• Former Beatles drummer Pete Best is 79
• Actor-comedian Billy Connolly is 78
• Dwight Schultz (Star Trek: Voyager, “Howling Mad” Murdock on The A-Team) is 73
• Lola Glaudini (Criminal Minds) is 49
• Comedian-actor Stephen Merchant is 46
• Colin Hanks (Life in Pieces, Roswell) is 43
• Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy, Roswell) is 42
• Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) is 30
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1859: Charles Darwin published his On the Origin of Species describing the Theory of Evolution.
• 1904: Fullback Sam McAllester was literally thrown for a touchdown to give Tennessee a 7-0 win over Alabama. McAllester wore handles on a wide leather belt, and his teammates actually threw him over the defense for the score.
• 1963: Push-button, or touch-tone, phones made their debut on this date. The service was an extra cost option and was available only in two cities in Pennsylvania.
• 1971: D.B. Cooper staged the world’s first ransom hijacking of an airliner. Cooper parachuted out the back door of a Boeing 727 over Southwest Washington State with $200,000, and has never been seen again. HBO has a new documentary about the heist. • VIDEO
• 1991: Queen’s Freddie Mercury died of AIDS complications in London. He was 45.
• 1994: Three prisoners awaiting trial for theft and assault escaped from Arkansas’s Faulkner County Jail by crawling through air ducts. They used the tiny silver wheelbarrow from a Monopoly game to remove “tamper-resistant” screws on the air duct cover.
• 2006: A Sheboygan, Wisconsin, man awoke in the morning to a yard full of holiday decorations stolen from around the county. Dan Bogenschuetz said his fiancee was the first to notice about 30 neatly arranged reindeer, Christmas trees and other decorations outside his home.
• 2008: A study by a fitness researcher (David Powell) revealed that a typical homeowner saves no more time using a leaf blower over a leaf rake. The study further showed raking is better for you since you’re burning calories and working a dozen or more muscle groups.
• Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
• D.B. Cooper Day. HBO has a new documentary about the heist. • VIDEO
• Sardines Day
18,000: Deceased people flown out of Florida each year, taking a one-way trip to their final resting place.
According to a study, 71 percent of pregnant women get some form of anesthesia during childbirth. [And 94 percent would like to receive some for of medication until their child is out of the house.]
A researcher says the type of Christmas card you send reveals the secret you. [My cards don’t have anything inside or out. They’re just plain white. A blizzard scene.]
Research shows that men carry a gene that limits their lifespan. [It’s called the cheating-on-your-wife gene.]
Winter’s almost here. [I’ve switched to my winter socks. They’re the same as his summer ones only with fewer holes.]
Researchers are attempting to understand why sick people show up for work in the office. [Because no matter how bad their co-workers are they’d rather spend the day with them then with Rachael Ray and Dr. Phil.]
A study finds that people weigh less on Fridays. [Of course, this study wasn’t conducted the Friday after Thanksgiving.]
The latest findings confirm that it’s bad for your heath if you sleep late on your days off. [The doctors recommend sticking to your normal routine: get up on time, go to work, and hide from your boss while you nap under your desk.]
The agency that assists with the transition from one president to the next has officially started the process. [Which means Joe Biden can now be fitted for shoes for the White House bowling lanes.]
THANKSGIVING THE TOP DAY FOR HOME FIRES _ Thanksgiving is the traditional day to count your blessings, but for some it is also the day to set the house on fire. There are more home fires on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year, with fire departments responding to triple the normal number of incidents. And, according to the National Fire Protection Association, most of these fires originate in the kitchen from clumsy or inattentive cooks.
MAN TIPS $3,000 ON ONE BEER _ It’s absolutely brutal out there right now for the restaurant industry. Nighttown, a jazz and blues club in Cleveland, Ohio, is one of those places that is closed until further notice. On their last day of business, a customer left the waitstaff an incredible surprise. Owner Brendan Ring says the only thing the man ordered was a $7 beer. On the credit card slip the man added a $3,000 tip and told him to share it with the wait staff. As the generous customer left he called out, “See you when you reopen”
MAN BREAKS 1-MILE BASKETBALL DRIBBLING WORLD RECORD BY 0.02 SECONDS _ A University of North Carolina track coach dribbled a basketball for a mile and broke the Guinness World Record for the feat by only .02 seconds. Dylan Sorensen initially set the record in May, when he ran a mile in 4 minutes and 37 seconds while dribbling a basketball, and his record was broken multiple times in the ensuing months. Sorenson topped the record again this month, with a time of 4 minutes and 33.73 seconds — narrowly beating the current record of 4 minutes and 33.75 seconds.
