Events - November 12
1859 - Whether you’re doing steps, low-impact aerobics or a plié, where would you be without the latest design in leotards? The original leotard design was a skintight, one-piece garment with the lower portion resembling tights. On this day, the designer of the leotard, Jules Leotard, made his first public appearance as the world’s first flying trapeze artist. Just 21 years old, Jules had been practicing since he was a little boy. He would swing from a trapeze hanging over the swimming pool in his father’s gymnasium. The years of practice paid off ... first as the daring young man on the flying trapeze ... and second as the designer of the leotard, still worn by acrobats, dancers and exercise enthusiasts throughout the world. Lunge, up, over, down, tap...
1915 - Theodore W. Richards of Harvard University became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry. Richards was awarded the prize in Stockholm, Sweden.
1920 - Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis accepted a contract to become the first baseball commissioner. He became the czar following the Black Sox scandal of 1919 and remained commissioner for seven years.
1925 - Louis Armstrong recorded "My Heart", starting a career that brought him worldwide fame.
1927 - After playing forty years in blue jerseys, Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish wore brilliant green jerseys and stockings for the first time. They took to the gridiron against Army in New York City.
1931 - Maple Leaf Gardens opened in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as the new home of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.
1941 - Hot Lips Page performed the vocal for Artie Shaw’s very long and very slow version of "St. James Infirmary" on RCA Victor.
1967 - Pearl Bailey took over the lead in the Broadway musical, "Hello Dolly!" ‘Pearlie Mae’ was a smash hit in the role.
1970 - After a successful London run, Anthony Quayle starred in the Broadway opening of "Sleuth".
1980 - John Lennon’s "(Just Like) Starting Over", from his "Double-Fantasy" album, was released. John and Yoko were seen kissing on the record cover.
1983 - Lionel Richie began the first of four consecutive weeks at the top of the music charts as "All Night Long (All Night)" became the most popular song in the U.S.
1984 - Spacewalker Joseph Allen became the first astronaut to rescue a satellite. The "Discovery" space shuttle made the $35 million rescue. When capturing the wayward satellite, Allen might have told mission control, “Hey, I can see HBO in here! The Movie Channel, too! And, look, there’s Showtime! Way cool!”
1988 - "Rattle and Hum", the album by U2, started a six-week run at the top of the U.S. album charts. Hum along now, as we list the tracks on the "Rattle and Hum": "Helter Skelter", "Van Diemen’s Land", "Desire", "Hawkmoon 269", "All Along the Watchtower", "I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For", "Freedom for My People", "Silver and Gold", "Pride (In the Name of Love)", "Angel of Harlem", "Love Rescue Me", "When Love Comes to Town", "Heartland", "God Part II", "The Star Spangled Banner", "Bullet the Blue Sky", "All I Want is You".
1999 - First-run movies in the U.S. this day: "Anywhere But Here", starring Susan Sarandon, Natalie Portman and Bonnie Bedelia; "Dogma", starring Ben Affleck, George Carlin, Matt Damon and Linda Fiorentino; and "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc", starring Milla Jovovich John Malkovich Faye Dunaway Dustin Hoffman.
Birthdays - November 12
1815 - Elizabeth Cady Stanton (women’s rights activist; died October 26, 1902)
1840 - Auguste Rodin (sculptor: Gates of Hell, The Kiss, The Thinker, The Balzac, The Burghers of Calais, St. John the Baptist Preaching; museums in Paris and Philadelphia named for him; died Nov 17, 1917)
1866 - Sun Yat-Sen (Chinese revolutionary leader: China ; died Mar 12,1925)
1898 - Leon Stukelj (Olympic gold medalist: gymnast [2 gold medals in 1924]; first gymnast from Slovenia to win an Olympic gold medal; died Nov 8, 1999 [four days before his 101st birthday])
1903 - Jack Oakie (Lewis Delaney Offield) (actor: Lover Come Back, The Rat Race, Song of the Islands, Tin Pan Alley, The Texas Rangers; died Jan 23, 1978)
1908 - Harry Blackmun (Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court : wrote the majority opinion in Roe vs. Wade; died Mar 4, 1999)
1917 - Jo Stafford (singer: Shrimp Boats [Are A-Comin’, There’s Dancin’ Tonight], Jambalaya, Long Ago and Far Away, No Other Love, Candy, You Belong to Me, Make Love to Me; group: Pied Pipers: Dream; died July 16, 2008)
1920 - Sunset Carson (Winifred Maurice Harrison) (actor: Stage Door Canteen, Rio Grande Raiders, Alias Billy the Kid; died May 1, 1990)
