1875 - A.J. Ehrrichson of Akron, OH patented the oat-crushing machine.
1887 - The first softball game was played -- in Chicago, IL. The game was really called indoor baseball; it used a broomstick for a bat and a boxing glove for a ball.
1922 - Actress Sarah Bernhardt made her last appearance on the stage. She played in the final performance of "Daniel", being presented in Turin, Italy.
1939 - Harry James and his big band recorded "Concerto for Trumpet" -- on Columbia 78s.
1940 - Lucille Ball and Cuban musician Desi Arnaz were married. Lucy filed for divorce the day after their final TV show was filmed in 1960.
1943 - Nat ‘King’ Cole and his trio recorded "Straighten Up and Fly Right" on Capitol Records. It was the first recording for the King Cole trio.
1954 - Sir Winston Churchill celebrated his 80th birthday in London. The festivities were said to be the greatest ever held for a British subject.
1956 - Archie Moore was defeated by Floyd Patterson. Patterson won the heavyweight boxing title vacated by the retired Rocky Marciano. At the age of 21, Patterson was the youngest boxer to be named heavyweight champion.
1959 - Joe Foss was named American Football League commissioner. He made about $30,000 a year in salary for the job.
1962 - U Thant of Burma was unanimously appointed Secretary-General by the United Nations General Assembly. He had been chosen to head the world body after Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold was killed in an air crash in September 1961.
1968 - Diana Ross and The Supremes hit the #1 spot on the music charts with "Love Child". The somewhat controversial tune (for the times) stayed at the top for two weeks.
1971 - ABC-TV presented "Brian’s Song" as the "ABC Movie of the Week". The touching story was about Chicago Bears running back Brian Piccolo and his friendship with Gayle Sayers, who watched Brian die a tragic death. The movie got a rating of 32.9 and a 48 share. The theme song, "Brian’s Song", was performed by Michel Legrand.
1974 - The Eagles hit, "Best of My Love", was released. It would take until March 1, 1975 for it to reach the #1 spot on the top 40 charts.
1977 - Eric Sevareid retired from CBS-TV. He left CBS after 38 years of working with famous names in the TV news biz ... folks like Morrow, Collingwood, Trout, Cronkite, Edwards, Rather, Kuralt, Wallace, Dean and others.
1986 - Ivan Lendl became the first tennis player in the world to gain career earnings exceeding $10 million.
1991 - PM Dawn’s "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" hit #1 in the U.S. The rappers folded another song -- Spandau Ballet’s "True" -- into theirs, making for a very nice musical effect.
1994 - Talk about bad luck. Nearly 1,000 passengers and crew fled the cruise ship "Achille Lauro" after it caught fire off the coast of Somalia en route from Genoa to the Sychelles. The ship sank two days later. This was the same "Achille Lauro" that had been hijacked by Palestinians in October 1985.
Birthdays - November 30
1554 - Philip Sidney (poet: Arcadia; statesman, soldier: dying, he gave his water bottle to another dying soldier and uttered this famous quote: “Thy necessity is yet greater than mine.”; Oct 17, 1586)
1667 - Jonathan Swift (satirist: Gulliver’s Travels, Thoughts on Religion; died Oct 19, 1745)
1835 - Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) (writer: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Roughing It, Life on the Mississippi, The Prince and the Pauper; died Apr 21, 1910)
1874 - Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (British soldier, statesman, prime minister, author, first man to be made an honorary citizen of the U.S. [by an act of Congress on April 9, 1963]; died Jan 24, 1965)
1918 - Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (actor: The F.B.I., 77 Sunset Strip, Hot Shots!, The Gathering: Part 2, Terror Out of the Sky, Airport ’75, The Legend of Prince Valiant, Hotel; voice of Alfred in Batman-the Animated Series)
1920 - Virginia Mayo (Virginia Clara Jones) (actress: Midnight Witness, Captain Horatio Hornblower, The Silver Chalice, The West Point Story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Best Years of Our Lives; died Jan 17, 2005)
1924 - Shirley Chisholm (politician: first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress; author; quote: “When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses.”; died Jan 1, 2005)
1924 - Allan Sherman (Copelon) (comedian: Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh!; associate producer: I’ve Got a Secret; died Nov 20, 1973)
1926 - Richard Crenna (Emmy Award-winning actor: The Rape of Richard Beck, ABC Theatre [1984-85]; Slattery’s People, The Real McCoys, Our Miss Brooks, It Takes Two, All’s Fair, Gabriel’s Fire, Centennial, Sabrina, Hot Shots! Part Deux, Rambo 3, On the Wings of Eagles, Rambo, First Blood, Part 2, The Flamingo Kid, Body Heat, The Sand Pebbles, Pride of St. Louis, Wrongfully Accused, Judging Amy; died Jan 17, 2003)
1927 - Robert Guillaume (Williams) (Emmy Award-winning actor: Soap [1978-79], Benson [1984-85]; Pacific Station, A Good Day to Die, North and South Book 1, The Meteor Man, Superfly T.N.T.; voice of Det. Catfish: Fish Police)
1929 - Dick Clark (TV producer, host: American Bandstand, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, The $25,000 Pyramid, TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes, Dick Clark Presents the Rock and Roll Years, The Dick Clark Show, Dick Clark’s Golden Greats, Dick Clark’s Live Wednesday, Dick Clark’s Nighttime, Dick Clark’s World of Talent, Puttin’ on the Hits, Live! Dick Clark Presents, The Challengers; executive producer: Keep on Cruisin’, In Person from the Palace; former Philadelphia DJ; died Apr 18, 2012)
