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1956 – Singing the Blues - Marty Robbins
1966 – Somebody Like Me - Eddy Arnold
1976 – Good Woman Blues - Mel Tillis
1986 - You're Still New to Me - Marie Osmond with Paul Davis
1996-Strawberry Wine – Deana Carter (The song tells the story of co-writer Matraca Berg’s experiences outside of Luck, Wisconsin. She recalled: “We used to go to my grandparents’, Inga and Elmer Berg’s, dairy farm in the summer. My aunt, who’s six months younger than me, and I would try to score some wine.”)
WSM Starts Broadcasting Country Music (1925)
Chewing Gum Was Patented
1869 – The first patent for chewing gum was issued.
1895 - The Chicago Times Herald Automobile Race got underway from Chicago to Evanston, Illinois and back through the snow. James Duryea won the $2000 prize. He covered the 54 miles in just over 10 hours, averaging about 7.3 mph.
1901 - The University of Wisconsin defeated the University of Chicago, 35-0, to finish its first undefeated football season in school history with a 9-0 record.
1908 -The Marianna Coal Mine in Pennsylvania exploded and killed 154 men.
1925 - In Nashville, WSM announcer George D. Hay introduced listeners to a weekly radio show that would evolve into the Grand Ole Opry. The show during its early days included Bill Monroe, the Possum Hunters, the Fruit Jar Drinkers, the Crook Brothers, the Binkley Brothers' Dixie Clodhoppers, Uncle Dave Macon, Sid Harkreader, Deford Bailey, Fiddlin' Arthur Smith, and the Gully Jumpers.
1919 - American-born Lady Astor, the wife of Viscount Astor, won a seat in the House of Commons. She introduced the idea of some form of Prohibition similar to the American model.
1922 - The first skywriting was demonstrated over Times Square by Capt. Cyril Turner of the Royal Air Force. The first message was, “Hello USA” followed up by Call Vanderbilt 7200.  Major Jack Savage of England was trying to sell this advertising idea to a skeptical George W. Hill, head of the American Tobacco Company. Hill was convinced by the 47,000 telephone calls in less than 3 hours.
1939 - History’s oldest cat at the time, Puss of Clayhidon, England, celebrated his 36th birthday. The next day he died. Recently, Creme Puff, a Texas cat, lived to be 38 years old and 3 days.
1942 - Coffee rationing began in the US, lasting through September 1944.
1942 - A fire at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston killed 492 people, including popular western actor Charles ‘Buck’ Jones. It was the deadliest nightclub fire in history. The owner was later convicted of multiple counts of “wanton and willful manslaughter” because he had permanently locked some of the fire exits.
1943 – November 28th thru December 1st, 1943: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin meet in Tehran, Iran for a three day meeting to discuss "Operation Overlord” which included D Day Landings in Normandy, France, to take place on 6th June 1944, as part of the final strategy for the war against Nazi Germany and its allies. The meeting included a pledge by the three countries to recognize Iran's independence (Britain and the USSR had invaded Iran in 1941).
1948 - The Polaroid Land Camera first went on sale. The 40 series, model 95 roll film camera sold for $89.75. A sepia-colored photograph took about one minute to develop.
1963 - President Lyndon B. Johnson announced that Cape Canaveral would be renamed John F. Kennedy Space Center, NASA. On May 18, 1973 Florida Governor Rueben Askew signed a Florida statute requiring that Cape Kennedy be renamed Cape Canaveral.
1964 - Mariner 4 was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It made its Mars fly-by July 14, 1965, the first satellite to transmit a close-up photograph of Mars.
1972 - Charlie Rich recorded Behind Closed Doors which went on to give Rich his first #1 hit. Some radio stations banned the record initially as being too racy.
1990 - Prime Minister of Britain, Margaret Thatcher, handed in her resignation to the Queen and stepped down after being prime minister for 11 years.
1994 - Serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer was clubbed to death in the Columbia Correctional Institute by a fellow inmate, Christopher Scarver. These murders were racially motivated.
1995 - President Bill Clinton signed the $6-billion National Highway System Designation Act of 1995. The bill ended the 55-mph speed limit which had been enacted on January 2, 1974 by President Richard Nixon. The law also repealed penalties for states that did not have motorcycle helmet laws.
2006 – Federal Judge James Robertson ruled that the government discriminates against blind people by printing money in bills that all feel the same. He also ordered the Treasury Department to fix the problem.
2008 - A Long Island retail store worker was killed as a crowd of post-Thanksgiving shoppers burst through the doors at Valley Stream WalMart and knocked him down.
2011 - The government shut down 150 websites accused of selling knock-off or pirated merchandise to online bargain hunters.
1945 - R.B. Greaves (singer: Take a Letter Maria; singer Sam Cooke’s nephew)
1955 - Kristine Oliver Cummins (singer - Sweethearts of the Rodeo)
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