Events - November 6
1789 - Pope Pius VI appointed the Rt. Rev. John Carroll the first Roman Catholic bishop in the United States (in the diocese of Baltimore). Carroll’s consecration took place at Lulworth Castle, England, Aug 15, 1790.
1869 - The first intercollegiate football game was played -- in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Rutgers beat Princeton 6-4, with each team fielding 25 men, though not all at once.
1882 - ‘The Jersey Lily of England’ made her American debut. Lily Langtry starred in "An Unequal Match" which opened in New York City.
1888 - Republican Benjamin Harrison was elected the 23rd President of the United States. He received 233 electoral votes to Grover Cleveland’s 168.
1899 - William Gillette starred in "Sherlock Holmes" at the production’s debut in New York City. Later, Gillette would be razor sharp in the same part on the radio.
1900 - U.S. President William McKinley was reelected, beating Democratic challenger William Jennings Bryan. McKinley was assassinated September 6, 1901.
1905 - The original stage production of Sir James Barrie’s "Peter Pan" opened in New York. Who was the original Peter Pan? Maude Adams starred in the play that ran for 223 performances.
1928 - Herbert Clark Hoover was elected 31st President of the U.S. Hoover’s hopes for a ‘New Day’ tied to America’s scientific potential, were overwhelmed when the stock-market crash of October 1929 threw the U.S. into the Great Depression. Hoover was renominated in 1932, but overwhelmingly defeated by Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1928 - The first Motogram machine was installed -- on the New York Times Building in Times Square. It showed election returns via an electric flasher.
1936 - This was the day that big band icon Woody Herman played in his first recording session. He waxed "Wintertime Dreams" (Decca disc #1056).
1947 - "Meet the Press" was first seen in the local Washington, D.C. market. Two weeks later, two stations on the network were added to the Thursday night show. Martha Rountree served as the original moderator until 1953; then NBC newscaster Ned Brooks took over in 1953. Regular panelist Spivak served as moderator for ten years beginning in 1965. From 1975 to 1984, Bill Monroe, also a regular panelist, took over the moderator seat. He was replaced by Marvin Kalb, then Chris Wallace in 1987 and Garrick Utley in 1988. Tim Russert was moderator from late 1991 until his death in June 2008. And Tom Brokaw filled in as interim moderator from June through the 2008 presidential election. David Gregory became moderator in early 2009, but after significantly declining ratings, Chuck Todd took over on September 7, 2014.
1955 - The first motion picture premiere was seen coast to coast as TV viewers watched Rex Harrison and Margaret Leighton star in "The Constant Husband".
1956 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his VP, Richard M. Nixon, were reelected, as they defeated Democrats Adlai E. Stevenson and his running mate, Estes Kefauver (by some 9.5 million votes). The campaign theme had been expanded from “I Like Ike” (used in 1952) to “I Like Ike, Peace & Prosperity”.
1962 - Richard M. Nixon lost the California election for governor to Edmund Brown. Nixon blamed the news media for his loss and promised, “You don’t have Nixon to kick around anymore.”
1967 - Phil Donahue began a TV talk show in Dayton, Ohio. Later, the show moved to Chicago, was syndicated by Multimedia Productions and was highly rated for years.
1969 - A tie occurred -- for the first time -- in voting for the Cy Young Award. Pitchers Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers and Mike Cuellar of the Baltimore Orioles won equal votes for best pitcher in the American League.
1979 - The world premiere of the movie "The Rose" was held at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City (with party at the Roseland Ballroom). The movie starred Bette Midler as a rock singer caught in the fast lane of drugs and death. The premiere and party raised $60,000 for the Phoenix House, a drug rehab organization.
1984 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan defeated liberal Democrat challenger, Walter F. Mondale, in a ‘landslide’ election. Reagan won in 49 states.
1984 - For the first time in 193 years, the New York Stock Exchange remained open during a presidential election day. Traders shouted “Boo! Boo! Boo!” in disgust, but the Dow Jones industrial average jumped almost 15 points on sales of 101.2 million shares.
1986 - WOR-TV in Secaucus, NJ paid $182,000 per episode of "The Cosby Show" -- for the fall, 1988 season. The price was a record offering for a syndicated show. It beat the previous mark of $80,000 per show (for "Cheers").
1986 - Edy’s Ice Cream Company took out a $250,000 policy to protect the taste buds of John Harrison, ice cream taste-tester.
1993 - Pearl Jam’s album "Vs." rose to #1 in the U.S. The tracks on the smash (number one for five weeks) album: "Go", "Animal", "Daughter", "Glorified G", "Dissident", "WMA", "Blood", "Rearviewmirror, "Rats", "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town", "Leash" and "Indifference".
1998 - Motion pictures opening in the U.S. this day: "The Siege", with Denzel Washington, Annette Bening and Bruce Willis; "The Waterboy" with Adam Sandler, M Kathy Bates and Fairuza Balk; and "The Wizard of Oz", the 1939 classic starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton, digitally restored and remastered.
