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Every Day People

November 30th Celebrates Every Day People

Today on “Days to Remember,” we celebrate how on November 30th 1968, the musical group called “Sly and The Family Stone,” released their song called “Everyday People,” to the public.

The song is one of Sly Stone’s pleas for peace and equality between differing races and social groups, a major theme and focus for the band.

The Family Stone featured Caucasians Greg Errico and Jerry Martini in its lineup, as well as females Rose Stone and Cynthia Robinson; making it the first major integrated band in rock history. Sly & the Family Stone’s message were about peace and equality through music, and this song reflects the same.

Unlike the band’s more typically funky and psychedelic records, “Everyday People” is a mid-tempo number with a more mainstream pop feel. Sly, singing the main verses for the song, explains that he is “no better / and neither are you / we are the same / whatever we do.”

Today’s YouTube video brought to you by user name (Golden Great Oldies 24 ), is the infamous song called, “Every Day People,” on November 30th 1968, the musical group called “Sly and The Family Stone,” released their song to the public.

Sly’s sister Rose Stone sings bridging sections that mock the futility of people hating each other for being tall, short, fat, skinny, white, black, or anything else. The bridges of the song contain the line “different strokes for different folks,” which became a popular catchphrase in 1969 (and inspired the name of the later television series, Different Strokes).

During the chorus, all of the singing members of the band (Sly, Rosie, Larry Graham, and Sly’s brother Freddie Stone) proclaim that “I am everyday people,” meaning that each of them (and each listener as well) should consider himself or herself as parts of one whole, not of smaller, specialized factions.

“Everyday People” was included on the band’s classic album Stand! (1969), which sold over three million copies it was one of the most covered songs in the band’s repertoire, with versions by The Winstons, Aretha Franklin, The Staple Singers, William Bell, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Supremes & The Four Tops, Peggy Lee, Belle & Sebastian, Pearl Jam, and Nicole C. Mullen, Ta Mara and the Seen among many others.

“Everyday People” is prominently featured in the opening sequence of the 2008 romantic comedy film Definitely, Maybe. The lead character, Will Hayes (played by Ryan Reynolds), calls it his “perfect song” for that particular day. It can also be heard in the film Purple Haze.

As we celebrate how on November 30th 1968, the musical group called “Sly and The Family Stone,” released their song called “Everyday People,” to the public.

I like to point one thing knowing how we are all equal to each other.

Just remember racism is garbage. Don’t recycle it, know to throw it out so we can all live in peace!

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Bells Are Ringing

November 29th Celebrates Bells Are Ringing

Today on “Days to Remember,” we celebrate how the musical called; “Bells are Ringing,” opened on Broadway on November 29th 1956.

The original Broadway production, directed by Jerome Robbins and choreographed by Robbins and Bob Fosse, opened on November 29, 1956 at the Shubert Theatre, where it ran for slightly more than two years before transferring to the Alvin Theatre, for a total run of 924 performances.

It starred Judy Holliday as Ella and Sydney Chaplin as Jeff Moss, it also featured Jean Stapleton as Sue Summers, Eddie Lawrence as Sandor, George S. Irving, Jack Weston, Peter Gennaro, and Donna Sanders.

Scenic and Costume design was by Raoul Pène Du Bois and the lighting design was by Peggy Clark. During her vacation, Holliday was replaced briefly by Betty Garrett.

Today’s YouTube video is the song called, “Bells Are Ringing,” from the musical which made its debut to the public on November 29th 1956, brought to you by user name, (klrietmann) by Decca Records, sung by Jerri Southern.

What was the Broadway play about?

In act one, Ella Peterson works for a telephone answering service owned by a woman named Sue. She listens in on others’ lives and adds some interest to her own humdrum existence by adopting different identities – and voices – for her clients.

They include Blake Barton, an out-of-work Method actor, Dr. Kitchell, a dentist with musical yearnings but lacking talent, and playwright Jeff Moss, who is suffering from writer’s block and desperately needs a muse. Ella considers the relationships with these clients “perfect” because she can’t see them and they can’t see her (“It’s a Perfect Relationship”).

Jeff is writing a play called “The Midas Touch,” the first play he’s written since his writing partner left him (“Independent (On My Own)”). One day the producer of the play insists that he finish the play by the next morning and meet him at 9:00 am. While asking her to wake him up on time, he turns to Ella for help in writing the play. Meanwhile, Sandor, Sue’s rich boyfriend, reveals plans to a group of gangsters to use as a bookmaking operation, by pretending to be a record seller and taking orders for “symphonies” as code. (“It’s a Simple Little System”).

Ella wants to go visit Jeff’s apartment to help him write the play, but she is intercepted by a policeman who is convinced that is a front for an “escort service.” Ella asks him “Is it a Crime?” to help someone in need? He agrees that it isn’t, and lets her go. She arrives at Jeff’s apartment and offers him help with his play, and a romance ensues “I Met a Girl,” “Long Before I Knew You.”

In act two, Ella is preparing to go to a party at Jeff’s apartment, feeling nervous about meeting his friends. Carl, a friend of hers, helps her regain her confidence with a cha-cha dance (“Mu-Cha-Cha”).

The guests at the party are all very pretentious and rich and snobby (“Drop That Name”) and they make Ella feel very out of place. She leaves Jeff (“The Party’s Over”).

