November 7 in Pop Culture History
1492 – The Ensisheim Meteorite, the oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, struck ground one afternoon in a wheat field outside the village of Ensisheim, Alsace, France.
1665 – First edition of the London Gazette was printed. At the time it was called “The Oxford Gazette”.
1786 – The oldest musical organization in the United States was founded as the Stoughton Musical Society.
1874 – First cartoon depicting the elephant as Republican Party symbol, by Thomas Nast. He is also know as being the first to draw our modern version of Santa Clause.
1876 – The patent (#184,207) for the first US cigarette manufacturing machine was issued to Albert Hook of New York City.
1885 -The Canadian Pacific Railway, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, was completed.
1908 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were reportedly killed in San Vicente, Bolivia.
1908 – Professor Ernest Rutherford announced in London that he had isolated a single atom of matter. The experiment took place in the days before.
1910 – The first air freight shipment (from Dayton, Ohio, to Columbus, Ohio) took place, by the Wright brothers and department store owner Max Moorehouse.
1913 – Great Lakes Storm of 1913 lasted until November 10th. It killed over 250 people and was concentrated around Lake Huron.
1914 – The first issue of The New Republic magazine was published.
1916 – Jeannette Rankin (R) became the first woman elected to the United States Congress.
1929 – The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) opened to the public.
1932 – First broadcast of Buck Rogers in the 25th century on CBS-radio. The Buck Rogers comic strip made its first newspaper appearance on January 7, 1929.
1944 – Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) was elected for a record fourth term as President of the United States of America.
1967 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
1967 – Carl B. Stokes (D) was elected as Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, becoming the first African American mayor of a major American city.
1975 – The New Original Wonder Woman TV movie aired as a ‘test’ pilot for the series, Wonder Woman on ABC, starred Lynda Carter. It had very little in common with the 1974 TV movie entitled Wonder Woman starring Cathy Lee Crosby,
1976 – Gone With the Wind was televised for the first time, on HBO. Gone with the Wind was originally a novel written by Margaret Mitchell, first published in 1936. The film was released in 1939.
1981 – #1 Hit November 7, 1981 – November 20, 1981: Daryl Hall and John Oates – Private Eyes
1987 – #1 Hit November 7, 1987 – November 20, 1987: Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now
1989 – Douglas Wilder (D) won the governor’s seat in Virginia, becoming the first elected African-American governor in the United States.
1991 – Magic Johnson announces that he is infected with HIV and retired from the NBA.
2003 – Star Wars: Clone Wars debuted on The Cartoon Network. In addition to the feature films, this series is also generally considered ‘canon’ – which means it officially happened in the Star Wars universe.
2006 – At O’Hare International Airport, UFO Sighting Near Gate C-17 twelve employees reported seeing a metallic saucer shaped craft hovering over the airport. The FAA stance concluded that the sighting was caused by a weather phenomenon and that the agency would not be investigating the incident, which many think is odd in the post-2001 security-enhanced world of airport security.
2009 – #1 Hit November 7, 2009 – November 13, 2009: Owl City – Fireflies