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Events - November 27
1779 - The College of Pennsylvania became the University of Pennsylvania and the first legally recognized university in America.

1889 - Curtis P. Brady was issued the first permit to drive an automobile through Central Park in New York City. Mr. Brady had to pledge to New York’s finest that he would not frighten the horses in the park.

1910 - Pennsylvania Station, or Penn Station, was opened to traffic. In those days of the early 1900s, the 28-acre train and transportation facility was the largest railway station in the world. Penn Station is still the busiest Amtrak rail station in the U.S. There is a plan to turn the James A. Farley U.S. Post Office Building (across the street from the original Penn Station) into a new Pennsylvania Station, in the great public building style of its predecessor. Not so coincidentally, the post office was designed by the architectural firm which designed the original Penn Station.

1926 - Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong recorded "You Made Me Love You" on Okeh Records.

1930 - Broadcasting from “...a little theatre off Times Square,” according to the show’s introduction, "The First Nighter" was first heard on radio. The program, which actually originated from Chicago, then from Hollywood, aired for 23 years and featured dramas and comedies.

1935 - "Eeny Meeny Miney Mo" was recorded by Ginger Rogers and Johnny Mercer. The tune was recorded at Decca Records in Los Angeles.

1937 - "Pins and Needles" opened in New York City. The cast of the stage play consisted of members of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU). The show ran two years. We bet it was a stitch.

1945 - C.A.R.E. (Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere) was founded this day, as 22 American organizations formed a cooperative to rush lifesaving CARE packages to survivors of World War II.

1967 - The Association, a California group, earned a gold record for the hit "Never My Love", on Warner Bros. Records. The group also earned worldwide fame for other hits including "Windy", "Cherish" and "Along Comes Mary".

1967 - The Beatles released their "Magical Mystery Tour" album -- and the world began singing along to: "Magical Mystery Tour", "The Fool on the Hill", "Flying", "Blue Jay Way", "Your Mother Should Know", "I Am the Walrus", "Hello Goodbye", "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Penny Lane", "Baby You’re a Rich Man" and "All You Need is Love". And a coo coo ca choo to you.

1969 - The Rolling Stones used portions of their stint at New York’s Madison Square Garden this day for their live album "Get Yer Ya-Yas Out" (released in 1970). Tracks on the album: "Jumpin’ Jack Flash", "Carol", "Stray Cat Blues", "Love in Vain", "Midnight Rambler", "Sympathy for the Devil", "Live with Me", "Little Queenie", "Honky Tonk Women" and "Street Fighting Man".

1977 - It was a big day for sweat hog Vinnie Barbarino, formerly of TV’s "Welcome Back Kotter". His new character, Tony Manero, set box office records as "Saturday Night Fever" made a superstar of John Travolta. The soundtrack album, by the Bee Gees and others, sold more than 11 million copies.

1982 - The #1 song in the U.S. was former Commodore Lionel Richie’s "Truly". The love song stayed at the top of the charts for two weeks. The song was his first solo hit and followed "Endless Love", a duet with Diana Ross (1981).

1986 - Lou Holtz signed a five-year pact to lead the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Holtz left the head coaching job with the Golden Gophers of the University of Minnesota to take the new position.

1996 - Movies premiering in the U.S.: "The Crucible", starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield and Joan Allen; and "101 Dalmations", with Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson and Joan Plowright.

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Birthdays - November 27
1804 - Sir Julius Benedict (musician, composer; died Jun 5, 1885)

1809 - Fanny Kemble (actress: Romeo and Juliet, The Hunchback; died Jan 15, 1893)

1870 - Joseph Mack (inventor: passenger bus; builder of gasoline-powered delivery wagons; founder [w/brothers] of Mack Truck Company; died Jul 25, 1953)

1874 - Charles A. Beard (historian: “perhaps the quintessential economic-school historian”; writer: An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States, The Basic History of the United States; helped found New School for Social Research in New York City; died Sep 1, 1948)

1874 - Chaim Weizmann (Israeli statesman: instrumental in establishing Israel as a national home for Jews; died Nov 9, 1952)

1903 - Mona Washbourne (actress: Mrs. Pearce, My Fair Lady, Night Must Fall, Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter, Brideshead Revisited; died Nov 15, 1988)

1911 - David Merrick (Margulois) (Broadway producer: Gypsy, Hello, Dolly!, Beckett, Oliver, Fanny, Stop the World: I Want to Get Off, 42nd Street; died Apr 25, 2000)

