November 15 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1492 Christopher Columbus notes 1st recorded reference to tobacco

1884 European Colonization and trade in Africa is officially regulated at the international Berlin Conference, formalizing European powers “Scramble for Africa”

1904 King C. Gillette patents the Gillette razor blade

1948 Mackenzie King retires after 22 years as Prime Minister of Canada

1969 An estimated 2 million people take part in the Vietnam War Moratorium Demonstration across the United States

Today’s Historical Events

655 Battle of the Winwaed: Penda of Mercia is defeated by Oswiu of Bernicia.

1315 Battle of Morgarten: Swiss beat duke Leopold I of Austria

1348 Rudolph of Oron claims Jews have confessed to poisoning wells

1492 Christopher Columbus notes 1st recorded reference to tobacco

1492 In La Guardia, Spain, 6 Jews & 5 Conversos are accused of ritual murder

1515 Thomas Wolsey is invested as an English Cardinal

1527 Treaty of Schoonhoven: Henry of the Palatinate, Bishop of Utrecht, cedes lands to the Habsburgs in return for security help against resistant citizens

1532 Pope Clemens VII tells Henry VIII to end relationship with Anna Boleyn

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1926 1st formal radio network, RCA takes over AT&T 25 station Network (NBC)

1932 Walt Disney Art School created

1949 KRON-TV channel 4 in San Francisco, California (NBC) begins broadcasting; call letters a nod to the owners other business, The San Francisco Chronicle newspaper

1953 WIBW TV channel 13 in Topeka, KS (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting

1953 WRBL TV channel 3 in Columbus, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting

1964 KBYU TV channel 11 in Provo, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting

1967 WLTV TV channel 23 in Miami, FL (IND) begins broadcasting

1969 The 1st ever colour television commercial in the UK, for Birds Eye peas, airs on ATV in the Midlands during a Thunderbirds episode

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1832 Felix Mendelssohn‘s “Symphony No. 5 (Reformation)” premieres

1845 Opera “Maritana” is produced (London)

1903 Eugen d’Albert’s opera “Tiefland” premieres in Prague

1935 “A Night at the Opera”, directed by Sam Wood, starring the Marx Brothers, is released

1956 “Li’l Abner” opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 693 performances

1956 “Love Me Tender” (The Reno Brothers) film with Elvis Presley in his debut premieres in the US

1969 Janis Joplin, accused of vulgar & indicent language in Tampa, Florida

1975 “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” single released by Ed Bruce

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1900 Dutch soccer club NEC is established in Nijmegen

1901 6th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-0 in Tuscaloosa

1901 James J. Jeffries TKOs Gus Ruhlin in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in San Francisco

1913 Australasian Championships Men’s Tennis, Perth: Australian Ernie Parker beats NZ namesake Harry Parker 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2

1946 Ted Williams is picked as AL MVP

1947 Bradman scores his 100th 100, 172 v Indians at the SCG

1947 Soccer team GVVV forms in Veenendaal

1951 1st-class cricket debut of future great Pakistani batsman Hanif Mohammad; scores 26 in drawn tour match, Pakistan XI v MCC, Lahore

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