Events - November 1
1755 - There had been no warning for the people of Lisbon, Portugal when the walls of their beautiful, tall buildings came tumbling down. A powerful ... we don’t know where it stood on the Richter scale ’cause Richter wasn’t born yet ... earthquake, felt across the European continent, rocked the city three times causing destruction of property, fires and a tsunami. Over 60,000 died, most drowning in the enormous tidal wave.
1848 - The first medical school exclusively for women opened its doors -- to twelve students. The Boston Female Medical School was founded by Samuel Gregory. Twenty-six years later, the school merged with Boston University School of Medicine becoming one of the first coed, medical colleges in the world.
1864 - Money orders were sold by the U.S. Post Office as a safe way to make payments by mail.
1870 - The U.S. Weather Bureau made its first weather observations. Up to that time, the observations had been the responsibility of the Signal Corps of the U.S. War Department. Take a weather person to lunch today.
1894 - The publication, "Billboard Advertising", made it to desks for the first time. The periodical cost 10 cents. A subscription to the weekly magazine currently costs about $250 a year and is known as "Billboard", the longtime bible of the radio and music industry.
1913 - Knute Rockne and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame beat Army at West Point, 35-13. Notre Dame had been an unknown in college football. What turned it around was the attention of thousands as Rockne handed Army its first loss of the season, thanks to a new secret weapon: the forward pass.
1937 - The first broadcast of "Hilltop House" was aired on CBS radio; while on NBC radio, the comic strip character "Terry and the Pirates" debuted.
1944 - The whimsical tale about an invisible rabbit named "Harvey" opened in New York City. One year later, the play by Mary Chase won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Movie fans remember the classic film, starring Jimmy Stewart in one of his most famous roles.
1947 - The famous racehorse, Man o’ War, died. His funeral was attended by over 2,500 people. Man o’ War was so famous that, while a stud in retirement, his guest book listed over 2,000,000 names!
1947 - Eddy Arnold began a 21-week run at #1 on U.S. country music charts with with "I’ll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)". It was the biggest hit of Arnold’s illustrious career.
1950 - The first black man to play in the National Basketball Association hit the hardwood this day. Charles Cooper was in the Boston Celtics lineup for a game played in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1950 - Two Puerto Rican nationalists attepted to assassinate President Harry S Truman at Blair House, Washington, DC (where the Truman’s were living during a three-year renovation of the White House). One of the gunman and one White House policemen were killed.
1957 - The Mackinac Straits Bridge, between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas, opened to traffic. At the time, it was the world’s longest suspension bridge -- and is still one of the longest in the world -- at five miles long, with a main span of 3,800 feet/1,158 meters.
1959 - For as long as ice hockey has been played - since 1855 in North America, and the 16th century in the Netherlands - goalies have been getting their faces smashed by flying hockey pucks. On this day, Jacques Plante had had enough! The goalie for the Montreal Canadiens had been hit again and had to have seven more stitches added to his face. This time, however, he returned to the ice wearing a plastic face mask. Plante had made it out of fiberglass and resin. His design was so popular, that goalies throughout the National Hockey League followed suit. The plastic, face mask is now standard issue. Thanks to Jacques Plante, goalies have more teeth and we hardly ever know what they really look like.
1968 - The current movie rating system of G, M, R, X followed by PG-13 and now NC-17, went into effect. The Production Code Administration hands out the ratings.
1968 - George Harrison’s soundtrack LP, "Wonderwall", was released. It was the first solo album by one of The Beatles. The album was also the first on the new Apple label.
1969 - "Abbey Road", by The Beatles, was #1 on U.S. album charts. Although "Let It Be" was the last Beatles album of new material to be released, "Abbey Road" was, in fact, the last album The Beatles recorded. The album, number one for eleven weeks, consisted of: "Come Together", "Something", "Maxwell’s Silver Hammer", "Oh! Darling", "Octopus’s Garden", "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", "Here Comes the Sun", "Because", "You Never Give Me Your Money". "Sun King", "Mean Mr. Mustard", "Polythene Pam", "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window", "Golden Slumbers", "Carry That Weight", "The End", "Her Majesty".
1969 - And speaking of lasts, Elvis Presley hit number one in the U.S. with "Suspicious Minds". It was his first #1 pop single since "Good Luck Charm" in 1962 and his last #1 pop single.
1971 - The first Eisenhower dollar coins were put into circulation by the U.S. Mint. The coins were minted from 1971 to 1978.
1975 - Elton John’s "Island Girl" hit number one on the "Billboard Hot 100" chart. The song parked itself at the top of the hit heap for 3 weeks.
1986 - Boston’s "Third Stage" album hit the big time this day as it became the number one album in the U.S. Memorable (and not so memorable) tracks on the album: "Amanda", "We’re Ready", "The Launch", "Cool the Engines", "My Destination", "A New World", "To Be a Man", "I Think I Like It", "Can’tcha Say", "Still in Love" and "Hollyann".
1987 - Tom Watson won the first Nabisco Championship (later named the Tour Championship) of Golf by two strokes over Chip Beck. Watson scooped up $384,000 in prize money -- the biggest payoff in golf to that day.
1994 - The Chicago Bulls retired Michael Jordan’s uniform (No. 23) and put it on display at the United Center. A sculpture was later commissioned and placed outside the arena with the inscription, “The Best There Ever Was. The Best There Ever Will Be.”
1996 - Movies opening in the U.S.: "Bad Moon", starring Micahel Pare, Mariel Hemingway and Mason Gamble; "Larger Than Life", with Bill Murray, Janeane Garofalo and Matthew Mcconaughey; and "William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet", with Leonardo Dicaprio as Romeo and Claire Danes as Juliet.
