Sunday, November 30, 2014

Dave Davies of The Kinks Rocks Bergen County -November 28, 2014

Dave Davies, the former lead guitarist for the legendary rock group The Kinks, came to Englewood, New Jersey, to perform at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (Bergen PAC) this past Friday. It was the final show of his tour for the autumn of 2014, which was as close as you could get to seeing the Kinks on what would have been their 50th anniversary this year.

Of course, the band did not get together for a reunion this year, although both Dave and Ray Davies seem to be optimistic about the possibilities of a reunion next year.

Let's see.

In the meantime, however, Davies put on a really awesome show on Friday! He played many of the major hits of the Kinks, although certainly not all of them. Notable absences were Lola and Summer Afternoon, Destroyer, and Come Dancing, to name just a few off the top of my head. I would not have minded hearing either one, although there really are no complaints from that show.

It started off a bit rocky that evening. I was desperately trying to get one of my articles published on Guardian Liberty Voice - the one about Facebook, which should be published before this blog entry is published. Specifically, I was having difficulty with getting a picture that I could use for the article, for various reasons. There are certain criteria that we have to abide by, and it was proving very time consuming to find one that met all of those criteria. Also, the computer at the apartment runs slow, and downloading that picture was proving particularly annoying and frustrating.

Finally, I managed it, and then headed out to meet my brother, who would be going with me for the concert. We met up, and headed to Englewood, a town that we have a bit of history with. Our Aunt Ethel used to live there, and we came to Englewood a few times to visit here when we were both kids.

One of my friends used to live in Englewood, and that brought me there during the nineties. Also, I went there a few years back to take my mom to see Steve Martin and his banjo band, which was a very good show.

Now, here we were again, for another show. We had seen Ray Davies a few years back as well, at the Wellmont in Montclair. But these tickets were incredible! I was ale to snag a couple of second row in the middle, which was amazing, and made this show especially memorable!

Davies had good energy for this show, and he seems like a genuinely decent guy. He seemed in good spirits, and very appreciative for the opportunity just to play and make music. There was a good sense with the crowd, and it made for a surprisingly energetic show, given the relative median age of the audience.

He played quite a few Kinks songs, but it was a decent mix of old and new material. Some from the days of The Kinks, as well as from his solo career. To think of how influential this guy was in music, and to get the opportunity to see him, and to be so close, it was just amazing!

The show ended, and my brother pointed out that they played I'm Not Like Everybody Else twice, which was a little strange. It certainly is not because he had few songs to choose from,m but I was not complaining. He put on a great show.

I got a signed CD which was being sold for $25. A bit pricey for a regular CD, but for a signed one? I thought that was pretty cool, actually.

Afterwards, my brother wanted to eat, so we walked around downtown Englewood on a freezing night. The only food place open was Wendy's, so we resigned ourselves to that. I was not hungry, having filled up on Thanksgiving leftover, but I got some cheese fries as a bit of a snack, as well as a drink that I actually just finished while writing this. I mentioned to him how, if memory served me correctly, we had eaten here when younger, as well.

We then went to Starbuck's for a hot drink, which was very pleasant. Here, too, I had a bit of personal history, as a bunch of my friends from the old Bergen days used to work here. It was a pleasant enough way to end the evening, and we both went home happy from a solid concert and evening overall.

Ripping Up Time

I'm Not Like Everybody Else  (The Kinks song)

I Need You  (The Kinks song)

She's Got Everything  (The Kinks song) Creeping Jean

Tired of Waiting for You  (The Kinks song) Susannah's Still Alive

See My Friends  (The Kinks song)

Strangers  (The Kinks song)

Flowers in the Rain

Too Much on My Mind  (The Kinks song) (partial verse)

Young and Innocent Days  (The Kinks song)

Front Room

King of Karaoke  Death of a Clown

Dead End Street  (The Kinks song)

Living on a Thin Line  (The Kinks song)

Where Have All the Good Times Gone  (The Kinks song)

All Day and All of the Night  (The Kinks song)


I'm Not Like Everybody Else  (The Kinks song)

You Really Got Me  (The Kinks song)

(Taken from

The Kinks Former Lead Guitarist Dave Davies Rocks Bergen County

Victim of Bear Took Pictures Before Being Killed

I posted a blog entry a month or so back about the hiker in New Jersey who was killed by a bear, in New Jersey's first documented fatal case of a bear attack in over a century and a half.

Well, apparently he snapped some pictures of the bear before he was killed, which is kind of weird. A little creepy, even.

In any case, here is the link to the story:

Hiker snapped pictures of bear before fatal attack in West Milford by Seth Augenstein, November 25, 2014

Dave Grohl Thankful for Grunge Bands That Survived

Thanksgiving just passed, and you might figure that a famous and esteemed musician like Dave Grohl would have a lot to be thankful for.

Indeed, he does. One of the things for which he apparently is most thankful would be grunge era bands that managed to stay intact to the present. There are not many of them (only Soundgarden and Pearl Jam come to mind), but nonetheless, I feel much like Grohl does. I am also glad that Dave Grohl got the Foo Fighters together, and that they have been producing solid music ever since!

Here's the article about Grohl expressing his thanks for grunge bands that survived:

Dave Grohl: ‘I Thank God For Grunge Bands That Survived’Brett Buchanan, November 27, 2014:

Facebook Likes Fraud

The title for this particular blog entry was the original title of my article on Guardian Liberty Voice, although I was asked to change it. But I really liked the title, because it has several different dimensions to it, even if the editors did not like it.

This is an article about what appears to be a scam that sees Facebook profiting in pretty much every scenario. It took me quite a while to write this article, which I had wanted to do since easily last month, and possibly since before I actually graduated the crash course on writing and became a certified writer (in Nevada) for the Guardian Liberty Voice. The delay was a lack of timely articles on the subject, although that finally changed a few days ago, and I jumped on the opportunity to finish this article once and for all.

Facebook Likes Practices Come Into Question

2014 Week 13 NFL & Grey Cup Predictions

Carolina at Minnesota - Neither of these teams are very good. But the Panthers look particularly weak this season, and the Vikings can be a decent team at times. Plus, this game will be in cold Minnesota, and that gives the Vikings the edge. My pick: Minnesota

New Orleans at Pittsburgh - The Saints usually are not a great road team, but are a strong home team. After three straight losses in New Orleans, though, it might be good for them to have a change of surroundings. Going up to Pittsburgh, however, is not the best way to cure a losing streak, and so I think the Saints woes will continue. My pick: Pittsburgh

Cleveland at Buffalo - Wow! What an intriguing game!  A must win for both teams, really. Since this game is in Buffalo, the Bills have a hue advantage, and they will likely have an emotional advantage. Still, the Browns have been tough, and something tells me that they will find a way to win this game. My pick: Cleveland

San Diego at Baltimore - An intriguing game between two struggling playoff contenders. Both are in very tough divisions, and simply cannot afford to lose this game. The Ravens, though, have home field advantage, and that, to me, gives them a solid advantage. My pick: San Diego

NY Giants at Jacksonville - I really hope the Giants can finally get themselves a win, and stop the bleeding. A road trip to Jacksonville could be just the tonic that they need. But both teams are really bad, so it's hard to know for sure. My pick: Giants

Oakland at St. Louis - An interesting game between the two former Los Angeles franchises. The Raiders just got their first win of the season, but the Rams have proven to be tough at home. Plus, the Raiders just are not a good team, even if they did just earn a win. My pick: St. Louis

Cincinnati at Tampa Bay - The Bengals are the better team,  and they really need this one, to boot! Upsets happen, but I doubt that they will in this this game. My pick: Cincinnati