1917 - ‘Buffalo’ Bob Smith (TV host: Howdy Doody Show, The Gulf Road Show Starring Bob Smith; died July 30, 1998)

1925 - Derroll Adams (folk musician: banjo; singer: Feelin’ Fine [w/Wiz Jones]; songwriter: Portland Town, Wish I was a Rock; in film: Don’t Look Back; died Feb 6, 2000)

1925 - Marshall Thompson (actor: The Turning Point, George!, East of Kilimanjaro, To Hell and Back, The Caddy, The Purple Heart, 7Daktari, Angel; died May 18, 1992)

1935 - Al Jackson Jr. (drummer: groups: Booker T. and the M.G.’s, Roy Milton Band; died Oct 1, 1975)

1935 - Willie (Wilfred) Pastrano (boxer: Light Heavyweight Champion [1963-65]; died Dec 6, 1997)

1937 - Gail Henion Sheehy (author, journalist: Passages, The Silent Passage: Menopause, Pathfinders)

1939 - Dave (David John) Giusti (baseball: pitcher: Houston Colt .45’s, Houston Astros, SL Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates [World Series: 1971/NL Fireman of the Year: 1971 (his 30 saves led the league)/all-star: 1973], Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics)

1940 - Bruce Lee (Lee Jun Fan) (actor: martial arts cult star; The Green Hornet, Game of Death, Return of the Dragon, Fists of Fury, Enter the Dragon, Chinese Connection, Marlowe; subject of the movie, Dragon; died July 20, 1973)

1941 - Eddie Rabbitt (songwriter: Kentucky Rain [Elvis Presley]; singer: I Love A Rainy Night, Drivin’ My Life Away, Suspicions, Every Which Way But Loose; his 17 albums garnered 26 #1 country hits and 8 pop hits; died May 7, 1998)

1942 - Jimi (James Marshall) Hendrix (musician, singer: Foxy Lady, Purple Haze, All Along the Watch Tower, The Wind Cries Mary, Manic Depression, Spanish Castle Magic; died Sep 18, 1970)

1944 - Dozy (Trevor Davies) (musician: bass: group: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich; died Jan 13, 2015)

1947 - Don Adams (basketball: Detroit Pistons)

1948 - Jimmy Gunn (football: USC all-American DE; USC Athletic Hall of Famer; died Apr 11, 2015)

1949 - Jim Price (basketball: University of Louisville all-American, Milwaukee Bucks all-star, Buffalo, Denver, LA Lakers)

1950 - Hans-Joachim Fassnacht (swimmer: 1972 Olympics)

1952 - Ike Harris (football: New Orleans Saints)

1953 - Boris Grebenshikov (Russian rock musician)

1957 - Caroline (Bouvier) Kennedy (First Daughter: daughter of 35th President of U.S. John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy)

1959 - Charlie Burchill (musician: guitar: group: Simple Minds: Changeling, Premonition, The American, Love Song, Don’t You [Forget About Me])

1963 - Fisher Stevens (actor: The Right to Remain Silent, Hackers, Super Mario Bros., When the Party’s Over, The Marrying Man, Short Circuit series, The Flamingo Kid, Bob Roberts, The Brother from Another Planet, Key West)

1964 - Robin Givens (actress: Boomerang, Head of the Class, Angel Street, A Rage in Harlem, Foreign Student, Blankman, The Penthouse, The Women of Brewster Place, Beverly Hills Madam)

1976 - Jaleel White (actor: Family Matters)

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Chart Toppers - November 27
1950
Harbor Lights - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Tony Alamo)
Nevertheless - Jack Denny
All My Love - Patti Page
I’m Moving On - Hank Snow

1958
It’s Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty
To Know Him, is to Love Him - The Teddy Bears
One Night - Elvis Presley
City Lights - Ray Price

1966
You Keep Me Hangin’ On - The Supremes
Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
Devil with a Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly - Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
Somebody Like Me - Eddy Arnold

1974
I Can Help - Billy Swan
Do It (’Til You’re Satisfied) - B.T. Express
Longfellow Serenade - Neil Diamond
Trouble in Paradise - Loretta Lynn

1982
Truly - Lionel Richie
Gloria - Laura Branigan
Mickey - Toni Basil
It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Easy - Janie Fricke

1990
Love Takes Time - Mariah Carey
More Than Words Can Say - Alias
I’m Your Baby Tonight - Whitney Houston
Come Next Monday - K.T. Oslin

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