Events - November 7
1805 - “Great joy in camp we are in view of the ocean, this great Pacific Ocean which we been so long anxious to see. And the roreing or noise made by the waves brakeing on the rockey shores (as I suppose) may be heard distinctly.” These words were written by William Clark after the Lewis & Clark Expedition sighted the Pacific Ocean for the first time.
1820 - James Monroe, the 5th President of U.S., was reelected. Monroe was unopposed for the Democratic-Republican party nomination and ran unopposed in the general election. Only one elector did not vote for him. The reason (according to legend) was so that George Washington would be the only president unanimously chosen by the electoral college.
1848 - General Zachary Taylor emerged as a hero of the Mexican War (1846-1848) and was nominated as the presidential candidate at the Whig convention in June 1848. He defeated the Democratic candidate, Lewis Cass, and was elected the 12th President of the United States this day.
1874 - Thomas Nast, a political cartoonist for "Harper’s Weekly", created a satirical drawing of an elephant about to fall into a giant hole. The elephant represented the Republican party and was used in reference to Ulysses S. Grant’s possible bid for a third term. Grant was a Republican. The symbol stuck and has been used ever since to represent the G.O.P. both in political cartoons and by the party itself.
1876 - The cigarette manufacturing machine was patented by Albert H. Hook of New York City. He probably had no idea how appropriate his name was for such an invention...
1876 - The outcome of the election of 1876 was not known until the week before the inauguration itself. Democrat Samuel Tilden had won the greater number of popular votes and lacked only one electoral vote to claim a majority in the electoral college. Twenty disputed electoral votes, however, kept hopes alive for Republican Governor Rutherford B. (Birchard) Hayes of Ohio. When all was said and done, the Electoral college selected Hayes as the 19th President of the United States.
1885 - The Canadian Pacific Railway was completed when the last spike was driven at Craigellachie in British Columbia. The 2,980-mile transcontinental railroad started in Montreal, Quebec, running between Montreal and Port Moody, B.C.
1914 - The "New Republic" magazine was printed for the first time.
1916 - Woodrow Wilson, 28th U.S. President, was reelected. The outcome of the election was one of the few in U.S. history that hinged on foreign affairs. Europe was fighting a world war, and so far, President Wilson had kept the U.S. neutral. Running with the slogan, "He Kept Us Out of War," Wilson was re-elected by a narrow margin. The very next year, Wilson’s neutrality in the European war ended. The Germans refused to curtail their submarine warfare after 120 Americans were killed aboard the British liner, Lusitania. Congress voted overwhelmingly to go to war and Wilson proclaimed American entrance into World War I a crusade to make the world “safe for democracy.”
1930 - "The Waltz You Save for Me", by ‘The Waltz King’ himself, Wayne King, was recorded on Victor. It became King’s theme.
1932 - CBS radio presented the first broadcast of "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century". Matt Crowley, Curtis Arnall, Carl Frank and John Larkin played Buck in the serial over the years (1932-1947).
1933 - Pennsylvania’s Blue Laws meant that lots of things couldn’t be done on Sunday. Shopping was one. Drinking was another. Sports was yet another. The votes that were counted this day in the Keystone State eliminated sports from the forbidden activities. Fans in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia rejoiced!
1937 - "Dr. Christian" debuted on CBS radio. Jean Hersholt played the part of the kindly, elderly Dr. Christian who practiced on the air until 1954. Laureen Tuttle, Kathleen Fitz, Helen Kleeb and Rosemary De Camp played his nurse, Judy. The "Dr. Christian" theme song was "Rainbow on the River". Sponsors of the show included Vaseline (petroleum jelly, hair tonic and lip ice).
1938 - The first broadcast of "This Day is Ours", was heard on CBS radio. Eleanor McDonald, played by Joan Banks and later by Templeton Fox, had all kinds of problems. Her child was kidnapped, she lost her memory, helped a friend find a killer, etc. The soap opera ran for two years.
