November, 2008             -- 365  days of Google Answers

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     On this day:

     

    Saturday, Nov. 1:  All Saints' Day (Day 306; 60 days left)

      * In 1604, William Shakespeare's Othello premieres.  Seven years later, the romantic comedy The Tempest.  Both were performed at Whitehall Palace in London:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=578460

    Born: Stephen Crane (1871); Grantland Rice (1880); Gary Player (1935); Larry Flynt (1942); Lyle Lovett (1957)

     

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    Sunday, Nov. 2: Daylight Savings Time ends -- U.S.

      * Haile Selassie crowned emperor of Ethiopia in 1930.  He's later lead the fight against Italian invaders:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/main?cmd=threadview&id=344224

    Born: Marie Antoinette (1755); George Boole (1815); Pat Buchanan (1938); K.D. Lang (1961)

     

    Monday, Nov. 3:

      * In 1954, the first of the Godzilla movies premieres on this day in Japan:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=465795

    Born: Stephen F. Austin (1793); William Cullen Bryant (1794);  André Malraux (1901); Bob Feller (1918); Kate Capshaw, Dennis Miller (1953)

     

    Tuesday, Nov. 4: Election Day -- U.S.

    * Sigmund Freud's "The Interpretation of Dreams" is published in 1899:

     http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=313644

    Born: Will Rogers (1879); Walter Cronkite (1916); Art Carney (1918); Laura Bush, Robert Mapplethorpe (1946); Kathy Griffin (1961); Sean Combs (1969)

       

    Wednesday, Nov. 5:

    *  E-mail is invented "sometime in November-December, 1971" by Ray Tomlinson.  Not even he remembers where the original email is @:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=569092

    Born: Eugene V. Debs (1855); Ida Tarbell (1857); Will Durant (1885); J.B.S. Haldane (1892); Fred Whipple (1906); Roy Rogers (1911); Art Garfunkel (1941)  

     

    Thursday, Nov. 6:

      * Birthday of Adolphe Sax, the Belgian inventor of the saxophone, in 1814:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=133940

    Born: Charles Dow (1851); John Philip Sousa (1854); James Naismith (1861); Walter Johnson (1887); Harold Ross (1892); Meet the Press (1947); Glenn Frey (1948)

     

    Friday, Nov. 7:

      *  The cartoonist Thomas Nast first uses the elephant as a symbol for the Republican Party in 1874, 20 years after the party's formation:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=122256

    Born: Leon Trotsky (1879); Konrad Lorenz (1903); Billy Graham (1918); Al Hirt (1922); Joan Sutherland (1926); Johnny Rivers (1942); Joni Mitchell (1943)

     

    Saturday, Nov. 8:

      *  USS San Jacinto stops British mail ship Trent on this day in 1861.  It would catapult Capt. Charles Wilkes, of the Wilkes Exploring Expedition, back into the headlines:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=94189

    Born: Edmond Halley (1656); Milton Bradley (1836); Bram Stoker (1847); Margaret Mitchell (1900); Jack Kilby (1923)

     

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    Sunday, Nov. 9:

      * Robert McNamara becomes the first non-Ford to head the American automobile manufacturer in 1960.  He'd leave one month later to join the Kennedy Administration:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=62925

    Born: Ellijah P. Lovejoy (1802); A.P. Hill (1825); Hedy Lamarr (1913); Sargent Shriver (1915); Carl Sagan (1934)

     

     

    Monday, Nov. 10:

      * The Hope Diamond is donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958 by diamond merchant Harry Winston.  And it has a GIA certification:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=113160

    Born: Martin Luther (1483); Andrei Tupolev (1888); Claude Rains (1889); John Northrop (1895); Moise Tshombe (1919); Dave Loggins (1947); Neil Gaiman (1960)

     

    Tuesday, Nov. 11: Armistice Day -- Belgium, France

      Veterans' Day -- U.S.

      Remembrance Day -- Canada, France

       * Pres. Warren G. Harding dedicates the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery in 1921:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=413896

    Born: Fyodor Dostosyevsky (1821); George S. Patton, Jr. (1885); Rabbit Maranville (1891); Pat O'Brien (1899); Howard Fast (1914); Kurt Vonnegut (1922)

     

    Wednesday, Nov. 12:

      * Tim Berners-Lee publishes a formal proposal for the World Wide Web in 1990, raising the issue of precisely what started the Internet (see also Aug. 6):

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=746649

    Born: Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815); Bahá'u'lláh (1817); Auguste Rodin (1840); DeWitt Wallace (1889); Neil Young (1945); Sammy Sosa (1968)

     

    Thursday, Nov. 13:

      * Robert Louis Stevenson born on this day in 1850.  How he came to write "Treasure Island" in the 1880s:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=264334

    Born: John Dickinson (1732); Louis Brandeis (1856); Buck O'Neil (1911); Scott McNeally (1954); Whoopi Goldberg (1955); Vinny Testaverde (1963)

