November 16


1904 – English engineer John Ambrose Fleming received a patent for the thermionic valve (vacuum tube).

1907 – Oklahoma was admitted as the 46th state.

1914 – The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opened.

1915 – Coca-Cola patented a prototype for their countoured bottle. The bottle made its debut the following year.

1933 – The United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations for the first time.

1952 – In the “Peanuts” comic strip, Lucy first held a football for Charlie Brown.

1963 – The touch tone phone was introduced.

1965 – The Soviet Union launched the Venera 3 space probe toward Venus. It will be the first spacecraft to reach the surface of another planet.

1973 – NASA launched Skylab 4 carrying a crew of three astronauts from Cape Canaveral, FL, for an 84-day mission.

1973 – President Richard M. Nixon signed the Trans-Alaksa Pipeline Authorization Act into law, authorizing the construction of the Alaska Pipeline.

1981 – A vaccine for hepatitis B was approved. The vaccine had been developed at Merck Institute for Therapeutic Research.

1982 – On the 57th day of a strike by the National Football League players, an agreement was announced.

1985 – Colonel Oliver North was put in charge of the shipment of HAWK anti-aircraft missiles to Iran.

1990 – The pop group Milli Vanilli was stripped of their Grammy Award because the duo did not sing at all on the “Girl You Know It’s True” album. Session musicians had provided all the vocals.

1994 – Major League Soccer announced that it would start its inaugural season in 1996.

1998 – Kmart launched an online music store, Music Favorites.

1998 – It was announced that Monica Lewinsky had signed a deal for the North American rights to a book about her affair with President Bill Clinton.

1998 – The U.S. Supreme Court said that union members could file discrimination lawsuits against employers even when labor contracts require arbitration.

1999 – Cherica Adams, the pregnant girlfriend of former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth was shot four times in her car. She died a month later from her wounds. The baby survived. Carruth was later sentenced to a minimum of 18 years and 11 months in prison.

1999 – Johnny Depp received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2000 – Amtrak’s new Acela Express, which travels at 150 miles per hour, made its first run from Washington, DC to Boston, MA.

2000 – Bill Clinton became the first serving U.S. President to visit Communist Vietnam.

2001 – The movie “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” opened in the U.S. and U.K.

2004 – A NASA unmanned “scramjet” (X-43A) reached a speed of nearly 10 times the speed of sound above the Pacific Ocean.

2004 – President George Bush nominated National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice to be Secretary of State.

2004 – “Desperate Housewives” star Nicolette Sheridan dropped her towel in a commercial aired during “Monday Night Football”.

2008 – Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Fall Out Boy and a cast of dozens appeared on the final episode of MTV’s “TRL”.

2010 – After years of negotiations, The Beatles catalog finally made it to ITunes. All 13 of the band’s remastered studio albums, along with the Past Masters compilation and the Red and Blue collections, became available for download.

2014 – Bono was seriously injured in a bicycle riding accident in New York’s Central Park. U2 was forced to cancel its weeklong residency on “The Tonight Show” and postponed a planned world tour until he recovered.



Clu Gulager 1928 – Actor (TV’s “The Tall Man”, “The Virginian”)

Steve Railsback 1945 – Actor (“The Stunt Man”, TV’s “Helter Skelter”)

David Leisure 1950 – Actor (“Joe Isuzu” in a series of TV commercials, TV’s “Empty Nest”)

Marg Helgenberger 1958 – Actress (TV’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “China Beach”, movies “In Good Company”, “Fire Down Below”, “Species”, “Species II”)

Dwight Gooden 1964 – Baseball player

Lisa Bonet 1967 – Actress (TV’s “The Cosby Show”, “A Different World”, movies “Biker Boyz”, “Enemy of the State”, “Angel Heart”)

Tammy Lauren 1968 – Actress (TV’s “Homefront”, “Home Improvement”, “Wanda at Large”, “Martial Law”, movie “Wishmaster”)

Martha Plimpton 1970 – Actress (TV’s “Raising Hope”, “The Real O’Neals”, movies “Parenthood”, “Samantha”, “Running on Empty”, “The Mosquito Coast”, “The Goonies”)

Missi Pyle 1972 – Actress (“The Artist”, “Galaxy Quest”, “DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story”, “Big Fish”, “50 First Dates”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay”, “Gone Girl”)

Oksana Baiul 1977 – Ukrainian Olympic skater

Maggie Gyllenhaal 1977 – Actress (“Crazy Heart”, “The Dark Knight”, “World Trade Center”, “Stranger Than Fiction”, “Secretary”, “Donnie Darko”)

Noah Gray-Cabey 1995 – Actor (TV’s “Heroes”, “My Wife and Kids”)



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    November 17, 2017 - 12:53 am

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