318th day of 2010 - 47 remaining
Sunday, November 14, 2010

“Call me Ishmael. Some years ago -- never mind how long precisely -- having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world...”

Thus begins Herman Melville’s book Moby-****; or, The Whale, which was first published in New York City by Harpoon & Brothers on this day in 1851. (Sorry. We meant Harper & Brothers.)

The complex, but rousing sea story tells the tale of a sea captain’s search for Moby ****, the great white whale that had once crippled him.

The story is told by sailor-narrator Ishmael. Through the pages of Moby ****, we meet Ishmael’s bunkmate Queequeg, a whale harpooner from Polynesia; learn everything there is to know about whaling in the nineteenth century; and, of course, about Captain Ahab and his obsession with Moby ****.

Melville dedicated his novel to author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Director and writer John Huston adapted the high seas saga to the big screen in 1956 so all the world could see Moby **** as big as life.

Herman Melville died at home, of a heart attack, shortly after midnight on September 28, 1891, at the age of 72. At the time, he had been almost totally forgotten by all but a small group of admirers in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Events November 14

1832 - The first horsecar (a streetcar drawn by horses) was displayed in New York City. The vehicle had room for 30 people in three compartments. The new service traveled Fourth Avenue between Prince and Fourteenth Streets.

1921 - KYW radio, Chicago, IL broadcast the first opera by a professional company. Listeners heard Samson Et Dalila as it was being performed at the Chicago Auditorium.

1943 - Leonard Bernstein replaced an indisposed Bruno Walter as conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Thus began a legendary career and worldwide appreciation for Bernstein’s many compositions with the orchestra.

1944 - An outstanding array of musicians gathered in Hollywood to record a classic. Tommy Dorsey and orchestra made Opus No. 1, Victor record number 20-1608. Buddy Rich was the drummer in the session, Al Klink and Buddy DeFranco blew sax and Nelson Riddle played trombone on the Sy Oliver arrangement.

1945 - Captain Eddie Rickenbacker sold the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Former Indy winner Wilbur Shaw became the new president and manager of the speedway. The track was purchased by the Tony Holman family a short time later.

1951 - The first telecast of a world lightweight title fight was seen coast to coast. Jimmy Carter beat Art Aragon in Los Angeles.

1954 - Egyptian President Naguib was fired and a state of emergency declared. Naguib (also a general) was accused of having been a tool of the Communists and the Muslim Brotherhood. He was driven from the presidency by his fellow army officers, and Colonel Gamel Abdul Nasser became president.

1959 - The eruption of Kilauea Iki Crater (Nov 14-Dec 20, 1959) on the Big Island of Hawaii was a relatively brief event, but produced some of Kilauea’s most spectacular lava fountains of the 20th century. (The current Pu`u `O`o-Kupaianaha eruption of Kilauea began in 1983).

1960 - OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, was organized.

1963 - Iceland got a new island (Surtsey) when a volcano pushed its way up out of the sea five miles off the southern coast.

1964 - Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings set a National Hockey League record as he scored his 627th career goal in a game against Montreal.

1965 - One of the most intense battles of the Vietnam War started on this day. Landing Zone X-ray, a clearing located in the Ia Drang River Valley, Vietnam, was a staging area for U.S. troops and supplies. The area had been surrounded on three sides by North Vietnamese Regulars. The U.S. troops had come to fight the North Vietnamese on their own ground and “were keen to fight.” Both sides received more action than they expected. When the battle ended almost 48 hours later, literally thousands of soldiers from both sides lay dead. The book -- and the movie, "We Were Soldiers Once...And Young", was based on this battle.

1966 - Boxing’s largest indoor crowd assembled in the Houston Astrodome to see Cassius Clay defeat Cleveland Williams -- by a TKO.

1967 - The Monkees received a gold record for Daydream Believer.

1968 - It was ‘National Turn in Your Draft Card Day’, featuring draft card burning and war protest rallies in many U.S. cities and on many college campuses. (The U.S. death toll in Vietnam was nearly 30,000 at the time).

1972 - For the first time in its 76-year history, the Dow Jones industrial average Closed above the 1,000 mark: 1003.16.

