November 14


1832 – The first streetcar went into operation in New York City, NY. It was a horse-drawn vehicle and had room for 30 people.

1851 – Herman Melville’s novel “Moby Dick” was first published in the U.S.

1857 – The first gas light was illuminated in Grand Rapids by the Grand Rapids Gas Light Company.

1881 – Charles J. Guiteau’s trial began for the assassination of President James A. Garfield. Guiteau was convicted and hanged the following year.

1886 – Friedrich Soennecken filed his patent for his hole punch — a spring-supported lever system that makes holes in a wad of paper with ease.

1914 – John and Horace Dodge turned out the first Dodge automobile at their plant in Hamtramck, MI.

1962 – An oil pipeline broke in the Huron River.

1967 – American physicist Theodore Maiman is awarded a patent for his ruby laser systems, the world’s first laser.

1968 – Yale University announced it was going co-educational.

1969 – Apollo 12, the second crewed mission to the surface of the Moon, blasted off from Cape Kennedy, FL.

1971 – Mariner 9 entered orbit around Mars.

1972 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 1,000 (1,003.16) level for the first time.

1979 – President Jimmy Carter froze all Iranian assets in the United States and U.S. banks abroad in response to the taking of 63 American hostages at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran.

1988 – The TV show “Murphy Brown”, starring Candace Bergen, debuted.

1991 – In Royal Oak, MI, a fired U.S. Postal Service employee goes on a shooting rampage, killing four and wounding five people before committing suicide.

1993 – Michael Jackson goes into drug rehab to deal with an addiction to painkillers.

1995 – A budget standoff between Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress forces the federal government to temporarily close national parks and museums while most government offices operated with skeleton crews.

1997 – Ground was broken to start the construction of M-6 south of Grand Rapids, MI.

2002 – The second movie in the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” hit theaters in North America.

2006 – Microsoft released the Zune to compete with Apple’s iPod.

2007 – A Las Vegas judge determined that O.J. Simpson and two co-defendants would stand trail for their involvement in the armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in Las Vegas, NV, two months earlier.

2008 – The first G-20 economic summit opened in Washington, D.C.

2012 – The game Candy Crush Saga was released as a mobile app for smartphones.



Kathleen Hughes 1928 – Actress (“It Came From Outer Space”)

Fred Haise 1933 – Engineer, former NASA astronaut

James Young 1949 – Singer, guitarist (Styx)

Prince Charles 1948 – Prince of Wales, oldest child of England’s Queen Elizabeth II

Stephen Bishop 1951 – Singer (“On and On”, “It Might Be You”)

Condoleezza Rice 1954 – Former U.S. Secretary of State

Yanni 1954 – Musician

D.B. Sweeney 1961 – Actor (TV’s “The Edge of Night”, “Spenser: For Hire”, movies “Gardens of Stone”, “Fire in the Sky”, “The Cutting Edge”, “Eight Men Out”, “Lonesome Dove”)

Laura San Giacomo 1962 – Actress (TV’s “Just Shoot Me”, “Saving Grace”, movies “Sex, Lies and Videotape”, “Pretty Woman”, “Quigley Down Under”)

Reverend Run 1964 – Rapper (Run of Run D.M.C.)

Patrick Warburton 1964 – Actor (Played Puddy on TV’s “Seinfeld,” “Family Guy”)

Josh Duhamel 1972 – Actor (“When in Rome”, “Transformers” and its sequels, “Win a Date With Tad Hamilton”, TV’s “Las Vegas”, “All My Children”)

Brian Dietzen 1977 – Actor (TV’s “NCIS”)

Vanessa Bayer 1981 – Actress, comedian (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”)



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