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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Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

LinclonThanksgiving(Given October 3, 1863)
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defiance, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwell in the Heavens.

And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverance and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord.

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Thanksgiving is The Fourth Thursday in November

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The United States of America was the first nation in the world to proclaim a national holiday for giving thanks, but it may not have happened the way you think it did.

It did start with the Pilgrims.  Some of the first settler in the “New World” we now call the Pilgrims began the tradition but it would be many years before it would be official.  The Pilgrims were names because the reason they left Europe and England which was to escape religious persecution.  They called themselves Puritans and the modern equivalent to them are the Fundamentalists.  The Puritans however were a much stricter group in following the precepts of the Bible than are the Fundamentalists.

The Pilgrims left England on a ship called the Mayflower and the cramped  journey was difficult.  When they finally landed in the new world the ship had gone off course and landed much further north than was expected.  Nothing went very well as the settlers began their new lives.  A very hard winter came on them and many died.  But spring came with it plantings and harvest.  The pilgrims decided to give a feast.  The exact date is not known but it was either late Spring or early Fall of 1625.  This was no ordinary feast as it lasted three days.

Thanksgiving for these early settlers was not what we have today.  They had no flour, butter or sugar.  Potatoes at the time were considered poisonous and the corn grown was of the hard variety which was ground down and used as corn meal.  With no sugar cranberry sauce was not possible.

The first Thanksgiving Festival did, however, have turkey. Other culinary delights consisted of swans, geese, ducks, lobster, oysters, cod fish, bass, eels, pumpkin gooseberries and chestnuts.  The real sensation of the meal was brought by the honored guests of the pilgrims, the Indians.  During the rough beginning of the settlement of the pilgrims the Indians helped them survive.  In gratitude they were invited to the first Thanksgiving, however, like all good guests they did not come empty handed, they brought with them five dead deer and venison became the hit of the party.

There was a prayer that was offered by the minister William Brewster that has survived down the centuries.  “We thank God for our homes and our food and our safety in a new land.  We thank God for the opportunity to create a new world for freedom and justice.”

Thanksgiving went underground or disappeared for more than 150 years but raised its head again in 1777 when the thirteen colonies celebrated the day as the American beat the British at the battle of Saratoga.

George Washington, James Monroe and John Quincy Adams all tried, but failed, in making Thanksgiving an annual happening.  It would take another 100 years to make Thanksgiving a holiday.

Sarah Hale was a magazine editor in Philadelphia.  The industrial revolution had begun and Mrs. Hale did not like it. The cities began to get more populated as factories were constructed.  Jobs were available in the cities so many small town people moved away from their families to start new lives.  Family life was disrupted on many levels alcoholism became a problem and social workers started temperance leagues to curve the growing addiction.  As a city dweller herself Sarah Hale saw the problem and a solution.  Sarah Hale saw Thanksgiving.

Mrs. Hale pictured Thanksgiving as a time when families would draw back together.  Those who may have left home would come back and family values and love would be celebrated.  Then she got to work.

Sarah Hale started a letter writing campaign that may be the longest campaign ever attempted.  She wrote to congressmen, senators, governors, and presidents.  Alton Brown of Good Eats jokes that she may have written to dog catchers.  Sarah Hale wrote letters for 40 years until she finally got ear of President Lincoln.  On October 3, 1863 Abraham Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday of the month of November THANKSGIVING. 

Unfortunately people just can’t leave a good thing alone.  In the 1930s President Franklin Delano Roosevelt makes an attempt to move the holiday to the third Thursday of November.  He wanted to extend the Christmas Shopping period.  Fortunately this did not go over well and Thanksgiving was moved back to its original place.  One wonders what Mr. Roosevelt would think if he saw retailors today beginning the Christmas gift buying season as early as July.

Finally in 1941, 15 years after Macy’s had introduced the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and 316 years since the first Thanksgiving was celebrated, Congress officially sanctioned the fourth Thursday in November as a National Holiday.  And so Thanksgiving was officially born.  The first meal may not have been what we enjoy today but the idea of giving thanks for making it through another year, to draw to family and friends, and to celebrate the love that we share remains the same.

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Charles Schulz Born November 26, 1922

SchulzCharles M. Schulz was born on this day November 26 in the year 1922. I am not sure that many people would list the comic strip PEANUTS as great literature, but I do.  Here is a definition of great literature.  Great literature not only has a great story and great characters but helps teach us something about life that sticks with us. Those lessons can last a life time. Charles Schulz achieved all of this with Peanuts.

Schulz was once asked “If he was Charlie Brown?  His answer quite simple,  He wasn’t Charlie Brown, he was all of his characters.   I think that was the magic of Peanuts.  It was an expression of the complete human experience.   Sometimes we are Charlie Brown frustrated neglected and rejected and on other days we are Snoopy care free and ready for the next adventure. Some days we are as obnoxious as Lucy and on others we are as thoughtful as Linus.

I think all of us that grew up in the 1960s owe a debt to Mr. Schulz as he reminded us of “What Christmas is all about”. What it would be like to have our first crush and that winning isn’t everything. We have taken those lessons and passed them onto our kids. Some of us have passed them on to our grandchildren.

