December 1 In Pop Culture History

01December 1 in Pop Culture History
800 – Charlemagne judged the accusations against Pope Leo III in the Vatican, and decided in the Pope’s favor.

1783 – The first manned voyage of a lighter-than-air hydrogen balloon left Paris carrying Professor Jacques Alexander Cesar Charles and Marie-Noel Robert to almost 500 feet and landed 28 miles away after about 2 hours in the air. 1841 – The first steamboat engine built in America for a screw-propelled vessel, designed by John Ericsson and built by Captain Sylvester Doolittle, installed on the ship Vandalia, was launched.

1885 – Invented by Charles Alderton, Dr Pepper was first served at the W.B. Morrison & Co. Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas.

1913 – The Ford Motor Company introduced the continuously moving assembly line, producing a complete automobile every two-and-a-half minutes. It was the first true “mass production” system.

1913 – The first U.S. drive-in automobile service ‘filling station’ opened at the traffic intersection of Baum Boulevard and St. Clair Street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1952 – The New York Daily News reported that Christine Jorgensen was the first case of sexual reassignment surgery.

1955 – Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

1958 – A fire at Our Lady of Angels School elementary school in Chicago killed 90 children.

1974 – Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 6231 crashed northwest of John F. Kennedy International Airport; also TWA Flight 514, another Boeing 727, crashed northwest of Dulles International Airport, killing all 92 people on board.

1989 – Christmas Vacation was released in theaters.

1990 – The Chunnel between England and France was connected and celebrated when and Englishman and Frenchmen broke their their respective sides. It was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II and the French president, François Mitterrand, in a ceremony held in Calais on May 6, 1994.

1991 – Britney Spears appeared on Star Search.

1992- The Young and The Restless aired the 5,000th episode. In honor of the event, The Price Is Right (also CBS) even featured Y&R themed showcases.

1994 – The Game Show Network, the 24-hour channel dedicated to game shows, made its debut

1994 – Home & Garden Television (HGTV) made its debut.

1996 – 25 Days Of Christmas began airing on The Family Channel.

1997 – 8 planets in our Solar System lined up from West to East beginning with Pluto, followed by Mercury, Mars, Venus, Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter, and Saturn, along with a crescent moon, in a rare alignment visible from Earth that lasted until December 8.

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November 30 In Pop Culture History

30November 30
1609 – Galileo Galilei realized that the moon was a landscape, not a flat surface on a circle in the sky.

1858 – The Mason Jar was invented and patented (#22,186) by Philadelphia tinsmith John Landis Mason.

1872 – First international soccer game was played. Final score: Scotland-England 0-0 (in Glasgow)

1875 – A patent (#170,460) was issued for a “Biscuit Cutter” was issued to Alexander P. Ashbourne.

1886 – The first commercially successful U.S. alternating current power plant was opened at Buffalo, NY by George Westinghouse.

1897 – A patent (#594,501) for a “Device for Rolling Cigarettes” was issued to American inventor J.A. Sweeting.

1954 – First proven meteorite known to strike a woman/person (Liz Hodges, in Sylacauga, Alabama). It took a year of pleading with the air force, but she was allowed to keep the 9 pound meteorite.

1956 – CBS became the first network to broadcast from videotape. It was a rebroadcast to the West Coast of the 15-minute Douglas Edwards and the News program. It was recorded on 2-inch tape with an Ampex Mark IV machine.

1971 – TV movie “Brian’s Song,” aired for first time on ABC

1979 – Pink Floyd released “The Wall” double album. “If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding, how can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat!”

1982 – Michael Jacksons Thriller album was released. It has sold something close to 30,000,000 copies.

1993 – The Brady Bill, requiring a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers, was signed into law.

1994 – Italian cruise ship MS Achille Lauro caught fire off Somalia, with 3 people dead, and most of the nearly 1,000 passengers and crew escaping in lifeboats. It sank on December 2nd.

2009 – CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) started. “CERN’s Large Hadron Collider has today become the world’s highest energy particle accelerator, having accelerated its twin beams of protons to an energy of 1.18 TeV in the early hours of the morning.” CERN is experimenting with things like “The Big Bang” but hopefully on a smaller scale.

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November 29 in Pop Culture History

29November 29
533 (Earthquake) Aleppo (now Syria) – 130,000 people estimated killed.

