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This is day 318 of 2017. There are 47 days remaining.


• Prince Charles is 69

• D.B. Sweeney is 56

• Laura San Giacomo (Just Shoot Me) is 56

• Reverend Run of Run-DMC is 53

• Patrick Warburton (The Tick, Seinfeld) is 53

• Josh Duhamel is 45

• TV personality Chip Gaines is 43

• Travis Barker of Blink-182 is 42

• Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live) is 36

• Cory Michael Smith (Gotham) is 31


• 1851: Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick was published in the U.S.

• 1889: Pioneer woman journalist Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) began a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days.

• 1910: Aviation pioneer Eugene Ely performed the first take-off from a ship in Hampton Roads, Virginia. He took off from a makeshift deck on the light cruiser USS Birmingham in a Curtiss pusher.

• 1922: The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) began radio service in the United Kingdom.

• 1992: Danville, Virginia, inventor David Bivens introduced his automatic people wash, a device with large spinning brushes similar to those he invented decades earlier to wash cars and trucks.

• 1995: A budget standoff between Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress forced the federal government to temporarily close national parks and museums and to run most government offices with skeleton staffs.

• 1995: Crayola announced it was replacing its food-scented crayons with new scents parents could be sure their children wouldn’t want to eat. Responding to parental complaints, Crayola replaced such scents as Chocolate, Bubble Gum, and Cherry with Dirt, Shampoo, and Cedar Chest.

• 1995: A survey reported in George magazine indicated 75% of Americans believed the U.S. government was involved in conspiracies; 50% believed there was life on other planets; 70% believed in angels; and 10% believed Elvis was still alive.

• 1998: Actress Carmen Electra and NBA star Dennis Rodman were married in Las Vegas.

• 2002: The US House of Representatives voted to not create an independent commission to investigate the September 11 attacks.

• 2003: A Beijing woman fed up with her husband’s body odor went to court and made him sign an agreement to take a bath every day. Breaching the agreement three times meant he would be forced to live somewhere else for a month.

• 2006: In Wichita, Kansas, three men attempted to kidnap a teen in a dispute over stereo speakers. When one of the kidnappers tried to stick his gun back into his own waistband it went off, shooting him in the groin. The crook cringed, which cause the gun to go off a second time, hitting him in the calf. When the shooting ended the kidnapper walked himself to the hospital. His two accomplices were arrested.

• 2013: Boston gangster Whitey Bulger was sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus five years for his crimes.


• Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day

• International Selfie Day. Not to be confused with World Selfie Day in June. ISD was created by the International Diabetes Foundation to spread awareness about diabetes and to share the blue circle, the universal symbol for diabetes. • LINK

• Operating Room Nurse Day

• Guacamole Day

• Pickle Appreciation Day


• November 22: Hanksgiving. Always the day before Thanksgiving, Hanksgiving is a day to give thanks for one of the world’s most beloved actors, Tom Hanks.
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• November 24: Black Friday
• November 25: Small Business Saturday
• November 27: Cyber Monday
• November 28: Grammy nominations announced
• November 28: Giving Tuesday
• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 4: Super Bowl 52


600: Average paid per month, in dollars, to rent a parking space in New York City


While fans of Sean Hannity are tossing their Keurig coffee machines off balconies and beating them with hammers and axes, some fans of the coffee machine say they will support the company by buying a new model. [They’re all fools. Who spends $150 on a coffee machine when you can buy a single cup of joe for $4 at Starbucks?]

A study shows the number one reason people shop on Black Friday is to buy things for themselves. [That why on Thursday I’ll be giving thanks… for my Mastercard.]

A new report from heart health experts says half of Americans probably have high blood pressure. [I plan to celebrate the news next weekend with extra gravy.]

Thanksgiving is about a week away. [I’ve got my yams, I’ve got my turkey, I’ve got my seating chart that organizes guests by red and blue states.]

A woman in the UK found cremated human remains for sale at a thrift store. [Some thrifters find thousands of dollars in a jacket pocket, some find somebody’s Uncle Frank.]

According to a new study, unemployment may increase your chances of having a heart attack. [When I was unemployed I pulled a muscle reaching for the remote.]

