440 International Those Were the Days
November 29

Events - November 29
1825 - Rossini’s "Barber of Seville" was presented in New York City. It was the first Italian opera to be presented in the United States.

1890 - The first Army-Navy football game was played at West Point, New York. The midshipmen from Annapolis dominated, shutting out the cadets, 24-0. They’ve been stealing each other’s mascots ever since.

1929 - After completing his first flight over the North Pole on this same day in 1926, Lt. Commander Richard E. Byrd flew over the South Pole on this day. He became the first American to achieve such a feat.

1932 - "The Gay Divorcee" opened in New York City. The Cole Porter musical featured the classic, "Night and Day".

1938 - Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra waxed "Hawaiian War Chant" for Victor Records. We suggest you fry up some humuhumunukunukuapuaa tonight in honor of this occasion. Yum...

1947 - Louis Armstrong and his sextet lit up Carnegie Hall in New York City with a night of jazz -- and more.

1948 - The first opera to be televised was broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. "Otello", by Verdi, was presented over WJZ-TV in New York.

1950 - "I Fly Anything", starring singer Dick Haymes in the role of cargo pilot Dockery Crane, premiered on ABC Radio. With a title like that, is it any wonder the show only lasted one season? Haymes went back to singing and did very well, thank you.

1959 - The Grammy Awards were shown on network television for the first time. (It was actually the second year of the Grammy Awards.) "Mack the Knife" won Record of the Year and Bobby Darin, who belted it out, was Best New Artist of the Year. Frank Sinatra won Album of the Year for "Come Dance with Me". Jimmy Driftwood penned the Song of the Year: "The Battle of New Orleans", which also won Country and Western Performance of the Year honors for Johnny Horton. The Best Folk Performance of the Year went to The Kingston Trio for their "...at Large" recording. The Best Performance by a Top 40 Artist was Nat King Cole’s "Midnight Flyer" and the Grammy for Best Comedy Performance, Musical, went to Homer & Jethro for their immortal "The Battle of Kookamonga".

1962 - Major-league baseball decided to return to playing only one All-Star Game a year beginning in 1963. There had been two games each year since 1959.

1975 - Shake your disco booties along with this one. Silver Convention had the #1 pop tune this day, called "Fly, Robin, Fly".

1983 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 1287.20 -- a new record.

1986 - Actor Cary Grant died on this day at the age of 82. Grant, one of the most debonair of Hollywood’s leading men, left us with many great cinematic performances: "Night and Day", "Arsenic and Old Lace", "She Done Him Wrong", "The Awful Truth", "The Philadelphia Story", "To Catch a Thief", "North by Northwest" and many more.

1986 - The blockbuster five-record set, "Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Live/1975-85", debuted at #1 on the album charts this day. No five-record set had made the top 25 until then. No five-record set had ever gone platinum until then. The price tag? $25.

1994 - The city of Seoul celebrated its 600th anniversary as the capital of Korea.

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Birthdays - November 29
1607 - John Harvard (clergyman, scholar: Harvard College named for him; died Sep 14, 1638)

1816 - Morrison R. Waite (attorney: seventh Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court [1874-1888]; died Mar 23, 1888)

1832 - Louisa May Alcott (author: Little Women; died Mar 6, 1888)

1895 - Busby Berkeley (William Berkeley Enos) (choreographer, director: Forty Second Street, Gold Diggers of 1935, Footlight Parade, Hollywood Hotel, Stage Struck, Gold Diggers in Paris, Babes in Arms, Strike Up the Band, Girl Crazy, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Babes on Broadway, For Me and My Gal; died Mar 14, 1976)

1898 - C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (Christian novelist, columnist, author: Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet; died Nov 22, 1963)

1917 - Merle Travis (songwriter: 16 Tons, Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette, Petal from a Faded Rose, Cincinnati Lou, Information Please; singer: Re-enlistment Blues in From Here to Eternity, John Henry Junior, Barbara Allen; died Oct 20, 1983)

1918 - Madeleine L’Engle (author: A Wrinkle in Time, Summer of the Great-Grandmother; died Sep 6, 2007)

1925 - Minnie (Saturnino Orestes Armas) Minoso (baseball: Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox [led league in stolen bases: 1951-1953/all-star: 1951-1954, 1957, 1959, 1960], SL Cardinals, Washington Senators; died Mar 1, 2015)

1927 - Vin Scully (radio/TV sportscaster: Los Angeles Dodgers)

1932 - Ed Bickert (musician: jazz guitarist: group: Paul Desmond Quartet)

1932 - Jacques Chirac (President of France)

1932 - John Gary (Strader) (singer: 23 albums for RCA, other labels: Briarwood, Kama Sutra, Churchhill, Fraternity; songwriter: Possum Song, Plight of the Bumble Bee, The Bell Rings, Forget It, Warm and Tender Glow; diver, inventor: holds two patents on underwater propulsion devices [diving buddy and aqua-peller]; died Jan 4, 1998)

