440 International Those Were the Days
November 9

Events - November 9
1857 - Readers picked up a new magazine on newsstands. The "Atlantic Monthly" featured the first installment of Oliver Wendell Holmes’ "The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table".

1911 - Georges Claude of Paris, France applied for a patent on neon advertising signs. You may have seen his handiwork for advertisers that appeared at various times on the Eiffel Tower.

1912 - Pop Warner was a legendary coach of the Carlisle School for Indians in Pennsylvania (Jim Thorpe played for Warner at Carlisle). On this day, Carlisle hammered Army 27-6. Playing right halfback on the Army team was a future U.S. war hero and president: Dwight D. Eisenhower.

1938 - The kids’ magazine, "Jack and Jill", was published. 40,000 of the first edition were printed. By the late 1950s, the popular magazine reached a circulation of 702,000.

1938 - On this night and into the wee hours of the next morning, glass store and house windows were smashed throughout Jewish neighborhoods in Germany. Thousands of books -- volumes of history, philosophy, poetry and religion -- fueled bonfires throughout the ghettoes. Synagogues and the Torah scrolls inside them were burned to the ground. 91 Jews were killed and over 30,000 arrested. It was Kristallnacht (Crystal Night), a sign of the unconscionable, and unforgivable death and destruction soon to come at the hands of the Nazis.

1938 - 24-year-old Mary Martin made her Broadway stage debut in the musical comedy "Leave It to Me". She brought down the house as she sang "My Heart Belongs to Daddy". And the critics raved about New York’s bright new star.

1948 - "This is Your Life" debuted on NBC radio. Ralph Edwards hosted the radio show for two years and for nine more (1952-1961) on television.

1953 - Maurice Richard set a National Hockey League record by scoring his 325th career goal. Most guys would have kept the record-breaking puck. Richard sent this one to Queen Elizabeth of England.

1955 - Harry Belafonte recorded "Jamaica Farewell" and "Come Back Liza" for RCA Victor. The two tunes completed the "Calypso" album which led to Belafonte’s nickname, ‘Calypso King’.

1965 - A huge blackout in the northeast U.S. left millions without electricity. 800,000 people wound up trapped in New York subways, elevators and skyscrapers. Rioting broke out in New York City. Dramatic photos showed the eery sight of a moonlit, electric lightless, Manhattan skyline. Power was not restored until the next morning.

1967 - The first issue of "Rolling Stone" was published. John Lennon was on the cover. The magazine said it was not simply a music magazine but was also about “...the things and attitudes that music embraces.”

1982 - Sugar Ray Leonard retired from boxing, five months after having retinal surgery on his left eye. (In 1984, Leonard came out of retirement to fight one more time before becoming a fight commentator for NBC.)

1984 - There was a big fight in the NBA. Larry Bird of Boston tangled with Dr. J (Julius Erving) at the old Boston Garden. The Celtics won the game 130-119, but the two players lost $7,500 each. They were not alone: 16 other players who joined in the melee paid a total of $15,500 in fines in a game that was more like professional wrestling than pro basketball.

1984 - Donna Reed joined the cast of "Dallas" as J.R. Ewing’s new mamma, on CBS-TV. This was Reed’s first return to television since her own successful show ended in 1966. However radiantly beautiful, Reed would not score well with viewers who had become attached to Barbara Bel Geddes as Miss Ellie. Reed was written out of the script and Bel Geddes returned in 1985.

1984 - "Three Servicemen", a sculpture by Frederick Hart, was unveiled in Washington, DC. It was the final addition to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The statue faces the wall of names of more than 58,000 Americans who were either killed or reported missing in action during the Vietnam War.

1986 - Bobby Rahal won his first national auto racing driving title. He had earned $300,000 for six victories, including an Indy 500 win.

1989 - The 27.9-mile-long Berlin Wall, the symbol of the Cold War that separated East and West Germany for 28 years, was opened. Both East and West German citizens celebrated their freedom as they once again were able to walk freely between the two states.

1996 - Evander Holyfield joined Muhammad Ali, in making history as the second man to become the three-time World Heavyweight Champion. He accomplished this by defeating Mike Tyson at 37 seconds of the 11th round at the MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas.