MAN WINS LOTTERY ON LATE FATHER’S BIRTHDAY USING DAD’S NUMBERS _ An Australian man who won a lottery jackpot of nearly $400,000 on his late father’s birthday said he used a set of numbers that he inherited from the older man nine years earlier. The man told lottery officials the numbers he chose when he bought his ticket were a combination of the numbers his father used to play and some numbers he chose himself.
HELICOPTER PILOT FINDS ‘STRANGE’ MONOLITH IN REMOTE PART OF UTAH _ A mysterious monolith has been discovered in a remote part of Utah, after being spotted by state employees counting sheep from a helicopter. The structure, estimated at between 10- and 12-feet high, appeared to be planted in the ground. It was made from some sort of metal. The helicopter pilot, Bret Hutchings, was flying for the Utah department of public safety, which was helping wildlife resource officers count bighorn sheep in the south of the state. Hutchings said the object looked manmade and appeared to have been firmly planted in the ground, not dropped from the sky. He said, “I’m assuming it’s some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody that was a big 2001: A Space Odyssey fan.” After spotting the monolith, the helicopter crew landed to take a closer look. Some observers compared the monolith to the plank sculptures by artist John McCracken, who lived in New Mexico and New York until his death in 2011. • VIDEO
SLEEPING IN ON THE WEEKEND MAY BE BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH _ Past studies suggest that messing with your natural sleep rhythm can have adverse affects on your health. Another study, however, suggests that greatly altering your sleeping schedule on the weekend can have a similar effect. The study (University of Pittsburgh) observed nearly 450 men and women for an entire week. Nearly 85 percent of the participants slept in later on the weekend. For those participants, researchers found that the larger the gap in sleep timing between weekdays and weekend days, the higher the risk they had for having lower HDL (the good type of cholesterol), higher triglycerides, higher insulin resistance, and a higher body mass index.
A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: 1 IN 4 AMERICANS ARE TIRED OF TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING FOOD _ Nothing evokes feelings and memories of Thanksgiving quite like a turkey fresh out of the oven, with some stuffing and cranberry sauce on the side. But are these foods being served each year more out of habit and tradition than anything else? A survey revealed that more than a quarter of you (26%) have grown weary of the usual Thanksgiving food options and would like to see some new cuisine on the menu this year. How can you grow weary of a feast that happens only once a year? We eat pizza every week but turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie once a year is too much?
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ‘DEAD’ WOMAN FOUND LIVING IN INTERNET CAFE _ A woman in China who was presumed dead after she went missing for ten years was found — allegedly spending those years living and playing games in Internet cafes. The 24-year-old woman left her home at age 14 after a fight with her parents. She relied mostly on handouts from fellow Internet cafe customers and occasionally worked as a cashier at some cafes to earn additional income.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SUPERHERO FIRE RESCUE _ Firefighters in Greenville, Ohio, had rushed to the scene of a house fire, and arrived to find it fully engulfed in flame. And they were astonished when a superhero emerged from the house, dragging the semi-conscious resident to safety. On the other hand, it was Halloween: Chris Taylor was dressed as Homelander from the Amazon superhero series The Boys.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SPARKS CAUSED BY DRAGGING SAFES _ A vehicle traveling in Whatcom County, Washington, was dragging something, and it was setting off sparks. Sheriff’s deputies discovered two people and two safes at a storage facility. The deputies learned that safes had been reported stolen in a nearby burglary.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SERBIAN HAD VAMPIRE ON THE LOOSE _ A village in Serbia advised residents to guard against a vampire attack. A family bought a water mill and turned it into a tourist attraction. But they neglected to keep the mill in good shape because they were afraid of disturbing a vampire who supposedly lived there. When the structure collapsed rumors went around the village that the vampire was looking for a new home — which had locals terrified for weeks. The vampire never showed his face and the owners of the mill let it go.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SERIAL CHICKEN THIEF FACES JAIL TIME _ A chicken thief in China is facing his ninth stint in jail for filching fowl from an area coop. The 52-year-old suspect was arrested during a police stakeout of a local resident’s yard. After being caught the man bragged of having 20 years’ experience in stealing chickens from back yards.
NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. On the 400th episode, flashbacks reveal the murder case that first introduced young Gibbs (guest star Sean Harmon, series star Mark Harmon’s son) to young, new-to-America Ducky (guest star Adam Campbell).
THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The Knockouts continue.
THE BACHELORETTE (8p ET, ABC) — New. Becca Kufrin and Sydney Lotuaco help Tayshia plan an outrageous game of truth or dare for six of the men.
COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS (8p ET, FOX) — New.
GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE (8p ET, CW) — This 4 night event continues with the Spring edition.
FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES JR. (8p ET, PBS) — New. Larry David and Sen. Bernie Sanders learn their family histories.
SEASON PREMIERE: THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS (8p ET, OWN) — This Tyler Perry drama returns for another season.
FBI (9p ET, CBS) — New. The team races to stop an active serial killer after three women are found weighted down at the bottom of a lake.
NEXT (9p ET, FOX) — New.
JENNIFER ANISTON: MORE THAN FRIENDS (9p ET, Reelz) — This special looks at Aniston’s career, from the four failed sitcoms that preceded the breakout hit Friends, her search for lasting love (including her divorces from Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux), how she became the fastest person ever to amass a million Instagram followers, and more.
F.B.I.: MOST WANTED (10p ET, CBS) — New. When a hacker triggers a car crash that kills a family of three, the team races to hunt him down as his ransomware demands escalate.
TRANSPLANT (10p ET, NBC) — New.
BIG SKY (10p ET, ABC) — New. Forced to form an unlikely team, Cassie and Jenny set out to continue the search for the missing girls.
FRONTLINE (10p ET, PBS) — This new episode, titled Supreme Revenge: Battle for the Court, reviews the ascension of Amy Coney Barrett to the nation’s highest court.
SERIES FINALE: TOSH.0 (10p ET, Comedy Central) — Daniel Tosh‘s satirical series comes to an end.
HILLBILLY ELEGY (Netflix) — This drama from Ron Howard is adapted from the best-selling and slightly controversial memoir of the same name. It tells the story of a young man who, despite an impoverished upbringing in rural Appalachia and trouble at home, grows up to attend Yale Law School. Amy Adams and Glenn Close star.
JEOPARDY WILL RESUME PRODUCTION WITH A SERIES OF GUEST HOSTS _ Jeopardy, and the world at large, suffered a great loss when Alex Trebek died of pancreatic cancer earlier this month. Jeopardy tapes episodes in advance, so Trebek’s final appearance on the show won’t air for some time. But then what? Since Trebek’s passing, there have been plenty of theories and suggestions as to who might take over as host of the iconic trivia series. For now, Jeopardy plans to resume production at the end of this month with a rotating list of guest hosts, including previous Jeopardy winner Ken Jennings.
… The series will air ten of Alex Trebek’s best episodes the weeks of December 21 and December 28. At first it was reported that Trebek’s final taped episode would air on Christmas Day, but now the show reports that “due to anticipated pre-emptions around Christmas and New Year’s, Alex’s last week of episodes will now air the week of January 4, 2021, in order to give his millions of fans a chance to see his final appearances.” The guest-hosted episodes will then begin the week of January 11, 2021.
TYLER PERRY’S THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE DRAWS THOUSANDS _ Tyler Perry put the “giving” in Thanksgiving on Sunday, feeding thousands of needy families ahead of the holiday. The star of the Medea franchise opened up his Tyler Perry studios in Atlanta for the food giveaway, dubbed TPSGiving, which promised nonperishables and gift cards to the first 5,000 families to pull up to the complex. Cars reportedly started lining up on Saturday afternoon for the food drive that ran from 8AM until noon Sunday.
MONSTER HUNTER TEASER _ A new teaser for the sci-fi action flick Monster Hunter has been released. In Monster Hunter, “When an unexpected sandstorm transports Lt. Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her unit to a new world, the soldiers are shocked to discover that this hostile and unknown environment is home to enormous and terrifying monsters immune to their firepower.”
