 plane. Cooper demanded and received $200,000, then parachuted from the plane over the Cascade Mountains in Southwestern Washington, never to be seen again. ($5,880 of the loot was found on the banks of the Columbia River in 1980.) Cooper left several lasting contributions ... the mystery: why did he do it, did he survive, and if so, where did he go and what did he do with the rest of the money; and a new aircraft design called the "Cooper Vane", a device that prevents the tail stairways on Boeing 727s from being lowered while in flight (Cooper’s escape route).
1972 - A Friday night show that would compete head-to-head with NBC’s "Midnight Special" premiered. "In Concert" featured Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Blood Sweat and Tears, Seals and Crofts and Poco. Robert W. Morgan of KHJ, Los Angeles was the offstage announcer for the ABC-TV show that was staged before a live audience. "In Concert" was the creation of the guy who dreamed up the fictitious group The Archies and brought fame to The Monkees: rock promoter, Don Kirshner. ("In Concert" was aired as part of ABC-TV’s "Wide World of Entertainment".)
1986 - Buffalo Sabres center Gilbert Perreault announced that he was weary of hockey life and was hanging up his skates after 17 seasons of fights, slashes, gashes, body slams, trips, spins, head jams, cross checks, body blocks and dodging hockey pucks. What the heck took him so long? And have his teeth grown back?
1986 - The American Eagle silver dollar, like its gold counterpart, became all the rage on this, its first day of issue -- by selling out. An additional 250,000 coins were also ordered this day by coin dealers.
1993 - The "Brady Bill" was passed by the U.S. Congress. The battle over the bill had been long and loud since its introduction in 1987, dividing gun-control supporters and opponents. The major issures were background checks of would-be handgun purchasers, bans on semi-automatic assault weapons and ‘Saturday night specials’, and the licensing and registration of handguns.
1998 - America Online, the largest Internet access service, announced plans to acquire Netscape Communications in a deal valued at $4.2 billion.
1999 - Movies debuting in U.S. theatres: "End of Days" (“When the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison.”), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Pollak, Robin Tunney and Rod Steiger; "Flawless" (“They couldn't like each other less or need each other more.”), with Robert Deniro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Miller and Wanda De Jesus; "Mansfield Park" (“Jane Austen’s Wicked Comedy”), starring Frances O’Connor Embeth Davidtz Jonny Lee Miller; and the animated "Toy Story 2" (“The Toys Are Back!”), with the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer and Don Rickles).
Birthdays - November 24
1632 - Benedict (Baruch) Spinoza (philosopher, writer: A Treatise on Religious and Political Philosophy, Ethics, Political Treatise, Hebrew Grammar; died Feb 21, 1677)
1713 - Laurence Sterne (author: Tristam Shandy; died Mar 18, 1768)
1784 - Zachary Taylor (12th U.S. President [1849-1850]; married to Margaret Smith [one son, five daughters]; nickname: Old Rough and Ready; died July 9, 1850)
1868 - Scott Joplin (King of ragtime music, composer, musician: guitar, piano, bugle: Original Rags, Maple Leaf Rag, The Ragtime Dance, The Entertainer, operas: The Guest of Honor, Treemonisha; died Apr 1, 1917)
1877 - Alben Barkley (35th Vice President of the U.S. [1949-1953]; died Apr 30, 1956)
1888 - Dale Carnegie (lecturer, author: How to Win Friends and Influence People, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living; died Nov 1, 1955)
1895 - Corinne Griffith (actress, silent film star: The Garden of Eden, Lilies of the Field; died July 13, 1979)
1901 - William H. (Henry) Vanderbilt (politician: Governor of Rhode Island [1939-1941]; grandson of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt; died April 14, 1981)
1912 - Garson Kanin (writer: A Gift of Time, Tracy & Hepburn; director: Adam’s Rib, Pat & Mike, Tom, Dick & Harry; died Mar 13, 1999)
1912 - Teddy Wilson (jazz pianist: Carelessly, Where the Lazy River Goes By, My Melancholy Baby, Remember Me?, You Can’t Stop Me from Dreaming, Honeysuckle Rose, Ain’t Misbehavin’; bandleader, arranger; died July 31, 1986)
1913 - Howard Duff (actor: Felony Squad, Mr. Adams and Eve, Flamingo Road, Knots Landing, Dante, Dallas, East of Eden, Kramer vs. Kramer, The Naked City, Oh God!, Book 2; died July 8, 1990)