Washington at Indianapolis - A clear mismatch. Barring some kind of miracle upset, the Colts should easily have enough to overwhelm Washington. My pick" Indianapolis

Tennessee at Houston - The Texans are not that good of a team, but they are not nearly as bad a team as the Titans. That, coupled with home field advantage, means that the Teans should win easily. My pick: Texans

Arizona at Atlanta - The Falcons have home field advantage, but that is about the only advantage that they hold in this game. The Cardinals are the better team, they are coming off a loss and want to rebound strongly. I suspect that they will. My pick: Arizona

New England at Green Bay - What a game! One of several that are pretty interesting, and some are suggesting that this could be a Super Bowl preview. Maybe. The Patriots have to go on the road and play in one of the toughest stadiums in the league. If they win, they probably run away with home field advantage in the AFC. But the Packers need this just as much, to stay ahead of Detroit, and to be in solid position for home field and/or a playoff bye. The Packers are virtually unbeatable at home, much like the Patriots themselves. I like Rodgers really putting up some numbers in the second half to ice it for Green Bay. My pick: Green Bay

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs - I have already written a lot about his particular game in an earlier blog entry, as well as the article on Guardian Liberty Voice. As for who I think will win? My pick: Denver

Miami at NY Jets - Ah, the Jets. Always, the season filled with memory must continue, and the Jets (Jet End The Season) are one of the worst teams in the league, yet again. They could possibly win this game, but they won't. Do I really have to go over the reasons why by now? My pick: Miami

Bonus: Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats versus Calgary Stampeders

The Canadian Football League championship is on the line. Hamilton seems to be the hot team right now, having recovered from a dismal start to find themselves 60 solid minutes of football away from a champion ship. But the Stampeders have been the best team all season long, and I would expect that they are able to seal the deal this time. My pick: Calgary to win the Cup

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs Preview

One of the most interesting games with tons of playoff relevance tomorrow will be the night game between the visiting Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs. That game was my focus for another article that I recently wrote for Guardian Liberty Voice, and so I thought it would be appropriate to post a link to it here.

The Chiefs looked terrible in the first few weeks or so of the season, then looked like one of the hottest teams in the league, tying Denver for first, after the Broncos slipped up a bit, losing big to the Patriots, then losing a couple of weeks later in an upset to the Rams.

In the meantime, the streaky Chargers, who looked absolutely awesome early as they raced off to a 5-1 start, then went on a massive losing streak where they looked closer to one of the worst teams in the league, are coming on again. They have won two games in a row, and look like a legitimate playoff contender once again. But they have a tough game at Baltimore tomorrow. There is a scenario where, if they win, and the Chiefs beat Denver, there could be a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West, which would be fascinating!

I am not entirely sure what will happen, but it should be a great game tomorrow night!

Please take a look at the article below, which is a preview of the Chiefs and Broncos game:

Chiefs Host Broncos in Intriguing Match on Sunday

On This Day in History - November 30 Soviet Union Invades Finland

Once again, it should be reiterated, that this does not pretend to be a very extensive history of what happened on this day (nor is it the most original - the links can be found down below). If you know something that I am missing, by all means, shoot me an email or leave a comment, and let me know!

Nov 30, 1939: USSR attacks Finland      

On this day in 1939, the Red Army crosses the Soviet-Finnish border with 465,000 men and 1,000 aircraft. Helsinki was bombed, and 61 Finns were killed in an air raid that steeled the Finns for resistance, not capitulation.  

The overwhelming forces arrayed against Finland convinced most Western nations, as well as the Soviets themselves, that the invasion of Finland would be a cakewalk. The Soviet soldiers even wore summer uniforms, despite the onset of the Scandinavian winter; it was simply assumed that no outdoor activity, such as fighting, would be taking place. But the Helsinki raid had produced many casualties-and many photographs, including those of mothers holding dead babies, and preteen girls crippled by the bombing. Those photos were hung up everywhere to spur on Finn resistance. Although that resistance consisted of only small numbers of trained soldiers-on skis and bicycles!--fighting it out in the forests, and partisans throwing Molotov cocktails into the turrets of Soviet tanks, the refusal to submit made headlines around the world.  

President Roosevelt quickly extended $10 million in credit to Finland, while also noting that the Finns were the only people to pay back their World War I war debt to the United States in full. But by the time the Soviets had a chance to regroup, and send in massive reinforcements, the Finnish resistance was spent. By March 1940, negotiations with the Soviets began, and Finland soon lost the Karelian Isthmus, the land bridge that gave access to Leningrad, which the Soviets wanted to control.  

Nov 30, 1835: Mark Twain is born

Samuel Clemens, later known as Mark Twin, is born in Florida, Missouri, on this day in 1835.  

Clemens was apprenticed to a printer at age 13 and later worked for his older brother, who established the Hannibal Journal. In 1857, the Keokuk Daily Post commissioned him to write a series of comic travel letters, but after writing five he decided to become a steamboat captain instead. He signed on as a pilot's apprentice in 1857 and received his pilot's license in 1859, when he was 23.  

Clemens piloted boats for two years, until the Civil War halted steamboat traffic. During his time as a pilot, he picked up the term "Mark Twain," a boatman's call noting that the river was only two fathoms deep, the minimum depth for safe navigation. When Clemens returned to writing in 1861, working for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise, he wrote a humorous travel letter signed by "Mark Twain" and continued to use the pseudonym for nearly 50 years.  

In 1864, he moved to San Francisco to work as a reporter. There, he wrote the story that made him famous: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.  

In 1866, he traveled to Hawaii as a correspondent for the Sacramento Union. Next, he traveled the world writing accounts for papers in California and New York, which he later published the popular book The Innocents Abroad (1869). In 1870, Clemens married the daughter of a wealthy New York coal merchant and settled in Hartford, Connecticut, where he continued to write travel accounts and lecture. In 1875, his novel Tom Sawyer was published, followed by Life on the Mississippi (1883) and his masterpiece Huckleberry Finn (1885). Bad investments left Clemens bankrupt after the publication of Huckleberry Finn, but he won back his financial standing with his next three books--Pudd'Nhead Wilson (1894), Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (1895), and Following the Equator (1897). In 1903, he and his family moved to Italy, where his wife died. Her death left him sad and bitter, and his work, while still humorous, grew distinctly darker. He died in 1910.

Nov 30, 1917: German foreign minister celebrates revolution in Russia

On this day in 1917, Foreign Minister Richard Von Kuhlmann stands before the German Reichstag government to deliver a speech applauding the recent rise to power in Russia of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and his radical socialist Bolshevik Party.  

Soon after November 7, 1917, when the Bolsheviks seized control in Petrograd from the provisional government--in place since the abdication of Czar Nicholas II in March--Lenin moved to secure an immediate armistice with the Central Powers in the First World War. Not surprisingly, Austria-Hungary and Germany welcomed this development with open arms; the latter nation had actually helped smuggle the exiled Lenin back to Russia the previous April. The German chancellor, Count Georg von Hertling, went so far as to suggest to Kuhlmann on November 29 that Germany make the new Russia one of its allies.  

The following day, Kuhlmann addressed the Reichstag, declaring that "Our eyes at the present moment are turned toward the east.  Russia has set the world ablaze." The mobilization of Russia, he continued, was "the actual and immediate cause" of the entire war; only now was Russia in the hands of leaders who would set things right and seek immediate peace with Germany. According to Kuhlmann, Russia's allies--Britain and France--would do well to consider following its lead, as "the German people will stand up and be prepared to beat force with force until the dawn of the better and more humane understanding which is beginning to appear in the eastern sky shall arise in the nations of the west, which are as yet filled with greed for money and power."  