Birthdays - November 6
1814 - Adolphe (Antoine-Joseph) Sax (musician: inventor: saxophone, saxotromba; died Feb 4, 1894)
1835 - Cesare Lombroso (professor of psychiatry: founder: criminology: identifying criminals by personality types; died Oct 19, 1909)
1854 - John Philip Sousa (‘The March King’: composer, bandleader: Stars and Stripes Forever, Semper Fidelis, El Capitan, King Cotton, The Thunderer, Washington Post March; died Mar 6, 1932)
1861 - James Naismith (inventor: game of basketball; died Nov 28, 1939)
1892 - (John Siguard) Ole Olsen (vaudevillian: team: Olsen & Johnson: Hellzapoppin’; actor: All Over Town, Country Gentlemen; TV host: Fireball Fun-for-All [w/Johnson]; died Jan 26, 1963)
1896 - Jim Jordan (James Edward Jordan) (actor: radio’s Fibber McGee and Molly; died Apr 1, 1988)
1916 - Ray Conniff (choral/orchestra director: theme from Dr. Zhivago; LP: S’wonderful, Somewhere My Love; musician: trombone; died Oct 12, 2002)
1921 - James (Ramon) Jones (novelist: From Here to Eternity, Some Came Running, The Thin Red Line; died May 9, 1977)
1931 - Mike Nichols (Michael Igor Peschkowsky) (Academy Award-winning director: The Graduate ; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Silkwood, Postcards from the Edge, The Day of the Dolphin; comedian: [w/Elaine May]; died Nov 19, 2014)
1932 - Stonewall Jackson (singer: Waterloo, Me and You and a Dog Named Boo, Help Stamp Out Loneliness, B.J. the D.J., Why I’m Walkin’)
1937 - Eugene Pitt (singer: group: The Genies: Who’s that Knockin’; group: Jive Five: Never Never, What Time is It?, I’m a Happy Man; solo: My True Story)
1938 - P.J. Proby (James Smith) (singer: Hold Me, Together, Somewhere, Maria, Niki Hoeky, Love Will Tear Us Apart; actor: ‘Jet Powers’, Catch My Soul, Elvis on Stage)
1941 - Doug Sahm (singer: group: founded Sir Douglas Quintet: She’s about a Mover; died Nov 18, 1999)
1943 - Mike Clifford (singer: Close to Cathy)
1946 - Sally Field (Sally Mahoney) (Academy Award-winning actress: Norma Rae , Places in the Heart ; Gidget series, Steel Magnolias, Mrs. Doubtfire, Smokey and the Bandit series, Hooper, Forrest Gump, Absence of Malice; Emmy Award-winner: The Big Event/NBC World Premiere Movie: Sybil ; The Flying Nun, Gidget, The Girl with Something Extra, Alias Smith and Jones)
1946 - George Young (musician: guitar: groups: The Easybeats: She’s So Fine, Wedding Ring, Sad and Lonely and Blue, Woman, Come and See Her, Friday on My Mind, Hello How are You, Good Times; AC/DC; died Oct 22, 2017)
1948 - Glenn Frey (musician, songwriter, singer: group: The Eagles: Take It Easy, One of These Nights, Lyin’ Eyes, Hotel California, New Kid in Town, Life in the Fast Lane, Heartache Tonight; solo: Smuggler’s Blues; LP: No Fun Aloud, The Allnighter, The Heat is On, You Belong to the City; died Jan 18, 2016)
1949 - Nigel Havers (actor: Lie Down with Lions, The Burning Season, Farewell to the King, The Little Princess, Empire of the Sun, A Passage to India, Chariots of Fire, Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?)
1953 - John (Robert) Candelaria (‘Candy Man’: baseball: pitcher: Pittsburgh Pirates [all-star: 1977/World Series: 1979], California Angels, NY Mets, NY Yankees, Montreal Expos, Minnesota Twins, Toronto Blue Jays, LA Dodgers)
1955 - Maria Shriver (TV news correspondent: 1986, The American Parade, Today; news anchor: NBC News; news anchor: NBC News; former First Lady of California as wife of actor and then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger)
1957 - Lori Singer (actress: Fame, Born Beautiful, Footloose, Summer Heat, Equinox, Short Cuts, Sunset Grill, VR.5; musician: cellist: Bach Cello Suite #4: Sarabande)
1958 - Trace Beaulieu (actor, puppeteer: Mystery Science Theater 3000)
1960 - Lance Kerwin (actor: James at 15, The Family Holvak, The Loneliest Runner, The Mysterious Stranger, Salem’s Lot, The Snow Queen)
1966 - Peter DeLuise (actor: seaQuest DSV, 21 Jump Street, Children of the Night, Rescue Me, The Midnight Hour)
1970 - Ethan Hawke (actor: Search and Destroy, Reality Bites, Alive, Waterland, A Midnight Clear, White Fang, Dead Poets Society, Dad, Explorers)
1972 - Thandie Newton (actress: Mission: Impossible II, Flirting, Interview with the Vampire)
1972 - Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (actress: Just Shoot Me, Dirty Work, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me)
1974 - Zoe McLellan (actress: Sliders, Silk Stalkings, Diagnosis Murder, Star Trek: Voyager, The Invisible Man, Dungeons & Dragons)
1978 - Nicole Dubuc (actress: Our House, Major Dad)
Chart Toppers - November 6
Till the End of Time - Perry Como
I’ll Buy that Dream - The Pied Pipers
That’s for Me - Dick Haymes
With Tears in My Eyes - Wesley Tuttle
Vaya Con Dios - Les Paul & Mary Ford
You, You, You - The Ames Brothers
Ebb Tide - The Frank Chacksfield Orchestra
I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know - The Davis Sisters
Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean
Fool #1 - Brenda Lee
This Time - Troy Shondell
Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke
Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
Wedding Bell Blues - The 5th Dimension
Baby It’s You - Smith
The Ways to Love a Man - Tammy Wynette
You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon
Boogie Nights - Heatwave
I’m Just a Country Boy - Don Williams
Part-Time Lover - Stevie Wonder
Miami Vice Theme - Jan Hammer
Head over Heels - Tears For Fears
Some Fools Never Learn - Steve Wariner
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
Those Were the Days, the Today in History feature
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