Today is Friday, November 20th. It’s World Children’s Day, National Peanut Butter Fudge Day, International STAND UP to Bullying Day, National Absurdity Day, National Headwrap Day, Give Your Computer a Name Day, Automatic Traffic Light Birthday, Substitute Educators Day and Future Teachers of America Day
There are 6 days until Thanksgiving
There are 35 days until Christmas
Today is the day that…
— in 1789, New Jersey is the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights
— in 1888, the timecard clock was invented
— in 1914, the US State Department starts requiring photographs for passports
— in 1923, the traffic light was invented by Garrett Morgan
— in 1945, The Nuremberg war trials begin as 24 Nazi leaders are put on trial before judges representing the Allies
— in 1946, Allman Brothers Band guitarist Duane Allman is born in Nashville, Tennessee
— in 1947, Joe Walsh of the Eagles and the James Gang is born Joseph Fidler Walsh in Wichita, Kansas
— in 1955, Sun Records owner Sam Phillips sells Elvis Presley’s contract to RCA for $35,000
— in 1959, WABC radio fires legendary DJ Alan Freed over a payola scandal
— in 1969, Alcatraz Island, off San Francisco, is occupied by a militant Native American group, holding it for 19 months
— in 1971, Isaac Hayes’ “Theme From Shaft” hits #1 for the first of two weeks
— in 1973, at a concert in San Francisco, after Keith Moon passes out at his drum kit, The Who pull a fan from the audience to take over
— in 1974, the Justice Department files an antitrust suit to break-up AT&T
— in 1976, George Harrison and Paul Simon share the stage on Saturday Night Live to perform “Homeward Bound” and “Here Comes The Sun.” Paul opens the show dressed as a turkey.
— in 1977, despite suffering from the flu, Chicago Bears RB Walter Payton rushes for an NFL single-game record 275 yards in a 10-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings
— in 1979, the first artificial blood transfusion in the US occurs at the University of Minnesota Hospital
— in 1980, United Artists pulls the commercially and critically disappointing epic western movie “Heaven’s Gate” from theaters for re-editing
— in 1982, 7-year-old E.T. star Drew Barrymore hosts Saturday Night Live
— in 1983, the Oscar winning drama “Terms of Endearment” premieres in theaters, starring Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger
— also in 1983, the controversial nuclear war TV movie “The Day After” airs on ABC. Over 100 million people tune in.
— in 1984, McDonald’s makes its estimated 50 billionth hamburger
— in 1985, Microsoft Windows 1.0 was released
— in 1992, Queen Elizabeth’s home Windsor Castle catches fire
— in 1995, in a TV interview, Princess Diana admitted she had been unfaithful to Prince Charles
— in 2001, Madonna’s childhood home in Oakland County, Michigan sold at an auction for $331,000
— also in 2001, President George W. Bush dedicates the Department of Justice headquarters as the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building, on what would have been his 76th birthday
— in 2002, “Die Another Day”, the 20th James Bond film, is released, starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry
— in 2003, Michael Jackson was arrested on charges of child molestation. He is released after posting three million dollars bail.
–also in 2003, After a long investigation, producer Phil Spector is formally charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his home in Los Angeles
— in 2013, “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi returns to the Hot 100 at #25 thanks to a viral video of a Boston Celtics fan dancing to the song
— and in 2017, Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, once the world’s largest covered stadium, is destroyed in a controlled implosion
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