While the Central Powers rejoiced at the turn of events in Petrograd, the Allies were filled with a sense of dread. With Russia out of the war, Germany would be free to transfer more manpower to the Western Front; to the south, Austria-Hungary seemed close to overpowering Italy. Although the United States had entered the war on the side of the Allies in April 1917, it was not expected to deliver troops in significant numbers until the following summer. By the end of 1917, with casualties mounting on the Western Front, the Allies looked ahead with trepidation as the possibility of victory seemed to recede ever further into the distance.

Nov 30, 1965: McNamara warns Johnson that communists are gaining strength in South Vietnam

Following a visit to South Vietnam, Defense Secretary McNamara reports in a memorandum to President Lyndon B. Johnson that the South Vietnamese government of Nguyen Cao Ky "is surviving, but not acquiring wide support or generating actions."  

He said that Viet Cong recruiting successes coupled with a continuing heavy infiltration of North Vietnamese forces indicated that "the enemy can be expected to enlarge his present strength of 110 battalion equivalents to more than 150 battalion equivalents by the end of 1966." McNamara said that U.S. policymakers faced two options: to seek a compromise settlement and keep further military commitments to a minimum, or to continue to press for a military solution, which would require substantial bombing of North Vietnam.  

In conclusion, McNamara warned that there was no guarantee of U.S. military success and that there was a real possibility of a strategic stalemate, saying that "U.S. killed in action can be expected to reach 1,000 a month." In essence, McNamara cautioned Johnson that sending additional troops was not likely to prevent the stalemate. In the end, however, Johnson chose to seek a military solution. By 1969, there were more than 500,000 U.S. troops in Vietnam.

Nov 30, 1989: "America's First Female Serial Killer" strikes

Richard Mallory, a storeowner in Palm Harbor, Florida, is last seen taking a ride with Aileen Wuornos. The following day, his car—containing his wallet, some condoms, and an empty vodka bottle—was found abandoned in a remote area of Ormond Beach. Nearly two weeks later, his body turned up in a Daytona Beach junkyard with three bullets in his chest. Mallory's murder was the first of seven committed by Aileen Wuornos over the next year. Perhaps because she was one of the few women killers to gain widespread fame and notoriety, she was inaccurately dubbed "America's first female serial killer." 

Her case was heavily publicized through television talk show appearances and a documentary, The Selling of a Serial Killer.  Wuornos had been the victim of abuse and neglect herself. Her parents split before she was born and her father, who had been arrested for child molesting, killed himself while awaiting trial in a mental institution. When her mother abandoned her at a young age, Aileen was sent to live with her grandparents. But she was kicked out of their home when she got pregnant at age 14. From 1974 to 1976, Wuornos operated under several aliases and amassed an arrest record for offenses including drunk driving, assault, and armed robbery. In 1986, she became romantically and criminally involved with a woman named Tyria Moore.  

In late 1989, Wuornos began her infamous killing spree. Five months after Richard Mallory was killed, David Spears was found dead, shot six times with a .22 caliber gun in the woods near Tampa. At around the same time, another male body turned up nearby that appeared to have been killed with the same type of gun. Three additional men met the same demise during the summer of 1990.  

When the seventh victim was found in November, the media was alerted to the possibility of a serial killer. After receiving several tips, detectives caught Wuornos in a seedy biker bar in January 1991. With Moore assisting police, Wuornos decided to confess to the killings but claimed that they had all been done in self-defense. When a jury found Wuornos guilty on January 27, 1992, she screamed out, "I'm innocent! I was raped! I hope you get raped! Scumbags of America!" Her outburst was probably ill considered, given the fact that the same jury came back to decide her penalty the next day. Wuornos was sentenced to death.

Here's a more detailed look at events that transpired on this date throughout history:

