Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
November 15th

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1492*In Spain, 6 Jews & 5 Conversos are accused of using black magic.Ref: 5
1533*The explorer Francisco Pizarro enters Cuzco, Peru.Ref: 2
1626*The original Mayflower "pilgrims" (Separatists), having lived in their American colony for six years, bought out their London investors for 1,800 pounds.Ref: 5
1660*The first kosher butcher (Asser Levy) is licensed in NYC (New Amsterdam).Ref: 5
1763*Charles Mason & Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania & Maryland.Ref: 5
1777*The Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, precursor to the U.S. Constitution.Ref: 70
1791*First Catholic college in US, Georgetown, opens.Ref: 5
1804*The first four tavern licenses are are issued for Xenia OH, including one to William Beatty, who opened his tavern six weeks earlier.Ref: 55
1849*First US poultry show opens in Boston.Ref: 5
1862*(Dakota Conflict) General Pope forwards records of the trials to President Lincoln, together with a letter urging Lincoln to authorize execution of all of the condemned and warning of mob violence if the executions did not go forward.Ref: 87
1864*First US mines school opens in basement of Columbia University, NY.Ref: 5
1869*Free Postal Delivery formally inauguratedRef: 5
1881*The Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions of the United States and Canada was formed -- in Pittsburgh, PA. Five years later the organization became the American Federation of Labor (AFL).Ref: 4
1884 Colonization of Africa organized at international conference in Berlin.Ref: 5
1889*Dom Pedro II, Emperor of Brazil, deposed; the monarchy is overthrown and a republic is proclaimed.Ref: 5
1896*Niagara Falls power plant startupRef: 62
1909*(Shipp) Chief Justice Fuller asks Shipp and the other convicted men to rise before the bench of the assembled justices of the Supreme Court. Shipp and two other defendants are sentenced to 90 days imprisonment in the U. S. Jail in the District of Columbia. The other three defendants receive 60 day sentences.Ref: 87
1917*Kerensky flees and Bolsheviks take command in Moscow.Ref: 2
1919*Senate first invokes cloture to end a filibuster (Versailles Treaty).Ref: 5
1920*Free City of Danzig established under League of Nations protection.Ref: 5
1920*Forty-one nations open the first League of Nations session in Geneva.Ref: 3
1930*General strikes and riots paralyze Madrid, Spain.Ref: 2
1933*After contracting ringworm at the Lima jail, Dillinger seeks treatment from Dr. Charles Eye in Chicago. Informant Arthur McGinnis notifies police, but Dillinger and Frechette escape trap.Ref: 42
1935*Commonwealth of Phillipines inaugurated.Ref: 5
1937*Eighteen lawsuits are brought against the Tennessee Valley Authority, calling for its dissolution.Ref: 2
1937*Air conditioning was enjoyed in both the House and Senate chambers for the first time as the second session of the 75th U.S. Congress convened.Ref: 4
1938*Jewish pupils are expelled from all non-Jewish German schools.Ref: 35
1939*President Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.Ref: 70
1939*Nazis begin the mass murder of Warsaw Jews.Ref: 5
1939*Social Security Administration approves first unemployment check.Ref: 5
1940*The first 75,000 men were called to Armed Forces duty under peacetime conscription.Ref: 70
1940*The Warsaw Ghetto, containing over 400,000 Jews, is sealed off.Ref: 35
1946*The 17th Paris Air Show opens at the Grand Palais des Champs-Elysees. It is the first show of this kind since World War II.Ref: 2
1948*William Lyon Mackenzie King retired as prime minister of Canada after 21 years, 4 1/2 months, the longest anyone has served as prime minister. He was succeeded by Louis St. Laurent.Ref: 4