1998 - Steve Young and Jerry Rice connected for their 80th career touchdown. That TD broke an NFL record, previously held by the Miami duo of Dan Marino and Mark Clayton.
Birthdays - November 1
1871 - Stephen Crane (novelist: The Red Badge of Courage; died June 5, 1900)
1920 - James J. Kilpatrick (journalist, TV: 60 Minutes: Point-Counterpoint; died Aug 15, 2010)
1926 - Lou Donaldson (musician: alto saxophone: LPs: New Faces New Sounds, The Time is Right, Midnight Sun, Here ’Tis, The Natural Soul, Sweet Lou, Sassy Soul Strut; singer: Whiskey Drinkin’ Woman)
1926 - Betsy Palmer (Patricia Betsy Hrunek) (TV panelist: I’ve Got a Secret, What’s It For, Masquerade Party; TV host: Today; actress: Knots Landing, The Last Angry Man, It Could Happen to Jane, Mr. Roberts, Friday the 13th series; columnist: Chicago Tribune; died May 29, 2015)
1935 - Gary Player (World Golf Hall of Famer: British Open champion [1959, 1968, 1974]; Masters [1961, 1974, 1978]; PGA [1962, 1972]; PGA Seniors [1986, 1988, 1990]; U.S. Senior Open [1987, 1988])
1937 - ‘Whispering’ Bill (James) Anderson (songwriter: Still, City Lights, I Missed Me, Happy Birthday to Me; singer: Three Times a Lady, My Life, 8x10; [w/Jan Howard]: For Loving You, If It’s All the Same to You, Someday We’ll Be Together; member of Grand Ole Opry)
1939 - Barbara Bosson (actress: Hill Street Blues, Cop Rock, Richie Brockelman, Private Eye, Hooperman, The Committee, The Last Starfighter)
1940 - Barry Sadler (songwriter, singer: Ballad of the Green Berets; died Nov 5, 1989)
1941 - Robert Foxworth (actor: Falcon Crest, Storefront Lawyers, Double Standard, Ants, Frankenstein, Damien: Omen 2)
1942 - Larry Flynt (magazine publisher: Hustler)
1942 - Marcia Wallace (actress: The Bob Newhart Show, My Mom’s a Werewolf; Emmy Award-winning voice-over: Mrs. Karbappel: The Simpsons [1991-1992]; died Oct 25, 2013)
1945 - Rick Grech (musician: bassist, violinist: groups: Family; Blind Faith; Traffic; Crickets; Square Dance Machine; died Mar 17, 1990)
1947 - Ted Hendricks (Football Hall of Famer: Baltimore Colts, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders: played 215 consecutive games in 15 seasons)
1949 - Jeannie Berlin (actress: The Heartbreak Kid, Portnoy’s Complaint, In the Spirit, The Baby Maker)
1950 - Dan Peek (musician: guitar, singer: group: America: A Horse with No Name; LPs: Hat Trick, Holiday, Hearts; died Jul 24, 2011)
1951 - Ronald (Kool) Bell (musician: saxophone: group: Kool & The Gang: Ladies Night, Celebration, I.B.M.C.)
1954 - Chris Morris (musician: guitar: group: Paper Lace: The Night Chicago Died)
1957 - Lyle Lovett (Grammy Award-winning singer: Best Male Country Vocal ; Cowboy Man, songwriter: This Old Porch [w/Robert Earl Keen], You Can’t Resist It, Closing Time, If I Had a Boat; actor: Ready to Wear, Short Cuts, The Player)
1958 - Rachel Ticotin (actress: The Wharf Rat, Natural Born Killers, Don Juan DeMarco, One Good Cop, Total Recall, Fort Apache, the Bronx, Ohara, For Love and Honor, Crime & Punishment)
1960 - Fernando (Anguamea) Valenzuela (baseball: pitcher: LA Dodgers [Rookie of the Year: 1981/Cy Young Award: 1981/World Series: 1981/all-star: 1981-1986]], California Angels, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, SD Padres)
1962 - Mags Furuholmen (musician: keyboards, singer: group: a-ha)
1963 - Rick Allen (musician: drums: group: Def Leppard: LPs: Hysteria, Adrenalize)
1967 - Sophie B. Hawkins (musician, singer: LPs [hit singles]: Tongues and Tails [Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover], Whaler [As I Lay Me Down], Timbre [Walking In My Blue Jeans])
1972 - Toni Collette (actress: The Sixth Sense, Muriel’s Wedding, Clockwatchers, Diana & Me, 8½ Women, Shaft ; Broadway: The Wild Party)
1972 - Jenny McCarthy (model: Playboy's Playmate of the Year ; hostess of MTV's Singled Out; actress: Silk Stalkings, Baywatch, Wings, Home Improvement, The Jenny McCarthy Show, Diamonds, Scream 3)
Chart Toppers - November 1
A Tree in the Meadow - Margaret Whiting
Buttons and Bows - Dinah Shore
Hair of Gold, Eyes of Blue - Gordon MacRae
Just a Little Lovin’ (Will Go a Long, Long Way) - Eddy Arnold
Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
The Green Door - Jim Lowe
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
Baby Love - The Supremes
Last Kiss - J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers
Let It Be Me - Betty Everett & Jerry Butler
I Don’t Care (Just as Long as You Love Me) - Buck Owens
My Ding-A-Ling - Chuck Berry
Burning Love - Elvis Presley
Nights in White Satin - The Moody Blues
Funny Face - Donna Fargo
Woman in Love - Barbra Streisand
He’s So Shy - Pointer Sisters
Real Love - The Doobie Brothers
Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys) - Waylon Jennings
Groovy Kind of Love - Phil Collins
Kokomo - The Beach Boys
Wild, Wild West - The Escape Club
Gonna Take a Lot of River - The Oak Ridge Boys
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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