306 - St Marcellus I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
722 - Pope Gregory II names Boniface as missionary bishop
1016 - Cnut (or Canute), king of Denmark, claims the English throne the death of Edmund 'Ironside'.
1215 - Pope Innocent III closes 4th council of Lateranen
1406 - Angelo Correr elected Pope Gregory XII
1523 - Amsterdam bans assembly of heretics
1554 - England reconciles with Pope Julius III
1630 - 16,000 inhabitants of Venice died this month of plague
1648 - English Parliamentary army captures King Charles I
1678 - Roman Catholics banned from English parliament
1700 - King Charles XII of Sweden defeats Russia at Narva [NS]
1700 - Turkey declares war on Russia
1700 - Utrecht/Overijssel/Buren/Leerdam/IJsselstein go on Gregoria calendar
1731 - Beijing hit by Earthquake; about 100,000 die
1735 - States of Holland forbid Free Masonry
1747 - Dutch State of Zealand declare governorship hereditary for women
1753 - Benjamin Franklin receives Godfrey Copley-Penny
1776 - Capt Cook begins 3rd & last trip to Pacific (South Sea)
1782 - Britain signs agreement recognizing US independence
United States Founding Father Benjamin FranklinUnited States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin 1786 - Peter Leopold Joseph of Habsburg-Lorraine, Grand Duke of Tuscany, promulgates a penal reform making his country the first state to abolish the death penalty. November 30 is therefore commemorated by 300 cities around the world as Cities for Life Day.
1787 - Spanish governor leaves Philippines
1803 - Spain cedes her claims to Louisiana Territory to France
1804 - Impeachment trial of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase begins
1813 - Prince Willem Frederik returns to Netherlands
1824 - First ground is broken at Allenburg for the building of the original Welland Canal.
1829 - First Welland Canal opens for a trial run, 5 years to the day from the ground breaking.
1838 - Mexico declares war on France
1861 - Harper's Weekly publishes EE Beers' "All quiet along the Potomac"
1863 - Confederate troops vacate Fort Esperanza, Texas
1864 - Battle of Franklin Tennessee: Confederate attack fails, 7,700 casualities
1864 - Battle of Honey Hill SC (Broad River) 96 dead/665 wounded
1866 - Work begins on 1st US underwater highway tunnel, Chicago
1868 - The inauguration of a statue of King Charles XII of Sweden takes place in the King's garden in Stockholm.
1872 - 1st intl soccer game, Scotland-England 0-0 (Glasgow)
1885 - Opera "El Cid" premieres (Paris)
1886 - 1st commercially successful AC electric power plant opens, Buffalo
1886 - The Folies Bergère stages its first revue.
1887 - 1st indoor softball game (Chicago)
1891 - Pope Leo XIII's encyclical "Rerum novarum" published
1900 - A German engineer patents front-wheel drive for automobiles
1902 - American Old West: Second-in-command of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch gang, Kid Curry Logan, is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labor.
1907 - Pike Place Market dedicated in Seattle
1912 - 4th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Alerts defeats Toronto Argonauts, 11-4
1915 - St John Ervine's "John Ferguson," premieres in Dublin
1916 - Costa Rica becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
1922 - 1st speed test of 1st genuine Japanese aircraft carrier Hosho
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf HitlerDictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler 1922 - Hitler speaks to 50,000 national-socialists in Munich
1923 - Dutch Catholic minority government of Wilhelm Marx forms
1924 - 1st photo facsimile transmitted across Atlantic by radio (London-NYC)
1924 - Last French/Belgian troops leave Ruhrgebied
1924 - French/Belgium troops completely withdrawn from the Rurh
1928 - Test Cricket debut of Don Bradman, who scored 18 & 1 vs England
1929 - 17th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tigers defeats Regina Roughriders, 14-3
1931 - Crystal Palace in Hyde Park London destroyed by fire
1931 - His Master's Voice & Columbia Records merge into EMI
1933 - CCC Camps are established in Cleveland Park District
1936 - London's Crystal Palace (built 1851), destroyed by fire
1937 - 3rd Heisman Trophy Award: Clint Frank, Yale (HB)
1938 - Fascist coup in Romania, fails
1938 - Germany bans Jews being lawyers
1939 - 21 U boats sunk this month (52,000 ton)
1939 - Paul Osborn's "Mornings at 7," premieres in NYC
1939 - USSR invades Finland, bombs Helsinki
1940 - 28th CFL Grey Cup (Game 1): Toronto Balmy Beach defeats Ottawa, 8-2
1940 - 32 U boats sunk this month (147,000 ton)
1941 - 101 year old Nyack-Tarrytown (NY) ferry makes its last run
1941 - 13 U boats sunk this month (62,000 ton)
1941 - Japanese Emperor Hirohito consults with admirals Shimada & Nagano
1942 - -Dec 1st: Sea battle at Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal
1942 - 109 U boats sunk this month (729,000 ton)
1942 - 30th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Hurricanes defeats Winnipeg Bombers, 8-5
1942 - Bill Terry resigns as supervisor of NY Giants minor league system
1942 - German scout ship Altmark explode & sinks off Yokohama
1944 - Biggest & last British Battleship HMS Vanguard runs aground
1945 - 33rd CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 35-0
1946 - Bradman scores 187 in 1st Test Cricket v England at the Gabba
1947 - Arab terrorist campaign opens in Palestine
1947 - Day after UN decree for Israel, Jewish settlements attacked
1948 - Baseball's Negro National League disbands
1948 - Player-manager Lou Boudreau is selected AL MVP
1948 - Soviets set up a separate municipal government in East Berlin
1949 - Chinese Communists captured Chungking
1949 - KOTV TV channel 6 in Tulsa, OK (CBS) begins broadcasting
1950 - US Pres Harry Truman threatens China with atom bomb
Baseball Player Jackie RobinsonBaseball Player Jackie Robinson 1952 - Jackie Robinson charges NY Yankees with racism
1953 - French parachutist under Col De Castries attacks Dien Bien Phu
1953 - Edward Mutesa II, the kabaka (king) of Buganda is deposed and exiled to London by Sir Andrew Cohen, Governor of Uganda.
1954 - 1st meteorite known to strike a woman (Liz Hodges-Sylacauga Ala)
1954 - 20th Heisman Trophy Award: Alan Ameche, Wisconsin (FB)
1954 - John Strydom succeeds Malan as premier of South Africa
1955 - "Pipe Dream" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 245 performances
1955 - Argentine government disbands Peronistic party
1956 - 1st use of videotape on TV (Douglas Edwards & the News)
1956 - Floyd Patterson KOs Archie Moore in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
1957 - "Happy Hunting" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 413 performances
1957 - 45th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 32-7
1957 - Assassination attempt on Indonesian president Sukarno, kills 8
1958 - 1st guided missile destroyer launched, Dewey, Bath, Me
1958 - WKBW TV channel 7 in Buffalo, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
Boxing Champ Archie MooreBoxing Champ Archie Moore 1959 - Joe Foss named 1st commissioner of AFL
1960 - French Senate condemns building own nuclear weapons
1960 - Tad Mosels "All the Way Home" premieres in NYC
1961 - Billy Williams of the Cubs is voted NL Rookie of Year
1961 - USSR vetoes Kuwaits application for UN membership
1962 - U Thant of Burma elected 3rd Secretary-General of UN unanimously
1963 - 51st CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats BC Lions, 21-10
1963 - Martin Walser's "Überlebensgross Herr Krott" premieres in Stuttgart
1964 - USSR launches Zond 2 towards Mars; no data returned
1966 - Barbados gains independence from Britain (National Day)
1966 - Radio time signal WWV moves from Greenbelt, Maryland
1966 - Barbados becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
1967 - Democratic People's republic of Yemen gains independence
1967 - Julie Nixon & David Eisenhower announce their engagement
1967 - Kuria Muria Islands ceded by Britain to Oman
1967 - People's Democratic Republic of Yemen declares independence from UK
1967 - People's Rep of South Yemen (Aden) gains independence from Britain
1967 - Senenator Eugene McCarthy begins run for US presidency
1967 - The Pakistan Peoples Party is founded by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto who becomes its first Chairman later as the Head of state and Head of government after the 1971 Civil War.
1968 - 56th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Rough Riders defeat Calgary Stampeder, 24-21
1969 - 57th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Rough Riders defeats Saskatchewan, 29-11
1969 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1970 - George Harrison releases his triple album set "All Things Must Pass"
1971 - TV movie "Brian's Song," airs for 1st time on ABC-TV
1972 - BBC bans Wings' "Hi, Hi, Hi"
1972 - Illegal fireworks factory explodes killing 15 (Rome Italy)
1973 - M T Ghani scores 104 on FC debut for Commerce Bank (Pak) age 44
1973 - Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Jim Godman
1974 - "Good Evening" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 438 performances
1974 - "Mack & Mabel" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 66 performances
1974 - 20th time Islanders shut-out (3-0 vs Canucks)
1974 - Miss Teenage America Pageant
1974 - Most complete early human skeleton (Lucy, Australopithecus) is discovered by Donald Johanson, Maurice Taieb, Yves Coppens and Tim White in the Middle Awash of Ethiopia's Afar Depression.
1975 - Dahomey becomes Benin
1976 - 42nd Heisman Trophy Award: Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh (RB)
1978 - France performs nuclear test
1979 - Ted Koppel becomes anchor of nightly news on Iranian Hostages (ABC)
1979 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1980 - "Banjo Dancing" closes at Century Theater NYC after 38 performances
1980 - "Perfectly Frank" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 16 performances
1980 - "West Side Story" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 341 perfs
1980 - Uruguay's new constitution rejected by referendum
1981 - NY Yankee Dave Righetti wins AL Rookie of Year Award
1981 - Porn star John Holmes arrested on fugitive charges
1981 - South Africa anti apartheid advocate Bulelani Ngcuka arrested
1981 - Yankees Dave Righetti wins AL Rookie of Year
1981 - Cold War: In Geneva, representatives from the United States and the Soviet Union begin to negotiate intermediate-range nuclear weapon reductions in Europe (the meetings ended inconclusively on December 17).
1982 - STS-6 vehicle moves to launch pad
1982 - US sub Thomas Edison collides with US Navy destroyer in So China Sea
1982 - USSR performs nuclear test
1983 - 6th Emmy Sports Award presentation
1983 - Police free kidnapped beer magnate Alfred Heineken in Amsterdam
1983 - Radio Shack announces Tandy Model 2000 computer (80186 chip)
1983 - Raúl Alfonsín wins Argentine presidential election
1983 - Sam Shepards "Fool for love," premieres in NYC
1983 - Denver Nugget coach Doug Moe, hoplessly behind, advise team to let Blazers break their scoring record
1986 - "Flamenco Puro" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 40 perfs
1986 - 74th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 39-15
1986 - Ivan Lendl is 1st tennis player to earn over $10 million, lifetime
1987 - Afghanistan Constitution adopted
1988 - Cyclone lashes Bangladesh, Eastern India; 317 killed
1988 - France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
1988 - NYC furrier sues Mike Tyson for $92,000 for non payment of purchase
1988 - Soviets stop jamming Radio Liberty; 1st time in 38 yrs
1988 - UN General Assembly (151-2) censures US for refusing PLO's Arafat visa
1988 - Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. buys RJR Nabisco for $25.07 billion USD.
1989 - Deutsche Bank board member Alfred Herrhausen is killed by a Red Army Faction terrorist bomb.
1990 - Actor Burt Lancaster suffers a stroke
1990 - Bush proposes US-Iraq meeting to avoid war
1991 - 1st world championship of women's soccer, US defeats Norway 2-1
1991 - 93 cars & 11 truck accident near SF during a dust storm, 17 die
1991 - Rob Pilatus, 27, of Milli-Vanilli attempts suicide
1991 - San Diego State's Marshall Faulk is 1st freshman to capture national rushing & scoring titles
1992 - David Boon's 14th Test Cricket century, 111 v WI at Brisbane
1992 - Intercity-train derailed at Village chief, 5 die
1993 - NFL announces 30th franchise - Jacksonville Jaguars
42nd US President Bill Clinton42nd US President Bill Clinton 1993 - President Clinton signs Brady Gun Control Bill
1994 - Beatles' 1st album in 25 years, "Live at BBC" is released in Britain
1994 - Cruiser Achille Lauro destroyed by fire at Somalia, 4 die
1994 - Man Mohan Adhikary sworn in as 1st communist premier of Nepal
1995 - Official end of Operation Desert Storm.
1997 - "Eugene Onegin" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
1997 - 86th Davis Cup: Sweden sweeps US in Gothenburg (5-0)
1998 - Deutsche Bank announces a $10 billion USDdeal to buy Bankers Trust, thus creating the largest financial institution in the world.
1999 - In Seattle, Washington, United States, protests against the WTO meeting by anti-globalization protesters catch police unprepared and force the cancellation of opening ceremonies.
1999 - British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems merge to form BAE Systems, Europe's largest defense contractor and the fourth largest aerospace firm in the world.
2004 - Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge resigns.
2004 - Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with $2,520,700 USD, television's all-time biggest game show haul.
2004 - Lion Air Flight 538 crash lands in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, killing 26.
2005 - John Sentamu becomes the first black archbishop in the Church of England with his enthronement as the 97th Archbishop of York.
2007 - Hillary Clinton presidential campaign office hostage crisis: Leeland Eisenberg entered the campaign office of Hillary Clinton in Rochester, New Hampshire with a device suspected of being a bomb and held three people hostage for 5 hours.
2012 - At least 32 people are killed in a Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane crash in the Congo