1930 - G. (George) Gordon Liddy (politician, radio host: The G-Man, The G. Gordon Liddy Show)
1931 - Thurman ‘Teddy’ Wilburn (singer: group: Wilburn Brothers: Which One is to Blame; Grand Ole Opry )
1931 - Bill Walsh (Pro Football Hall of Famer: Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers; football coach: Stanford University, San Francisco 49ers: Super Bowl XVI, XIX, XXIII; died Jul 30, 2007)
1935 - Jack Reno (country singer: Repeat After Me, Hitchin’ a Ride, I Want One)
1936 - Abbie Hoffman (activist: 1960s cultural revolutionary [Yippie]; one of the Chicago Eight; author: Revolution for the Hell of It, Steal this Book; died Apr 12, 1989)
1937 - Jimmy Bowen (singer: I’m Stickin’ with You, Party Doll)
1937 - Ridley Scott (director: White Squall, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Thelma and Louise, Black Rain, Someone to Watch Over Me, Legend, Blade Runner, Alien, The Duelists; brother of director Tony Scott)
1943 - Rob Grill (musician, singer: group: The Grass Roots: Midnight Confessions, Let’s Live for Today)
1943 - Leo Lyons (musician: bass: groups: Jaybirds, Ten Years After: I’m Going Home, Love Like a Man)
1944 - Luther Ingram (musician, singer: [If Lovin’ You is Wrong] I Don’t Want to be Right; died Mar 19, 2007)
1945 - Roger Glover (musician: bass: groups: Episode Six, Rainbow, Deep Purple: Black Night)
1947 - David Mamet (director: Oleanna, Homicide, House of Games, Things Change; playwright: Hoffa, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Untouchables, The Verdict, The Postman Always Rings Twice)
1950 - Craig (Steven) Swan (baseball: pitcher: NY Mets [NL ERA title: 1978 - 2.43], California Angels)
1950 - Paul Westphal (basketball guard: Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Seattle Supersonics; coach: Southwestern Baptist Bible College, Grand Canyon College, Phoenix Suns)
1951 - June Chadwick (actress: Forbidden World, The Last Horror Film, This is Spinal Tap, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Going to Extremes, Star Trek: Away Team)
1952 - Mandy Patinkin (Tony Award-winning actor: Evita ; True Colors, The Doctor, Dick Tracy, Alien Nation, The Princess Bride, Sunday in the Park with George, Yentl, French Postcards, Chicago Hope)
1953 - Shuggie (Johnny) Otis Jr. (musician: guitar, bass, harmonica, keyboards: LPs: Here Comes Shuggie Otis, Freedom Flight, Inspiration Information, Omaha Bar-B-Que)
1954 - George McArdle (musician: bass guitarist: group: Little River Band: Help is on Its Way, Reminiscing, Lady, Lonesome Loser, Cool Change, The Night Owls, Take It Easy on Me)
1954 - June Pointer (singer: group: The Pointer Sisters: Fire, He’s So Shy, Slow Hand, Jump [For My Love], Automatic, Neutron Dance, I’m So Excited, Dare Me, Yes We Can Can, How Long [Betcha Got a Chick on the Side]; solo: LP: Baby Sister; died Apr 11, 2006)
1955 - Billy Idol (Broad) (musician: guitar, singer: Mony, Mony, Eyes Without a Face, Dancing with Myself, White Wedding, Rebel Yell, To Be a Lover, Speed, Cradle of Love; songwriter: Hot in the City)
1955 - Kevin Conroy (actor: Chain of Desire, The Secret Passion of Robert Clayton, Tour of Duty, Rachel Gunn, R.N., Ohara, voice of Batman: Batman-The Animated Series)
1957 - John Aston (musician: guitar: groups: Photons, Psychedelic Furs: We Love You, Love My Way, Heaven, Pretty in Pink)
1957 - Richard Barbieri (musician: drums: group: Japan: Don’t Rain on My Parade, The Unconventional, The Tenant, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Taking Islands in Africa, I Second That Emotion, Cantonese Boy, Bamboo Houses, Forbidden Colours; composer: for Ballet Rambert)
1962 - Bo (Vincent Edward) Jackson (baseball: KC Royals [all-star: 1989], Chicago White Sox, California Angels; football: LA Raiders RB [Heisman Trophy: 1985])
1965 - Ben Stiller (actor: The Ben Stiller Show, Reality Bites, Flirting with Disaster, The Cable Guy, There’s Something About Mary, Meet the Parents, Zoolander)
1973 - (William) Jason Reso (pro wrestler/actor: Raw is War, Wrestlemania XV, Summerslam, WWF Insurrextion, WWF King of the Ring, WWF Armageddon)
Chart Toppers - November 30
It’s Been a Long, Long Time - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty Kallen)
That’s for Me - Dick Haymes
I’ll Buy that Dream - The Pied Pipers
Shame on You - The Lawrence Welk Orchestra (vocal: Red Foley)
Rags to Riches - Tony Bennett
Many Times - Eddie Fisher
Ricochet - Teresa Brewer
There Stands the Glass - Webb Pierce
Runaround Sue - Dion
Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes
Goodbye Cruel World - James Darren
Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean
Come Together/Something - The Beatles
And When I Die - Blood, Sweat & Tears
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
Okie from Muskogee - Merle Haggard
You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle
How Deep is Your Love - Bee Gees
The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want to Get over You) - Waylon Jennings
Separate Lives - Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
Broken Wings - Mr. Mister
Never - Heart
Too Much on My Heart - The Statler Brothers
Written and edited by Carol Williams and John Williams
Contributing writer: Joe Benson
Produced by John Williams
Those Were the Days, the Today in History feature
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