Events - November 18
1307 - The story of William Tell shooting the apple off of his young son’s noggin is said to have taken place on this day. The story is of either Swiss, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, or Persian origin. In other words, Who knows?
1626 - St. Peter’s Basilica was dedicated in Rome by Urban VIII.
1894 - The "New York World" published the first colored Sunday comic.
1919 - One of the first ticker-tape parades was held -- to welcome the Prince of Wales to New York City. Ticker tape came from Wall Street, you know. Rolls of paper were used to record stock trades long before computers were invented. As the paper rolled over pins that punched stock information read by stock brokers, it would leave holes. When a big parade was organized, the shredded tape was scooped up and thrown out of windows on the marchers below. We now call the stuff confetti, since ticker tape isn’t used anymore.
1928 - Walt Disney debuted his talking, animated cartoon, "Steamboat Willie", at the Colony Theatre in New York. The short film featured a character who had been named Mortimer. Walt changed the name to Mickey Mouse. "Steamboat Willie" was the first cartoon with synchronized sound. And, for those of you who don’t remember, "Steamboat Willie" was in black and white. Disney’s first color cartoon wasn’t released for another four years. The star of the film has changed somewhat over the years; but Mickey Mouse is still with us, in full living color, in cartoons, on TV, in books and even in his own stores. What a great success story -- especially for a mouse!
1932 - For the first time, a tie occurred for the Best Actor Academy Award. Wallace Beery and Fredric March were only one vote apart so the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ruled it a tie. Both received an Oscar at the Fifth Annual Academy Awards, March for his performance in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and Beery for his role in "The Champ". March thought it rather funny that the two were honored for ‘best male performance of the year’ when they each had adopted a child that year. "The Champ" also was honored when Frances Marion received the Writing/Original Story Academy Award for the film. There was only one Best Actress Award and it was presented to Helen Hayes for her performance in "The Sin of Madelon Claudet". Host Lionel Barrymore greeted the film industry this night in the Fiesta Room at LA’s grand hotel, The Ambassador. The movie, "Grand Hotel" (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer), earned the top honors as Outstanding Production. It was also a grand night for the film, "Bad Girl". Its director, Frank Borzage, and its writer (adaptation), Edwin Burke, were both presented with Academy Awards. Walt Disney also received two awards: an honorary award for the creation of Mickey Mouse and for the cartoon short subject, "Flowers and Trees". Short Subject awards were presented to two other well-known Hollywood talents on this evening. Hal Roach won his prize for the comedy, "The Music Box" and Mack Sennett for the novelty short, "Wrestling Swordfish". Both were first-time Academy Award winners as were Gordon Wiles for Art Direction ("Transatlantic") and Lee Garmes for Cinematography ("Shanghai Express"). A grand night was had by all.
1942 - Thornton Wilder’s play, "The Skin of Our Teeth", opened in New York City. The play was Wilder’s sequel to "Our Town". "The Skin of Our Teeth" starred Tallulah Bankhead, Fredric March, Montgomery Clift and E.G. Marshall. One critic wrote, “As of last evening, the theatre was looking up.”
1949 - Alben W. Barkley married Jane Rucker Hadley in St. Louis. It was the first time a U.S. Vice President married while in office.
1951 - On this, a Sunday afternoon, Edward R. Murrow and Fred Friendly launched one of the most highly-praised TV productions in history. "See It Now" debuted on CBS. On that first program, Murrow showed a live camera shot of the Atlantic Ocean, followed by a live shot of the Pacific, then he said, “We are impressed by a medium through which a man sitting in his living room has been able to look at two oceans at once.” In April of 1952, "See It Now" moved into an evening time slot.
1967 - Lulu’s "To Sir with Love", from the movie of the same name, started its fifth and final week at number one on the "Billboard Hot 100" chart. Lulu was born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie (November 3, 1948). She changed her name to Lulu (and The Luvvers) in Scotland, early in her career.
1970 - Nobel Prize-winner Linus Pauling declared that large doses of Vitamin C could ward off the common cold.
1975 - John Denver received a gold record for "I’m Sorry".
1978 - The worst case of murder-suicide in history took place in Jonestown, Guyana. Religious-cult leader Jim Jones (Peoples Temple) directed the ingestion of Kool-Aid (laced with cyanide) by at least 900 of his followers. He and his mistress then followed suit. Earlier in the day, Jones had directed the murder of California Congressman Leo J. Ryan, three newspeople and several ‘defectors’. Ryan, on a fact-finding tour of Jonestown, was boarding a privated airplan with the small group when they were shot down.