1016 - English King Edmund II died.   1700 - 8,000 Swedish troops under King Charles XII defeated an army of at least 50,000 Russians at the Battle of Narva. King Charles XII died on this day.   1782 - The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.   1803 - Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France.   1804 - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase went on trial accused of political bias. He was later acquitted by the U.S. Senate.   1835 - Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born. He wrote "Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn" under the name Mark Twain.   1838 - Three days after the French occupation of Vera Cruz Mexico declared war on France.   1853 - During the Crimean War, the Russian fleet attacked and destroyed the Turkish fleet at the battle of Sinope.   1875 - A.J. Ehrichson patented the oat-crushing machine.   1897 - Thomas Edison's own motion picture projector had its first commercial exhibition.   1936 - London's famed Crystal Palace was destroyed in a fire. The structure had been constructed for the International Exhibition of 1851.   1939 - The Russo-Finnish War began when 20 divisions of Soviet troops invaded Finland.   1940 - Lucille Ball and Cuban musician Desi Arnaz were married.   1949 - Chinese Communists captured Chungking.   1954 - In Sylacauga, AL, Elizabeth Hodges was injured when a meteorite crashed through the roof of her house. The rock weighed 8½-pounds.   1956 - CBS replayed the program "Douglas Edward and the News" three hours after it was received on the West Coast. It was the world's first broadcast via videotape.   1962 - U Thant of Burma was elected secretary-general of the United Nations, succeeding the late Dag Hammarskjold.   1966 - The former British colony of Barbados became independent.   1967 - Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower announced their engagement.   1971 - ABC-TV aired "Brian's Song." The movie was about Chicago Bears' Brian Picolo and his friendship with Gale Sayers.   1981 - The U.S. and the Soviet Union opened negotiations in Geneva that were aimed at reducing nuclear weapons in Europe.   1982 - The motion picture "Ghandi" had its world premiere in New Delhi.   1986 - "Time" magazine published an interview with U.S. President Reagan. In the article, Reagan described fired national security staffer Oliver North as a "national hero."   1988 - Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Co. took over RJR Nabisco Inc. with a bid of $24.53 billion.   1989 - Alfred Herrhausen was killed in a bombing. The Red Army Faction claimed responsibility of killing Herrhausen the chairman of West Germany's largest bank.   1989 - PLO leader Yasser Arafat was refused a visa to enter the United States in order to address the U.N. General Assebly in New York City.   1993 - U.S. President Clinton signed into law the Brady Bill. The bill required a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.   1993 - Richard Allen Davis was arrested by authorities in California. Davis confessed to abducting and slaying 12-year-old Polly Klaas of Petaluma.   1995 - President Clinton became the first U.S. chief executive to visit Northern Ireland.   1998 - The Deutsche Bank AG announced that it would acquire Bankers Trust Corp. for $10.1 billion creating the world's largest financial institution.   2000 - David Spade was assaulted with a stun gun by his longtime personal assistant, David Warren Malloy. Malloy attacked Spade during a burglary of Spade's home in Beverly Hills.   2001 - For the first time in its history, McDonald's teamed up with a retail partner on its Happy Meal promotions. Toys R Us provided plush figures from its Animal Alley.   2001 - In Seattle, WA, Gary Leon Ridgeway was arrested for four of the Green River serial killings. He was pled innocent on December 18, 2001.   2004 - In Stockholm, Sweden, the Carl Larsson painting "Boenskoerd" ("Bean Harvest") was sold at auction for $730,000. The work had been in a private collection for more than a century. The Larsson work "Vid Kattegatt" ("By Kattegatt") sold for $640,000 at the same auction.

1804 Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase was tried for political bias. 1900 Irish author Oscar Wilde died in Paris at age 46. 1940 Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were married. 1966 Barbados became independent of Great Britain. 1974 The fossilized remains of a female human ancestor named Lucy (after the Beatles song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds) were found in Ethiopia. 1993 The Brady Bill, requiring a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases, is signed. 1995 President Bill Clinton became the first U.S. president to visit Northern Ireland. 2004 Ken Jennings ended his 74-game winning spree on the game show, Jeopardy!

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Grey Cup Features Dominant Calgary Versus Hamilton

So, here is an article that I wrote for Guardian Liberty Voice last week, about the upcoming Grey Cup showdown between Hamilton and Calgary.

The Stamps, as they are sometimes known as, are pretty heavy favorites, although Hamilton had the hot hand towards the end of the season.

It should be a pretty intriguing match, but I would put my money on Calgary, the team that seemed to be the best and most complete all season long.

Favored though they may be, anything can happen, and that is why they play the game. Let's see what happens.

Please take a look at the article that I wrote on the subject:

Grey Cup Match Set Between Favored Calgary and Hamilton:

Dreaming of a White Thanksgiving?

You know, wishing for a White Christmas is pretty common place, to the point that there is a famous song about it.

But a white Thanksgiving?

Yet, that is exactly what we had this time around in northern New Jersey, following a surprisingly early winter storm that dropped probably around six to eight inches of the white powder on the landscape in the northern part of the state, and particularly in areas of higher elevation, such as West Milford.

That was where I was heading to enjoy an early Thanksgiving dinner with the family, and as I was driving up, the beauty of the winter wonderland scenes before me were striking, and had me pulling over numerous times to snap some pics, as you can plainly see.