1920 - Richard Quine (actor: Babes on Broadway, For Me and My Gal, director: The World of Suzy Wong, Bell Book and Candle, How to Murder Your Wife, Sex and the Single Girl; died Jun 10, 1989)
1922 - Kim Hunter (Janet Cole) (Academy Award-winning actress: A Streetcar Named Desire ; Requiem for a Heavyweight, Planet of the Apes series, The Edge of Night, Backstairs at the White House; died Sep 11, 2002)
1926 - George Ratterman (football: QB: Univ. of Notre Dame, Buffalo Bills, NY Yankees, Cleveland Browns; died Nov 3, 2007)
1929 - Grace Kelly (Princess Grace of Monaco) (Academy Award-winning actress: The Country Girl ; To Catch a Thief, High Society, High Noon, Rear Window, Dial "M" for Murder; singer: True Love [w/Bing Crosby]; died Sep 14, 1982)
1931 - Bob Crewe (producer: The Four Seasons, Mitch Ryder, The Bob Crewe Generation: Music to Watch Girls By; died Sep 11, 2014)
1934 - Ann Flood (actress: The Edge of Night)
1943 - Brian Hyland (singer: Sealed with a Kiss, Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini, Let Me Belong to You)
1943 - John Maus (musician: bass, singer: trio: The Walker Brothers: My Ship is Coming In, Make It Easy on Yourself, The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore; died May 7, 2011)
1943 - Wallace Shawn (actor: House Arrest, Clueless, The Magic Bubble, Radio Days, The Princess Bride, Micki & Maude, The Hotel New Hampshire, A Little Sex, My Dinner with Andre, Simon, All That Jazz)
1944 - Booker T. Jones (musician: group: Booker T and the MG’s: Green Onions, Time is Tight)
1944 - Ken Houston (Pro Football Hall of Famer: Houston Oilers safety: NFL Individual Season Record holder: 4 interceptions returned for touchdowns )
1944 - Al Michaels (sportscaster: Monday Night Football [since 1986]; Emmy: Outstanding Sports Personality -- Play-by-Play [Host]: 1986, 1989, 1995]; inducted into National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame ; NSSA Sportscaster of the Year: 1980, 1983, 1986])
1945 - John Schroeder (golf: PGA, SPGA tour; commentator: NBC Sports; son of Wimbledon and Davis Cup winner, Ted Schroeder)
1945 - Neil Young (singer, songwriter, musician: Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Heart of Gold, Philadelphia; group: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: LP: Deja Vu; Buffalo Springfield: For What It’s Worth)
1948 - Errol Brown (songwriter [w/Tony Wilson]: Think About Your Children, Bet Your Life I Do; singer: group: Hot Chocolate: Give Piece a Chance, Love is Life, I Believe in Love, Brother Louie, Cicero Park, Emma, Disco Queen, You Sexy Thing, So You Win Again, I’ll Put You Back Together Again, Every 1’s a Winner, Girl Crazy, Chances; died May 6, 2015)
1948 - Cliff Harris (football: Dallas Cowboys safety: Super Bowl: V, VI, X, XII, XIII)
1950 - Barbara Fairchild (singer: The Teddy Bear Song, Kid Stuff)
1952 - Steve Bartkowski (football: QB: Univ. of California, Atlanta Falcons [NFC Rookie of the Year: 1975])
1955 - Leslie McKeown (singer: group: The Bay City Rollers: Bye Bye Baby, Give Me a Little Love, I Only Wanna Be With You, Saturday Night)
1961 - Nadia Comaneci (Olympic Gold Medalist: gymnastics : 7 perfect 10s)
1968 - Sammy (Samuel Peralta) Sosa (baseball: Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs [joined Mark McGwire in breaking Roger Maris's record of 61 home runs in single season with 66 in 1998, 63 in 1999, 64 in 2001/all-star: 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001])
1970 - Tonya Harding (ice skater: involved in attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice)
Chart Toppers - November 12
Because of You - Tony Bennett
Sin (It’s No) - Eddy Howard
And So to Sleep Again - Patti Page
Slow Poke - Pee Wee King
Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
Mr. Blue - The Fleetwoods
Don’t You Know - Della Reese
Country Girl - Faron Young
To Sir with Love - Lulu
Soul Man - Sam & Dave
It Must Be Him - Vikki Carr
You Mean the World to Me - David Houston
Island Girl - Elton John
Lyin’ Eyes - The Eagles
Who Loves You - Four Seasons
I’m Sorry - John Denver
All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie
Islands in the Stream - Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
One Thing Leads to Another - The Fixx
Somebody’s Gonna Love You - Lee Greenwood
Cream - Prince & The N.P.G.
Can’t Stop This Thing We Started - Bryan Adams
Real, Real, Real - Jesus Jones
Someday - Alan Jackson
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
Written and edited by Carol Williams and John Williams
Produced by John Williams
Those Were the Days, the Today in History feature
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