Events - November 3
1892 - The first successful automatic telephone system was introduced in Laporte, IN. Almond Strowger, the inventor, came up with the idea because the non-automatic system made it possible for his customers calls to be intercepted by his competitor. Strowger ran a funeral parlor.
1900 - The first National Automobile Show opened in Madison Square Garden in New York City. A total of 31 car makers put their autoware on display.
1934 - The first race track in California opened under a new parimutuel betting law. Bay Meadows, located in San Mateo, closed in 2008, with its last official race occurring on August 17 of that year.
1941 - The classic Jerry Gray arrangement of "String of Pearls" was recorded by the Glenn Miller Orchestra - on Bluebird 78s. The recording featured the trumpet of Bobby Hackett.
1953 - The Rules Committee of organized baseball restored the sacrifice fly (credited to a batter who flies out to drive in a run). The rule had not been used since 1939.
1956 - The classic MGM film, "The Wizard of Oz", was first seen on television. The film cost CBS $250,000 to show. The movie was shown 18 times between 1956 and 1976, and you can probably catch it again no matter what year it is.
1957 - Sam Phillips, owner of legendary Sun Records in Memphis, TN, released "Great Balls of Fire", by Jerry Lee Lewis. Looking carefully at the original label, one will find credit to Lewis and “his pumping piano.”
1960 - "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" opened on Broadway. The play would become an American theater standard and win a Tony Award for its star, Tammy Grimes.
1962 - "Billboard" magazine dropped the "Western" from its chart title. The list has been known as "Hot Country Singles/Songs" ever since.
1964 - For the first time, residents of the District of Columbia were permitted to vote in a presidential election. The ratification of the 23rd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (in 1961) gave Washington, D.C. citizens the right to vote for President and Vice President of the United States (not for members of Congress, however). Before that (since 1936), D.C. residents had voted only for party officials and delegates to the Democratic and Republican national conventions.
1972 - Singers Carly Simon and James Taylor were married in Carly’s Manhattan apartment. The couple was said to be the highest-paid couple in the world -- next to Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Carly and ‘Sweet Baby’ James would divorce years later.
1975 - Actor David Hartman became coanchor of ABC’s "Good Morning America". Hartman’s co-host was actress Nancy Dussault.
1979 - The Eagles had the number-one album in the U.S. "The Long Run" started a nine-week run at the top these tracks to remember: "The Long Run", "I Can’t Tell You Why", "In the City", "The Disco Strangler", "King Of Hollywood", "Heartache Tonight", "Those Shoes", "Teenage Jail", "The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks" and "The Sad Cafe".
1982 - The Dow Jones industrial average surged 43.41 points, marking the greatest single day gain in the history of the New York Stock Exchange. (By today's standards, fluctuations of several hundred points are not uncommon.)
1986 - “The Fight for Fort Knox” was announced this day. ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler and ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard agreed to duke it out in April,
1987. The two were guaranteed at least $23 million. (Leonard won in a 12-round split decision.)
1990 - Vanilla Ice was number one in the U.S. with the single "Ice Ice Baby", from the album "To the Extreme". “Ice Ice Baby Vanilla, Ice Ice Baby Vanilla...”
1992 - Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton (and running-mate Al Gore) easily defeated President George Bush and VP Dan Quayle to win the U.S. presidential election.
1996 - George Foreman won a 12-round unanimous decision over Crawford Grimsley in Tokyo. The aging (actually the oldest heavyweight champ) collected a purse of about $5 million.
2000 - Movies making their first U.S. runs this day: "Charlie’s Angels", with Camerin Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu (the angels), Bill Murray and Sam Rockwell ; and "The Legend of Bagger Vance", starring Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, J. Michael Moncrief and Bruce Mcgill.
