On Your Birthday: November 30



1858 – John Landis Mason received a patent for the pepper shaker with a screw-on cap.

1875 – A.J. Ehrichson patented his oat-crushing machine.

1897 – Thomas Edison’s motion picture projector had its first commercial exhibition.

1940 – Lucille Ball and Cuban musician Desi Arnaz were married in Greenwich, CT.

1954 – In Sylacauga, AL, Elizabeth Hodges was injured when a meteorite crashed through the roof of her house while she was taking an afternoon nap. The rock weighed 8-1/2 pounds. This is the only documented case of a human being being hit by a rock from space.

1956 – CBS replayed the program “Douglas Edward and the News” three hours after it was received on the West Coast. It was the world’s first broadcast via videotape.

1971 – ABC TV aired “Brian’s Song”. The movie was about Chicago Bears’ Brian Picolo and his friendship with Gale Sayers.

1993 – The National Football League awards its 30th franchise to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

1993 – President Bill Clinton signed into law the Brady Bill. The bill required a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.

1995 – The official end of Operation Desert Storm.

1998 – Exxon and Mobil signed a $73.7 billion agreement to merge, creating ExxonMobil, the world’s largest company.

2001 – For the first time in it’s history, McDonald’s teamed up with a retail partner on its Happy Meal promotions. Toys R Us provided plush figures from it’s Animal Alley.

2004 – Longtime “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, UT, finally loses, leaving him with $2,520,700 — television’s biggest game show winnings.



Robert Guillaume 1927 – Actor (TV’s “Benson”, “Soap”)

G. Gordon Liddy 1930 – Radio talk show host, convicted for his role in the Watergate burglaries in 1972

Ridley Scott 1937 – Director (“Black Hawk Down”, “Gladiator”, “Thelma & Louise”, “The Martian”, “Blade Runner”, “Alien”)

Roger Glover 1945 – Bass player (Deep Purple, Rainbow)

Margaret Whitton 1950 – Actress (“The Secret of My Success”, “Major League”, “Major League II”, “The Best of Times”, “The Man Without a Face”, “National Lampoon Goes to the Movies”, “Love Child”, “9 1/2 Weeks”, TV’s “One Life to Live”, “The Doctors”, “Hometown”, “A Fine Romance”, “Good & Evil”)

Mandy Patinkin 1952 – Actor, singer (TV’s “Homeland”, “Criminal Minds”, “Dead Like Me”, “Chicago Hope”, movies “The Princess Bride”, “Yentl”)

Billy Idol 1955 – Singer

John Ashton 1957 – Musician (Psychedelic Furs)

Colin Mochrie 1957 – Comedian (TV’s “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?”)

Ben Stiller 1965 – Actor (“Night at the Museum,” “Meet the Parents”, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, “Little Fockers”, “Starsky & Hutch”, “The Watch”, “The Royal Tenenbaums”, “Zoolander”, “There’s Something About Mary”)

Jessalyn Gilsig 1971 – Actress (TV’s “Vikings”, “Glee”, “Nip/Tuck”, “Boston Public”)

Clay Aiken 1978 – Singer (“American Idol” runner-up in 2003, Democratic Congressional candidate in his home state of North Carolina)

Elisha Cuthbert 1982 – Actress (TV’s “24”, “Happy Endings”, movies “The Girl Next Door”, “House of Wax”)

Kaley Cuoco 1985 – Actress (TV’s “The Big Bang Theory”)



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