It was an enjoyable, albeit busy, holiday for me. It started with an overnight work shift, followed by the drive to get to my parents home, and taking those pictures. I took a fairly short nap, then woke up with a little bit of time before the meal, in order to spend some time with the family. I was hoping to read a bit of the Percy Jackson book to my son, but instead, thought it might be better, and more opportune to go outside and build a snowman with him and my brother. While it was probably not the most impressive snowman, it was nonetheless a decent one, and we had a fun time while building it. My son kept trying to run into my brother and I in order to knock us down, but he was the one who usually was on the short end of it. We also had some mild snowball fights, and it was a pleasure throughout to hear the sound of a happy child's laughter on such an occasion.

The meal was enjoyable, of course, and complete with all of the standard dishes of a typical American Thanksgiving - turkey, stuffing, candied yams, cranberry sauce, vegetables, pumpkin pie, and some other goodies, as well. There was enough for leftovers as well, which I consumed on Friday for lunch.

In the afternoon, my son left with his mommy to go to the city and enjoy yet another Thanksgiving meal, and from what I understand, he had a good time.

I also had another Thanksgiving meal to go to, so I left shortly after my son did, and headed down to meet my girlfriend, and we went to her close friends, who are almost like her family. We enjoyed yet another meal, and there finally reached a point where I was filled up to the point that another bite was virtually unthinkable. I had made a point of not filling up too much for the earlier meal, trying to save some room for the second one. Towards the end, however, it was just too much, and when I sat on the couch, there was that typical Thanksgiving tradition of fighting fatigue.

The snow made it particularly enjoyable, however. And if you, the reader, celebrated Thanksgiving, hopefully it was as enjoyable as mine. Please feel free to share your experiences or thoughts here, as well!

On This Day in History - November 29 UN Votes to Partition Palestine

Once again, it should be reiterated, that this does not pretend to be a very extensive history of what happened on this day (nor is it the most original - the links can be found down below). If you know something that I am missing, by all means, shoot me an email or leave a comment, and let me know!

Nov 29, 1947: U.N. votes for partition of Palestine       

Despite strong Arab opposition, the United Nations votes for the partition of Palestine and the creation of an independent Jewish state.  

The modern conflict between Jews and Arabs in Palestine dates back to the 1910s, when both groups laid claim to the British-controlled territory. The Jews were Zionists, recent emigrants from Europe and Russia who came to the ancient homeland of the Jews to establish a Jewish national state. The native Palestinian Arabs sought to stem Jewish immigration and set up a secular Palestinian state.  

Beginning in 1929, Arabs and Jews openly fought in Palestine, and Britain attempted to limit Jewish immigration as a means of appeasing the Arabs. As a result of the Holocaust in Europe, many Jews illegally entered Palestine during World War II. Radical Jewish groups employed terrorism against British forces in Palestine, which they thought had betrayed the Zionist cause. At the end of World War II, in 1945, the United States took up the Zionist cause. Britain, unable to find a practical solution, referred the problem to the United Nations, which on November 29, 1947, voted to partition Palestine.  

The Jews were to possess more than half of Palestine, though they made up less than half of Palestine's population. The Palestinian Arabs, aided by volunteers from other countries, fought the Zionist forces, but the Jews secured full control of their U.N.-allocated share of Palestine and also some Arab territory. On May 14, 1948, Britain withdrew with the expiration of its mandate, and the State of Israel was proclaimed by Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion. The next day, forces from Egypt, Transjordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq invaded.  

The Israelis, though less well equipped, managed to fight off the Arabs and then seize key territories, such as Galilee, the Palestinian coast, and a strip of territory connecting the coastal region to the western section of Jerusalem. In 1949, U.N.-brokered cease-fires left the State of Israel in permanent control of those conquered areas. The departure of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs from Israel during the war left the country with a substantial Jewish majority. 

Nov 29, 1918: American nurse Maude Fisher writes to mother of war casualty 

On November 29, 1918, Maude Fisher, a nurse in the American Red Cross during World War I, writes a heartfelt letter to the mother of a young soldier named Richard Hogan to inform her of her son's death in an army hospital.  

"My dear Mrs. Hogan," Fisher began, "If I could talk to you I could tell you so much better about your son's last sickness, and all the little things that mean so much to a mother far away from her boy." Richard Hogan, who survived his front-line service in the war unscathed, had been brought to the hospital with influenza on November 13, 1918--just two days after the armistice was declared. The influenza soon developed into pneumonia. Hogan was "brave and cheerful," Fisher assured Mrs. Hogan, "and made a good fight with the disease....He did not want you to worry about his being sick, but I told him I thought we ought to let you know, and he said all right."  

Before two weeks had passed, however, Hogan was dead. Knowing the woman would only receive an official governmental notification of her son's death, Fisher gave a more personal account of his last days, including his joking with the hospital orderly and the other nurses' affection for him. According to Fisher, Hogan was buried in the cemetery at Commercy, in northeastern France, alongside other fallen American soldiers of the Great War.  

"A big hill overshadows the place and the sun was setting behind it just as the Chaplain said the last prayer over your boy," Fisher wrote. "He prayed that the people at home might have great strength now for the battle that is before them, and we do ask that for you now. The country will always honor your boy, because he gave his life for it, and it will also love and honor you for the gift of your boy, but be assured, that the sacrifice is not in vain, and the world is better today for it."     

Nov 29, 1963: Johnson establishes Warren Commission

One week after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, President Lyndon Johnson establishes a special commission, headed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, to investigate the assassination.  

After 10 months of gathering evidence and questioning witnesses in public hearings, the Warren Commission report was released, concluding that there was no conspiracy, either domestic or international, in the assassination and that Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin, acted alone. The presidential commission also found that Jack Ruby, the nightclub owner who murdered Oswald on live national television, had no prior contact with Oswald.  

According to the report, the bullets that killed President Kennedy and injured Texas Governor John Connally were fired by Oswald in three shots from a rifle pointed out of a sixth-floor window in the Texas School Book Depository. Oswald's life, including his visit to the Soviet Union, was described in detail, but the report made no attempt to analyze his motives.  Despite its seemingly firm conclusions, the report failed to silence conspiracy theories surrounding the event, and in 1978 the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded in a preliminary report that Kennedy was "probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy" that may have involved multiple shooters and organized crime. The committee's findings, as with the findings of the Warren Commission, continue to be widely disputed.

Nov 29, 1864: Native Americans are massacred at Sand Creek, Colorado

On this day in 1864, peaceful Southern Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians are massacred by a band of Colonel John Chivington's Colorado volunteers at Sand Creek, Colorado.  

The causes of the Sand Creek massacre were rooted in the long conflict for control of the Great Plains of eastern Colorado. The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 guaranteed ownership of the area north of the Arkansas River to the Nebraska border to the Cheyenne and Arapahoe. However, by the end of the decade, waves of Euro-American miners flooded across the region in search of gold in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, placing extreme pressure on the resources of the arid plains. By 1861, tensions between new settlers and Native Americans were rising. On February 8 of that year, a Cheyenne delegation, headed by Chief Black Kettle, along with some Arapahoe leaders, accepted a new settlement with the Federal government. The Native Americans ceded most of their land but secured a 600-square mile reservation and annuity payments. The delegation reasoned that continued hostilities would jeopardize their bargaining power. In the decentralized political world of the tribes, Black Kettle and his fellow delegates represented only part of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe tribes. Many did not accept this new agreement, called the Treaty of Fort Wise.  