1950*The first black man in organized hockey suited up. Arthur Dorrington became a member of the Atlantic City Seagulls of the Eastern Amateur Hockey League.Ref: 4
1952*Newark Airport in New Jersey reopens after closing earlier in the year because of an increase in accidents.Ref: 2
1954*The 1st regularly scheduled commercial flights over the North Pole begin.Ref: 5
1957*Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev asserts Soviet superiority in missiles, challenging the United States to a rocket-range shooting match.Ref: 2
1957*US sentences Soviet spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel to 30 years & $3,000 fine.Ref: 5
1957*Patriarch Ignatius Yacoub III officially established the Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in the U.S. and Canada. At the same time, Archbishop Mar Athanasius Yeshue Samuel, former Syrian Orthodox metropolitan of Jerusalem, was appointed primate of the new archdiocese, and soon after took up residence in Hackensack, New Jersey.Ref: 5
1960*The first submarine with nuclear missiles, USS George Washington, takes to sea from Charleston, South Carolina.Ref: 2
1962 Cuba threatens to down U.S. planes on reconnaissance flights over its territory.Ref: 2
1963*Argentina voids all foreign oil contracts.Ref: 2
1968*The RMS Queen Elizabeth, in its day the largest ocean liner ever built, ends her last voyage as a passenger carrier.Ref: 3
1971*Date credited as 30th birthday of Intel's first microprocessor 4004 built by Hoff, Mazor & Faggin.Ref: 10
1976 A Syrian peace force takes control of Beirut, Lebanon.Ref: 2
1976*New species of giant shark discovered near Oahu; US Navy lands sea monster called "megamouth.”Ref: 10
1977*Workers at the Mahwah plant in New York complete the 100,000,000th Ford to be built in America: a 1978 Ford Fairmont four-door sedan.Ref: 3
1977*President Jimmy Carter welcomes Shah of Iran.Ref: 5
1979*The British government publicly identify Sir Anthony Blunt as the "fourth man" of a Soviet spy ring that included Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean and Kim Philby.Ref: 5
1980*Pope John Paul II began 5 day visit to West Germany,.Ref: 5
1983*Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus proclaimed.Ref: 5
1985*Britain and Ireland signed an accord giving Dublin an official consultative role in governing Northern Ireland.Ref: 70
1986*The SEC fined Ivan F. Boesky $100 million for insider stock trading.Ref: 70
1986*A government tribunal in Nicaragua convicted American Eugene Hasenfus of charges related to his role in delivering arms to Contra rebels, and sentenced him to 30 years in prison. He was pardoned a month later.Ref: 70
1988 The Palestine National Council, the legislative body of the PLO, proclaimed the establishment of an independent Palestinian state at the close of a four-day conference in Algiers.Ref: 70
1990*The Senate Ethics Committee begins hearings on the "Keating Five", senators accused of going too far in helping failed savings-and-load owner Charles Keating Jr. (XDG, p 4A, 11/15/2000)Ref: 83
1990*President Bush signs the Clear Air Act of 1990.Ref: 5
1991*Dow Jones average drops 120.31 points (5th largest dive).Ref: 5
1991*Freedom to import and export establishedRef: 89
1993*A judge in Mineola, N.Y., sentenced Joey Buttafuoco to six months in jail for the statutory rape of Amy Fisher, who shot and wounded Buttafuoco's wife, Mary Jo.Ref: 70
1993*The US State Department announces Secretary Warren M Christopher would travel to the Mideast to try to mediate differences between Israel and the PLO. (XDG, p 4A, 11/15/2003)Ref: 83
1999*Next transit of Mercury visible in North AmericaRef: 5
2002*Hu Jintao replaces Jiang Zemin as China's Communist Party Leader. (XDG, p 4A, 11/15/2003)Ref: 83