Birthdays - November 3
1718 - John Montagu (4th Earl of Sandwich; inventor: the sandwich; England’s 1st Lord of the Admiralty, Secretary of State of the Northern Dept., Postmaster General; Sandwich Islands [Hawaii] named after him; died Apr 30, 1792)
1793 - Stephen Austin (principal founder of Texas’ capital city, Austin, named after him; Texas Secretary of State; died Dec 27, 1836)
1794 - William Cullen Bryant (poet: Thanatopsis, To a Waterfowl, A Forest Hymn, The Prairies; editor: NY Evening Post; died June 12, 1878)
1908 - Bronko (Bronislaw) Nagurski (Pro Football Hall of Famer: charter member: Chicago Bears: rushed for over 4,000 yards; world champion wrestler ; College Football Hall of Famer: University of Minnesota; died Jan 7, 1990)
1909 - James Reston (journalist, columnist: The New York Times; died Dec 6, 1995)
1918 - Bob (Robert William) Feller (‘Rapid Robert’: Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher: Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1938-1941, 1946-1948, 1950/World Series: 1948]; won 266 games in 18 seasons: 3 no-hitters, 12 1-hitters; died Dec 15, 2010)
1921 - Charles Bronson (Buchinsky) (actor: Death Wish series, The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, The Valachi Papers, Sandpiper, Raid on Entebbe, Miss Sadie Thompson, Battle of the Bulge, House of Wax, You’re in the Army Now; husband of actress Jill Ireland; died Aug 30, 2003)
1928 - (Dixie) Wanda Hendrix (actress: My Outlaw Brother, The Admiral Was a Lady, Welcome Stranger; died Feb 1, 1981)
1930 - Peggy McCay (actress: A Death of Innocence, Eleanor and Franklin, Bustin' Loose, Amityville: The Evil Escapes; TV panelist: Who’s the Boss?; died Oct 7, 2018)
1931 - Monica Vitti (Maria Louisa Ceciarelli) (actress: Immortal Bachelor, Tigers in Lipstick, An Almost Perfect Affair, Blonde in Black Leather, The Red Desert)
1933 - John Barry (Prendergast) (Academy Award-winning composer: soundtracks: Born Free , The Lion in Winter , Out of Africa , Dances with Wolves ; The Cotton Club, The Day of the Locust, Eleanor & Franklin, Indecent Proposal, Midnight Cowboy, Peggy Sue Got Married, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Shampoo, Somewhere in Time, James Bond movies, The Persuaders theme; died Jan 20, 2011)
1933 - Ken Berry (actor: Mayberry RFD, F Troop, Mama’s Family, The Ken Berry "Wow" Show, The Bob Newhart Show, The Ann Sothern Show, The Cat from Outer Space, Mountain Man, Herbie Rides Again; singer, dancer)
1933 - Michael Dukakis (politician: Governor of Massachusetts; U.S. Presidential nominee )
1948 - Lulu (Marie Lawrie) (singer: To Sir with Love, Boom Bang-A-Bang, Oh Me Oh My [I’m a Fool for You Baby], I Could Never Miss You)
1949 - Mike Evans (Jonas) (actor: The Jeffersons, All in the Family, The Practice, The House on Skull Mountain, The Voyage of the Yes, Rich Man, Poor Man-Book 1; died Dec 14, 2006)
1949 - Larry Holmes (boxer: heavyweight: WBC Champ [1978-1985])
1952 - Roseanne (Roseanne Cherrie Barr) (Emmy Award-winning actress: oseanne [1992-1993]; Funny, She-Devil; coproducer: The Jackie Thomas Show; author: My Life as a Woman, My Lives)
1953 - Kate Capshaw (actress: How to Make an American Quilt, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, Private Affairs, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Best Defense, A Little Sex, Duke of Groove, Black Tie Affair)
1953 - Dennis Miller (Emmy Award-winning writer: Dennis Miller Live [1993-1994, 1995-1996]; producer-writer: HBO: Dennis Miller: Citizen Arcane [1995-1996]; actor: The Dennis Miller Show, Saturday Night Live, The Net, Disclosure, Madhouse; sports commentator: ABC: NFL Monday Night Football)
1954 - Adam Ant (Stuart Goddard) (singer: Goody Two Shoes, Prince Charming, Stand and Deliver, Apollo Nine)
1954 - Phil Simms (football: New York Giants quarterback: Super Bowl XXI)
1957 - Dolph Lundgren (actor: Johnny Mnemonic, The Shooter, Universal Soldier, Red Scorpion, A View to a Kill, Rocky 4)
1961 - Lee Montgomery (actor: Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Pete and Tillie, Ben)
Chart Toppers - November 3
Goodnight Irene - The Weavers
All My Love - Patti Page
Harbor Lights - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Tony Alamo)
I’m Moving On - Hank Snow
It’s All in the Game - Tommy Edwards
Topsy II - Cozy Cole
Tom Dooley - The Kingston Trio
City Lights - Ray Price
96 Tears - ?(Question Mark) & The Mysterians
Last Train to Clarksville - The Monkees
Poor Side of Town - Johnny Rivers
Open Up Your Heart - Buck Owens
You Haven’t Done Nothin - Stevie Wonder
You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet/Free Wheelin’ - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Jazzman - Carole King
I Overlooked an Orchid - Mickey Gilley
Who Can It Be Now? - Men at Work
Eye in the Sky - The Alan Parsons Project
I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near) - Michael McDonald
Close Enough to Perfect - Alabama
Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
Love Takes Time - Mariah Carey
Giving You the Benefit - Pebbles
You Lie - Reba McEntire
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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