Thanksgiving is such a special time of year. [The friends, the family, teaching the youngest how to yield the turkey ax.]

A man in Florida found a poisonous spider in his supermarket grapes. [I’m sure that cuts down on shoplifting.]


APPLE IS EXPECTED TO RELEASE 3 NEW iPHONES NEXT YEAR _ A source says three new iPhone models are coming in 2018. One will be a super-sized iPhone 10 model with a 6.5-inch screen.

HACKERS SAY THEY’VE BROKEN FACE ID ALREADY _ When Apple released the iPhone 10 on November 3, it touched off an immediate race among hackers around the world to be the first to fool the company’s futuristic new form of authentication. A week later, hackers on the actual other side of the world claim to have successfully duplicated someone’s face to unlock his iPhone 10 — with what looks like a simpler technique than some security researchers believed possible.

… Vietnamese security firm Bkav claims it cracked Face ID with a composite mask of 3D-printed plastic, silicone, makeup, and simple paper cutouts, which in combination tricked an iPhone 10 into unlocking. That demonstration, which has yet to be confirmed publicly by other security researchers, could poke a hole in the expensive security of the iPhone 10, particularly given that the researchers say their mask cost just $150 to make.

HELP FUND A STATUE HONORING THE FIRST CAT IN SPACE _ On October 18, 1963, a feline named Félicette became the first cat in space in a trip lasting just 15 minutes and including several minutes of weightlessness. Three months later, scientists euthanized Félicette to study how the flight may have impacted her biology. Now someone has launched a Kickstarter to fund a statue in Paris memorializing Félicette. • LINK

TEENAGERS WANT iPHONES AND ADULTS WANT GALAXY S8 PHONES _ Ebates, a popular cashback website company, conducted a survey to determine which devices people want this holiday season. One of the most interesting findings from the study was that teenagers prefer the iPhone and adults prefer the Samsung Galaxy S8. The survey says that 35% of teenagers wanted the iPhone 10 or the iPhone 8 compared to 20% of adults for the iPhone 10 and 22% of adults for the iPhone 8. And 38% of adults want to receive the Samsung Galaxy S8 on Christmas.

… In the same survey Beats wireless earbuds is the number one trendy teen gift at 44%. This year, 47% of teenage boys want a drone and 52% of girls want a Polaroid camera.

STOVE TOP MADE STRETCHY THANKSGIVING DINNER PANTS _  ( AUDIO)  Has this ever happened to you? You gorge yourself at Thanksgiving to the point where your regular pants are uncomfortably tight. Rather than just unbutton them, or put on sweatpants, why not order a pair of Stove Top pants, featuring a “stuffin’-stretch waistband” that can expand to twice its normal size? The pants are available at for just $19.98 while supplies last. • VIDEO

83 COLLEGE STUDENTS ACCUSED OF CHEATING VIA APP _ The ever-evolving miracles of technology are helping students find new and daring ways to cheat. The Ohio State University has charged 83 undergraduates with violating the school’s code of student contact by using a group messaging app to cheat on assignments in a business class last year. The school’s Committee on Academic Misconduct says it investigated claims made by a professor at the Fisher College of Business in April and determined that the students used GroupMe, an app that supports document and calendar sharing, to commit several violations, including “unauthorized collaboration on graded assignments.” GroupMe is an app that allows people to chat with large groups of users simultaneously. Punishment for the 83 students could run the gamut, from formal reprimands and grade penalties to suspension or even expulsion.

MAN FINDS RING UNDER 1968 CAMARO SEAT AND TRACKS DOWN OWNER _ When Billy Buring found a class ring that wasn’t his under the seat of his 1968 Chevy Camaro, he knew what he had to do. The ring was from 1972, and he traced it back to Edmond Memorial High School in Oklahoma. Initials engraved inside the ring read “DML.” He started searching for students with those initials from that graduating class, but his research came up short. That’s when he contacted police in Edmond, Oklahoma. The department posted a photo of the ring on social media, and it didn’t take long for the photo to reach someone related to the ring’s owner. Delone Marie Lynch’s son was contacted, and he broke the news to his mom: After 42 years, her class ring was coming home. The mom knew she hadn’t seen the ring in decades and had no idea where she had lost it. But Billy’s Camaro once had belonged to her and so the mystery was unraveled.