1492*Christopher Columbus notes 1st recorded reference to tobacco.Ref: 5
1805*Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and their party reach the mouth of the Columbia River, completing their trek to the Pacific.Ref: 2
1806*Explorer Zebulon Pike discovers the Colorado Peak that bears his name, despite the fact that he didn't climb it.Ref: 2
1899*S.S. St. Paul becomes the first ship to receive radio messages (transmitted from Isle of Wight).Ref: 10
1901*Battery driven hearing aid patented by Miller Reese of New York.Ref: 10
1909*M. Metrot takes off in a Voisin biplane from Algiers, making the first manned flight in Africa.Ref: 2
1922*It is announced that Dr. Alexis Carrel has discovered white corpuscles.Ref: 2
1965*Venera 3, a Soviet probe is launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan en route to Venus.Ref: 3
1966*The flight of "Gemini 12" ends successfully as astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Junior splashed down safely in the Atlantic.Ref: 5
1967*Michael Adams in X-15 reaches 80 km.Ref: 5
1972*Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 48 launched to study gamma rays.Ref: 5
1988*91 m radio telescope dish at Green Bank, WV collapses.Ref: 5
1988*Soviet space shuttle makes unmanned maiden flight (2 orbits).Ref: 5
1990*The space shuttle Atlantis is launched on a secret military mission. (XDG, p 4A, 11/15/2000)Ref: 83
1315 Swiss soldiers ambush and slaughter invading Austrians in the battle of Morgarten.Ref: 2
1715 Barrier Treaty, Austria cedes area to the Netherlands.Ref: 5
1775*After a clear victory at Kemp's Landing near Norfolk, Virginia's Governor Dunmore issues his Emancipation Proclamation, which declared martial law and freed "all indented Servants, Negroes, or others . . . that are able and willing to bear Arms, they joining His Majesty's forces." Eventually, several hundred African-Americans join his ranks. The governor also raises the king's standard at the battle site and in Norfolk the next day. 
1864*After destroying Atlanta's warehouses and railroad facilities, Sherman, with 62,000 men begins a March to the Sea. President Lincoln on advice from Grant approved the idea. "I can make Georgia howl!" Sherman boasts.Ref: 2
1917*Georges Clemenceau becomes Premier of France, succeeding Painlove.Ref: 38
1942*An American fleet defeats a Japanese naval force in a clash off Guadalcanal. The five Sullivan brothers, onboard USS Juneau, all are killed in the action.Ref: 2
1965*In the second day of combat, regiments of the first Cavalry Division battle on Landing Zones X-Ray against North Vietnamese forces in the Ia drang Valley. Rescue at LZ Albany.Ref: 2
1969*A quarter of a million protesters staged a peaceful demonstration in Washington, D.C., against the Vietnam War.Ref: 70
1886*In the first trade ever, the Reds trade Jack Boyle and cash ($400) to the Browns for Hugh Nicol.Ref: 1
1933*Phillies trade hard hitting Virgil Davis to the Cardinals for Jimmy Wilson. The Phillies make the trade because they want the St. Louis catcher to become the team's manager.Ref: 1
1939*The NY Giants, formerly opposed to night baseball, made plans for a lighting system at the Polo Grounds for the 1940 season.Ref: 4
1941*Heisman Trophy winner halfback Bruce Smith of Minnesota injured, comes off the bench to set up 3 TDs, preserve No. 1 hopes in a 34-13 win over Iowa. (Sports Illustrated, 11/19/2001) 
1950*The first black man in organized hockey suits up. Arthur Dorrington became a member of the Atlantic City Seagulls of the Eastern Amateur Hockey League.Ref: 4
1960*Elgin Baylor of NBA Los Angeles Lakers scores 71 points vs NY Knicks.Ref: 5