The new reservation and Federal payments proved unable to sustain the tribes. During the Civil War, tensions again rose and sporadic violence broke out between Anglos and Native Americans. In June 1864, John Evans, governor of the territory of Colorado, attempted to isolate recalcitrant Native Americans by inviting "friendly Indians" to camp near military forts and receive provisions and protection. He also called for volunteers to fill the military void left when most of the regular army troops in Colorado were sent to other areas during the Civil War. In August 1864, Evans met with Black Kettle and several other chiefs to forge a new peace, and all parties left satisfied. Black Kettle moved his band to Fort Lyon, Colorado, where the commanding officer encouraged him to hunt near Sand Creek. In what can only be considered an act of treachery, Chivington moved his troops to the plains, and on November 29, they attacked the unsuspecting Native Americans, scattering men, women, and children and hunting them down. The casualties reflect the one-sided nature of the fight. Nine of Chivington's men were killed; 148 of Black Kettle's followers were slaughtered, more than half of them women and children. The Colorado volunteers returned and killed the wounded, mutilated the bodies, and set fire to the village.  

The atrocities committed by the soldiers were initially praised, but then condemned as the circumstances of the massacre emerged. Chivington resigned from the military and aborted his budding political career. Black Kettle survived and continued his peace efforts. In 1865, his followers accepted a new reservation in Indian Territory.

Here's a more detailed look at events that transpired on this date throughout history:

526 - Antioch in modern day Syria struck by Earthquake, about 250,000 die
799 - Pope Leo III, aided by Charles the Great, returns to Rome
1349 - Jews of Augsburg Germany massacred
1516 - Treaty of Freiburg] French/Swiss "eternal" peace treaty
1561 - Lofland subjects himself on Sigismund August II of Poland
1573 - Don Luis de Requesensy Zuniga succeeds duke of Alva as land guardian of Netherlands
1581 - Doornik (Tournai) surrenders to Duke of Parma
1596 - King Philip II devalues Spanish currency
1745 - Bonnie Prince Charlie's army moves into Manchester & occupies Carlisle
1760 - French commandant Beletre surrenders Detroit to Maj R Rogers
1775 - Sir James Jay invents invisible ink
1781 - The crew of the slave ship Zong murders 133 Africans by dumping them into the sea in order to claim insurance.
1803 - Dessalines & Christophe declare St Domingue (Haiti) independent
1812 - Napoleon's Grand Army crosses Berezina River in retreat from Russia
1813 - Elias Canneman (Lib) becomes minister of Finance
1825 - 1st Italian opera in US, "Barber of Seville" premieres (NYC)
1830 - November Uprising: An armed rebellion against Russia's rule in Poland begins.
1845 - The Sonderbund is defeated by the joint forces of other Swiss cantons under General Guillaume-Henri Dufour.
1847 - Indians kill Washington state pioneers Marcus & Narcissa Whitman, and 12 others in Walla Walla Ore
1850 - The treaty, Punctation of Olmütz, signed in Olomouc means diplomatic capitulation of Prussia to Austrian Empire, which took over the leadership of German Confederation.
1863 - Battle of Ft Sanders, TN (Ft Loudon), 8-900 casualities
1864 - 4th & last day of skirmishes at Waynesboro, Georgia
1864 - Battle of Spring Hill, TN (Thomason's Station)
1864 - Sand Creek Massacre, Colorado militia kills about 150 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians including Cheyenne chief One-Eye
1870 - Compulsory education proclaimed in England
1872 - Indian Wars: The Modoc War begins with the Battle of Lost River.
Inventor Thomas EdisonInventor Thomas Edison 1877 - Thomas Edison demonstrates hand-cranked phonograph
1887 - US receives rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii
1890 - 1st Army-Navy football game, Score: Navy 24, Army 0 at West Point
1893 - Ziqiang Institute, today known as Wuhan University, is founded by Zhang Zhidong, governor of Hubei and Hunan Provinces in late Qing Dynasty of China after his memorial to the throne is approved by the Qing Government.
1897 - 1st motorcycle race (Surrey England)
1900 - Lord Kitchener succeeds lord Roberts up as supreme commander in S Afr
1901 - East 182nd Street in Bronx is paved & opened
1902 - Gerhart Hauptmann's "Der arme Heinrich" premieres in Vienna
1910 - The first US patent for inventing the traffic lights system is issued to Ernest Sirrine.
1913 - 5th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tigers defeats Toronto Parkdale, 44-2
1915 - Fire destroys most of the buildings on Santa Catalina Island, California.
1916 - US declares martial law in Dominican Republic
1918 - Serbia annexes Montenegro
1921 - Coldest day in Nov in Netherlands -14.0°C
1921 - Z Parenteau & Schuyler Green's musical "Kiki" premieres in NYC
Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart HauptmannAuthor and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann 1924 - 12th CFL Grey Cup: Queen's University defeat Toronto Balmy Beach, 11-3
1924 - NHL's Montreal Forum opens
1926 - Tris Speaker resigns as Indians manager
1926 - W Somerset Maughams "Constant Wife" premieres in NYC
1929 - Lt Cmdr Richard E Byrd sends "My calculations indicate that we have reached vicinity of South Pole" (He was wrong)
1932 - Cole Porters musical "Gay Divorcee" premieres in NYC
1932 - France signs non-agression pact with Soviet Union
1932 - USSR & France sign no attack treaty
1933 - 1st state liquor stores authorized (Pennsylvania)
1933 - Japan begins persecution of communists
1934 - Chic Bears beat Detroit (19-16) in 1st NFL game broadcast nationally
1935 - Michael Savage becomes 1st Labour premier of NZ
1937 - Prince Bernhard injured in auto accident in Netherlands
1938 - Mayor Oud of Rotterdam forbids soccer match between Neth-Germany
1939 - Cor Klint swims world record 200 m backstroke (2:38.8)
1939 - USSR drops diplomatic relations with Finland
1941 - 29th CFL Grey Cup: Winn Blue Bombers defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 18-16
1941 - Passenger ship Lurline sends radio signal of sighting Jap war fleet
1942 - US rations coffee
1943 - Partisan Tito forms temporary government in Jajce Bosnia
1943 - U-86 sinks in Atlantic Ocean
1943 - US aircraft carrier Hornet launched
1944 - Albania liberated from Nazi control (Natl Day)
1944 - John Hopkins hospital performs 1st open heart surgery
1944 - The first surgery (on a human) to correct blue baby syndrome is performed by Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.
1945 - Yugoslavian Socialist Republic proclaimed
1946 - Minister Drees begins emergency rule of old age facilities
1947 - 35th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Calgary Stampeders, 10-9
1947 - UN Gen Assembly partitions Palestine between Arabs & Jews
1948 - "Kukla, Fran, & Ollie" debuted on NBC
1948 - 1st opera to be televised, "Othello," broadcast from the Met (NYC)
1948 - KOB TV channel 4 in Albuquerque, NM (NBC) begins broadcasting
1949 - Nationalist regime of China leaves for Taiwan/Formosa
1949 - Uranium mine explosions in East Germany kills 3,700
1950 - National Council of Church of Christ in US forms
1951 - 1st underground atomic explosion, Frenchman Flat Nevada
1952 - 40th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 21-11
1952 - Pres-elect Eisenhower visits Korea to assess war
1953 - American Airlines begins 1st regular coml NY-LA air service
1953 - WSIX TV channel 8 in Nashville, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
1955 - Turkish government of Menderes resigns
1956 - "Bells Are Ringing" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 925 performances
1957 - NY Mayor Robert Wagner forms a committee to replace Dodgers & Giants
1958 - 46th CFL Grey Cup: Winn Blue Bombers defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 35-28
1960 - 26th Heisman Trophy Award: Joe Bellino, Navy (HB)
1961 - Freedom Riders attacked by white mob at bus station in Miss
1961 - John A McCone replaces Allen W Dulles as 6th director of CIA
1961 - Mercury-Atlas 5 carries a chimp (Enos) to orbit
1962 - Baseball decides to revert back to 1 all star game per year
1962 - Great-Britain & France decide to jointly build Concorde
1963 - Beatles release "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson 1963 - LBJ sets up Warren Comm to investigate assassination of JFK
1963 - Trans-Canada Airlines Flight 831: A Douglas DC-8 carrying 118, crashes after taking-off from Dorval Airport near Montreal, Canada
1964 - Roman Catholic Church in US replaces Latin with English
1965 - "Anya" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 16 performances
1965 - Dale Cummings does 14,118 consecutive sit-ups
1966 - SS Daniel J Morrell sinks in a storm on Lake Huron, 28 die, 1 survivor.
1966 - 1st NBA game at Oakland Coliseum Arena - Warriors beat Bulls 108-101
1967 - British troops withdraw from Aden and South Yemen
1967 - Robert McNamara elected president of World bank
1968 - John & Yoko release their 1st album "Two Virgins" in UK
1969 - The Beatles' "Come Together/Something" reaches #1
1970 - Charles Ives' "Yale-Princeton," premieres
1970 - Colin Cowdrey becomes Test Crickets' leading run scorer (7,250)
1971 - 1st pro golf championship at Walt Disney World
1971 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1972 - Nolan Bushnell (co-founder of Atari) releases Pong (the first commercially successful video game) in Andy Capp's Tavern in Sunnyvale, California.
1975 - Kilauea Volcano erupts in Hawaii
1975 - Pres Ford requires states to provide free education for handicapped
1976 - Free agent Reggie Jackson signs 5 year pact with NY Yankees
1976 - NY Yankees sign free agent Reggie Jackson to 5-year contract
1978 - UN observes "international day of solidarity with Palestinian people," boycotted by US & about 20 other countries
1978 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1979 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1981 - "My Fair Lady" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 119 performances
1981 - Greg Chappell scores 201 v Pakistan at The Gabba (Brisbane)
1982 - USSR performs underground nuclear test
1983 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1984 - Javed Miandad completes twin Test Cricket tons, v NZ, Hyderabad
1987 - "Dreamgirls" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 177 performances
1987 - 75th CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Toronto Argonauts, 38-36
1987 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1987 - Joe Montana of 49ers completes NFL record 22 consecutive passes
1987 - New Orleans Saints win, assuring their 1st winning NFL season
1987 - Ranger's Bob Frosse becomes 2nd goalie to score a goal (vs Isles) It is later ruled that he should not be credited with goal
1987 - A Korean Air Boeing 707 explodes over the Thai-Burmese border, killing 115
1989 - 8th Largest wrestling crowd (60,000-Tokyo Dome)
1989 - India president Rajiv Gandhi, resigns
1990 - "Shogun - The Musical" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 72 perfs
1990 - Expos pres Claude Brochu agrees to buy club from Charles Bronfman
1990 - UN Security Council sets Jan 15th military deadline against Iraq
1991 - TV show "Roc" has a gay wedding episode - Can't Help Loving that Man
1991 - Test Cricket debut of Javagal Srinath, v Australia at the Gabba
1992 - "Sea Gull" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 48 performances
1992 - "Solitary Confinement" closes at Nederlander NYC after 25 perfs
1992 - 80th CFL Grey Cup: Calgary Stampeders defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 24-10
1993 - "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 40 perfs
1994 - Seoul, Korea, celebrated the 600th anniversary of its founding
1995 - "Garden District" closes at Circle in the Sq Theater NYC
1995 - CNN/fn, the financial network by Turner Enterprises, launched
1997 - USAir Arena closes, hosting Wash Wizards
2005 - The new Croatian Communist Party (KPH) is founded in Vukovar.
2007 - The Armed Forces of the Philippines lay siege to The Peninsula Manila after soldiers led by Senator Antonio Trillanes stage a mutiny.
2007 - A 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurs off the northern coast of Martinique. This affected the Eastern Caribbean as far north as Puerto Rico and as south as Trinidad.
2012 - 30 people are killed and 100 are wounded by bombs in Hillah and Karbala, Iraq
2012 - The UN votes to approve Palestine’s status change from an observer to an observer state