XENNIALS ARE BETWEEN GENERATION X AND MILLENNIALS _  For people who don’t feel like they they don’t fit with either Gen X or Millennials (Gen Y), there’s something called Xennials. It’s a term that has recently become a popular way to describe people born between 1977 and 1983.

… Unlike Millennials who grew up with mobile phones, Xennials remember calling their friends on landlines and have the sound of dial up internet burned into their memories. But were also able to adapt to new technology more easily than Gen Xers.

EATING 2 BURGERS COULD BE HEALTHIER THAN ADDING SIDE OF FRIES _ Registered dietitian and nutritionist Emily Field has an idea for fans of the very American burger-and-fries lunch or dinner: Instead of adding fries to that order, you might want to consider a second burger. While conventional wisdom might tell you that eating a second anything is a bad choice from a nutritional perspective, there’s something more important to consider: balance.

… She encourages people to think about three components of a food — fat, carbohydrates, and proteins. Protein fuels your muscles and keeps you feeling full, carbohydrates provide energy, and fat helps us absorb vitamins and minerals while keeping cells healthy. Think about a typical fast-food burger. Two small pieces of bread (the bun) plus a slab of meat. Without cheese or sauce, most burgers like this have about 300 to 400 calories. Those calories come from carbs in the bread (roughly 40 grams), protein in the meat (around 17 grams) and fat (around 10 grams). An order of fries, on the other hand, is just a tray of fried potato. It has a lot of fat and carbs — which give it about the same number of calories as a burger — but very little protein.

… By swapping the fries for a second burger, then, you’re nearly doubling your protein intake while reducing the amount of fat and carbs you’re eating.

AT&T AND VERIZON TEAM UP TO BUILD HUNDREDS OF NEW CELL TOWERS _ Verizon and AT&T will be jointly constructing hundreds of new cell towers across the US. The reason is simple: cost. Instead of each company having its own cell towers, they’ll build one and share the space.

NEARLY HALF OF ALL AMERICANS HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE _ The nation’s top heart health organizations issued new guidelines Monday, and it’s not good news. Under the new guidelines (American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology) nearly half of all adult Americans will be considered to have high blood pressure. The new guidelines lower the diagnostic threshold for stage 1 high blood pressure to 130/80, down from the previous level of 140/90. High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes and heart failure.

FERRY MCFERRYFACE TO BE NAME OF NEW SYDNEY FERRY AFTER PUBLIC VOTE _ Run a competition asking residents of Sydney, Australia, to name a new ferry and you can expect the outright silliest name to win. Ferry McFerryface is now officially the name of the last ferry in a new fleet of inner harbor vessels. The name was voted on by hundreds of Sydney residents. The most votes actually went to the name Boaty McBoatface, the title British citizens voted to call a new research vessel last year. But officials in Australia said they wanted to avoid the same name.

NURSES HELP SNEAK DYING MAN’S DOG INTO HOSPITAL _ An ailing grandfather died last week after battling cancer for several years, but not before his team of nurses and grieving relatives hatched a plan to sneak his beloved dog into a Missouri hospital so that he could say a final goodbye. David King dog, Lil Fee, would follow him around everywhere but the hospital had been off limits. While David’s wife brought pictures of Lil Fee to put up in his hospital room, the family knew a visit would be more meaningful for him. • IMAGE

