15 NOVEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Pope Nicholas V, 1397
  • Catherine of Braganza, 1638
  • William Pitt (the elder), 1708
  • Sir William Herschel, 1738
  • Franklin P. Adams, 1881
  • Felix Frankfurter, 1882
  • Marianne Moore, 1887
  • Georgia O'Keeffe, 1887
  • King Manuel II Portugal, 1889
  • Averell Harriman, 1891
  • Erwin Rommel, 1891
  • Aneurin Bevan, 1897
  • Montovani, 1905
  • Curtis LeMay, 1906
  • Veronica Lake, 1919
  • Howard Baker, 1925
  • Ed Asner, 1929
  • J. G. Ballard, 1930
  • Petula Clark, 1932
  • Sam Waterston, 1940
  • Daniel Barenboim, 1942
  • Beverly D'Angelo, 1953

Died On This Day:

  • Johannes Kepler, 1630
  • King Frederik VII Denmark, 1863
  • Lionel Barrymore, 1954
  • Tyrone Power, 1958
  • Fritz Reiner, 1963
  • Jean Gabin, 1976
  • Margaret Mead, 1978
  • Alger Hiss, 1996
  • Stokely Carmichael, 1998
  • Laurence Tisch, 2003
  • William Goldman, 2018

Today's Events:

  • 1492 - Columbus observes native Americans drying and smoking something - first reference of tobacco.
  • 1777 - Congress adopts Articles of Confederation calling for union-United States of America.
  • 1806 - Explorer Zebulon Pike gets first sight of the famous mountain, Pike's Peak, now in Colorado.
  • 1837 - First shorthand book published by Isaac Pitman.
  • 1881 - Federation of Organized Trades & Labor Unions, later named the AFofL, formed in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 1889 - Brazil becomes a republic on Dom Pedro II's dethronement.
  • 1899 - S.S. St. Paul becomes the first ship to receive radio messages (transmitted from Isle of Wight).
  • 1901 - Battery driven hearing aid patented by Miller Reese of New York.
  • 1920 - League of Nations moves to Geneva, Switzerland and holds first General Assembly; U.S.A. unrepresented.
  • 1926 - NBC radio begins broadcasting; 25 stations pick up network from New York to Kansas City.
  • 1935 - Commonwealth of the Philippines is inaugurated.
  • 1969 - 250,000 protestors stage peaceful demonstration in Washington DC against Vietnam War.
  • 1971 - Date credited as 30th birthday of Intel's first microprocessor 4004 built by Hoff, Mazor & Faggin.
  • 1976 - New species of giant shark discovered near Oahu; US Navy lands sea monster called 'megamouth.'
  • 2005 - 2005-Movie poster for 1920's Fritz Lang film "Metropolis" sells for record $690,000 in London to California collector.
  • 2017 - Minor Leonardo da Vinci painting, "Salvator Mundi," sells for record $450.3 million at Christie's New York.
  • 2018 - David Hockney's 1972 painting, “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)" sells for $90.2 million at Christie's, world record for a living artist.
  • 2019 - Dow Jones Industrial Average slips just over 28,000 for the first time; recession soon?

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Albert the Great
  • Fintan of Rheinau
  • Leopold of Austria
  • Malo

Holiday:

  • Day of Bodhidharma founder of Zen Buddhism
  • Shichigosan (7-5-3) Festival in Japan
  • Republic Day in Brazil
  • Dynasty Day in Belgium

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • THANKSGIVING DAY (U.S.) last Thursday of November.
  • TUNG CHICH, Feast of the Winter Solstice in China (sometime during the eleventh moon on the shortest day of the year)
  • DIVALI (India) five day autumn festival.
  • BHRATRI DWITYA, Hindu Festival of Brothers
  • TUNG CHICH, Feast of the Winter Solstice in China (sometime during the eleventh moon on the shortest day of the year)
  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • HANUKKA also spelled CHANUKAH (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • ELEPHANT ROUNDUP AT SURIN, THAILAND celebrated third Sunday in November
  • ON-MATSURI, Yamato region harvest festival in Nara, Japan
  • CHICHIBU NO YO-MATSURI, Kabuki and fireworks in Japan

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
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