Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Birthday Time Trivia!

As some of you already know, today is my birthday. Thanks for the all the good wishes many of you have shared here, at my message board and via email. I really appreciated them! :-)

I thought it might be interesting to list some famous people who share (or did share) the same birth date and some who died on this date. I also listed some moments in history that happened on November 30th.

November 30 Who Was Born on This Day?

1554 Philip Sidney poet, statesman, soldier d: 1586
1667 Jonathan Swift satirist d: 1745
1835 Mark Twain [Samuel Clemens] riter d: 1910
1874 Sir Winston Churchill British statesman and prime minister d: 1965
1912 Gordon [Alexander Buchanan] Parks photographer, poet, filmmaker, novelist
1922 Virginia Mayo actress
1923 Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. actor
1924 Shirley Chisholm politician, author
1924 Allan Sherman [Copelon] comedian d: 1973
1927 Richard CrennaEmmy Award-winning actor
1928 Rex Reason actor
1929 Dick Clark TV producer, host
1930 G. [George] Gordon Liddy politician, radio host
1931 Teddy [Thurman] Wilburnsinger
1931 Bill Walsh Football Hall of Famer
1932 Bob Moore instrumentalist
1935 Jack Reno country singer
1936 Abbie Hoffman activist d: 1989
1937 Robert Guillaume [Williams] Emmy Award-winning actor
1937 Ridley Scott director
1937 Paul [Noel] Stookey singer
1943 Leo Lyons musician, bassist
1944 Rob Grill musician, singer, bassist
1944 Luther Ingram musician, singer
1945 Roger Glover musician, bassist
1947 David Mamet director
1950 Craig Swan baseball
1950 Paul Westphal basketball
1952 Mandy Patinkin Tony Award-winning actor
1953 Shuggie [Johnny] Otis, Jr.musician, guitarist, bassist, harmonica player, keyboardist
1954 George McArdle musician, bass guitarist
1954 June Pointer singer
1955 Billy Idol [Broad] musician, guitarist, singer, songwriter
1955 Kevin Conroy actor
1957 John Aston musician, guitarist
1957 Richard Barbieri musician, keyboardist
1962 Bo [Vincent] Jackson baseball
1965 Ben Stiller actor, director
1970 Des’ree singer

What happened this day in history?

30 B.C. - Cleopatra died.

1016 - English King Edmund II died. Known as "Ironside" for his fierce resistance to the invading Canute who eventually defeated him and became King on Edmund's death.

1700 - Eight thousand Swedish troops under King Charles XII defeated a force of at least 50,000 Russians at the Battle of Narva. At least 10,000 Russians died. The army lost 600. Charles XII died on this day in 1718 during an invasion of Norway.

1782 - The United States and Britain signed a treaty in Paris that ended the Revolutionary War.

1838 - After the French occupation of Vera Cruz three days earlier, Mexico declared war on France.

1853 - In the Crimean War, the Russian fleet attacked and destroyed the Turkish fleet and part of the harbor at the battle of Sinope.

1864 - The United States Civil War Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, took place.

1875 - Akron, Ohio's A.J. Ehrichson patented the oat-crushing machine.

1887 - In Chicago, Illinois, the first softball game was played. It was actually called indoor baseball; using a broomstick for a bat and a boxing glove for a ball.

1922 - Actress Sarah Bernhardt made her last stage appearance in the final performance of "Daniel", in Turin, Italy.

1936 - London's famed Crystal Palace was destroyed in a fire.

1939 - The Soviet Union invaded Finland.

1939 - More than 20 Russian divisions - almost half a million men - invaded Finland in the "Winter War."

1939 - On Columbia 78s, Harry James and his big band recorded "Concerto for Trumpet".

1940 - Lucille Ball and Cuban musician Desi Arnaz married. They would divorce in the 1950s, after the 1954 season run of "I Love Lucy".

1943 - On Capitol Records, Nat ‘King’ Cole and his trio recorded "Straighten Up and Fly Right", the first recording for the King Cole trio.

1947 - Only one day after the United Nations decrees Israel's right to exist, Jewish settlements are attacked.

1950 - Clover Dairy of Wilmington, Delaware offered Sealtest concentrated milk for sale.

1953 - Playwright Eugene O'Neill died in Boston, Massachusetts, at age 65. His vast collection of plays included Anna Christie, Ah! Wilderness, The Hairy Ape, Desire Under the Elms, Long Day's Journey Into Night, and Mourning Becomes Electra. O'Neill was awarded the Nobel prize of literature in 1936. His daughter, Oona, married silent film star Charlie Chaplin. He left several unpublished plays and an autobiography. O'Neill's will stipulated that these were not to be produced until 25 years after his death.

1954 - In London, England, Sir Winston Churchill celebrated his 80th birthday. The festivities were supossedly the greatest ever held for a British subject.

1954 - The first meteorite known to have struck a woman lands in Sylacauga, Alabama.

1956 - New York's Floyd Patterson became the youngest man, at 21, to win the world heavyweight boxing championship when he knocked-out light-heavyweight champ Archie Moore in the fifth round of their Chicago bou.

1958 - The Dewey - the first guided missile destroyer was launched in Bath, Maine.

1959 - Joe Foss was named American Football League commissioner and made about $30,000 a year as his salary for the job.

1962 - U Thant of Burma was elected secretary-general of the United Nations after the death of Dag Hammarskjold.

1964 - The unmanned Soviet spaceship "Zond 2" took off for Mars but communication was lost in May 1965.

1966 - Barbados gains independence from Britain.

1967 - Yemen, then Aden, gains independence from Britain.

1968 - Diana Ross and the Supremes hit t#1 on the music charts with "Love Child", a controversial song for the times. It stayed at #1 for two weeks.

1971 - As the "ABC Movie of the Week", ABC-TV presented "Brian’s Song". The story was about Chicago Bears Brian Picolo and his friendship with Gayle Sayers, who watched him die a tragic death. The movie rated a 32.9 and a 48 share. "Brian’s Song", performed by Michel Legrand, was the movie's theme.

1974 - The Eagles released their hit, "Best of My Love", but it would take until March 1, 1975 for it to hit #1 on the top 40 charts.

1977 - Eric Severied retired from CBS-TV after 38 years in television news. Among those he worked with were: Morrow, Collingwood, Trout, Cronkite, Edwards, Rather, Kuralt, Wallace, Dean and others.

1982 - The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 36.43 points, giving the fourth largest gain in the it’s 87-year history.

1986 - Ivan Lendl became the world's first tennis player to have career earnings over $10 million.

1988 - Radio Liberty, the American-financed Soviet radio station with an audience of 16 million, was opened to the airwaves on this date, along with two other radio stations. The Russians began jamming foreign radio broadcasts in the early 1950s after declaring them tools of subversion.

1989 - A bomb killed Alfred Herrhausen, the chairman of West Germany's largest bank. The Red Army Faction terrorist group claimed responsibility for the killing.

1991 - Archaeologists unearthed a statue of Pharaoh Ramses II in Akhimim, Egypt.

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