November 30 in Pop Culture History
3340 BC – Earliest believed record of an eclipse, in Ireland.
1609 – Galileo Galilei realized that the moon was a landscape, not a flat surface on a circle in the sky.
1858 – The Mason Jar was invented and patented (#22,186) by Philadelphia tinsmith John Landis Mason.
1872 – First international soccer game was played. Final score: Scotland-England 0-0 (in Glasgow)
1875 – A patent (#170,460) was issued for a “Biscuit Cutter” was issued to Alexander P. Ashbourne.
1886 – The first commercially successful U.S. alternating current power plant was opened at Buffalo, NY by George Westinghouse.
1897 – A patent (#594,501) for a “Device for Rolling Cigarettes” was issued to American inventor J.A. Sweeting.
1936 – London’s Crystal Palace was destroyed by fire.
1940 – Lucille Ball married Desi Arnaz in Greenwich, Connecticut.
1954 – First proven meteorite known to strike a woman/person (Liz Hodges, in Sylacauga, Alabama). It took a year of pleading with the air force, but she was allowed to keep the 9 pound meteorite.
1956 – CBS became the first network to broadcast from videotape. It was a rebroadcast to the West Coast of the 15-minute Douglas Edwards and the News program. It was recorded on 2-inch tape with an Ampex Mark IV machine.
1971 – TV movie Brian’s Song, aired for first time on ABC
1979 – Pink Floyd released The Wall double album. “If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding, how can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat!”
1982 – Michael Jackson’s second solo album, Thriller, the biggest selling album in history, was released worldwide.
1993 – The Brady Bill, requiring a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers, was signed into law.
1994 – Italian cruise ship MS Achille Lauro caught fire off Somalia, with 3 people dead, and most of the nearly 1,000 passengers and crew escaping in lifeboats. It sank on December 2nd.
2004 – Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, finally loses, leaving him with $2,520,700 – television’s biggest game show winnings.
2009 – CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) started. “CERN’s Large Hadron Collider has today become the world’s highest energy particle accelerator, having accelerated its twin beams of protons to an energy of 1.18 TeV in the early hours of the morning.” CERN is experimenting with things like “The Big Bang” but hopefully on a smaller scale.