1940 - The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was built in 1940 to connect the city of Tacoma and the surrounding Puget Sound with the Peninsula area. The bridge soon became a popular tourist attraction as people came from all around the area to pay their toll to ride the roller-coaster that was called Galloping Gertie. The design flaws that allowed that coaster effect were to become the bridge’s undoing, and it collapsed a mere four months and seven days after dedication. At approximately 11:00 a.m. this day, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed due to wind-induced vibrations.
1944 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt won a fourth term, defeating Republican Thomas E. Dewey. F.D.R. was the only President to be elected for more than two terms; he was elected four times with three different Vice Presidents. He died in office on April 12, 1945, after serving 53 days of his fourth term. Vice President Harry Truman filled the remainder of the term and was elected President in 1948.
1946 - A coin-operated television receiver was displayed in New York City. To sneak a peak at various test patterns and a model of Felix the Cat, folks dropped in a quarter.
1948 - An adaptation of the mystery play, "The Storm", became the first production of "Studio One" on CBS-TV. Margaret Sullivan starred -- for $500. "Studio One" continued until 1958.
1956 - Elvis Presley hit the charts with "Love Me". The song was the first million-seller to make the charts without being released as a single. It was, instead, an EP (extended play) 45 rpm, with three other songs on it: "Rip It Up", "Paralyzed" and "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again" -- on RCA Victor.
1963 - Elston Howard of the New York Yankees was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player. Howard was the first black player to receive the honor.
1970 - "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" was released by Columbia. It became the third tune by Chicago to hit the pop music charts. "Make Me Smile" and "25 or 6 to 4" were previous hits. "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" made it to #7 on the charts (January 7, 1971).
1972 - U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew were reelected in a landslide victory (60.7% to 37.5%) over Democrats George McGovern and R. Sargent Shriver).
1976 - "Gone With the Wind" was aired (over two nights) on NBC-TV. The showing was the highest-rated TV show in history. 65 percent of all viewers turned on their sets to watch Scarlet O’Hara and Rhett Butler.
1980 - A movie great died. Steve McQueen, famous for his roles in "The Getaway", "Papillon", "The Sand Pebbles" and so many others, died at age 50.
1984 - Joe Namath, quarterback of the New York Jets and famous for passes both on and off the field, married Deborah Lynn Mays on this day.
1987 - Bruce Springsteen’s "Tunnel of Love" was the #1 album in the U.S. The rest of the top-five for the week: 2)-"Bad" (Michael Jackson); 3)-"Dirty Dancing" (soundtrack); 4)-"Whitesnake" (Whitesnake); 5)-"A Memory Lapse of Reason" (Pink Floyd).
1994 - "The Electrical Engineering Times" ran a cover story about flaws in Intel’s Pentium computer chip. The bug, an obscure flaw that caused extremely rare computation errors when performing certain types of mathematical calculations, eventually caused Intel to replace any Pentium processor affected by the flaw, regardless of whether the user was a mathmetician or not. Intel took a $475 million charge against earnings for the quarter to cover the expense of replacing all of those chips.
1997 - "Bean" (“The Ultimate Disaster Movie”), starring Rowan Atkinson, Peter Macnicol and Pamela Reed; "Mad City" (“One man will make a mistake. The other will make it into a spectacle.”), with Dustin Hoffman, John Travolta and Alan Alda; and "Starship Troopers" (“A New Kind Of Enemy. A New Kind Of War.”), starring Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Clancy Brown, Seth Gilliam, Patrick Muldoon, Michael Ironside and Marshall Bell.
1999 - Joseph Chebet and Adriana Fernandez put the frustration of second place behind them, as they won the New York City Marathon. Chebet of Kenya, the runner-up the previous two years, used a powerful last-second kick to finish with a time of 2:09:20. Fernandez of Mexico, who also finished second the previous year, easily won the women’s division with a time of 2:25:06, the second-fastest in the race's history. “I was feeling very strong and decided to take off,” Fernandez said.