1986 - For the first time since his departure from his own late-night TV show, Jack Paar was a guest of Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show". One of TV’s great lines came from the show, when Carson quipped (after one of Paar’s long, long spiels), “Why is it that I feel I’m guesting on your show?”
1986 - Roger Clemens was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player. He was the first American League starter to be so named in 15 years. The Boston Red Sox hurler won the honor one week after earning the Cy Young Award.
1995 - Tha Dogg Pound’s album "Dogg Food" hit #1 in the U.S. for one week. The tracks were: "Intro", "Dogg Pound Gangstaz", "Respect", "New York, New York (Tha Night I Served 2,000 M.C.s}", "Smooth", "Cyco-Lic-No (Bitch Azz Niggaz)" "Ridin’, Slipin’ and Slidin’", "U Can’t See Me", "Big Pimpin 2", "Let’s Play House", "I Don’t Like to Dream About Gettin Paid", "Do What I Feel", "If We All Fuc*", "Some Bomb Azz Pussy", "A Dogg’z Day Afternoon", "Reality", "One By One (Subtracting Sucka Azz Niggaz from the Face of the Earth)", "Sooo Much Style". This album will make the perfect gift for grandma this Christmas.
1997 - Two Willem de Kooning paintings topped the lots at Christie's blue-chip contemporary sale in New York City. "Two Standing Women" (1949), sold for $4,182,500 and "Woman (Blue Eyes)" (1953), which went for about $2 million.
1997 - The Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays begin taking shape with 35 selections apiece in baseball’s expansion draft. Both the Diamondbacks and Devil Rays began their baseball lives with sufficient funds to contend quickly.
Birthdays - November 18
1786 - Carl Weber (composer: Der Freischutz, Euryanthem Oberon, Invitation to the Dance; began the era of German romantic music; died June 5, 1826)
1787 - Louis Daguerre (theater scene painter, physicist, inventor: daguerreotype photographic process; died July 10, 1851)
1836 - Sir William Gilbert (comic opera libretto writer: team: Gilbert & Sullivan: HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance; died May 29, 1911)
1882 - Amelita Galli-Curci (opera soprano: “If not the greatest coloratura soprano of all time, she must surely be recognized as among the world’s finest examples of true operatic artistry.”; died Nov 26, 1963)
1899 - Eugene Ormandy (Jeno Blau) (conductor: The Philadelphia Orchestra; died Mar 12, 1985)
1901 - George (Horace) Gallup (pollster whose opinion polls became famous by predicting FDR’s win in 1936; died July 26, 1984)
1901 - Craig Wood (golf champion: PGA Hall of Famer: Masters , U.S. Open [1941: he had entered 15 times before the win]; died May 7, 1968)
1908 - Imogene Coca (Emmy Award-winning comedienne, actress: Your Show of Shows ; Sid Caesar Invites You, It’s about Time, Grindl, Admiral Broadway Revue, National Lampoon’s Vacation; died June 2, 2001)
1909 - Johnny (John Herndon) Mercer (Academy Award-winning composer, lyricist: On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe , In the Cool Cool Cool of the Evening [w/Hoagy Carmichael] , Moon River , Days of Wine and Roses ; Autumn Leaves, One for My Baby, Charade, Satin Doll, You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, Come Rain or Come Shine, Hooray for Hollywood, Jeepers Creepers, I’m An Old Cowhand, Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive; wrote or co-wrote over a thousand songs; died June 25, 1976)
1919 - Jocelyn Brando (actress: A Question of Love, The Big Heat; Sister of Marlon Brando; died Nov 27, 2005)
1923 - Alan Shepard Jr. (astronaut: first American in space [May 5, 1961]; he commanded Apollo 14 mission [Jan 31, 1971] and made two surface excursions on moon; died July 21, 1998)
1925 - Gene (William) ‘Skip’ Mauch (baseball: Brooklyn Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Boston Braves, SL Cardinals, Boston Red Sox; manager: Philadelphia Phillies, LA Angels; died Aug 8, 2005)
1926 - Dorothy Collins (Marjorie Chandler) (singer: My Boy Flattop, Your Hit Parade, sang with Benny Goodman band; actress: Follies; died July 21, 1994)
1926 - Roy (Roy Edward) ‘Squirrel’ Sievers (baseball: St. Louis Cardinals baseball: SL Browns: [Rookie of the Year: 1949], Washington Nationals [all-star: 1956], Washington Senators [all-star: 1957, 1959], Chicago White Sox [all-star: 1961], Philadelphia Phillies; died Apr 3, 2017)
