November 20th was the day in history when…
1995: Princess Di admitted she cheated on Prince Charles in a TV interview. Princess Di spoke openly about her relationship with Prince Charles on “BBC Panorama” with journalist Martin Bashir. Diana said that Charles had cheated on her with Camilla Parker Bowles, and admitted that she had an affair of her own. Shortly after the interview aired the Queen requested the couple have a speedy divorce.
1984: McDonald’s made its 50 billionth hamburger. That’s a lot of burgers!
1982: Drew Barrymore hosted Saturday Night Live at age seven. She became the youngest host ever, beating out Jodie Foster who had the honor when she was 14. Barrymore would go on to host the show a total of six times, more than any other woman.
1969: Native Americans seized Alcatraz Island. The Federal prison had been closed six years earlier. The land lay dormant because no workable plans had been presented for the use of the island. On this date a group of Native Americans from many tribes took control of the land, claiming it as their own. The seizure brought National and global attention to the plight of Native Americans. Initially there were plans to open an Indian cultural center. The group’s charismatic leader, Richard Oakes, spoke regularly to the media. In 1970 Oakes’s young step-daughter was killed in a fall and he left the island shortly afterward. Around that time, National interest in the Alcatraz situation began to decrease. With the leadership vacuum created by Oakes’s departure, order among those living on the island began to break down. In June 1971 removed the Native Americans who remained on the island.
1968: Ming Na-Wen– actress
1957: James Brown – British Reggae singer
1942: Joe Biden – Vice President of the U.S.
1939: Dick Smothers – comedian, Smothers Brothers
1929: Dick Clark – host, American Bandstand
1925: Robert F. Kennedy – Senator, NY
Notable People Lost:
1997: Robert Palmer – rock singer
1995: Sergei Grinkov – Olympic figure skater
1910: Leo Tolstoy – author
Odd Holidays (There’s Always Something to Celebrate!):
Name Your PC Day
Universal Children’s Day
Future Teachers of America Day
National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
Thought for the day: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
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