November 30

November 30 is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 31 days remaining until the end of the year.

On this day in 1803 – In New Orleans, Louisiana, Spanish representatives officially transfer the Louisiana Territory to a French representative. Just 20 days later, France transfers the same land to the United States as the Louisiana Purchase.

In 1940 Lucille Ball marries Desi Arnaz in Greenwich, Connecticut on November 30.

It was on this day in 1954 that the only documented case of a meteorite striking a human being occurs at Sylacauga, Alabama, when a meteorite crashes through the roof of a house and into a living room, bounces off a radio, and strikes a woman on the hip. The victim, Mrs. Elizabeth Hodges, was sleeping on a couch at the time of impact. The space rock was a sulfide meteorite weighing 8.5 pounds and measuring seven inches in length.

In 1960, the last DeSoto was built by Chrysler, which had decided to retire the brand after 32 years.

It was on this day in 1965 that Ralph Nader’s book Unsafe at Any Speed came out. His opening words were, “For over half a century the automobile has brought death, injury, and the most inestimable sorrow and deprivation to millions of people.”

On November 30, 1974, Elton John’s Greatest Hits began a 10-week run atop the Billboard 200 pop album chart on its way to selling more than 24 million copies worldwide.

On this day in 1979 the album THE WALL was released by Pink Floyd.

On Nov. 30, 1995, President Clinton became the first U.S. chief executive to visit Northern Ireland.

Ken Jennings’ streak of 74 wins on the TV game show “Jeopardy!” came to an end, 2004. He won $2,520,700, television’s biggest game show winnings.

John Sentamu becomes the first black archbishop in the Church of England with his enthronement as the 97th Archbishop of York.

Today is:

Andrés Bonifacio Day in the Philippines.
Cities for Life Day
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Barbados from the United Kingdom in 1966.
National day (Scotland)

It’s a birthday shared by significant historical figures.

Oliver Winchester, 1810

Mark Twain, 1835

Sir Winston Churchill, 1874

It’s a birthday shared by celebrities!

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

Dick Clark

Mandy Patinkin

Billy Idol (who turned 55 today)

Bo Jackson

Ben Stiller

Clay Aiken

Unfortunately it’s the day that many famous people died.

Oscar Wilde

Zeppo Marx, the youngest of the five Marx brothers.

Tiny Tim

Tim Woods, who wrestled wearing a white mask as “Mr. Wrestling”. Survived a plane crash in 1975 along with Ric Flair and Johnny Valentine.

Evil Knieval died on this day in 2007.

We’re not through folks! Billboard’s top songs of 1963 were:

Telstar by The Tornadoes

Go Away Little Girl by Steve Lawrence

Walk Right In – the Rooftop Singers

Hey Paula – Paul & Paula

Walk Like A Man – The Four Seasons

Our Day Will Come – Ruby and The Romantics

He’s So Fine – The Chiffons

I Will Follow Him – Little Peggy March

If You Wanna Be Happy – Jimmy Soul

It’s My Party -Lesley gore

Sukiyaki – Kyu Sakamoto

Easier Said Than Done -The Essex

Surf City – Jan & Dean

So Much In Love – The Tymes

Fingertips – Pt 2 – Little Stevie Wonder

My Boyfriend’s Back – the Angels

Blue Velvet -Bobby Vinton

Sugar Shack – Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs

Deep Purple – Nino Tempo and April Stevens

I’m Leaving It Up To You – Dale & Grace

Dominique – The Singing Nun

I am friends with four preachers who share this day as their birthday.

Mike Price

Keith Roberts

Bill Draper

Ah, I know, I said four. The fourth is Me!

On this day in 1963 a beautiful young 18 year old woman gave birth in Mercy Hospital, Vicksburg, MS. And here I am, 47 years later. It occurs to me that I’ve never had a 47th birthday before!

November 30th is a big day!

~John


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