November 22 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1497 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounds Cape of Good Hope on way to first voyage from Europe to reach India

1926 Imperial Conference ends, giving autonomy inside British Commonwealth

1935 Flying boat “China Clipper” takes off from Alameda, California, carrying 100,000 pieces of mail on 1st trans-Pacific airmail flight

1963 US President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald while riding in an open-topped motorcade in Dallas, Texas

1969 Isolation of a single gene announced by scientists at Harvard University

2005 Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany

Today’s Historical Events

498 St Symmachus begins his reign as Pope replacing Anastasius II

845 First King of all Brittany, Nominoe defeats Frankish King Charles the Bald at the Battle of Ballon, near Redon

1220 Frederick II crowned Holy Roman Emperor in Rome by Pope Honorius III

1346 Street fights in Utrecht, Hollandsgezinde Gunterlingen statements

1492 Pinta under Martín Alonso Pinzón separates from Christopher Columbus‘s fleet

1497 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounds Cape of Good Hope on way to first voyage from Europe to reach India

1542 Spain delegates “New Laws” against slavery in America

1573 The Brazilian city of Niterói is founded

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1927 George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin‘s musical “Funny Face”, starring Fred Astaire and his sister Adele Astaire, opens at the new Alvin Theatre, NYC; runs 244 performances

1944 Film musical “Meet Me In St Louis”, starring Judy Garland, and directed by Vincente Minnelli, premieres at Loew’s State Theater on Washington Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri

1961 Producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman announce expensive publicity campaign to make Sean Connery (James Bond) a star

1964 WITF TV channel 33 in Harrisburg-Hershey, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting

1965 “Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees” broadcast on CBS, watched by 25 million, brings Jane Goodall to international attention

1967 BBC unofficially bans “I Am the Walrus” by Beatles, due to the suggestive lyric “Boy, you’ve been a naughty girl you let your knickers down.”

1968 1st interracial TV kiss (Star Trek – Captain Kirk and Uhura)

1984 Fred Rogers of PBS “Mr Rogers Neighborhood” presents a sweater to Smithsonian Institution

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1862 Opera “La Forza del Destino” by Giuseppe Verdi debuts at Bolshoi Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia [Nov 10 O.S.]

1898 Opera “Iris” premieres (Rome)

1928 “Bolero” by Maurice Ravel first performed publicly (Paris)

1945 “Day Before Spring” opens at National Theater NYC for 167 performances

1955 RCA Records make its best investment, paying $35,000 to Sun Records for Elvis Presley‘s contract

1957 Miles Davis Quintet debuts a jazz concert at Carnegie Hall, NYC

1963 The Beatles release their second album “With the Beatles” in UK

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

  • 1908 1st US-Japanese baseball game Reach All-Americans defeat Waseda U, 5-0
  • 1910 Arthur Knight patents steel shaft golf clubs
  • 1936 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Pinehurst CC: Denny Shute wins first of his consecutive PGA titles, defeating Jimmy Thomson, 3 & 2
  • 1945 Cleveland Rams end Jim Benton gains 303 yards in 28-21 win over Detroit Lions; NFL single game rushing record – stands for 40+ years
  • 1950 7,021 see Fort Wayne Pistons edge Minneapolis Lakers, 19-18 at Minneapolis Auditorium; lowest ever NBA score of 37 combined points
  • 1956 Boston shooting guard Bill Sharman hits 10 free throws in Celtics 101-78 over Philadelphia Warriors at Philadelphia Civic Center; begins NBA FT streak of 55 games
  • 1956 XVI Summer Olympic Games open in Melbourne, Australia; first to be staged in Southern Hemisphere and Oceania, as well as first to be held outside Europe and North America
  • 1957 Mickey Mantle wins AL MVP for the 2nd time

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