… Monster Hunter was initially set to open in September but then got pushed to April of next year. However, rumblings suggested the film was moving back to December 2020. And then, when Warner Bros. announced they would be dropping Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max on Christmas Day — the same day it’s also hitting theaters — Sony went ahead and moved Monster Hunter to December 25 as well. • VIDEO
MARK RUFFALO TO PLAY RYAN REYNOLDS’ FATHER IN NEW NETFLIX MOVIE _ Ryan Reynolds may have only wrapped shooting on Netflix’s Red Notice a couple of weeks ago, but with a dozen movies still on his schedule and Deadpool 3 having finally hired writers, he doesn’t exactly have time to slow down. The 44 year-old is already hard at work on Netflix’s upcoming time travel flick, which appears to have settled on the title The Adam Project. The plot focuses on a 13 year-old kid grieving the loss of his father who discovers an injured pilot that turns out to be an alternate version of himself from the future, and they team up to thwart a conspiracy and save the world.
… The Adam Project has already been gathering up a solid supporting cast after recruiting Jennifer Garner and Zoe Saldana in recent weeks, and now Mark Ruffalo has joined the cast to play the father of Reynolds’ character. Of course, Marvel’s Bruce Banner is only nine years older than the leading man, but it’s a time travel movie, so those kind of things don’t really matter.
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS JOINS NIC CAGE’S THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT _ A couple of months after the addition of Tiffany Haddish, the Nicolas Cage-starring action dramedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent has found another star in the form of Neil Patrick Harris. The Unbearable Weight of a Massive Talent will see Nicolas Cage portray a version of himself desperate to get a role in a new Tarantino movie while also struggling with a strained relationship with his teenage daughter. As he makes his way through life, he also talks to an egotistical version of himself from the ’90s who railroads him for making bad movies and not being the same star he was at the time, now dealing with a mountain of debt and making an appearance at the birthday party of a Mexican billionaire that is a huge fan.
THERE’S A SCRIPT FOR GREMLINS 3 _ It’s been 30 years since there was a film in the Gremlins franchise. 1990’s zany sequel Gremlins: The New Batch was the one and only time to date that Warner Bros. has tried to capitalize on the success of the 1984 original. There is an animated series on the way, though, and talk of Gremlins 3 has stopped and started over the past few years. The first Gremlins is the movie that put Chris Columbus on the map, though, with the future Home Alone director writing the the film. In a recent interview, Columbus revealed that he’d love to direct Gremlins 3 — and he’s already written a script.
NETFLIX’S THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT SETS RECORDS _ A TV show about chess doesn’t seem like the kind of thing that would dominate the conversation for weeks on end, but people can’t stop talking about The Queen’s Gambit. The seven-episode adaptation of a 1983 novel was brought to Netflix by two-time Academy Award nominated writer Scott Frank, who also created the streaming service’s acclaimed Western miniseries Godless.
… The Queen’s Gambit tells the story of orphaned chess prodigy Beth Harmon, who grapples with alcohol and drug problems during her rise in a male-dominated sport.
… The Queen’s Gambit drew in a massive 62 million viewers in the first four weeks it was available, making it the most popular limited scripted miniseries in the company’s history. In terms of overall viewership, Gambit is the fifth largest television debut of all-time behind only The Witcher, season 4 of Money Heist, Tiger King and the third run of Stranger Things.
TOPIC: WHAT’S ON TOP OF YOUR FRIDGE?
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: If I were to come to your house and steal what’s on top of your fridge, what would I be getting?
SEND A ‘HAPPY THANKSGIVING’ TO YOUR NUMBER NEIGHBOR
Here’s one every member of your show can do, and it would be fun for listeners. Send texts that say “Happy Thanksgiving from your number neighbor” to the numbers that are one up and one down from yours. So if your number ends in 5632, send the texts to 5631 and 5633.
… Take a screenshot of the reply and share it on social media. Encourage listeners to send a text and to share their screenshots.
TOPIC: WHAT AGE DO YOU THINK COUPLES SHOULD STOP HOLDING HANDS?
You’ll get great comments on this one for your Facebook page: “Someone online asked: At what age do you think couples should stop holding hands?”