1961*For the second consecutive year, Roger Maris is named AL MVP; the new single-season HR record holder with 61 edges his Yankee teamate Mickey Mantle by four votes, 202-198.Ref: 1
1962*The White Sox release 299-game winner Early Wynn enabling him to deal with other clubs to reach the 300 career victory milestone.Ref: 1
1962*Cassius Clay KOs Archie Moore in the 4th round in Los Angeles CA.Ref: 96
1964*Mickey Wright shoots a 62, lowest golf score for a woman pro.Ref: 5
1965*Craig Breedlove, driving his jet-powered Spirit of America - Sonic 1 vehicle, raced to 600.601 mph over the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, and set a new land speed record.Ref: 3
1979*Twin pitcher David Goltz (14-13, 4.16) becomes the first player to be selected by the maximum thirteen teams in the first round of the free agent draft. He will sign a six-year, three- million dollar contract with the Dodgers.Ref: 1
1983*Oriole Cal Ripken is named the AL's MVP becoming the first player to win the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Award in consecutive years.Ref: 1
1983*75th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy.Ref: 5
1987*NY Giant Raul Allegre kicks 2, 50 or more yard field goals in a game.Ref: 5
1988*Dodger World Series hero Kirk Gibson edges out Met outfielders Darryl Strawberry and Kevin McReynolds for the NL MVP Award.Ref: 1
1989*Walter Davis (Denver) begins NBA free throw streak of 53 games.Ref: 5
1990*Red Sox Roger Clemens is fined $10,000 and suspended for five days by AL President Bobby Brown for his unruly behavior during league playoffs.Ref: 1
1991*Ricky Pierce (Seattle) begins NBA free throw streak of 75 games.Ref: 5
1992*After 200 victories, seven championships and more than 1,000 career starts, Richard Petty ended his career as a driver. In his final race, at Atlanta Motor Speedway, he drove his red and blue SIP Pontiac to a 35th-place finish in the Hooters 500.Ref: 4
1994*‘Marvelous’ Martina Navratilova ended her 19-year tennis career with a disappointing 6-4, 6-2 loss to Gabriela Sabatini in the first round of the WTA Championships at Madison Square Garden in NY. Navratilova, a Tennis Hall-of-Famer, played 380 singles tournaments and 1,650 matches. She won 167 titles and 1,438 matches, with a won-lost mark of 1,438-212. She won $20,344,061.Ref: 4
1997*Eddie Robinson coached his final home game at Grambling State University (losing 37-35 to North Carolina A&T). He was college football’s winningest coach with 408 wins. (Robinson ended his 56-year career two weeks later at the Bayou Classic against Southern University.)Ref: 4
1999*Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson wins the National League Cy Young Award. The Big Unit, a 6-foot-10 left-hander, was 17-9 and led the league in ERA (2.48) and strikeouts (364). He is the second pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues, after Gaylord Perry.Ref: 9
2000*A's Jason Giambi (.333, 43, 137) wins the AL MVP Award edging out two-time winner White Sox first baseman Frank Thomas.Ref: 1
2001*Yankee right hander Roger Clemens (20-3, 3.51 ERA) wins the Cy Young Award for an unprecedented sixth time (Red Sox -1986, '87, '91 and Blue Jays -1997, '98). The 'Rocket' becomes the first Pinstripper to win the award since 1978 when Ron Guidry copped the honor.Ref: 1
1806*First US college magazine, Yale Literary Cabinet, publishes 1st issue.Ref: 5
1837 First shorthand book published by Isaac Pitman.Ref: 10
1845*The opera "Maritana" is produced (London).Ref: 5
1884*Samuel Sidney McClure of NY City started the first literary syndicate -- the McClure Syndicate. It bought authors’ works and then sold the right to print them to various newspapers across the U.S.Ref: 4