1681 – The Royal College of Physicians, in Edinburgh, Scotland, was granted its charter by King Charles II.

1825 – First Italian opera in US, “Barber of Seville” premiered (in New York City, at the Park Theatre)

1890 – The first Army-Navy football game was played, with Navy winning 24-0 at West Point

1910 – The US patent (#976,939) for inventing the traffic lights system was issued to Ernest Sirrine. Similar patents were granted to others later.

1932 – The patent (#1,889,729) was issued for the first card game table with an automatic dealing device, to Laurens Hammond of Chicago, Ill. He later invented the Hammond organ.

1933 – First state liquor stores authorized (Pennsylvania). It may be true that the state of Pennsylvania is the largest buyer of wine and spirits in the world.

1935 – Physicist Erwin Schrödinger published his famous thought experiment ‘Schrödinger’s cat’, a paradox that illustrates the problem of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics.
Once the cat is in the box, do you know if it really alive, or dead?

1947 – The United Nations voted in favor of separating Palestine and allowed for the creation of an Independent Jewish State – Israel.

1948 – First opera to be televised, “Othello,” wes broadcast from the Met (in New York City)

1951 – The first U.S. underground atom bomb test, designated “Uncle”, was detonated. The low-yield 1.2 kiloton bomb was buried 17-ft sub-surface at Frenchman Flat, a 123-square-mile ( dry lake bed at the Nevada Test Site (NTS).

1959 – Grammy Awards were first televised on NBC.

1961 – Mercury-Atlas 5 was launched with Enos (a chimpanzee) on board. The craft orbited the Earth twice and splashed down about 200 miles south of Bermuda. The flight lasted 3 hours and 20 minutes. Enos survived, and later died on November 4, 1962.

1972 – Atari presented Pong, as an arcade game. By 1974 there was a home version.

2004 – Godzilla got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2011 – Dr. Conrad Murray received a four-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter, in Michael Jackson’s death.

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What Was Wrong With Rudolph’s Dolly For Sue?

What Was Wrong With Rudolph’s Dolly For Sue?

(PCM) The original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer story was written as a giveaway for the Montgomery Ward department stores by Robert L. May in 1939. In 1949, May’s story was made into a song by Johnny Marks, who also wrote ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ and ‘Holly Jolly Christmas.’ Johnny also wrote Chuck Berry’s sequel hit ‘Run Rudolph Run.’

1964’s Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer is the longest-running holiday special in the world (How the Grinch Stole Christmas came out in 1969, and the Peanuts Special for ran on Thanksgiving night, 1965). There have been several changes to the broadcast version over the year. Did Yukon Cornelious really fire off his guns in that Christmas special? Did he ever find that Peppermint mine? The answer is yes, depending on which edited version you’ve seen.

She started out as a “Dolly for Sue,” and ended up as one of the great mysteries of Christmas in the late 20th century. Her first appearance in 1964’s ‘Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer’ lasted only a few seconds as a tertiary character on the Island of Misfit Toys, ruled by good King Moonracer, a flying lion.

Some of the misfit characters included a polka-dotted elephant, a Charlie-in-a-box, a cowboy who rides an ostrich, a grape-jelly gun, a plane that doesn’t fly… you get the point.

‘Useless toys’ in the traditional sense, but definitely fitting the ‘misfit’ label.

In the 1965 (and all future airings), the Misfit Toys had a bigger role; in the original airing, the Island of Misfit Toys were simply forgotten. The network got questions, even complaints, as children wondered what happened to these poor, unwanted toys. With the additional time to complete their part of the story, the toys were given more “on-air” time. That air-time was added by having Santa save some time himself by delivering gifts by parachute instead of sneaking into people’s homes.

That extra attention has made many people ask what made that little doll such a misfit. I am reasonably confident that I have finally found the answer.
The original Misfit Toys were all for boys (this was 1964!). With the fleeting scene during the first airing, my theory is that they needed a ‘girl toy,’ so the “Doll for Sue” was created.

In 2007, on NPR’s “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” Rudolph producer Arthur Rankin Jr., said that Dolly’s problem was psychological, and was caused from being abandoned by her mistress (Sue?) and suffering depression from feeling unloved. Backing that up, when sold at CVS in 1998, her tag said ”I’m a little rag doll who just wants a friend. I think that will help my broken heart mend.”