1913 - Geraldine Fitzgerald (actress: Arthur series, Easy Money, Harry and Tonto, The Last American Hero, Ten North Frederick, The Obsessed, Watch on the Rhine, Wuthering Heights, The Mill on the Floss, Department Store, Our Private World; died July 17, 2005)
1921 - John V. Lindsay (politician: two-term mayor of New York City [1966-1973]; died Dec 19, 2000)
1925 - Al Cohn (jazz composer, musician: tenor sax; died Feb 5, 1988)
1925 - William F. Buckley Jr. (writer, commentator, editor: National Review; author: God and Man at Yale; host: Firing Line; died Feb 27, 2008)
1927 - Alfredo Kraus (Trujillo) (opera singer: tenor: Lucia, Werther; died Sep 10, 1999)
1933 - René Enríquez (actor: Hill Street Blues, Bulletproof, The Evil That Men Do; Mar 23, 1990)
1938 - Oscar Robertson (Basketball Hall of Famer: ‘The Big O’: basketball: Cincinnati Royals guard: Rookie of the Year , NBA MVP ; Milwaukee Bucks: NBA Championship; NBA’s 35th Anniversary Team )
1939 - Jim (James Thomas) Northrup (baseball: Detroit Tigers [two grand slams in one game: 6/24/68; World Series: 1968], Baltimore Orioles, Montreal Expos; died Jun 8, 2011)
1939 - Jim Yester (musician: guitar, sax, singer: group: The Association: Along Comes Mary, Cherish, Windy, Never My Love, Everything That Touches You)
1940 - Johnny Carver (singer: Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree, You Really Haven’t Changed, Afternoon Delight, Don’t Tell [That Sweet Ole Lady of Mine], Tonight Someone’s Falling in Love, Living Next Door to Alice, Your Lily White Hands, Hold Me Tight, Sweet Wine)
1941 - Pete (Randolph) Best (musician: drums: original Beatle pre-Ringo Starr; autobiography: Beatle!)
1941 - Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn (musician: bass: groups: Mar-Keys; Booker T & The MG’s: Hang ’Em High, Time is Tight; died May 13, 2012)
1943 - Dave Bing (Basketball Hall of Famer: Detroit Pistons guard: Rookie of the Year , NBA scoring leader ; Washington Bullets, Boston Celtics)
1944 - Bob Lind (singer, songwriter: Elusive Butterfly, Remember the Rain, Truly Julie’s Blues, Cheryl’s Goin’ Home)
1945 - Lee Michaels (singer: Do You Know What I Mean)
1947 - Dwight Schultz (actor: The A-Team, Star Trek; The Next Generation, Fat Man and Little Boy)
1948 - Rudy Tomjanovich (basketball: Univ. of Michigan [all-American], Houston Rockets player, head coach)
1948 - Steve (Stephen Wayne) Yeager (baseball: catcher: LA Dodgers [World Series: 1974, 1977, 1978, 1981: shared 3-way MVP award], Seattle Mariners)
1949 - Henry Bibby (basketball: only man to play for championship teams in NCAA, NBA & CBA; UCLA [point guard on 3 NCAA national championship teams], NBA: NY Knicks [NBA championship team in 1973], New Orleans, Philadelphia and San Diego, CBA: Lancaster (PA) Lightning [player-coach and won a title], Savannah, Tulsa, Oklahoma City)
1950 - Stanley Livingston (actor: My Three Sons)
1957 - Denise Crosby (actress: Star Trek: The Next Generation, 48 Hrs., Curse of the Pink Panther, Pet Sematary, Red Shoe Diaries 13: Four on the Floor, Deep Impact)
1957 - Chris Hayes (musician: guitar: group: Huey Lewis & The News: Do You Believe in Love, Heart and Soul, I Want a New Drug, The Heart of Rock & Roll, Walking on a Thin Line, Bad is Bad, If This is It, Power of Love, Trouble in Paradise, Stuck with You)
1962 - John Squire (musician: guitar: group: The Stone Roses: Fool’s Gold, What the World is Waiting For, Elephant Stone, One Love)
1978 - Katherine Heigl (actress: Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Prince Valiant, Bride of Chucky, The Tempest, Roswell)
Chart Toppers - November 24
You Do - Dinah Shore
Near You - The Francis Craig Orchestra (vocal: Bob Lamm)
The Whiffinpoof Song - Bing Crosby
I’ll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) - Eddy Arnold
Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
Autumn Leaves - Roger Williams
Love and Marriage - Frank Sinatra
Love, Love, Love - Webb Pierce
I’m Leaving It Up to You - Dale & Grace
Washington Square - The Village Stompers
She’s a Fool - Lesley Gore
Love’s Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens
Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes
Baby I’m-A Want You - Bread
Have You Seen Her - Chi-Lites
Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) - Merle Haggard
No More Tears (Enough is Enough) - Barbra Streisand/Donna Summer
Babe - Styx
Please Don’t Go - K.C. & The Sunshine Band
Come with Me - Waylon Jennings
Mony Mony "Live" - Billy Idol
(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Heaven is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle
I Won’t Need You Anymore (Always and Forever) - Randy Travis
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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