1975 - They Just Can’t Stop It (The Games People Play) became a gold record for the Spinners. Their other hits include Then Came You (with Dionne Warwicke), Could It Be I’m Falling in Love, The Rubberband Man, Working My Way Back to You, Cupid, It’s a Shame and I’ll Be Around -- for Motown.

1979 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter froze Iranian government assets held in American banks, following the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

1981 - Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant tied the record of Amos Alonzo Stagg for most football wins. The Alabama Crimson Tide notched win #314 for Coach Bryant. Alabama beat Penn State, 31-16.

1981 - For the second week in a row, Daryl Hall and John Oates owned the top spot on the pop music charts with Private Eyes.

1986 - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Ivan Boesky would have to pay $100 million in fines and alleged profits to settle insider-trading charges against him. The settlement was just $6 million less than the entire S.E.C. budget for 1986.

1987 - The Dirty Dancing movie soundtrack was the number one album in the U.S. It was number one for a total of eighteen weeks. The remainder of the top-five that week: 2)-Tunnel of Love (Bruce Springsteen); 3)-Bad (Michael Jackson); 4)-Whitesnake (Whitesnake); 5)-A Momentary Lapse of Reason (Pink Floyd).

1990 - British commentator Malcolm Muggeridge died in Sussex, England. He was 87 years old.

1991 - British movie director Tony Richardson (Tom Jones) died of AIDS. He was 63 years old.

1993 - Don Shula was carried off the Veterans Stadium field by his Miami Dolphins after a 19-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. That victory was #325 in Shula’s career and made him the winningest coach in NFL history, surpassing the legendary George Halas. (Of all NFL coaches, only Shula and Halas reached 300 victories.) Shula finished his career in 1995 with a coaching record of 347-173-6. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

1994 - The first high-speed passenger rail service ran in the Channel Tunnel (Eurotunnel) between England and France.

1996 - Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, the senior Roman Catholic prelate in the United States died at his home in Chicago. He was 68 years old.

1997 - New movies in U.S. theatres: The Jackal (“How do you stop an assassin who has no identity?”), starring Bruce Willis, Richard Gere and Sidney Poitier; The Man who Knew too Little (“He’s on a mission so secret, even he doesn’t know about it.”), with Bill Murray, Peter Gallagher and Joanne Whalley; and One Night Stand (“It was just one night that changed everything.”), starring Wesley Snipes, Nastassja Kinski and Robert Downey Jr.

1998 - Lauryn Hill’s Doo Wop (That Thing) was the #1 single on U.S. pop charts. The song was Hill’s first single to hit the charts.

1999 - Democrat Bill Bradley took center court at New York’s Madison Square Garden for a $1.5 million presidential campaign fund-raiser. The gathering also featured many of his old New York Knicks teammates -- and former basketball rivals.

2000 - Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris certified George W. Bush’s narrow 300-vote lead over Al Gore.

2001 - Xbox, the Microsoft video game player was put on the market -- for $299.

2002 - Actor, comedian Eddie Bracken died in Montclair, NJ. He was 87 years old.

2003 - New films in the U.S.: Looney Tunes: Back in Action, starring Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Timothy Dalton, Heather Locklear, Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Pie, Sylvester, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam and Tazmanian Devil; Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, with Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd, James D’Arcy, Lee Ingleby, George Innes, Mark Lewis Jones, Chris Larkin, Richard Mccabe, Robert Pugh and David Threlfall; and Tupac: Resurrection, starring Tupac Shakur.

2003 - In Pittsburgh, PA, a third person died from an outbreak of hepatitis A that had infected nearly 600 people. They all had eaten at a Chi-Chi’s Mexican mall restaurant. Green onions were blamed for the outbreak.

2003 - John Kerry became the second Democratic hopeful to opt out of public financing for his presidential run, following the example of rival Howard Dean.

2003 - Paul Martin completed his 13-year ascent to the top of Canadian politics, claiming the leadership of the governing Liberal Party.

2004 - The U.S. military occupied the Iraqi city of Fallujah after six days of fighting. The military said 31 Americans have been killed in the siege.

2004 - Usher was a big winner at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles: favorite male soul-R&B artist; best pop-rock album; best pop-rock artist and best soul-R&B album.

