Events - November 16
1864 - To celebrate General Sherman’s march to the sea, Henry Clay wrote the song, "Marching Through Georgia".
1875 - Dr. William G. Arlington Bonwill of Philadelphia, PA was issued a patent for his dental mallet used to impact gold into cavities. Noting the new invention, Bonwill’s first patient was reported to have said, “YeeeeeeeeOWWWWWWW!!!!” when the mallet hit the exposed nerve of a tooth. Dr. Bonwill replied with the well-known comeback line, “Oops!”
1901 - Henry Fournier drove a mile in 51 4/5 seconds, becoming the first auto racer to drive more than a mile-a-minute in competition -- in Brooklyn, NY.
1907 - Oklahoma, the Sooner State, was the 46th state to enter the United States of America. The word, Oklahoma, is a combination of two Choctaw words meaning red people. Then, why Sooner? Many, many Oklahoma homesteaders thought sooner was better than later, better to stake their homesteads first, before it was legal to do so. Oil wells pop up all over the Oklahoma landscape, even in the bustling state capital, Oklahoma City. And, when that wind comes sweeping down the plain, it picks up the state bird, the scissor-tail flycatcher, and spreads the parasitic state flower, the mistletoe.
1908 - Conductor Arturo Toscanini made his debut in the United States this day. He appeared at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, conducting "Aida".
1932 - The Palace Theatre in New York City closed its doors to vaudeville. It had been the most famous vaudeville theatre in America. The Palace became a movie house with live performances preceding the flicks.
1935 - The Rodgers and Hart musical, "Jumbo", opened in New York City for a run of 233 performances.
1937 - Bob Crosby and his orchestra recorded "South Rampart Street Parade" -- on Decca Records.
1955 - Tennessee’ Ernie Ford drove to the top spot on the record charts this day. "Sixteen Tons", where he owed his “soul to the company store,” became the fastest-selling record in history, jumping to #1 in just 3 weeks. The tune, on Capitol Records, stayed at #1 for eight weeks.
1958 - Six inches of snow fell on Tucson, Arizona, catching autumn golfers by surprise, to be sure...
1960 - The famed actor of the silver screen, Clark Gable, died at the age of 59. Gable, who played Rhett Butler in "Gone with the Wind" and starred in so many other classic films, succumbed to a heart attack at 10:50 p.m. in Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital.
1967 - Retired harness racehorse Native Dancer died after stomach surgery in Philadelphia.
1970 - Anne Murray received a gold record for "Snowbird". She was the first Canadian recording artist to receive a gold record.
1974 - NBC-TV began a two-night showing of the award-winning motion picture, "The Godfather", starring Marlon Brando. The film represented the highest price paid for a movie shown on TV. NBC paid Paramount Pictures $10 million for the showing of the picture, a deal Paramount “...just couldn’t refuse.”
1975 - Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears rushed for 105 yards in a game against the San Francisco 49ers. It was Payton’s first game of 100 plus yards. He did it over 50 times throughout his career and added two 200-yard games, as well.
1982 - The 57-day strike by players in the National Football League ended. It was the first regular-season pro-football strike in the history of the NFL.
1986 - The first comic miniseries was presented. "Fresno" poked fun at soap operas -- on CBS-TV.
1998 - "TIME" magazine (cover date Nov 16) reported in depth on Newt Gingrich’s resignation as Speaker of the U.S. House of Reprenstatives: "Fall of the house of Newt", “An election shock ignites a Republican revolt: Gingrich is only the first victim in the growing fight for the party’s future.”
