Events - November 23
1835 - The horseshoe manufacturing machine was patented by Henry Burden of Troy, New York.
1876 - The first intercollegiate football association was established -- in Springfield, MA.
1887 - The University of Michigan beat Notre Dame (8-0) for the first time in their football rivalry.
1889 - The first ‘Nickel-in-the-Slot’ (jukebox) was placed in service in the Palais Royal saloon in San Francisco, California. Juke, at the time, was a slang word for a a disorderly house, or house of ill repute. The unit, developed by Louis Glass, contained an Edison tinfoil phonograph with four listening tubes. There was a coin slot for each tube. 5 cents bought a few minutes of music. The contraption took in $1,000 in six months!
1903 - Enrico Caruso, famed Italian tenor, made his debut in the United States at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. He sang in the role of the Duke in "Rigoletto".
1924 - Vincent Lopez and some 40 jazz musicians presented a concert of upbeat music at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC.
1929 - Shirley Booth and Ed Gardner were married on this day. Miss Booth was famous for her television acting role ("Hazel"); but we remember when she and her husband played Miss Duffy and Archie on radio’s classic, "Duffy’s Tavern". She also gave an Oscar-winning performance in 1952 in "Come Back Little Sheba".
1935 - Ethel Leginska became the first woman to write an opera -- and conduct it. Her original work, titled "Gale", opened at the Chicago City Opera Company.
1936 - "LIFE" magazine debuted. The first cover pictured the Fort Peck Dam in Montana (part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program) photographed by Margaret Bourke-White. On page 2, a photo showed a doctor slapping a newborn baby -- and the caption read, “LIFE begins.”
1938 - Bob Hope and Shirley Ross recorded a song for the film, "The Big Broadcast of 1938". "Thanks for the Memory" became Decca record number 2219. It also became Hope’s theme song.
1948 - Dr. Frank G. Back of New York City patented the Zoomar lens. The device was first used by NBC television in April of 1947.
1958 - One of the last drama programs on radio debuted. It was unusual in that it followed the TV show of the same name. "Have Gun Will Travel" was broadcast on CBS radio and starred John Dehner as Paladin. Richard Boone played Paladin on TV.
1958 - Ronald and Nancy Reagan appeared together in the "GE Theatre" production of "A Turkey for the President".
1974 - Billy Swan reached the #1 spot on the singles charts for the first and only time. "I Can Help" was the most popular song in the U.S. for two weeks.
1984 - Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie passed his way into sports history by leading Boston College past Miami, 47-45, at the Orange Bowl in Miami. Flutie threw a 48-yard pass on the final play of the game. That play became known as ‘The Pass’. Incidentally, coaches said the 175-pound senior was too short to play football.
1998 - "The Wall Street Journal" reported, “States Agree to $206 Billion Tobacco Deal.” The money was to be paid by the tobacco industry to help 46 U.S. states cover costs of treating people for tobacco-induced illnesses.