2005 - Eight men were sentenced to death for the murder of British Aid workers Richard and Enid Eyeington in Somaliland in October 2003.

2007 - Southland Tales opened in U.S. theatres. The sci-fi thriller stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Jill Ritchie, Miranda Richardson, John Larroquette, Jon Lovitz, Will Sasso, Wood Harris, Bai Ling, Joe Campana and Wallace Shawn.

2007 - A team from Oregon announced the creation of the world’s first cloned embryo from a monkey. It was an important first step in the CLONING of human cells for use in medical research.

2007 - A broad electoral reform took effect in Mexico, banning political parties from buying radio and TV advertisements. The law upset broadcast interests, to say the least...

2007 - A sculpture of a stainless steel heart hanging from a golden bow sold for $23.6 million at a Sotheby’s Contemporary Art sale in New York. The piece, by artist Jeff Koons, was the most expensive piece by a living artist ever auctioned.

2008 - Quantum of Solace opened in U.S. theatres. The 22nd James Bond adventure film stars Daniel Craig as Agent 007, Gemma Arterton, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Giancarlo Giannini, Anatole Taubmann, Judi Dench and Olga Kurylenko.

2008 - The U.S. Army promoted a woman to the rank of four-star general for the first time. Ann Dunwoody received her fourth star on this day in a ceremony held at the Pentagon in Washington DC.

2009 - Chinese officials were told to dump their mistresses, avoid hostess bars, and shun extravagances. The orders were part of the Communist party’s efforts to clamp down on corruption.

Birthdays November 14

1765 - Robert Fulton
builder of first profitable steamboat: the Clermont; died Feb 24, 1815

1840 - Claude Monet
artist: Water Lilies, La Grenouillere, Impression: Sunrise, Old St. Lazare Station, Paris; died Dec 5, 1926

1889 - Jawaharlal Nehru
India’s 1st prime minister after its independence; died May 27, 1964

1896 - Mamie Doud Eisenhower
First Lady: wife of 34th U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower; died Nov 1, 1979

1900 - Aaron Copland
Academy Award-winning composer: film score: The Heiress [1948]; Of Mice and Men, Our Town, Lincoln Portrait, Fanfare for the Common Man; ballet score: Billy the Kid; Pulitzer Prize-winner: Appalachian Spring [1945]; died Dec 2, 1990

1901 - Morton Downey
pianist, singer, songwriter: Wabash Moon, California Skies, All I Need is Someone Like You, In the Valley of the Roses, That’s How I Spell Ireland, Sweeten Up Your Smile, There’s Nothing New, Now You’re in My Arms; died Oct 25, 1985

1904 - **** (Richard E.) Powell
actor: Too Busy to Work, Footlight Parade, Gold Diggers of 1933, Gold Diggers of 1935, Gold Diggers of 1937, Hollywood Hotel, Murder, My Sweet, Cry Danger, Four Star Playhouse, Susan Slept Here; TV Host: The Best in Mystery, Zane Grey Theater, The **** Powell Show (1961) TV; died Jan 2, 1963

1908 - Joseph McCarthy
U.S. Senator from Wisconsin [1947-1957]; he feard Communist subversion in the U.S.; the term, McCarthyism, was coined in 1950 in reference to his practices; his attacks on the U.S. Army led to the first televised hearings in U.S. history [Army-McCarthy hearings of 1954]; died May 2, 1957

1908 - Harrison Salisbury
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for International Reporting [1955]; Moscow correspondent for New York Times; died July 5, 1993

1910 - Rosemary DeCamp
actress: Rhapsody in Blue, On Moonlight Bay, The Bob Cummings Show, That Girl, The Life of Riley; died Feb 20, 2001

1912 - Barbara Hutton
heiress: F.W. Woolworth; died May 11, 1979

1914 - Ken Carson
musician: harmonica, Jew’s harp, guitar, banjo, singer: group: Sons of the Pioneers: Way Out There, There’s a Roundup in the Sky, Blue Prairie, So Long to the Red River Valley, I’m an Old Cowhand [From the Rio Grande]; died Apr 7, 1994