HOMELESS MAN RETURNS $10,000 CHECK TO WOMAN WHO LOST IT _ Elmer Alvarez is homeless in Connecticut. When he found an envelope with a check inside worth thousands, all he could think about was… finding the owner of that check. The name on it was Roberta Hoskie. Hoskie didn’t realize she’d lost the check until she got a phone call from Alvarez and his friend. Hoskie said, “He had no idea who the person was behind the check. He didn’t know that I was a single mother, I at one point was on welfare, at one point found myself homeless.” Hoskie is now trying to say thank you. She wrote him a check and is helping him get an education and an apartment of his own.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: STRANDED BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN RESCUED BY FELLOW BIKERS _ Rocker Bruce Springsteen motorcycle broke down, but he was rescued by fellow New Jersey bikers. Members of the Freehold American Legion Post 54 Legion Riders were coming back from a Veterans Day ceremony when they spotted The Boss stranded on the side of the road. Springsteen hitched a ride on one guy’s bike and the men headed to a nearby bar where the singer was picked up after enjoying a beer with the guys.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LICENSE PLATE MADE FROM PIZZA BOX DOESN’T COUNT  _ Police in Massachusetts are warning drivers not to make their own license plates after one car was recently spotted with a homemade one. Police (in Hopkinton) posted a picture of a Buick Century with a “fake” license plate they said was made from a pizza box and had the numbers drawn in with magic markers.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STOLEN HAM LANDS REPEAT OFFENDER IN JAIL _ A court in China threw the book at a repeat offender after he broke into an apartment and made off with some ham.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN TRIES TO BE SILLY WITH A MOVING TRAIN _ A woman went to the hospital after being hit by a freight train in California. The woman told authorities that she drank a bottle of whiskey before she wandered to the railroad tracks and tried to wave the train to a stop. When asked why, she told sheriff’s deputies she was just being silly. The train hit her and knocked her 20 to 30 yards.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SMOKES THE WRONG STUFF IN THE WRONG PLACE _ In Connecticut a man walked into the police station, a non-smoking facility, puffing on a cigar. That’s mistake number one. He then leaned up to the thick glass partition separating the front desk officer from the public and blew smoke through the small opening in the glass. That’s mistake number two. He then ground the cigar out on the floor in front of the window. That’s mistake number three. His fourth and final mistake was his choice of smoking material. He had stuffed a large amount of marijuana inside the cigar and officers quickly recognized the aroma.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FEET FIRST _ When a man’s mother-in-law locked her keys in her Texas house, he decided to tackle the problem feet first. Firefighters worked for about 30 minutes to free the son-in-law from the home’s chimney. After his release he was promptly chewed out by his mother-in-law.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN DIALS FOR HELP 60 TIMES IN A NIGHT _ When she didn’t know where her son was a mother in England bombarded police with 911 calls. She called the emergency line 60 times in one night. When hauled before a judge the woman said, “I know I was rude but I was in a distressed state. My son is only 12 and I did not know where he was.” The boy was found staying at a friend’s.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN TRIES USING SHOTGUN TO REMOVE STUCK LUGNUT _ A Washington state man trying to loosen a stubborn lug nut fired a shotgun at the wheel. It didn’t work and he was peppered in both legs with buckshot and debris. A sheriff’s office spokesman said the man was not intoxicated.


NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. McGee and Delilah disagree about finding out the sex of their baby.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The Playoffs continue.

THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — New. The Hecks take a road trip for Thanksgiving to Frankie’s sister’s house.

LETHAL WEAPON (8p ET, FOX) — New. Murtaugh thinks one of his kids is using marijuana.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — New. Harry enlists Cisco’s help to determine the identity of The Thinker.

FINDING YOUR ROOTS (8p ET, PBS) — New. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) explores her family history. NBA star Carmelo Anthony and political commentator Ana Navarro are also featured.

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Louis plays matchmaker and invites Grandma’s ESL teacher (guest star George Takei) to dinner.

BULL (9p ET, CBS) — New. Bull sues a drug company but things get complicated when the company brings in a trial scientist (guest star Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife).

THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) — New. This episode focuses on Kevin.

BLACKISH (9p ET, ABC) — New. Dre’s godbrother is released from prison.

THE MICK (9p ET, FOX) — New. Mickey and the kids go to their great grandmother’s (guest star Judith Roberts) 100th birthday celebration. Concetta Tomei (Providence) also guest stars.

DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (9p CW) — New. The Legends must return a time-displaced Helen of Troy to the Bronze Age.


THE MAYOR (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Courtney’s old rap video puts potential city funding in jeopardy.

BROOKLYN NINE NINE (9:30p ET, FOX) — New. The Vulture returns and threatens to take something away from Jake and Amy.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Wade’s son asks Pride for help after he’s attacked at his girlfriend’s house and she goes missing.

FINALE: LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS (10p ET, NBC) — New. A second trial gets underway with Barry Levin joining the defense team.

KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD (10p ET, ABC) — New. Another celestial being (guest star Will Sasso, Modern Family) pops up looking to join Yvette and Kevin on their latest mission.

SEASON FINALE: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT (10p ET, FX) — This latest installment comes to a close.

DROP THE MIC (10:30p ET, TBS) — Celebs battling in this new episode are Veep co-stars Tony Hale and Timothy Simons. Then Boyz II Men clashes with Rascal Flatts.

FUTURE MAN (Hulu) — Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) stars in this new sci-fi comedy as a regular guy who travels through time to prevent the apocalypse. Eliza Coupe, Keith David and Ed Begley, Jr.

SERIES FINALE: THE MINDY PROJECT (Hulu) — This Mindy Kaling comedy has its final episode.


NEW ON DVD _ Released November 14.

• Atomic Blonde
• Wind River
• Amityville: The Awakening
• The Nut Job 2
• Unlocked
• The Secret Scripture
• 6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain
• Preacher – Season 2
• Doctor Who – Season 10
• 24: Legacy – Season 1
• 7th Heaven – The Complete Series
• CSI: Miami – The Complete Series
• The Dukes of Hazzard – The Complete Collection

BLAKE SHELTON: SEXIEST MAN ALIVE? _ Is country superstar and The Voice judge Blake Shelton People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2017? Gossip Cop claims Blake will grace the cover of People’s annual issue when it hits newsstands on Wednesday.

AMAZON OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES A LORD OF THE RINGS TV SERIES _ UPDATE: Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to adapt The Lord of the Rings into a multi-season TV series — with a budget of “close to $250 million.” The studio said the series will “explore new storylines” preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings novels. Fans are speculating that could mean an adaptation of The Silmarillion, a prequel by Tolkien published after his death.

AMAZON MIGHT OFFER A FREE ALTERNATIVE TO PRIME VIDEO _ Amazon is reportedly working on a free, ad-supported streaming video service. Currently Amazon puts nearly all its movies and shows behind the $99-a-year Amazon Prime paywall.

JOHNNY GALECKI STILL WITHOUT ROSEANNE DEAL _ Roseanne fans will be getting to see more of the rebooted sitcom, although one key cast member is still not in the mix. ABC has added another episode to the revived comedy, upping the episode count from eight to nine.

… Johnny Galecki has yet to finalize a deal to return to the show as David, and there is no update on whether the Big Bang Theory star will participate in the Roseanne.

SEAN HANNITY LOSES MORE SPONSORS _ Sean Hannity has now lost a total of 11 corporate sponsors since his Thursday segment questioning the motives of women who have accused men like Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct. On Monday, Hebrew National, Volvo, Hubble Contacts and Reddi Wip joined the DNA testing service 23andMe and Nature’s Bounty, who said they were withdrawing ads from Hannity’s primetime Fox News show, in addition to the previously announced moves by Keurig,, and the plus-size fashion label Eloquii. Meanwhile, two other advertisers, HelloFresh and TripAdvisor, said that any ads that run during his show were done in “error.” Another one-time Hannity advertiser, E-Trade, also issued a statement insisting that it has not run ads on the show in months.

DANCING WITH THE STARS: JULIANNE HOUGH IS RETURNING _ Julianne Hough announced on Instagram Monday that she’d be returning as a guest judge for the finals of Dancing with the Stars Season 25. Hough wrote that she’ll be a guest judge next Monday. She added that she’ll have a “very meaningful surprise in store”.

… Hough shocked Dancing fans back in September when she decided not to return to the show’s judging table. She never gave a reason for skipping this season, but had just gotten married to Brooks Laich and missed some time the previous season to work on her dance tour with her brother Derek.

MATTEL ANNOUNCES FIRST BARBIE TO WEAR A HIJAB _ Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad has inspired a Barbie in her likeness — and the doll will be the first Barbie to wear a hijab. • IMAGE

SPICE GIRLS ARE NOT PLANNING TO REUNITE IN 2018 _ For a brief moment it looked like the Spice Girls were going to reunite for a new album and some concerts next year. That was, until someone called one of the Spice Girls to see how truthful a British tabloid’s story is. Sadly, it doesn’t seem like the rumors are true. BuzzFeed reached out to Mel C’s manager to comment on The Sun’s story, and they said it was “unlikely.”


Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

PARODY: Stove Top Thanksgiving Dinner Pants. The pants are available at This is shorter, more radio-friendly version of Stove Top’s video.

PHONER: People share embarrassing stories.  →  4 real callers. See related story in November 13 News & Nuggets.

DROPS: Lots of Thanksgiving clips.




We spend more on Christmas gifts for our pets than our friends. An average, Americans will spend $85 on their pets and $80 on friends.


According to relationship expert Patty Lamberti, here are a few of the things to avoid when on a date:

• Insulting another person’s clothing, job or friends.
• Wearing clothes you aren’t comfortable in. Others will sense your discomfort.
• Talking negatively about yourself.
• Talking about your weight.
• Coming on too strong too fast.
• Fidgeting.
• Getting so drunk that you make a fool of yourself.
• Becoming overly emotional.
• Monopolizing the conversation.
• Biting your nails.
• Eating food fast and furiously.
• Picking your nose or face.
• Scratching your body.
• Flipping your hair excessively.
• Sweating.
• Chewing with your mouth open.
• Talking about your dream wedding.
• Talking about your dream man/woman.
• Talking about how much you hate your job.
• Talking about how much you hate your life.
• Talking too much about yourself.
• Making generalized comments about the opposite sex.
• Burping.
• Spitting while talking.
• Invading other’s personal space.


TRIVIA: The average American man owns 15 what? (Pairs of underwear)

TRIVIA: A recent study reveals that 1 in 4 men never use what? (Deodorant)


A boat has a ladder that has six rungs, each rung is one foot apart. The bottom rung is one foot from the water. The tide rises at 12 inches every 15 minutes. High tide peaks in one hour. When the tide is at it’s highest, how many rungs are under water?

Answer: None. The boat rises with the tide.


Teen tries to run across busy intersection.




This is day 319 of 2017. There are 46 days remaining.


• Ed Asner is 88

• Yaphet Kotto is 80 (Homicide: Life on the Street)

• Sam Waterston (Law and Order) is 77

• Beverly D’Angelo (National Lampoon’s Vacation) is 66

• Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary) is 45

• Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies, The Fault in Our Stars) is 26


• 1492: In history’s first written reference to a new discovery, Christopher Columbus made notes in his journal about the use by New World Indians of tobacco.

• 1926: The NBC radio network debuted with 24 stations.

• 1939: In Washington, D.C., President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial.

• 1956: The movie Love Me Tender starring Elvis Presley opened in New York.

• 1969: Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy’s fast food restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.

• 1979: A package from the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski began smoking in the cargo hold of a flight from Chicago to Washington, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing.

• 1990: Producers acknowledged that Milli Vanilli, who won the 1990 “Best New Artist” Grammy Award, did not sing on their album.

• 1992: Richard Petty drove in the final auto race of his 35-year career.

• 1995: A truck accident near Muncie, Indiana, spilled onto the highway 22 tons of turkey legs.

• 2003: Mourners at a funeral chapel in Belgium were gathered around the coffin of their loved one when a cell phone started ringing inside the casket. Relatives filed a complaint against the undertaker, charging he could not have prepared their relative’s body properly if he left a phone inside his pocket.

• 2004: New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey left office, three months after resigning due to a gay extra-marital affair. State Senator Richard Codey took over as interim governor.

• 2005: In Amiens, France, Isabelle Dinoire became the first person to undergo a partial face transplant. She had been attacked by a dog earlier in the year.

• 2006: The Al Jazeera English news channel was launched.

• 2013: The new number one activity on the Internet was social media, overtaking porn.


• I Love to Write Day

• Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

• Raisin Bran Cereal Day


• November 22: Hanksgiving. Always the day before Thanksgiving, Hanksgiving is a day to give thanks for one of the world’s most beloved actors, Tom Hanks.
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• November 24: Black Friday
• November 25: Small Business Saturday
• November 27: Cyber Monday
• November 28: Grammy nominations announced
• November 28: Giving Tuesday
• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 4: Super Bowl 52