Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November 30

Year Event Artist Song Album
1718 Swedish king Charles XII dies during a siege of the fortress Fredriksten in Norway. Lee Hazlewood No Train to Stockholm Cowboy in Sweden
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. Consequently, November 30 is commemorated by 300 cities around the world as Cities for Life Day. The Byrds Life in Prison Sweetheart of the Rodeo
1804 The Democratic-Republican-controlled United States Senate begins an impeachment trial against Federalist-partisan Supreme Court of the United States Justice Samuel Chase. Reach the Sky The Chase Is On So Far From Home
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. Logan's Loss Rites of Spring Rites of Spring
1934 The steam locomotive Flying Scotsman becomes the first to officially exceed 100mph. My Morning Jacket Steam Engine It Still Moves
1954 In Sylacauga, AlabamaUnited States, the Hodges Meteorite crashes through a roof and hits a woman taking an afternoon nap in the only documented case of ahuman being hit by a rock from space. The Gerbils Meteoroid From the Sun Strikes a Dead Wierdo The Battle of Electricity
2004 Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with US$2,520,700, television's biggest game show winnings. The Descendents I'm Not a Loser Milo Goes to College

(Historical facts about November 30 are from Wikipedia.)

Monday, November 29, 2010

November 29

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1. 1777 San Jose, California, is founded as el Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. It is the first civilian settlement, or pueblo, in Alta California. Dionne Warwick Do You Know the Way to San Jose? I Say a Little Prayer
2. 1910 The first US patent for inventing the traffic lights system is issued to Ernest E. Sirrine. The Snobs Red Light, Green Light Control
3. 1929 U.S. Admiral Richard Byrd becomes the first person to fly over the South Pole. Piebald South of Heaven (Slayer) Barely Legal / All Ages
4. 1961 Project MercuryMercury-Atlas 5 Mission – Enos, a chimpanzee, is launched into space. The spacecraft orbited the Earth twice and splashed-down off the coast ofPuerto Rico. The Pixies Monkey Gone to Heaven Doolittle
5. 1972 Nolan Bushnell (co-founder of Atari) releases Pong (the first commercially successful video game) in Andy Capp's Tavern in Sunnyvale, California. UNKLE Back and Forth Never Neverland
6. N/A Republic Day (Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) New Order Times Change Republic

(Historical facts about November 29 are from Wikipedia.)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

November 28

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1. 1582 In Stratford-upon-AvonWilliam Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway pay a £40 bond for their marriage licence. The Dixie Cups Chapel of Love Chapel of Love
2. 1814  The Times in London is for the first time printed by automatic, steam powered presses built by the German inventorsFriedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer, signaling the beginning of the availability of newspapers to a mass audience. Red House Painters Make Like Paper Songs for a Blue Guitar
3. 1895 The first American automobile race takes place over the 54 miles from Chicago's Jackson Park to Evanston, Illinois.Frank Duryea wins in approximately 10 hours. The Beach Boys Don't Worry Baby Don't Worry Baby
4. 1907 In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater. Belle & Sebastian It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career Boy with the Arab Strap
5. 1929 Ernie Nevers of the then Chicago Cardinals scores all of the Cardinals' points in this game as the Cardinals defeat theChicago Bears 40-6. Sick of It All Clobberin' Time / Pay the Price Blood, Sweat, and No Tears
6. 1975 As the World Turns and The Edge of Night, the final two American soap operas that had resisted going to pre-taped broadcasts, air their last live episodes. Doves Last Broadcast Last Broadcast
7. 1994 In Portage, Wisconsin, convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is clubbed to death by an inmate in the Columbia Correctional Institution gymnasium Cro-Mags Street Justice In an Age of Quarrel

(Historical facts about November 28 are from Wikipedia.)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

November 27

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1. 1095 Pope Urban II declares the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont. Morning Dew Crusader's Smile Morning Dew
2. 1830 St. Catherine Laboure experienced a vision of the Blessed Virgin standing on a globe, crushing a serpent with her feet, and emanating rays of light from her hands. Elf Power Let the Serpent Sleep Creatures
3. 1839 In BostonMassachusetts, the American Statistical Association is founded. Statistics A Number, Not a Name Leave Your Name
4. 1886 German judge Emil Hartwich sustains fatal injuries in a duel, which would become the background for "Effi Briest", a classic work of German literature. Mates of State A Duel Will Settle This Our Constant Concern
5. 1895 At the Swedish-Norwegian Club in ParisAlfred Nobel signs his last will and testament, setting aside his estate to establish the Nobel Prize after he dies. Beat Happening Fortune Cookie Prize Dreamy
6. 1924 In New York City, the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held. The Magnetic Fields Parades Go By 69 Love Songs, Vol. 1
7. 1934 Bank robber Baby Face Nelson dies in a shoot-out with the FBI. The Apricots Baby Face My Summer Love
8. 1971 The Soviet space program's Mars 2 orbiter releases a descent module. It malfunctions and crashes, but it is the first man-made object to reach the surface of Mars. Swing Kids Situation On Mars Situation On Mars
9. 1978 In San Francisco, California, city mayor George Moscone and openly gay city supervisor Harvey Milk are assassinatedby former supervisor Dan White. Herman's Hermits No Milk Today Retrospective
10. 2005 The first partial human face transplant is completed in AmiensFrance. Comeback Kid Changing Face Turn It Around

(Historical facts about November 27 are from Wikipedia.)