2012 - Luiz Felipe Scolari takes over as Brazilian Football coach

1530 - Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, former adviser to England's King Henry VIII, died.   1864 - The Sand Creek Massacre occurred in Colorado when a militia led by Colonel John Chivington, killed at least 400 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians who had surrendered and had been given permission to camp.   1890 - Navy defeated Army by a score of 24-0 in the first Army-Navy football game. The game was played at West Point, NY.   1929 - The first airplane flight over the South Pole was made by U.S. Navy Lt. Comdr. Richard E. Byrd.   1939 - The USSR broke off diplomatic relations with Finland prior to a Soviet attack.   1945 - The monarchy was abolished in Yugoslavia and a republic proclaimed.   1947 - The U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution that called for the division of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.   1961 - The Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft was launched by the U.S. with Enos the chimp on board. The craft orbited the earth twice before landing off Puerto Rico.   1963 - A Trans-Canada Airlines DC-8F with 111 passengers and 7 crew members crashed in woods north of Montreal 4 minutes after takeoff from Dorval Airport. All aboard were killed. The crash was the worst in Canada's history.   1963 - U.S. President Johnson named a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy.   1967 - U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara announced that he was leaving the Johnson administration to become president of the World Bank.   1971 - The Professional Golf Championship was held at Walt Disney World for the first time.  Disney movies, music and books   1974 - In Britain, a bill that outlawed the Irish Republican Army became effective.   1975 - Bill Gates adopted the name Microsoft for the company he and Paul Allen had formed to write the BASIC computer language for the Altair.   1981 - Actress Natalie Wood drowned in a boating accident off Santa Catalina Island, CA, at the age 43.   1982 - The U.N. General Assembly voted that the Soviet Union should withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.   1986- Actor Cary Grant died at the age of 82.   1987 - A Korean jetliner disappeared off Burma, with 115 people aboard.   1987 - Cuban detainees released 26 hostages they'd been holding for more than a week at the Federal Detention Center in Oakdale, LA.   1988 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the rights of criminal defendants are not violated when police unintentionally fail to preserve potentially vital evidence.   1989 - In Czechoslovakia, the Communist-run parliament ended the party's 40-year monopoly on power.   1990 - The U.N. Security Council voted to authorize military action if Iraq did not withdraw its troops from Kuwait and release all foreign hostages by January 15, 1991.   1991 - 17 people were killed in a 164-vehicle wreck during a dust storm near Coalinga, CA, on Interstate 5.   1992 - Dennis Byrd (New York Jets) was paralyzed after a neck injury in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs.   1994 - The U.S. House passed the revised General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.   1994 - Fighter jets attacked the capital of Chechnya and its airport only hours after Russian President Boris Yeltsin demanded the breakaway republic end its civil war.   1996 - A U.N. court sentenced Bosnian Serb army soldier Drazen Erdemovic to 10 years in prison for his role in the massacre of 1,200 Muslims. The sentence was the first international war crimes sentence since World War II.   1998 - Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected legalizing heroin and other narcotics.   2004 - The French government announced plans to build the Louvre II in northern France. The 236,808 square foot museum was the planned home for 500-600 works from the Louvre's reserves.   2004 - Godzilla received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1924 Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died in Brussels before he could complete his opera "Turandot.'" 1929 Commander Richard E. Byrd and a crew of three became the first to fly over the South Pole. 1947 The United Nations voted to grant the Jewish people a homeland to be established in Palestine. 1963 The Beatles released I Want to Hold Your Hand in Great Britain. 1963 President Johnson named a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy. 1986 Actor Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82. 2001 Beatle George Harrison died of cancer.

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