1915 - Martha Tilton
singer: And the Angels Sing, A Stranger in Town; actress: The Benny Goodman Story, Sunny; died Dec 8, 2006

1919 - Veronica Lake
actress: This Gun for Hire, I Married a Witch, So Proudly We Hail!, The Blue Dahlia, Slattery’s Hurricane; died July 7, 1973

1920 - Johnny Desmond (Giovanni Alfredo de Simone)
singer: Yellow Rose of Texas, Play Me Hearts and Flowers; group: Bob-O-Links w/Bob Crosby Band; solo: ‘G.I. Sinatra’: Glenn Miller AAF band, Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club, Your Hit Parade, Face the Music; actor: Escape from San Quentin, China Doll, Hawk of the Caribbean; died Sep 6, 1985

1921 - Brian Keith (Robert Keith Richey, Jr.)
actor: Family Affair, Hardcastle & McCormick, Heartland, The Westerner, Crusader, Centennial, The Brian Keith Show, Walter and Emily, Nevada Smith, The Loneliest Runner, The Parent Trap, The Young Philadelphians, Young Guns; died June 24, 1997

1922 - Boutros Boutros-Ghali [Jan 1992–Jan 1997]
UN Secretary-General

1924 - Phyllis Avery
actress: The George Gobel Show, Mr. Novak

1927 - McLean Stevenson
actor: M*A*S*H, The McLean Stevenson Show, Hello Larry, The Tim Conway Comedy Hour, The Doris Day Show, Condo; died Feb 15, 1996

1929 - DeWayne Louis ‘Tiny’ Lund
auto racer: Daytona 500 winner [1963]; died Aug 10, 1975

1929 - Jimmy (James Anthony) Piersall
baseball: Boston Red Sox [all-star: 1954, 1956], Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, LA Angels, New York Mets, California Angels

1933 - Fred Haise Jr.
astronaut: Apollo 13 [1970]

1935 - King Hussein BIN Talal
head of state: King of Jordan; died Feb 7, 1999

1935 - Don Stewart
actor: Guiding Light, The Doomsday Flight; died Jan 9, 2006

1936 - Cornelius Gunter
singer: group: The Coasters: Charlie Brown, Yakety Yak, Along Came Jones, Poison Ivy; murdered Feb 26, 1990

1940 - Freddie Garrity
singer: group: Freddie and the Dreamers: I’m Telling You Now

1942 - Bryan Watson
hockey: NHL Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, Oakland Seals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals

1946 - Cornelius Gunter
singer: group: The Coasters: Charlie Brown, Yakety Yak, Along Came Jones, Poison Ivy; murdered in Las Vegas, NV Feb 26, 1990

1948 - Prince Charles (of Wales) (Charles Philip Arthur George Windsor Mountbatten)
heir to British throne

1948 - Robert Ginty
actor: The Paper Chase, Hawaiian Heat, Falcon Crest, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Lady Dragon, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, Madhouse, Programmed to Kill, Exterminator series, Coming Home; died Sep 21, 2009

1949 - James Young
musician: guitar: group: Styx: Lady, Suite Madame Blue, Come Sail Away, Miss America, Castle Walls, Superstars, Renegade, Babe, The Best of Times, Too Much Time on My Hands, Mr. Roboto

1951 - Frankie Banali
musician: drums: group: Quiet Riot: Cum on Feel the Noize, Metal Health

1951 - Stephen Bishop
singer: It Might Be You; musician: guitar; singer, songwriter: On and On, Save It for a Rainy Day, Everybody Needs Love, This is the Night, Living in the Land of Abe Lincoln, theme for Animal House, Dream Girl, theme for China Syndrome: Somewhere In Between, Don’t You Worry, LPs: Careless, Bish

1952 - Ray Sharkey
actor: Cop and ½, Round Trip to Heaven, Dead On: Relentless II, The Rain Killer, Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills, Act of Piracy; died Jun 11, 1993

1954 - Yanni (Chrysomallis)
musician: piano: LP: Optimystique; music used on broadcasts of: Tour de France, Olympic Games, World Series; swimmer: Greek National Swim Team

1954 - Willie (Guillermo Villanueva) Hernandez
baseball: pitcher: Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies [World Series: 1983], Detroit Tigers [World Series: 1984/all-star: 1984-1986/Cy Young Award: 1984/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1984