1904*One of Broadway’s most famous phrases was uttered for the first time. Ethel Barrymore, appearing in the play, Sunday, spoke the famous line, “That’s all there is. There isn’t any more,” as the curtain fell.Ref: 4
1907*The cartoon strip Mutt and Jeff first appearedRef: 62
1909 Al Jolson puts on blackface for the first timeRef: 62
1926 Network radio was born. 24 stations carried the first broadcast from NBC, the National Broadcasting Company. The program was a gala 4½-hour broadcast from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in NY City. Two remote pickups were also on the program. Opera star Mary Garden sang from Chicago and Will Rogers presented a humorous monologue from Independence, KS. Charles Lindbergh was among the luminaries who attended the broadcast.Ref: 4
1932*Walt Disney Art School created.Ref: 5
1938*The first live on-the-scene television news broadcast was transmitted when a fire on Ward's Island broke out near NBC station W2XBT, and the station was able to film and broadcast the fire live.Ref: 3
1941*Cow Palace opens in San Francisco.Ref: 5
1949*KRON (Channel 4, San Francisco) signs on, from 7 to 10 PMRef: 5
1954*Studio One on CBS-TV featured Joan Weber singing Let Me Go, Lover. The song had enjoyed limited popularity before the TV show, but skyrocketed to fame immediately after.Ref: 4
1956*Love Me Tender, the first Elvis Presley film, premiers.Ref: 4
1965*Walt Disney gives a press conference in Orlando publically announcing his intent to build Walt Disney World. (Ref: "Disney, The First 100 Years", 1999, ISBN 0-7868-6442-7) 
1968*First date in the controversial Jim Bouton baseball diary "Ball Four".Ref: 5
1969*Janis Joplin is accused of vulgar & indecent language in Tampa, FL.Ref: 5
1969*The first album featuring Karen and Richard Carpenter was released by A&M Records. Offering would not be a big seller, but a single from the disc, a remake of The Beatles’ Ticket to Ride, would gain national attention. Their next album, however, would establish them as major international stars (Close to You).Ref: 4
1974*The most expensive 2-record album was released -- on Casablanca Records. It was a comedy disc titled, Here’s Johnny Magic Moments from the Tonight Show.Ref: 4
1974*Ringo releases "Goodnight Vienna" & "Only You" in UK.Ref: 5
1974*The group, Faces, released their tune with the longest title. You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything (Even Take the Dog for a Walk, Mend a Fuse, Fold Away the Ironing Board, Or Any Other Domestic Shortcomings).Ref: 4
1979*ABC-TV announces it would broadcast nightly specials on Iran hostage.Ref: 5
1980*After years of success on the music charts with the New Christy Minstrels and the First Edition, Kenny Rogers got his first #1 song. Lady, written by Lionel Richie, stayed at the top for six weeks.Ref: 4
1986*The first major operetta written by Gian Carlo Menotti in over 20 years was presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Starring tenor Placido Domingo, Goya was said by critics to be only “intermittently good.”Ref: 4
1989 "Batman" is released on video tape.Ref: 5
1990*Milli Vanilli's producer confirms rumors that the duo had not done any of the singing on their debut album "Girl You Know It's True". (XDG, p 4A, 11/15/2000)Ref: 83
1996*Michael Jackson marries Debbie Rowe.Ref: 24
1997*William Shatner marries Nerine Kidd.Ref: 24
-2349 -BC- Methusala is born. (Really?)Ref: 51
1397*Tommaso Parentucelli (later Pope Nicholas V (1447-55)) is born near La Spezia, Italy. He will end the schism and found the Vatican Library.Ref: 69
1638 Catherine of Braganza is born.Ref: 10
1708*William Pitt the Elder (Whig) UK PM (1756-61, 66-68) `Great Commoner', secretary of state of England whose strategies helped win the Seven Years War, is born.Ref: 5
1731*William Cowper England, preromantic poet (His Task), is born.Ref: 68
