A mom turned her back and here's what happened.
Remember to lock the front door.
November 30, 1971 -
The TV movie that makes 'real men' weep unabashedly, Brian's Song debuted on ABC-TV on this date.
Louis Gossett Jr. was originally cast as Gale Sayers. Just days before shooting began, Gossett tore his Achilles' tendon while working out for the film. The studio execs scrambled, and quickly hired Billy Dee Williams as a replacement. Gossett, depressed over missing his "shot," was promised by producer David L. Wolper the first great role that came along. About six years later, Wolper called Gossett to play "Fiddler" in Roots, the Emmy-winning role that made him a star.
November 30, 1979 -
Pink Floyd released its album The Wall on this date.
Syd Barrett had a great influence on the other band members even after he left. In the movie The Wall, several scenes are inspired from actual events involving Syd. In the movie, the character Pink shaves off all his facial hair, including his eyebrows - something Syd once arrived to the studio having done himself.
November 30, 1990 -
Rob Reiner's adaptation of Stephen King's thriller, Misery, premiered on this date.
After refusing to speak about his motivations for writing Misery for two decades, Stephen King finally came out and stated that it is indeed about his battle with substance abuse. Kathy Bates' character is a representation of his dependency on drugs and what it did to his body - making him feel alone, separated from everything, while hobbling any attempts he made at escape. In his statement he said he didn't come out with it at the time because he wasn't ready and because he was afraid it would detract from the story.
The focus of Today in History on this date should be used as a guide to help you realize the blessings you should find in life:
On November 30, 1935, the German government proclaimed a failure to accept the tenets of Nazism as grounds for divorce.
Be grateful you never married a Nazi.
Jonathan Swift was born on November 30, 1667,
and Mark Twain was born exactly 170 years later, in 1835.
Be grateful that not everyone is taking everything so goddamn seriously.
Winston Churchill (one of my favorite American who became British Prime Minister) was also born on November 30, in 1874, in a coat closet of his family home (really).
Be grateful that not everyone was so grateful for Peas In Our Time.
Otherwise, here are some other events that occurred on this date
November 30, 1900 -
Celebrated Irish author and noted sodomite Oscar Wilde, died in Paris of meningitis on this date. Wilde had been charged three times with indecency, specifically "the seduction and corruption of young men." Evidence admitted against him included testimony about fecal stains on his sheets.
Be thankful that we obviously have better cleaning detergents than the French did in 1900.
November 30, 1929 -
Dick Clark, the American Bandstander, was born on this date.
Be thankful the few of us are faced with bargaining with Satan for our careers.
November 30, 1936 -
The Crystal Palace, originally built by Sir Joseph Paxton in London's Hyde Park for the 1851 Great Exhibition, burns to the ground on this date.
It was said that over 75,000 people came to watch the blaze, among them Winston Churchill, who said, "This is the end of an age". The glow was visible across eight counties.
Be thankful that you weren't down wind from this one.
November 30, 1954 -
At 1 pm, an 8.5 pound stone meteorite fell from the sky and struck Ann Elizabeth Hodges from Sylacauga, Alabama. She was the first reported person in modern times to be struck by an object from outer space.
Oh the humanity!
And so it goes
There are 16 days until the start of Hanukkah.
There are 25 days until Christmas.
For those of you playing the home game, you may open the first window in your calendar (but the chocolate probably isn't very good.)