Many people accepted that answer, but putting 21st century psycho-babble into a stop-motion animatron created for a few seconds of air-time on a children’s television special from nearly fifty years ago just doesn’t make sense.

The reality: She was a last-minute add-on misfit toy so the young girls watching had a toy they could relate to.

What made her a misfit toy?

It’s as plain as the nose on your face. More precisely, it’s the nose missing from her face.

Mystery solved.

People often ask, why is Hermie often referred to as ‘Herbie’ in the film, and why does Santa take off at the end with 7 reindeer, counting Rudolph, instead of the full nine mentioned in the song?

I think these people have too much time on their hands.

Just enjoy the special!

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November 28 in Pop Culture History

28November 282348 BC – A supposed comet, under divine guidance, passed near Earth, causing the Great Flood, in the opinion of Anglican priest and mathematician, William Whiston. They did not know much about comets in 1696.

1582 – William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway (not the ‘our’ Anne Hathaway)

1717 – Blackbeard attacked a French merchant vessel called “La Concorde”, which he captured and renamed as the “Queen Anne’s Revenge”

1895 – America’s first auto race started: 6 cars, 55 miles, the winner averaged 7 MPH.

1925 – The Grand Ole Opry made its (weekly) radio debut on station WSM, in Nashville, Tennessee..

1907 – In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opened his first movie theater, The Orpheum. It was a renovated 600 seat burlesque house.

1922 – The first skywriting in the US was demonstrated over Times Square, New York City, by Capt. Cyril Turner of the Royal Air Force. Flying at 10,000 feet, he wrote letters in white smoke a half-mile high: Hello, U.S.A. Call Vanderbilt 7200. It was an advertisement for the American Tobacco Company.

1934 – Infamous bank robber George “Baby Face” Nelson was killed by FBI agents near Barrington, Illinois.

1942 – Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire, Boston Massachusetts. Nearly 500 people were killed in the blaze. This fire was probably the single biggest reason ‘EXIT’ signs are now in (US) public places.

1948 – The Polaroid Land Camera went on sale, at a Boston department store. The 40 series, model 95 roll film camera sold for $89.75.

1964 – Mariner 4 was launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida.

1975 – As the World Turns and The Edge of Night aired their last ‘live’ episodes, switching to pre-recorded programs.

1984 – William Penn and his wife Hannah Callowhill Penn were made Honorary Citizens of the United States.

1994 – Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer died of injuries received after he was attacked by other prisoners while cleaning a prison toilet. Or maybe one other prisoner.
‘Nobody saw nothin’, it was reported.

1995 – President Bill Clinton ended the federal 55 mph speed limit that began in 1974, as an energy-saving measure.

1997 – The last episode of Beavis and Butt-Head aired on MTV. The series was later resumed again briefly in 2011.

2001 – Enron Corporation, once the world’s largest energy trader, covering major electricity, natural gas, communications, pulp and paper, and with over 20,000 employees, essentially went out of business.

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November 27 in Pop Culture History

27November 27
1826 – Chemist John Walker invented the friction match in England.

1834 – The direct current (DC) electric motor was invented by Thomas Davenport.

1910 – Pennsylvania Station opened, called so because the Pennsylvania Railroad trains began using it November 27, 1910.

1924 – Macy’s department store held its first Thanksgiving Day parade down a two-mile stretch of Broadway in New York City.

1952 – CBS began broadcasting the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

1973 – The US Senate approved Gerald R. Ford as the US’ 40th vice president, after the resignation of Spiro T. Agnew, who plead guilty to income tax evasion.

1975 – Guinness Book of Records co-founder and editor Ross McWhirter was shot dead outside his North London home. Police believe it was an IRA hit.

1978 – The White Shadow premiered on CBS.

1980 – Bosom Buddies premiered on ABC.

1982 – Rocky IV was released in theaters.

1996 – 101 Dalmations was released in theaters.

2005 – 13-year-old bat mitzvah Elizabeth Brooks had 50 Cent & Aerosmith perform at her celebration at New York’s Rainbow Room.

2011 – Mexico City briefly held the world record of having the largest “zombie walk” in the world after almost 10,000 people dressed as zombies paraded through the city. Several walks have beaten that record.

2013 – Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time, starring Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, was released.

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