On Your Birthday: November 29



1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrated his phonograph for the first time.

1892 – Almon Brown Strowger is issued a patent for the rotary dial.

1929 – The first airplane flight over the South Pole was made by U.S. Navy Lt. Comdr. Richard E. Byrd.

1961 – The Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft was launched by the United States with Enos the chimp on board. The craft orbited the earth twice before landing off Puerto Rico.

1963 – President Lyndon B. Johnson named a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President John F. 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.

1969 – John Lennon was convicted of possession of cannabis and fined $360 in London. Yoko Ono, who was arrested with Lennon on October 18, was cleared of charges.

1971 – The Professional Golf Championship was held at Walt Disney World for the first time.

1972 – Atari announced the release of Pong, the first commercially successful video game.

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.

1976 – Jerry Lee Lewis shot his bass player, Norman “Butch” Owens, twice in the chest while trying to hit a soda bottle. Lewis was charged with shooting a firearm within the city limits.

1979 – The original four members of KISS performed their last show together until 1996 when they reunited for a makeup tour.

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.

1991 – 17 people were killed in a 164-vehicle wreck during a dust storm near Coalinga, CA, on Interstate 5.

1994 – The U.S. House passed the revised General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

2004 – Godzilla received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.



Vin Scully 1927 – Sportscaster (The legendary voice of the L.A. Dodgers since 1950)

Diane Ladd 1935 – Actress (“Rambling Rose”, “Wild at Heart”, “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”)

Meco Monardo 1939 – Songwriter, producer (Best known for his 1977 space disco version of the “Star Wars” theme)

Chuck Mangione 1940 – Composer, musician

Suzy Chaffee 1946 – Skier

Barry Goudreau 1951 – Musician (Boston)

Jeff Fahey 1952 – Actor (TV’s “Lost”, “The Marshal”)

Joel Coen 1954 – Producer, director, screenwriter (“Fargo”,”No Country for Old Men”, “O Brother, Where Art Thou”, “A Serious Man”, “Bridge of Spies”, “Inside Llewyn Davis”, “True Grit”, “Burn After Reading”, “Raising Arizona”, “The Big Lebowski”, “Barton Fink”)

Howie Mandel 1955 – Actor, comedian, TV host, judge (TV’s “St. Elsewhere”, “The Howie Mandel Show”, “Deal or No Deal, “X Factor”)

Cathy Moriarty 1960 – Actress (“Raging Bull”, “Neighbors”, “Analyze That”)

Kim Delaney 1961 – Actess (TV’s “NYPD Blue”, “Army Wives”, “Philly”, “Tour of Duty”, “All My Children”)

Tom Sizemore 1961 – Actor (“Black Hawk Down”, “Red Planet”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “Devil in a Blue Dress”, “Natural Born Killers”, “Born on the Fourth of July”)

Andrew McCarthy 1962 – Actor (“Only You”, “Weekend at Bernie’s”, “Less Than Zero”, “Pretty in Pink”, “St. Elmo’s Fire”, “Heaven Help Us”, “Class”)

Don Cheadle 1964 – Actor (Showtime’s “House of Lies”, movies “Hotel Rwanda”, “Iron Man” 2 and 3, “Flight”, “Traitor”, “Oceans” 11, 12 and 13, “Talk to Me”, “Reign Over Me”, “Crash”, “Traffic”, “Bulworth”, “Out of Sight”, “Boogie Nights”)

Neill Barry 1965- Actor (“Hero at Large”, “Friends & Lovers”)

Ellen Cleghorne 1965 – Actress, comedian (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”)

Jonathan Knight 1968 – Singer (New Kids on the Block)

Gena Lee Nolin 1971 – Actress, model (TV’s “The Price Is Right”, “Baywatch”)

Chadwick Boseman 1976 – Actor (“Get on Up”, “42”)

Anna Faris 1976 – Actress (“Scary Movie” films, “The House Bunny”, “What’s Your Number?”, “Lost in Translation”, TV’s “Mom”)

Laura Marano 1995 – Actress, singer (TV’s “Austin & Ally”)



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