1954 - Condoleezza Rice
U.S. Secretary of State [2005-present], U.S. National Security Advisor [2001-2005]

1954 - Yanni (Yiannis Hrysomallis)
musician: keyboards, composer, singer: Aria, Looking Glass, In the Morning Light, Marching Season, Swept Away, One Man’s Dream

1955 - Jack Sikma
basketball: Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Supersonics

1956 - Alec Jon Such
musician: bass: group: Bon Jovi

1959 - Paul McGann
actor: The Monocled Mutineer, Poppies, If I Had You, Gypo, Lie With Me, Hornblower: Loyalty, Sweet Revenge, Nature Boy, FairyTale: A True Story

1961 - Elizabeth Keifer
actress: Ladykiller, Rebel Storm, Dallas: The Early Years, Thursday’s Child, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Guiding Light

1961 - D.B. Sweeney
actor: Yellow, The Darwin Awards, Going to the Mat, Greenmail, Hard Ball, Harsh Realm, Dirt Nap

1962 - Laura San Giacomo
actress: Just Shoot Me, The Right to Remain Silent, Stephen King’s The Stand, Under Suspicion, Vital Signs, Pretty Woman, sex, lies and videotape, Miles from Home

1964 - Patrick Warburton
actor: Seinfeld, Dave’s World, NewsRadio, Scream 3, The Emperor's New Groove, Men in Black 2

1965 - Jeanette Jurado
singer: group: Expose: Season’s Change

1966 - Curt Schilling
baseball [pitcher]: Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox

1968 - Kent Bottenfield
baseball [pitcher]: Colorado Rockies, Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Anaheim Angels, Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros

1968 - Janine Lindemulder
actress: X-rated films: Positively Pagan 6, Women In & Out of Uniform, Vagablonde, Blondage, Layover, Head to Head, Temporary Positions, Lap Top

1969 - Greg Andrusak
hockey [defense]: NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs

1970 - Dana Stubblefield
football [defensive tackle]: Univ of Kansas; NFL: San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots

1971 - Chloe (Chloe Nichole)
actress: X-rated films: Sodomania 21, Riding Lessons, Dirty Bob’s Xcellent Adventures 36, Spiked Heel Diaries, Their Cheatin’ Ways, Peepers

1971 - Michael Lewis
football [wide receiver]: New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers

1972 - Josh Duhamel
actor: Las Vegas, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, The Picture of Dorian Gray, All My Children

1973 - Ruben Rivera
baseball [left, center field]{ New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants

1979 - Mavie Hörbiger
actress: Marmorera, Esperanza, Ring of the Nibelungs, Fremder Freund, Feiertag, Jeans, Schweigen ist Gold

Chart Toppers November 14

1946Five Minutes More - Frank Sinatra
South America, Take It Away - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
You Keep Coming Back like a Song - Dinah Shore
Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis

1955Autumn Leaves - Roger Williams
Moments to Remember - The Four Lads
I Hear You Knocking - Gale Storm
That Do Make It Nice - Eddy Arnold

1964Baby Love - The Supremes
Leader of the Pack - The Shangri-Las
Come a Little Bit Closer - Jay & The Americans
I Don’t Care (Just as Long as You Love Me) - Buck Owens

1973Keep on Truckin’ - Eddie Kendricks
Heartbeat - It’s a Lovebeat - The DeFranco Family
Photograph - Ringo Starr
Paper Roses - Marie Osmond

1982Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
Truly - Lionel Richie
Heart Attack - Olivia Newton-John
Heartbroke - Ricky Skaggs

1991Cream - Prince & The N.P.G.
Can’t Stop This Thing We Started - Bryan Adams
Real, Real, Real - Jesus Jones
Someday - Alan Jackson

2000With Arms Wide Open - Creed
Most Girls - Pink
This I Promise You - ’N Sync
The Little Girl - John Michael Montgomery

2009Paparazzi - Lady Gaga
Party in the U.S.A. - Miley Cyrus
Down - Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne
Toes - Zac Brown Band

Happy Birthday Alec Jon Such of Bon Jovi