We know that every year we are sitting down to spend Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter with The Peanuts Gang. One evening around Christmas in the 1960s, people were sitting in an off Broadway theater to see a live production of YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, They were sitting in a movie theater to see A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN. And they were getting comfortable in front of their TV sets to see A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS. Schulz creation dominated stage screen and TV all in one night.  Schulz has affected both the academic and theological arenas.  His comic strips can be found in college text books as well as theological works. What follows is a short biography of a man that I believe has left a legacy for all time.

Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000).  He was nicknamed Sparky, which was actually the name of his first dog.  He fought in The Second World War and then set out to be a cartoonist.  All of his young life Schulz was fascinated by the funny papers, which were the part of the newspapers where comic strips were published.  In his teens he did comics for his church youth group which reflected much of the humor he would later develop in the Peanuts strip.  His father was a barber , his mother was a housewife who died as Schulz was entering the army.  Later Charlie Browns father would be a barber.

Charles Schulz Peanuts was first published in 1950 but the title was not his own.  The publishing company named the strip which was forever a disappointment to him.   He gave us many things through his strip.  He coined the phrase “security blanket.”  He gave us the Great Pumpkin which gave a new addition to Halloween.  He taught us what Happiness is… as well as giving Beethoven more publicity that he had for over 100 years.

Schulz is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, cited as a major influence by many later cartoonists. Calvin and Hobbes-creator Bill Watterson wrote in 2007: “Peanuts pretty much defines the modern comic strip, so even now it’s hard to see it with fresh eyes. The clean, minimalist drawings, the sarcastic humor, the unflinching emotional honesty, the inner thoughts of a household pet, the serious treatment of children, the wild fantasies, the merchandising on an enormous scale — in countless ways, Schulz blazed the wide trail that most every cartoonist since has tried to follow.”

Schulz wrote and drew The Peanuts comic strip for 50 years.  He did not have a staff.  He had a drawing table pens and ink.  Many cartoonists use others to draw and write their strips.  Schulz never did this.  His body of work was his own.  If he went on vacation he did two or three weeks of strips ahead of time.  In total, his work consisting of 50 years is approximately 18,600 strips.  And that is also the amount of times he made us laugh.  His complete collection of work comes to 24 volumes of books.  His last strip amazingly was published on the day he died.

With the release of The Peanuts Movie people have decide to look at Schulz life and tell the world what was wrong with him.  This  is wrong in many ways.  Charles Schulz was a private man that gave the world a huge gift.  A private man deserves his privacy even after his death.  Every one of us, to quote a very wise person “has chapters in their lives that we would not wish to be published.  “Good grief!”  So today we honor the man Charles Schulz and celebrate his work.  We raise a mug of root beer, along with Snoopy, and remember a man who both entertained us and taught us about ourselves.

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November 26 in Pop Culture History

26November 26
1703 Great Storm – more than 8,000 people perished and the first Eddystone Lighthouse (Winstanley’s lighthouse) was totally destroyed overnight.

1716 – First African lion was exhibited in America (in Boston). It was just a single lion, which supposedly later joined a “menagerie” which was basically a traveling circus of exotic animals.

1789 – First (unofficial) national Thanksgiving in USA recognized by the new government. The 1621 good harvest celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts was first celebrated in North America.

1825 – Kappa Alpha fraternity was founded at Union College, NY.

1832 – The first New York City streetcar ran along Bowery Street in New York, with a 12 cent fare.

1867 – The patent (#71,423) for a refrigerated railroad car was issued to J.B. Sutherland of Detroit, Michigan.

1917 – The NHL (National Hockey League) formed, consisting of four teams – Montreal Canadians, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, and the Quebec Bulldogs. The Bulldogs were replaced by the Arenas shortly thereafter.

1922 – English archaeologist Howard Carter opened King Tutankhamun’s virtually intact tomb in Egypt. Over the centuries almost every mummy tomb had been found and plundered – this was possible the greatest archaeological find of that period.

1941 – President Franklin D Roosevelt established that the fourth Thursday in November would be Thanksgiving Day .

1942 – Casablanca premiered at Hollywood Theater, in New York City. It came out in wide release January 23, 1943.

1945 – Charlie “Bird” Parker lead a record date for the Savoy label, marketed as the “greatest Jazz session ever.” Recording as Charlie Parker’s Reboppers, the group included Dizzie Gillespie and Miles Davis on trumpet, Curly Russell on bass and Max Roach on drums. The tracks included during this session include “Ko-Ko”, “Billie’s Bounce” and “Now’s the Time”.

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

1970 – In Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, 1.5 inches (38.1mm) of rain fell in a minute, the heaviest rainfall ever on record

1976 – The Sex Pistols released their debut single “Anarchy In The UK.” It came from their only album – ‘Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols.’

1977 – The Hobbit, produced by Rankin/Bass, was shown on NBC.

1983 – Six gunmen broke into the Brinks Mat warehouse at the Heathrow Airport making off with three tons of gold bars valued at almost 48 million dollars (at that time). In modern perspective, it is worth over $125,000,000. Most of the gold was never recovered.

1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home came out in theaters.

1997 – Flubber and Alien Resurrection came out in theaters.

1977 – The Hobbit, produced by Rankin/Bass, was shown on NBC.

1983 – Six gunmen broke into the Brinks Mat warehouse at the Heathrow Airport making off with three tons of gold bars valued at almost 48 million dollars (at that time). In modern perspective, it is worth over $125,000,000. Most of the gold was never recovered.

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