1738*Sir William Hershel, British astronomer who discovered Uranus, is born.Ref: 2
1784*Jerome Bonaparte, French King of Westphalia and marshal of France, is born.Ref: 70
1815*John Banvard NYC, painted world's largest painting (3 mile canvas), is born.Ref: 5
1833*Edwin Booth actor: founded Players Club, NY; older brother of John Wilkes Booth assassin of Abraham Lincoln; is born.Ref: 4
1849*James O'Neill, Irish-born American actor, is born.Ref: 70
1853*(day unknown) Anne Kelly, sister of Australian bushranger and folk hero Edward "Ned" Kelly is born. Ref 
1862*Gerhart Hauptmann Germany, writer (Before Dawn-Nobel 1912), is born.Ref: 5
1874*August Krogh Denmark, physiologist (Nobel-1920), is born.Ref: 5
1879*Lewis Stone Worcester MA, actor (Prisoner of Zenda), is born.Ref: 5
1881*Franklin P Adams Chicago IL, columnist (Information Please), is born.Ref: 5
1882*(US Supreme Court Justice) Felix Frankfurter, Vienna Austria, US supreme court justice (1939-62), is born.Ref: 5
1886*Pedro Sanjuan San Sebastian, Spain, composer (Castilla), is born.Ref: 5
1887*Georgia O'Keeffe, one of America's foremost 20th-century painters, is born in Sun Prairie WI.Ref: 70
1887*Marianne Moore St Louis, poet (Pulitzer-1951-Collected Poems), is born.Ref: 5
1889 King Manuel II Portugal is born.Ref: 10
1891*W Averell Harriman US, (Gov-D-NY)/ambassador to USSR (1943-46), is born.Ref: 5
1891*Erwin Rommel, German field marshal in World War II who commanded the Afrika Korps in North Africa and defended the Normandy coast on D-Day, is born.Ref: 2
1895*Ina Claire actress (Claudia, Ninotchka, Rebound), is born.Ref: 5
1897*Sacheverell Sitwell English poet/writer (People's Palace), is born.Ref: 5
1905*Mantovani Venice Italy, orchestra leader (Mantovani), is born.Ref: 5
1906*Curtis LeMay, American airforce officer, is born.Ref: 70
1909*Don Large Canada, choral director (Wayne King), is born.Ref: 5
1914*Jorge Bolet Havana Cuba, pianist (C'eurties Instituka), is born.Ref: 5
1919*(Long Island) Carol Bruce, Great Neck NY, actress (Lillian Carlson-WKRP), is born.Ref: 5
1919*Joseph A. Wapner, the Judge on "The People's Court" is born.Ref: 3
1922*Francesco Rosi Naples Italy, director (Lucky Luciano), is born.Ref: 5
1923*Peter Hammond London England, actor (Buccaneers), is born.Ref: 5
1925*Howard Baker (Sen-R-TN), presidential chief of staff, is born.Ref: 5
1928*C.W. McCall (William Fries) singer, songwriter: Convoy, Old Home, Filler-up, Keep on Truckin’ Cafe, Wolf Creek Pass, Classified, There Won’t be No Country Music, Roses for Mama, is born.Ref: 4
1929*Edward Asner, Kansas City KS, actor (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant), is born.Ref: 5
1930*Whitman Mayo NYC, actor (Grady-Sanford & Son), is born.Ref: 5
1931*John Kerr NYC, actor (South Pacific, Peyton Place, Pit & Pendulum), is born.Ref: 5
1932*Petula Clark Grammy Award-winning singer [1965]: Downtown, I Know a Place, This is My Song, My Love, is born.Ref: 4
1933*Clyde (Lensley) McPhatter singer: Treasure of Love, Long Lonely Nights, A Lovers Question, Lover Please; groups: Dominoes: Do Something for Me, Sixty Minute Man, Have Mercy Baby; Drifters: Money Honey, Such a Night/Lucille, Honey Love; is born.Ref: 4
1933*Barbara Carson Memphis TN, actress (Comedy Tonight, Carter Country), is born.Ref: 5
1933*Jack Burns Boston MA, comedian (Burns & Schreiber), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Joanna Barnes Boston, actress (Parent Trap, Spartacus, Goodbye Charlie), is born.Ref: 5
1937*Little Willie John (William Edward John) singer: Sleep, Talk to Me Talk to Me, Fever; convicted of manslaughter, is born.Ref: 4