YOU CAN MAKE ANY MOVIE A CHRISTMAS MOVIE
On Netflix I (you) saw a title called The Christmas Wedding Planner. I didn’t watch it, but it sounds like they simply added the word “Christmas” to the 2001 Jennifer Lopez-Matthew McConaughey movie.
Let’s see if we can do that with some other regular movies:
• Deadpool Christmas
• Mission: Impossible Christmas
• Avengers: Christmas War
• Jurassic World: Fallen Christmas
• Batman v Superman: Christmas of Justice
• Dawn of the Planet of the Christmas Apes
• In the United States and Canada, his name is Santa Claus.
• In China, he is called Shengdan Laoren.
• In England, his name is Father Christmas , where he has a longer coat and a longer beard.
• In France, he’s known as Pere Noel.
• In Germany, children get presents from Christindl, the Christ Child.
• In Morocco he is known as Zwarte Piet.
• In Japan, Santa Clause is called Santa Clause or just “Santa”. Children often call him “Santa no ojisan,” which means “Uncle Santa.”
• In Sweden Jultomten visits the evening before Christmas day.
• In the Netherlands, he is called Kerstman.
• In Finland, he is called Joulupukki.
• Sinter Klaas in Dutch. He rides a white horse, leaving gifts in wooden shoes.
• In Russia, he is called Grandfather Frost that is “ded moroz” (the second “o” has its accent and the last “z” is pronouned as “s”).
TOPIC: WEIRD STUFF YOU’VE SEEN IN PUBLIC RESTROOMS
Yesterday I was at (local place) and walked into the restroom. There was a guy washing his hands at the sink. Out of the corner of my eye I could see he was very methodical. “Man,” I thought, “this guy is hardcore about washing his hands after using the bathroom. Good for him.” After he washed and dried his hands he proceeded to use a urinal. I finished up my business and went to the sink to wash up. I fully expected the clean hands guy to come back to the sink but no — after he flushed he went out the door.
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s something weird you’ve seen someone do in a public restroom?
WHY BEING THANKFUL IS GOOD FOR YOU
Thanksgiving is as much about gratitude is at is about turkey and cranberry sauce. And it turns out feeling thankful has some pretty potent effects on your health. (Source: time.com)
• You’ll have a healthier heart. In an April study of 186 men and women with heart damage, researchers rated the people’s levels of gratitude and spiritual well-being. They found that higher gratitude scores were linked to having a better mood, higher quality sleep and less inflammation — which can worsen the symptoms of heart failure.
• You might get more shuteye. If you’re having difficulty sleeping, writing down a few things you are thankful for before bed can help. A 2011 study of college students who struggled to fall asleep due to racing minds and worries found that those who underwent a gratitude intervention (they were asked to spend 15 minutes in the early evening writing about a positive event that occurred recently or one they anticipated in the future) were able to “quiet their minds and sleep better.”
• It makes you more optimistic. Being gracious can contribute to a healthier outlook. In a 2003 study, researchers split up a group of people and had some of them write about what they were grateful for during the week, some write about hassles, and a third group write about neutral things that happened to them. After a few weeks, the researchers found that the people who wrote about things they were grateful for were more optimistic and reported feeling better about themselves. They even exercised more than the group that wrote about things that irritated them.
• Being thankful improves physical health. An analysis of nearly 1,000 Swiss adults published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found that higher levels of dispositional gratitude were correlated with better self-reported physical health. The people who felt more gracious had a notable willingness to partake in healthy behaviors and seek help for their health-related concerns. Other research has suggested that people who are grateful are more likely to do physical activity.
COKE OR PEPSI?
Coke or Pepsi? The data says your answer matters more than you think.
• COKE: Coke drinkers are habitual email checkers (in part because they have multiple email accounts) who either live in the ‘burbs or an urban environment. They’re devoted foodies who love their sushi, order their burgers with some pink in the middle, prefer their fries bistro style and birthday cakes to be either made from scratch or purchased from a bakery (no cake mixes here). Their homes are stylish and contemporary — a comfortable place to return to after their travels, which are frequent. Coke drinkers definitely have a valid passport and are more likely to speak several languages.
• PEPSI: Pepsi drinkers, on the other hand, might not have had a vacation in the past six months and it’s going to be a while before they get out of the country (if ever). They’re more likely to be homebodies who enjoy spending time with their children and catching up with their favorite TV programs. Food Network and HGTV inspire projects in the kitchen and around the home. And while they love their Facebook — Pepsi drinkers are more likely to be avid Facebook users — they are less likely to use an iPhone than Coke drinkers.