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Birthdays - November 9
1802 - Elijah Lovejoy (newspaper editor/publisher: St. Louis Observer; abolitionist; shot to death Nov 7, 1837 by pro-slavery mob as he sought to protect his newspaper’s newly delivered press)

1853 - Stanford White (architect: partner in architectural firm: McKim, Mead and White: NY’s Pennsylvania Station, old Madison Square Garden, Washington Arch, Players, Century and Metropolitan Clubs, Boston Public Library; shot to death June 25, 1906 by jealous husband of former mistress)

1871 - Marie Dressler (Leila Marie Koerber) (Academy Award-winning actress: Min and Bill [1930-31]; Anna Christie, Dinner at Eight; died July 28, 1934)

1886 - Ed Wynn (Isaiah Edwin Leopold) (Emmy Award-winning actor: The Ed Wynn Show [1949]; All Star Revue, Mary Poppins, Ziegfeld Follies, Marjorie Morningstar, The Diary of Anne Frank, Cinderfella, Babes in Toyland, The Absent-Minded Professor; actor Keenan Wynn’s father; died June 19, 1966)

1914 - Hedy Lamarr (Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler) (actress: Algiers, White Cargo, Samson and Delilah, Ziegfeld Girl; died Jan 19, 2000)

1918 - Spiro T. (Theodore) Agnew (U.S. Vice President under Richard Nixon [1969-1973: resigned Oct 10, 1973]; Governor of Maryland [1967-1969]; died Sept 17, 1996)

1922 - Dorothy (Jean) Dandridge (actress: Island in the Sun, Carmen Jones; died Sep 8, 1965)

1930 - Charlie Jones (attorney; sportscaster: NBC Sports football/golf)

1931 - Whitey (Dorrel Norman Elvert) Herzog (baseball: Washington Nationals, Washington Senators, KC Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers; manager: SL Cardinals, California Angels)

1934 - Carl (Edward) Sagan (Pulitzer Prize-winning author: The Dragons of Eden [1978]; Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, Broca’s Brain, Cosmos; astronomer: "Billions and billions of stars..."; died Dec 20, 1996)

1935 - Bob (Pack Robert) Gibson (Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher: St. Louis Cardinals [all-star: 1962, 1965-1970, 1972/World Series: 1964, 1967, 1968/Cy Young Award: 1968, 1970/Baseball Writers Award: 1968/N.L. MVP: 1968]; won seven straight World Series games; no-hitter against Pittsburgh: 1971; lifetime won/lost record 251-174; 2.91 ERA over 17 seasons; career strike-outs: 3,000)

1936 - Mary Travers (singer: Mary of Peter, Paul and Mary: Leaving on a Jet Plane, Blowin’ in the Wind, Puff the Magic Dragon, I Dig Rock ’n’ Roll Music; solo: LP: No Easy Walk to Freedom; died Sep 16, 2009)

1941 - Tom Fogerty (musician, songwriter, singer: group: Creedence Clearwater Revival: Bad Moon Rising, Down on the Corner, Proud Mary, Lookin’ Out My Back Door, Up Around the Bend; solo: Goodbye Media Man, Lady of Fatima, Beauty is Under the Skin, Joyful Resurrection; died Sep 6, 1990)

1942 - Tom Weiskopf (golf champion: British Open [1973]; shares individual record for lowest 18-hole total [63] in any round of the U.S. Open [6-12-1980])

1948 - Joe Bouchard (musician: bass, singer: group: Blue Oyster Cult: Don’t Fear the Reaper; LPs: Agents, Revolution by Night)

1948 - Alan Gratzer (musician: drums: group: REO Speedwagon: Keep on Loving You, Take It on the Run)

1951 - Lou Ferrigno (bodybuilder: Mr. Universe; actor: The Incredible Hulk)

1954 - Dennis Stratton (musician: guitar: group: Iron Maiden: Eddie the Head, Run to the Hills, Running Free; LPS: Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind, Power Slave, Somewhere in Time)

1964 - Sandra ‘Pepa’ Denton (Grammy Award-winning rap singer: Pepa of Salt-N-Pepa: None of Your Business [1994]; actress: Oz, First-Time Felon)

Those Were the Days: Current Issues

Chart Toppers - November 9
Buttons and Bows - Dinah Shore
Hair of Gold, Eyes of Blue - Gordon MacRae
On a Slow Boat to China - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Harry Babbitt & Gloria Wood
One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) - Jimmy Wakely

Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
The Green Door - Jim Lowe
True Love - Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly
Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley

Baby Love - The Supremes
Last Kiss - J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers
Leader of the Pack - The Shangri-Las
I Don’t Care (Just as Long as You Love Me) - Buck Owens

I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
Nights in White Satin - The Moody Blues
Freddie’s Dead (Theme from “Superfly”) - Curtis Mayfield
It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad) - Merle Haggard

Woman in Love - Barbra Streisand
Lady - Kenny Rogers
The Wanderer - Donna Summer
On the Road Again - Willie Nelson

Kokomo - The Beach Boys
Wild, Wild West - The Escape Club
The Loco-Motion - Kylie Minogue
Darlene - T. Graham Brown

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