1937*Yaphet Kotto, actor: Two If by Sea, The Puppet Masters, Extreme Justice, Midnight Run, The Running Man, Eye of the Tiger, Fighting Back, Alien, Raid on Entebbe, Shark?s Treasure, Live and Let Die, The Thomas Crown Affair, Five Card Stud, Nothing But a Man, Blue Collar, Homicide: Life on the Street, For Love and Honor, is born in New York City.Ref: 4
1939*Erik Hansen Denmark, 1K kayak (Olympic-gold-1960), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Thalmus Rasulala [Jack Crowder], Miami FL, actor (Blacula, Roots), is born.Ref: 5
1940*Sam Waterston Cambridge MA, actor (Law & Order, Capricorn One, Heaven's Gate), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Daniel Barenboim Buenos Aires Argentina, pianist/conductor, is born.Ref: 5
1945*Anni-Frid Lyngsdtad [Fryeda Anderson] Sweden, rocker (ABBA), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Janet Lennon Culver City CA, singer (Lennon Sisters), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Bob Dandridge basketball: Milwaukee Bucks forward, is born.Ref: 4
1950*Otis Armstrong football: Denver Broncos running back: AFC Leading Rusher: [1974]: Super Bowl XII, is born.Ref: 4
1951*Bo Matthews football: Univ. of Colorado, San Diego Chargers, is born.Ref: 4
1954*Beverly D'Angelo, Columbus Ohio, actress (Vacation, European Vacation and former Scooby-Doo cel painter, is born. (also TWA, 1998)Ref: 5
1954*Tony Thompson musician: drums: group: Chic: Dance Dance Dance, Everybody Dance, Le Freak, I Want Your Love, Good Times; played with Led Zeppelin: Live Aid; drummer with Patti LaBelle, is born.Ref: 4
1955*Oliver Conant NYC, actor (Summer of '42), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Ashley Cox Dallas TX, playmate (December, 1977), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Kevin Eubanks musician: guitar: bandleader: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; composer: film scores: Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault, Psalms from the Underground, The Dinner, The Week that Girl Died, is born.Ref: 4
1964*Kevin J. O'Connor actor: The Mummy, Peggy Sue Got Married, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, Birdland, Gideon's Crossing, is born.Ref: 4
1967*Mari Fernandez singer: group: Sweet Sensation: If Wishes Came True, Love Child, Purely by Coincidence, Sad Sweet Dreamer, is born.Ref: 4
1968*James Brady Brooklyn NY, columnist (NY Post), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Brenda Alyce Bassett Kokomo IN, Miss IN-America (1991), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Karin Von Breeschoteen Rotterdam Holland, Playmate (Sept, 1989), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Mirjam Von Breeschoteen Rotterdam Holland, Playmate (Sept, 1989), is born.Ref: 5
1977*Peter Mark Andrew Phillips 9th in sucession to British throne, is born.Ref: 5
1280*Albertus Magnus German scholar, dies at 87.Ref: 5
1630*Johannes Kepler ‘founder of modern optics’: formulated eyeglass design for nearsightedness and farsightedness; coined term: Dioptrice, describing real, virtual, upright and inverted images and magnification; discovered the properties of total internal reflection; astronomer: first to correctly explain planetary motion; used stellar parallax caused by the Earth’s orbit to measure distance to the stars; suggested that Sun rotates about its axis, that tides are caused by the Moon; formed basis of integral calculus; derived the universally accepted birth year of Christ; writer: Astronomia Pars Optica, Dioptrice, Stereometrica Doliorum; dies at age 58.Ref: 68
1672*Franciscus Sylvius, German physician, physiologist and chemist, dies at age 58.Ref: 70
1787*Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck, composer, dies in Vienna, Austria at age 73. (Cross, Milton, "Encyclopedia of the Great Composers and Their Music", Doubleday & Co, 1953) 