HORRIBLE HOUSE GUEST STORIES
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s your horrible house guest story?
‘Tis the season to have house guests. These are some of the worst things hosts say their guests have done:
• Slept in the living room naked.
• Broke my couch.
• Caught them taking money out of my wife’s purse.
• Ate my leftovers from the fridge.
• Got drunk and redid my Christmas decorations.
• Left crushed Oreos all over my brand-new mattress.
• Let a pet sleep in the bed with them.
• Stole one of my game controllers.
• Set the room on fire.
• Punched a hole in the wall.
TRIVIA: Every year (in a non-pandemic year) around 40,000 of these are turned in to Disney World’s lost and found. (Sunglasses)
TRIVIA: These tiny parts of your body live just 19 to 34 days. (Skin cells)
Q: Who is this guy?
A: John Malkovich. Get the clip off the PRO AUDIO page.
WHAT’S IN COMMON!
• Polar, cube, cream (ice)
• Pocket, tower, tornado (watch)
• Henry, Thunderbird, Harrison (Ford)
• Florida, Brian Wilson, sand (beach)
TURKEY TRUE, TURKEY FALSE
I have some facts about turkeys. After each one you say “turkey true” if you think it’s true or “turkey false” if you think it’s false.
• Turkeys can have heart attacks. (Turkey True)
• Turkeys can spend the night in trees. (Turkey True)
• A turkey’s feathers offer more protection than a Kevlar vest. (Turkey False)
• A wild turkey’s field of vision is about 270 degrees. (Turkey True)
• The NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles were almost named the Turkeys. (Turkey False)
• A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. (Turkey True)
• The largest turkey on record was 86 pounds. (Turkey True)
• More than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the U.S. at Thanksgiving (Turkey True)
HOLE IN THE HEADLINE
Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “Woman Arrested for Punching Officer Who Was Trying to Impound Her ______!”
B) Pot-bellied pig*
D) Sectional sofa
A Texas woman was arrested last week after she allegedly punched a police officer in the face for trying to impound her escaped pig. The pig was found in a yard and, according to police reports, “officers have responded to the area multiple times” due to the pig getting loose. The woman has received multiple warnings in the past to keep her pig locked up and due to the reoccurring complaints it was decided to impound the pig.
• Actor, game show host, speechwriter, author Ben Stein (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) is 76
• John Larroquette (Night Court) is 73
• Dancing With the Stars judge Bruno Tonioli is 65
• Amy Grant is 60
• Billy Burke (Twilight films) is 54
• Jill Hennessy (Law & Order, Crossing Jordan) is 51
• Christina Applegate (Dead to Me) is 49
• Jerry Ferrara (Entourage) is 41
• Katie Cassidy (Arrow, new Melrose Place) is 34
• Stephanie Hsu (Mei on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) is 30
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1867: Alfred Nobel patented dynamite.
• 1920: The first play-by-play broadcast of a football game was aired in College Station, Texas. The game was between the University of Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M’s Aggies in Austin.
• 1984: Thirty-six top musicians gathered in a Notting Hill, West London, England, studio and recorded Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.
• 1998: Michael J. Fox revealed he had been fighting Parkinson’s disease for seven years.
• 2001: A wedding in Dunoon, England, was a little different. The bride wore black and arrived in a hearse. The wedding cake was shaped like a coffin. The bride, an undertaker, and the groom, a former undertaker, thought wedding with a funeral theme was appropriate.
• 2002: President George W. Bush signed legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security and appointed Tom Ridge to be its head.
• 2006: A Eunice, New Mexico, man bought a used car and then called the police after finding 20 packages of pot hidden under the back seat. Police say the drugs were worth about $28,000.
• 2018: The Historic north Californian Camp Fire was declared 100 percent contained with 85 dead, 249 missing. The fire covered 153,000 acres with 14,000 homes burnt.
• Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day
• International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day
• International Hat Day
• Jukebox Day
• Play With Dad Day
• Parfait Day
• Eat with a Friend
• Blackout Wednesday, sometimes referred to as Drinksgiving
• Family Caregivers Day