Birthdays - November 23
1804 - Franklin Pierce (14th U.S. President [1853-1857]; married to Jane Appleton [three sons]; nickname: Young Hickory of the Granite Hills; died Oct 8, 1869)
1859 - Billy the Kid (William Bonney or Henry McCarty) (outlaw: killed 21 men; last words: “Quien es? Quien es? (Who is it? Who is it?)” Bang. Bang. You’re dead.: killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett at Fort Sumner NM July 15, 1881)
1887 - Boris Karloff (William Henry Pratt) (actor: Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, House of Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, Die Monster, Die!, The Mask of Fu Manchu, The Mummy, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Body Snatcher, Mystery Playhouse Starring Boris Karloff, host: Thriller; narrator: How the Grinch Stole Christmas; panelist: Down You Go; died Feb 2, 1969)
1888 - Harpo (Adolph) Marx (comedian, musician: harp, piano; silent member of the Marx Brothers comedy team: Animal Crackers, A Day at the Races, Duck Soup, Horse Feathers, Monkey Business, A Night at the Opera, Go West, At the Circus; actor: Silent Panic; died Sep 28, 1964)
1902 - Victor Jory (actor: Gone with the Wind, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Miracle Worker, Papillon, Charlie Chan in Rio, Manhunt, Kings Row; died Feb 12, 1982)
1913 - Maurice Zolotow (author: Billy Wilder in Hollywood; died Mar 14, 1991)
1915 - Ellen Drew (actress: Hollywood Boulevard, China Sky, Christmas in July, Dark Mountain; died Dec 3, 2003)
1927 - Sybil Jason (Jacobs) (actress: The Blue Bird, The Little Princess; died Aug 23, 2011)
1928 - Jerry Bock (composer: Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello, Mr. Wonderful; died Nov 3, 2010)
1931 - Gloria Lynne (singer: I Wish You Love)
1933 - Krzysztof Penderecki (Grammy Award-winning composer: Devils of Loudan)
1934 - Lew Hoad (tennis: Australia and French Open Champion , Wimbledon Champion [1956-1957]; died July 3, 1994)\
1934 - Michael Wayne (producer: McLintock!, The Green Berets, Chisum, Big Jake, Cahill: United States Marshal, Brannigan; son of actor John Wayne; died Apr 2, 2003)
1935 - Ed Johnston (hockey: NHL: Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, SL Blues, Chicago Blackhawks; manager, coach: Pittsburgh Penguins)
1936 - Steve Landesberg (actor: Barney Miller, Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, Dean Martin Presents, Sodbusters, Leader of the Band, Final Notice, Blade, Conrad Bloom; died Dec 20, 2010)
1939 - Betty Everett (singer: Shoop Shoop Song [It’s in His Kiss], There’ll Come a Time, You’re No Good, I Can’t Hear You; died Aug 19, 2001)
1940 - Luis (Clemente Vega) Tiant (baseball: pitcher: Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1968], Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox [all-star: 1974, 1976/World Series: 1975], NY Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, California Angels)
1942 - Susan Anspach (actress: Five Easy Pieces, Play It Again, Sam, The Yellow Rose, The Slap Maxwell Story)
1951 - David Rappaport (actor: L.A. Law, Peter Gunn, The Wizard, The Bride, Mysteries; died May 2, 1990)
1952 - Steve Riley (football: Minnesota Vikings tackle: Super Bowl IX, XI)
1954 - Bruce Hornsby (musician: piano, singer: group: The Range: The Way It Is)
1957 - Andrew Toney (basketball: Univ. of Southwestern Louisiana, Philadelphia 76ers)
1959 - Maxwell Caulfield (actor: The Colbys, Sundown, The Supernaturals, Alien Intruder, Grease 2, Mind Games)
1964 - Steve Alford (basketball: Indiana Univ. [capt. of 1987 NCAA national championship team]; Manchester, Southwest Missouri State Univ. head coach)
1967 - Salli Richardson (actress: I Spy Returns, Prelude to a Kiss, A Low Down Dirty Shame, Rude Awakening, Family Law)
Chart Toppers - November 23
Rumors are Flying - Frank Sinatra
Ole Buttermilk Sky - The Kay Kyser Orchestra (vocal: Mike Douglas & The Campus Kids)
The Whole World is Singing My Song - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis
I Need You Now - Eddie Fisher
Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes
Teach Me Tonight - The De Castro Sisters
More and More - Webb Pierce
Big Girls Don’t Cry - The 4 Seasons
Return to Sender - Elvis Presley
Next Door to an Angel - Neil Sedaka
I’ve Been Everywhere - Hank Snow
I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family
The Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Gypsy Woman - Brian Hyland
Fifteen Years Ago - Conway Twitty
MacArthur Park - Donna Summer
Double Vision - Foreigner
How Much I Feel - Ambrosia
Sleeping Single in a Double Bed - Barbara Mandrell
Human - Human League
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
Word Up - Cameo
You’re Still New to Me - Marie Osmond with Paul Davis
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
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