1794*(Declaration of Independence) John Witherspoon, clergyman, educator, signer of the Declaration of Independence, dies. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1802*George Romney, English portrait painter, dies at age 67.Ref: 70
1824*Series of fires kills 10 (Edinburgh Scotland).Ref: 5
1853*Maria II (da Gloria), Queen of Portugal, 1834-53, dies.Ref: 17
1863 King Frederik VII Denmark dies.Ref: 10
1897*John Mercer Langston dies at 67.Ref: 5
1916*Luis Munoz-Rivera Puerto Rican patriot; poet; journalist; (founded Federalist Party), dies.Ref: 4
1932*Robert Brookings, American businessman/philanthropist, dies at age 82.Ref: 70
1949*John Neville Keynes, English philosopher and economist, dies at age 97.Ref: 70
1954*Lionel Barrymore (Blythe) Academy Award-winning actor: A Free Soul [1930-31]; Camille, Captains Courageous, Duel in the Sun, It’s a Wonderful Life, Key Largo, The Little Colonel; dies.Ref: 4
1958*C.T.R. Wilson, Scottish Nobel Prize-winning physicist, dies at age 90.Ref: 70
1958*Tyrone Power (Tyrone Edmund Power Jr.) actor: Tom Brown of Culver, The Mark of Zorro, Blood and Sand, This Above All, The Eddie Duchin Story, The Long Gray Line, Witness for the Prosecution; dies.Ref: 4
1959*Richard Hickock & Perry Smith kill Clutters.Ref: 5
1959*Charles T.R. Wilson, Scottish Nobel Prize-winning physicist, dies at age 90.Ref: 70
1963*Fritz Reiner conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 74.Ref: 5
1971*Rudolf Abel, Russian spy imprisoned by U.S. in 1957, dies at age 68.Ref: 70
1976*Jean Gabin [Alexis Moncorgé] French film actor, dies at age 72.Ref: 70
1978*Margaret Mead anthropologist: studies of ancient people of the South Pacific; dies in NY at 76.Ref: 5
1978*183 die as Icelandic Airlines DC-8 crashes in Colombo, Sri Lanka.Ref: 5
1979*Immanuel Velikovsky, US writer (Worlds in Collision), dies.Ref: 17
1982*Funeral services were held in Moscow for the late Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev.Ref: 70
1982 Vinoba Bhave, Indian social reformer; disciple of Mahatma Gandhi, dies at age 87.Ref: 70
1983*John LeMesurier actor, dies at 71.Ref: 5
1984*Baby Fae dies 20 days after receiving a baboon heart transplant in Loma Linda, California.Ref: 2
1987*28 of 82 aboard Continental Airlines DC-9 die in crash at Denver.Ref: 5
1988*Mona Washbourne actress: Mrs. Pearce, My Fair Lady, Night Must Fall, Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter, Brideshead Revisited; dies.Ref: 4
1991*Former State Department official Alger Hiss, who fell from grace in a Communist spy scandal, died in NY at age 91.Ref: 70
1995*Jamie Rouse, 17, a high school senior from Lynnville TN, kills a teacher and a student; another teacher wounded after being shot in the head at Richland School. 
1996*Former State Department official Alger Hiss, who fell from grace in a Communist spy scandal, dies in NY at age 91.Ref: 68
1998*Kwame Ture (Stokeley Carmichael) U.S. civil rights activist: SNCC [Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee], Black Panthers, All-African People’s Revolutionary Party [founder/chairman]; credited w/creating phrase ‘Black Power’; emigrated to Africa; married to South African singer Miriam Makeba, dies of prostate cancer.Ref: 4
2002 Palestinian militants rake Israeli troops and settlers with gunfire in an ambush, killing 12 Israelis in Hebron. (XDG, p 4A, 11/15/2003)Ref: 83
2003*Laurence Tisch, the Loews chief who took over CBS in 1986 dies in New York at age 80, of cancer. (WSJ, p A1, 11/17/2003)Ref: 33
2003*John Saunders, writer of the cartoon strip "Mary Worth" for 24 years, dies in Toledo OH at age 79 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (XDG, p 5A, 11/18/2003)Ref: 83

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