1927 - Hank Ballard (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter: group: The Midnighters: The Twist, Finger Poppin’ Time, Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Work with Me Annie, Sexy Ways, Annie Had a Baby; died Mar 2, 2003)
1931 - Roberto Goizueta (businessman: CEO of Coca-Cola Company; died Oct 18, 1997)
1939 - Margaret Atwood (author: Cat’s Eye, Dancing Girls & Other Stories, The Handmaid’s Tale)
1939 - Brenda Vaccaro (Emmy Award-winning actress: The Shape of Things [1973-74]; Once is Not Enough, Cactus Flower, The Goodbye People, How Now Dow Jones, Midnight Cowboy, Airport ’77, Ten Little Indians)
1941 - Gary Bettenhausen (auto racer: fastest Indy 500 qualifying time ever: 224.468 mph ; died Mar 16, 2014)
1941 - David Hemmings (actor: The Deadly Game, Islands in the Stream, The Old Curiosity Shop, Blow Up, Charge of the Light Brigade, Camelot, Barbarella, L.A. Law; died Dec 3, 2003)
1942 - Linda Evans (Evanstad) (actress: Dynasty, The Big Valley, Standing Tall, Hunter, North and South, Book II)
1942 - Susan Sullivan (actress: It’s a Living, Falcon Crest, Rich Man Poor Man Book II, Having Babies, The George Carlin Show, The Dark Ride, The Incredible Hulk, Deadman’s Curve; commercial spokesperson: Tylenol)
1947 - Jameson Parker (actor: Simon & Simon, Curse of the Crystal Eye, Prince of Darkness, American Justice, A Small Circle of Friends, The Gathering: Part 2, Anatomy of a Seduction)
1948 - Andrea Marcovicci (actress: Trapper John, M.D., Berrenger’s, Jack the Bear, The Water Engine, The Stuff, Kings and Desperate Men, The Concorde: Airport ’79, The Devil’s Web)
1948 - Jack Tatum (football [safety]: Oakland Raiders: longest fumble return in history: 104 yards [1972, against the Green Bay Packers]; Super Bowl XI; died Jul 27, 2010)
1949 - Herman Rarebell (musician: drums: group: Scorpions: LPs: Taken by Force, Tokyo Tapes, Lovedrive, Animal Magnetism, Blackout, Love at First Sting, World Wide Live)
1950 - Graham Parker (singer: group: Graham Parker and The Rumour: Between You and Me, Back to Schooldays, Hey Lord Don’t Ask Me Questions, Discovering Japan, Local Girls, Passion is No Ordinary Word, Stupefaction, The Beating of Another Heart; solo: LPs: Another Grey Area, The Real Macaw, Steady Nerves, The Mona Lisa’s Sister)
1953 - Kevin Nealon (actor: Saturday Night Live, All I Want for Christmas, Roxanne, Champs)
1956 - Warren Moon (football: QB: Univ. of Washington [1978 Rose Bowl MVP]; Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, KC Chiefs)
1960 - Elizabeth Perkins (actress: Moonlight and Valentino, Miracle on 34th Street, The Flintstones, Indian Summer, He Said, She Said, Avalon, Big, About Last Night...)
1960 - Kim Wilde (singer: Kids in America, Rage to Love, You Keep Me Hangin’ On)
1962 - Kirk Hammett (musician: guitar: group: Metallica: Enter Sandman, Nothing Else Matters)
1968 - Gary (Antonian) Sheffield (baseball: Milwaukee Brewers, SDiego Padres [all-star: 1992], Florida Marlins [all-star: 1993, 1996]; nephew of baseball all-star Dwight Gooden)
1970 - Peta Wilson (actress: La Femme Nikita, Naked Jane, Vanishing Point, Other People, Joe and Max)
Chart Toppers - November 18
That Lucky Old Sun - Frankie Laine
Don’t Cry, Joe - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Betty Brewer)
I Can Dream, Can’t I? - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Jack Leonard)
Slipping Around - Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
You Send Me - Sam Cooke
Little Bitty Pretty One - Thurston Harris
Wake Up Little Susie - The Everly Brothers
Get Off of My Cloud - The Rolling Stones
1-2-3 - Len Barry
You’re the One - The Vogues
Hello Vietnam - Johnny Wright
Keep on Truckin’ - Eddie Kendricks
Heartbeat - It’s a Lovebeat - The DeFranco Family
Photograph - Ringo Starr
Paper Roses - Marie Osmond
Private Eyes - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones
Physical - Olivia Newton-John
My Baby Thinks He’s a Train - Rosanne Cash
When I See You Smile - Bad English
Blame It on the Rain - Milli Vanilli
Love Shack - The B-52’s
Bayou Boys - Eddy Raven
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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