Birthdays - November 16
1873 - W.C. (William Christopher) Handy (composer: ‘Father of the Blues’: St. Louis Blues; died Mar 28, 1958)
1889 - George S. (Simon) Kaufman (playwright: The Cocoanuts, A Night at the Opera, [w/Moss Hart]: The Man Who Came to Dinner, You Can’t Take It with You; died June 2, 1961)
1895 - Paul Hindemith (composer: Gebrauchsmusik; operas: Cardillac, Matthias the Painter; concertmaster: Frankfurt Opera; conductor & viola soloist: Amar-Hindemith String Quartet; organized Turkey’s symphony orchestra; teacher: Berlin Conservatory, Yale University, University of Zurich; died Dec 28, 1963)
1905 - Albert ‘Eddie’ Condon (musician: guitar, bandleader, promoter of Dixieland Jazz; died Aug 4, 1973)
1907 - (Oliver) Burgess Meredith (Emmy Award-winning actor: The Big Event: Tail Gunner Joe [2-6-77], Batman, Gloria, Mr. Novak, Search, The Day of the Locust, Rocky series, Advice and Consent, Grumpy Old Men, In Harm’s Way, Of Mice and Men; TV host: Those Amazing Animals; author: So Far, So Good a Memoir; died Sep 9, 1997)
1922 - Royal Dano (actor: Mr. Lincoln, Ghoulies 2, The Red Badge of Courage, Huckleberry Finn, The Right Stuff, Johnny Guitar, The Trouble with Harry; died May 15, 1994)
1928 - Clu Gulager (actor: The Killing Device, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Return of the Living Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, Kenny Rogers as the Gambler series, Force of One, The Other Side of Midnight, Smile Jenny You’re Dead, The Last Picture Show, The Killers, The Virginian, The Tall Man, The Survivors, San Francisco International Airport)
1931 - Bob Gibson (singer, songwriter, leader of folk music movement in late 1950s: John Riley, Old Blue, Daddy Roll ’Em, Wayfaring Stranger; duo: Gibson and [Bob] Camp; died Sep 28, 1996)
1932 - Harry Chiti (baseball: catcher: Chicago Cubs, KC Athletics, Detroit Tigers, NY Mets; died Jan 31, 2002)
1934 - Guy Stockwell (actor: The Richard Boone Show, Beau Geste, Return to Peyton Place, Airport 1975, Columbo: Columbo Goes to College; brother of actor Dean Stockwell; died Feb 6, 2002)
1935 - Elizabeth Drew (journalist, author: On the Edge: The Clinton Presidency, Showdown: The Struggle Between the Gingrich Congress and the Clinton White House, Whatever It Takes: The Real Struggle for Political Power in America)
1942 - Joanna Pettet (actress: Best Sellers, Casino Royale, Double Exposure, Captains and the Kings, Knots Landing)
1945 - Martine Van Hamel (ballet: American Ballet Theatre)
1946 - Jo Jo (Joseph) White (basketball: Boston Celtics: MVP 1976 playoffs)
1950 - David Leisure (actor: Empty Nest)
1950 - Harvey Martin (football: Dallas Cowboys DE: Super Bowls X, XII, XIII; died Dec 24, 2001)
1951 - Herb Washington (world indoor track records: 50 and 60-yard dashes: 5.0 and 5.8 seconds; baseball: Oakland A’s)
1952 - Glenn (Lawrence) Burke (baseball: LA Dodgers [World Series: 1977], Oakland Athletics; died May 30, 1995)
1958 - Marg Helgenberger (actress: C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation, Ryan’s Hope, China Beach, Through the Eyes of a Killer, Fallen Angels, Fire Down Below, Gold Coast, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town)
1959 - Larry Mize (golf champion: Masters )
1959 - Corey Pavin (golf: 14 PGA Tour victories; U.S. national teams: Walker Cup ; USA vs. Japan ; Nissan Cup ; Ryder Cup [3: 1991, 1993, 1995]; The Presidents Cup 2: 1994, 1996)
1963 - Zina Garrison (tennis: Olympic Gold Medalist [Seoul, 1988, w/Pam Shriver]; founder: Zina Garrison All-Court Tennis Academy [for inner city youth, Houston])
1964 - Dwight ‘Doc’ (Eugene) Gooden (baseball: pitcher: NY Mets [Rookie of the Year: 1984/all-star: 1984-1986, 1988/Cy Young Award: 1985/World Series: 1986], NY Yankees)
1966 - Dean McDermott (actor: Earth : Final Conflict, La Femme Nikita, Spenser : Small Vices, The Outer Limits, Rookies, Due South, Power Play, Brian’s Song)
1967 - Lisa Bonet (actress: The Cosby Show, A Different World, Angel Heart, Bank Robber)
1970 - Martha Plimpton (actress: The Goonies, Parenthood, The Mosquito Coast)
Chart Toppers - November 16
I Wish I Didn’t Love You So - Vaughn Monroe
Near You - The Francis Craig Orchestra (vocal: Bob Lamm)
You Do - Dinah Shore
I’ll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) - Eddy Arnold
Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
Autumn Leaves - Roger Williams
Only You - The Platters
Love, Love, Love - Webb Pierce
Deep Purple - Nino Tempo & April Stevens
Washington Square - The Village Stompers
I’m Leaving It Up to You - Dale & Grace
Love’s Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens
Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves - Cher
Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes
Imagine - John Lennon Plastic Ono Band
Lead Me On - Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn
Heartache Tonight - Eagles
Dim All the Lights - Donna Summer
Still - Commodores
You Decorated My Life - Kenny Rogers
I Think We’re Alone Now - Tiffany
Mony Mony "Live" - Billy Idol
(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Maybe Your Baby’s Got the Blues - The Judds
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
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