     

    Friday, Nov. 14:

      * Asteroid Sedna discovered in an orbit influenced by Pluto on this day in 2003:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=728960

    Born: Robert Fulton (1765); Charles Lyell (1797); Claude Monet (1840); Jawaharlal Nehru (1889); Aaron Copland (1900); Prince Charles of Wales (1948); Condoleezza Rice (1954)

     

    Saturday, Nov. 15: 

     * Atlanta burns on this day in 1864, giving Margaret Mitchell a dramatic frame for a famous scene in "Gone with the Wind," published in 1936:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=526092

    Born: William Herschel (1738); Felix Frankfurter (1882); Georgia O'Keefe (1887); Erwin Rommel (1891); Ed Asner (1929); Sam Waterston (1940)

     

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    Sunday, Nov. 16:

      * The Battle of the Bulge, also known as the Ardennes Offensive, begun by Germany on this day in 1944.  About the 761st Tank Battalion in that battle:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=183170

    Born:  W.C. Handy (1873); Burgess Meredith (1908); Gene Amdahl (1920); Oksana Baiul, Maggie Gyllenhaal (1977)

     

    Monday, Nov. 17:

      * Birthday in 1887 of English Gen. Bernard Montgomery, who would be the commander of Operation Market-Garden in 1944:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=294885

    Born: August Ferdinand Möbius (1790); Lee Strasberg (1901); Shelby Foote (1916); Rock Hudson (1925); Gordon Lightfoot (1938); Martin Scorsese (1942)

     

    Tuesday, Nov. 18:

      * Mark Twain's short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" is published in the New York Saturday Press in 1865. Twain would live another 45 years, despite reports to the contrary:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=191570

    Born: Dorothy Dix (1861); Mickey Mouse (1928); George Gallup (1901); Johnny Mercer (1909); Alan Shepard, Ted Stevens (1923)

     Wednesday, Nov. 19:

      *  The keynote speaker at Gettysburg in 1863?  Edward Everett.  Abraham Lincoln said a few words too:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=218548

    Born: George Rogers Clark (1752); Ferdinand de Lesseps (1805); Billy Sunday (1862); Georgy Zhukov (1896); Tommy Dorsey (1905); Peter Drucker (1909); Ted Turner (1938)

     

    Thursday, Nov. 20: Anniversary of the Revolution -- Mexico

      * The third Thursday of each November is when the Beaujolais Nouveau is released.  The story of "Nestor's Cup," which is how the ancient Greeks drank their wine:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/main?cmd=threadview&id=185619

    Born: Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1866); Edwin Hubble (1889); Chester Gould (1900); Benoît B. Mandelbrot (1924); Robert F. Kennedy (1925); Dick Smothers (1939)

     

    Friday, Nov. 21:

      * Thomas Edison describes his phonograph on this day in 1877.  But the oldest known recording dates to 1888 -- and you can hear it on the Internet:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=253532

    Born: Voltaire (1694); Stan Musial (1920); Marlo Thomas (1937); Dr. John (1940); Harold Ramis (1944); Goldie Hawn (1945); Björk (1965); Troy Aikman (1966)

     

    Saturday, Nov. 22:

      *  As with previous presidential emergencies, stock market reacts to death of John Kennedy in 1963 by declining:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=378922

    Born: Robert de LaSalle (1643); Thomas Cook (1808); André Gide (1869); Charles de Gaulle (1890); Billie Jean King (1943); Jamie Lee Curtis (1958); Boris Becker (1967)

     

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    Sunday, Nov. 23:

      *  25 years after the stock market crash, the Dow Jones Industrial average gets back to its 1929 peak on this day in 1954:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=780311

     

    Monday, Nov. 24:

      * D.B. Cooper skyjacks a Boeing 727 on this day in 1971, jumping out of the airplane somewhere between Portland and Seattle:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=224514

     

    Tuesday, Nov. 25:

     *  China enters the Korean war on this day in 1950 by sending thousands of troops across the Yalu River:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=200751

     

    Wednesday, Nov. 26: 

      * King Tut's tomb entered in 1922:

     http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=414468 

     

    Thursday, Nov. 27: Thanksgiving -- U.S.

      * The first Presidential pardon to spare the life of a turkey given by Harry Truman in 1944 -- or maybe by Abraham Lincoln almost a century earlier:

    http://www.answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=46077

     

    Friday, Nov. 28:

      * It's been called "FAT Friday" for "Friday after Thanksgiving" but shoppers generally call it "Black Friday":

    http://answers.google.com/answers/main?cmd=threadview&id=522597

     

    Saturday, Nov. 29:

      * On this day in 2007, half of the world population has a cellphone, making 3.3 billion mobile numbers.  The history of the cellphone:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=332011

     

    Sunday, Nov. 30:

      * Michael Jackson's song "Thriller" released in 1982.  It would sell more than 54 million copies (and become a Halloween favorite):

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=592298

     

     

     

     

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