Birthdays - November 7
1867 - Madame Marie Curie (Marja Sklodowski) (Nobel Prize-winning physicist : study of radiation; chemist: discovered radium and polonium; died July 4, 1934)
1902 - Ed (Edward Benton) Dodd (cartoonist: Mark Trail; died May 27, 1991)
1903 - (Ira) Dean Jagger (Academy Award-winning actor: Twelve O’clock High ; Elmer Gantry, Bad Day at Black Rock, White Christmas, King Creole, The Robe, Vanishing Point, Mr. Novak; died Feb 5,1991)
1913 - Albert Camus (Nobel Prize-winning writer ; Le Mythe de Sisyphe; died Jan 4, 1960)
1914 - Archie Campbell (CMA Comedian of the Year , country singer, comedian: Trouble in the Amen Corner, Beeping Sleauty, Rindercella, The Men in My Little Girl’s Life; Hee Haw, Grand Ole Opry; died Aug 29, 1987)
1918 - Billy Graham (evangelist: TV host: Hour of Decision, The Billy Graham Crusade)
1922 - Al Hirt (musician: trumpet: Java, Sugar Lips, Flight of the Bumble Bee as theme song for TV’s The Green Hornet; played in singer Don Gibson’s band; regular on Make Your Own Kind of Music, Fanfare; died Apr 27, 1999)
1926 - Joan Sutherland (singer: opera soprano; died Oct 10, 2010)
1938 - Dee (Delectus) Clark (singer: Just Keep It Up, Raindrops, Ride a Wild Horse; died Dec 7, 1990)
1938 - Jim (James Lee) Kaat (baseball: pitcher: Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins [all-star: 1962, 1966/World Series: 1965], Chicago White Sox [all-star: 1975], Philadelphia Phillies, NY Yankees, SL Cardinals [World Series: 1982]; sportscaster: ABC Sports)
1938 - Barry Newman (actor: Petrocelli, Nightingales, The Edge of Night, Vanishing Point)
1942 - Johnny Rivers (John Ramistella) (singer: Poor Side of Town, Memphis, Secret Agent Man, Slow Dancin’, Baby I Need Your Lovin’)
1943 - Joni Mitchell (Roberta Anderson) (songwriter: Willy, Big Yellow Taxi, Woodstock; singer: Help Me, Free Man in Paris, Both Sides Now)
1944 - Tommy Hart (football: San Francisco 49ers DE)
1944 - Joe Niekro (baseball: pitcher: Chicago Cubs, SD Padres, Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros [all-star: 1979], NY Yankees, Minnesota Twins [World Series: 1987]; died Oct 27, 2006)
1957 - Christopher Knight (actor: The Brady Bunch, Another World, A Very Brady Christmas, Good Girls Don’t, The Brady Bunch Movie)
1964 - Dana Plato (actress: Diff’rent Strokes, Return to Boggy Creek, Beyond the Bermuda Triangle; died May 8, 1999)
1972 - Jason London (actor: The Man in the Moon, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Mixed Signals, Broken Vessels, Alien Cargo; twin brother of Jeremy London)
1972 - Jeremy London (actor: I’ll Fly Away, Party of Five, White Wolves II: Legend of the Wild, Breaking Free, The Babysitter, The Red Lion, Bad to the Bone; twin brother of Jason London)
Chart Toppers - November 7
Five Minutes More - Frank Sinatra
South America, Take It Away - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
You Keep Coming Back like a Song - Dinah Shore
Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis
I Need You Now - Eddie Fisher
This Ole House - Rosemary Clooney
Papa Loves Mambo - Perry Como
More and More - Webb Pierce
He’s a Rebel - The Crystals
Only Love Can Break a Heart - Gene Pitney
All Alone Am I - Brenda Lee
Mama Sang a Song - Bill Anderson
I’ll Be There - The Jackson 5
We’ve Only Just Begun - Carpenters
Fire and Rain - James Taylor
I Can’t Believe That You’ve Stopped Loving Me - Charley Pride
You Needed Me - Anne Murray
MacArthur Park - Donna Summer
Double Vision - Foreigner
Sleeping Single in a Double Bed - Barbara Mandrell
True Colors - Cyndi Lauper
Typical Male - Tina Turner
I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On - Robert Palmer
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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