Friday, November 26, 2010

November 26

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1. 1476  Vlad III Dracula defeats Basarab Laiota with the help of Stephen the Great andStephen V Bathory and becomes the ruler of Wallachia for the third time. New Order Dracula's Castle Waiting for the Siren's Call
2. 1789 A national Thanksgiving Day is observed in the United States as recommended byPresident George Washington and approved by Congress. The Microphones Thanksgiving Live in Japan, February 19th
3. 1842 The University of Notre Dame is founded. Essex Green Our Lady in Havana The Long Goodbye
4. 1917 The National Hockey League is formed, with the Montreal CanadiensMontreal WanderersOttawa SenatorsQuebec Bulldogs, and Toronto Arenas as its first teams. Slapshot Back on the Map Back on the Map
5. 1922 Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon become the first people to enter the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun in over 3000 years. The Tammys Egyptian Shumba One Kiss Can Lead to Another
6. 1922 Toll of the Sea debuts as the first general release film to use two-tone Technicolor (The Gulf Between was the first film to do so but it was not widely distributed). Haymarket Riot Technicolor Bombs Bloodshot Eyes
7. 1977  'Vrillon', claiming to be the representative of the 'Ashtar Galactic Command', takes over Britain's Southern Television for six minutes at 5:12 PM. Bad Brains The Big Takeover Rock for Light

(Historical facts about November 26 are from Wikipedia.)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

November 25

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1. 1120 The White Ship sinks in the English Channel, drowning William Adelin, son of Henry I of England. William & Versey Smith When the Great Ship Went Down Anthology of American Folk Music
2. 1703 The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, reaches its peak intensity which it maintains through November 27. Winds gust up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people die. Classics IV Stormy Stormy
3. 1758 French and Indian WarBritish forces capture Fort Duquesne from French control. Fort Pitt is built nearby and it grows into modern Pittsburgh. Sufjan Stevens Pittsfield The Avalanche
4. 1783  American Revolutionary War: The last British troops leave New York City three months after the signing of the Treaty of Paris. La Buena Vida ¡Adiós muchachos! Soidemersol
5. 1864 American Civil War: A group of Confederate operatives calling themselves the Confederate Army of Manhattan starts fires in more than 20 locations in an unsuccessful attempt to burn down New York City. Yuka Honda Driving Down by the Hudson River, We Saw the Blood Red Burning Sky Memories Are My Only Witness
6. 1874 The United States Greenback Party is established as a political party consisting primarily of farmers affected by thePanic of 1873. The Kingston Trio Greenback Dollar Capitol Collector's Series
7. 1926 The deadliest November tornado outbreak in U.S. history strikes on Thanksgiving day. 27 twisters of great strength are reported in the Midwest, including the strongest November tornado, an estimated F4, that devastates Heber Springs, Arkansas. There are 51 deaths in Arkansas alone, 76 deaths and over 400 injuries in all. Damien Jurado Tornado Rehearsals for Departure
8. N/A Thanksgiving Day Sam & Dave I Thank You I Thank You

(Historical facts about November 25 are from Wikipedia.)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

November 24

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1. 1429 Joan of Arc unsuccessfully besieges La Charité. Joan of Arc Mean To March So Much Staying Alive and Lovelessness
2. 1835 The Texas Provincial Government authorizes the creation of a horse-mounted police force called the Texas Rangers (which is now the Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety. The Rangers Let's Go Rangers GS I Love You
3. 1859  Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species. The Stills Changes are No Good Logic Will Break Your Heart
4. 1922 Author and Irish Republican Army member Robert Erskine Childers is executed by an Irish Free State firing squad for illegally carrying a revolver. The Pixies There Goes My Gun Doolittle
5. 1932 In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens. The Magnetic Fields It's a Crime 69 Love Songs, Vol. 3
6. 1950 The "Storm of the Century", a violent snowstorm, paralyzes the northeastern United States and the Appalachians, bringing winds up to 100 mph and sub-zero temperatures. Pickens, West Virginia, records 57 inches of snow. 323 people die as a result of the storm. Julie Doiron Snowfalls in November Goodnight Nobody
7. 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald is murdered by Jack Ruby in the basement of Dallas police department headquarters. The shooting happens to be broadcast live on television. Silver Apples Ruby Ruby
8. 1971 During a severe thunderstorm over Washington state, a hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper (AKA D. B. Cooper) parachutes from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in ransom money. He has never been found. Stars The Vanishing Heart
9. 1973 A national speed limit is imposed on the Autobahn in Germany because of the 1973 oil crisis. The speed limit lasted only four months. Nada Surf Hi Speed Soul Let Go
10. 1974 Donald Johanson and Tom Gray discover the 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed "Lucy" (after The Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"), in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia's Afar Depression. The Beatles Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

(Historical facts about November 24 are from Wikipedia.)