1932 - Diane Ladd (Rose Diane Ladnier) (actress: Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Rambling Rose, The Cemetery Club, Chinatown, Father Hood, Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, The Grace Kelly Story, Desperate Lives, I Married a Centerfold, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Alice)

1933 - John Mayall (songwriter, bandleader: The Bluesbreakers: Steppin’ Out)

1933 - James Rosenquist (American pop artist: Silo [1963], World’s Fair Mural [1964], Off the Continental Divide [1973], Marilyn [1974], Sunglasses - Landing Net - Triangle [1974], Pale Tent II [1976]; died Mar 31, 2017)

1939 - Dick (Richard John) McAuliffe (baseball: Detroit Tigers [All-Star: 1965-1967/World Series: 1968], Boston Red Sox; died: May 13, 2016)

1939 - Meco (Domenico Monardo) (musician: Star Wars Theme; music producer: Never Can Say Goodbye)

1940 - Denny Doherty (singer: group: The Mamas and The Papas: Monday, Monday, California Dreamin’, Words of Love, Dedicated to the One I Love, Creeque Alley; TV host; died Jan 19, 2007)

1940 - Chuck Mangione (Grammy Award-winning composer: Bellavia [1976]; theme for 1980 Winter Olympics: Give It All You Got; musician: flugelhorn: Feels So Good, Land of Make Believe, The Hill Where the Lord Hides)

1941 - Bill (William Ashley) Freehan (baseball: Univ. of Michigan, Detroit Tigers [All-Star: 1964-1973, 1975; Gold Glove: 1965-1969/World Series: 1968])

1941 - Jody Miller (Grammy Award-winning singer: Queen of the House [1965]; There’s a Party Goin’ On, Look at Mine, He’s So Fine, Baby I’m Yours, Darling, You Can Always Come Back Home, Be My Baby)

1942 - Felix Cavaliere (singer, group: The (Young) Rascals: Groovin’, Good Lovin’, Beautiful Morning, People Gotta Be Free; solo: LPs: Destiny, Treasure, Castle in the Air)

1947 - Suzy Chaffee (skier: captain: U.S. Women’s Olympic ski team, pro tour of free-style skiing: world championship winner [1971-1973]; Board of Directors: U.S. Olympic Committee [1976]; commercial spokesperson: Chapstick)

1947 - Joe Inman (golf: champ: 1976 Kemper Open, 1969 North and South Amateur; member: 1969 Walker Cup team)

1949 - Garry Shandling (comedian, actor: The Larry Sanders Show, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show; died Mar 24, 2016)

1951 - Barry Goudreau (musician: guitar: groups: Orion the Hunter, Boston: More Than a Feeling, Long Time, Peace of Mind, Don’t Look Back, Man I’ll Never Be, LP: Boston)

1951 - Brian Job (swimmer: Stanford University)

1955 - Howie Mandel (comedian; actor: St. Elsewhere, Good Grief!; cartoon voice: Bobby’s World; game-show host: Deal or No Deal)

1960 - Cathy Moriarty (actress: Casper, The Mambo Kings, Soapdish, Me and the Kid, Kindergarten Cop, Matinee, Raging Bull; restaurant owner: Beverly Hills Pizzaria)

1961 - Kim Delaney (Emmy Award-winning actress: NYPD Blue [1997]; Philly, All My Children, The Delta Force, Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit, The Drifter, Darkman II: The Return of Durant, Mission to Mars)

1962 - Andrew McCarthy (actor: The Courtyard, Weekend at Bernie’s series, Mannequin, St. Elmo’s Fire)

1964 - Don Cheadle (actor: Picket Fences, Devil in a Blue Dress, Boogie Nights, Bulworth, A Lesson Before Dying, Mission to Mars, Rush Hour 2, Ocean’s Eleven)

1968 - Jonathan (Rashleigh) Knight (singer, dancer: group: New Kids on the Block: You Got It (The Right Stuff), This One’s for the Children)

Those Were the Days: Current Issues

Chart Toppers - November 29
The Trolley Song - The Pied Pipers
Dance with the Dolly - The Russ Morgan Orchestra (vocal: Al Jennings)
I’ll Walk Alone - Dinah Shore
Smoke on the Water - Red Foley

You Belong to Me - Jo Stafford
Glow Worm - The Mills Brothers
Lady of Spain - Eddie Fisher
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Hank Williams

Are You Lonesome To-night? - Elvis Presley
Last Date - Floyd Cramer
A Thousand Stars - Kathy Young with The Innocents
Wings of a Dove - Ferlin Husky

Hey Jude - The Beatles
Love Child - Diana Ross & The Supremes
Abraham, Martin and John - Dion
Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette

Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright) - Rod Stewart
The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot
The Rubberband Man - Spinners
Good Woman Blues - Mel Tillis

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!
I Feel for You - Chaka Khan
Out of Touch - Daryl Hall & John Oates
You Could’ve Heard a Heart Break - Johnny Lee

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...

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