Carl, a music nerd, thwarts Sandor’s operation when he receives an order for “Beethoven’s 10th symphony,” because he knows that Beethoven only wrote 9 symphonies. The policeman arrests Sandor. Meanwhile, Jeff comes to confess his love for Ella. She quits in order making a life with herself and Jeff (“I’m Going Back”)

The musical was made into a movie starring Judy Holiday and Dean Martin, and became a very successful movie, as we remember how the musical called; “Bells are Ringing,” opened on Broadway on November 29th 1956.

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William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway

November 28th Celebrates William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway

Today on “Days to Remember,” we celebrate how on November 28th 1582, William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway were married.

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet.

Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Sometime between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, later known as the King’s Men.

Who was Anne Hathaway?

Anne Hathaway was the wife of William Shakespeare, the English poet, playwright and actor.

They were married in 1582, when she was 26 years old. She outlived her husband by seven years. Very little is known about her beyond a few references in legal documents, but her personality and relationship to Shakespeare have been the subject of much speculation by historians and creative writers from this day.

Hathaway is believed to have grown up in Shottery, a small village just to the west of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. She is assumed to have grown up in the farmhouse that was the Hathaway family home, which is located at Shottery and is now a major tourist attraction for the village. Her father, Richard Hathaway, was a yeoman farmer. He died in September 1581 and left his daughter the sum of six pounds, thirteen shillings and four pence) to be paid “at the day of her marriage”.

In her father’s will, her name is listed as “Agnes”, leading to some scholars believing that she should be referred to as “Agnes Hathaway”.

Hathaway married Shakespeare in November 1582 while pregnant with the couple’s first child, to whom she gave birth six months later. Hathaway was 26 years old; Shakespeare was only 18, which was pretty BIG age difference back then.

In today’s society Anne Hathaway would be consider what’s called a Cougar.

This age difference, added to Hathaway’s antenuptial pregnancy, some historians had declared this evidences to be a “shotgun wedding”, forced on a reluctant Shakespeare by the Hathaway family. There is, however, no evidence for this inference.

Shakespeare and Hathaway is not evidence that he was forced to marry her, but that he was the one who pursued her.

Women such as the orphaned Hathaway often stayed at home to care for younger siblings and married in their late twenties.

As a husband Shakespeare offered few prospects; his family had fallen into financial ruin, while Hathaway, and from a family in good standing both socially and financially, would have been considered a catch.

Shakespeare was bound to marry Hathaway, having made her pregnant, but there is no reason to assume that this had not always been his intention. It is nearly certain that the respective families of the bride and groom had known one another.

Three children were born to Hathaway and her husband; Susanna in 1583 and the twins Hamnet and Judith in 1585. Hamnet died at 11 years old and was buried in Stratford upon Avon on August 11th 1596, during one of the frequent outbreaks of the Bubonic plague.

One of Shakespeare’s sonnets, number 145, has been claimed to make reference to Anne Hathaway; the words ‘hate away’ may be a pun (in Elizabethan pronunciation) on ‘Hathaway’.

It has also been suggested that the next words, “And saved my life”, would have been indistinguishable in pronunciation from “Anne saved my life”.

The sonnet differs from all the others in the length of the lines. It’s fairly simple language and syntax has led to suggestions that it was written much earlier than the other, more mature, sonnets.

Those lips that Love’s own hand did make
Breathed forth the sound that said ‘I hate’
To me that languish’d for her sake;
But when she saw my woeful state
Straight in her heart did mercy come,
Chiding that tongue that ever sweet
Was used in giving gentle doom,
And taught it thus anew to greet:
‘I hate’ she alter’d with an end,
That follow’d it as gentle day
Doth follow night, who like a fiend
From heaven to hell is flown away;
‘I hate’ from hate away she threw,
And saved my life, saying ‘not you.’

As celebrate we celebrate how on November 28th 1582, William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway were married.

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Jimi Hendrix

November 27th Celebrates Jimi Hendrix

Today on “Days to Remember,” we celebrate Jimi Hendrix’s birthday who was born on November 27th 1962 in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15.

Jimi Hendrix was primarily of African American descent, and also had Irish and Cherokee ancestors. His paternal great-great-grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee from Georgia who married an Irishman named Moore.

Jimi Hendrix, born Johnny Allen Hendrix at 10:15 a.m. on November 27, 1942, at Seattle’s King County Hospital, was later renamed James Marshall by his father, James “Al” Hendrix.

Young Jimmy (as he was referred to at the time) took an interest in music, drawing influence from virtually every major artist at the time, including B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Holly, and Robert Johnson.

Entirely self-taught, Jimmy’s inability to read music made him concentrate even harder on the music he heard.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (Jimi Hendrix Vevo) is Jim Hendrix playing his guitar, and singing the song called, “The Watch Tower.” As we celebrate Jimi Hendrix’s birthday on November 27th 1962.

Widely recognized as one of the most creative and influential musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix pioneered the explosive possibilities of the electric guitar.

Hendrix’s innovative style of combining fuzz, feedback and controlled distortion created a new musical form. Because he was unable to read or write music, it is nothing short of remarkable that Jimi Hendrix’s meteoric rise in the music took place in just four short years.

His musical language continues to influence a host of modern musicians, from George Clinton to Miles Davis, and Steve Vai to Jonny Lang.

In 1961, Jimmy left home to enlist in the United States Army and in November 1962 earned the right to wear the “Screaming Eagles” patch for the paratroop division. While stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Jimmy formed The King Casuals with bassist Billy Cox.

After being discharged due to an injury he received during a parachute jump, Jimmy began working as a session guitarist under the name Jimmy James.

By the end of 1965, Jimmy had played with several marquee acts, including Ike and Tina Turner, Sam Cooke, the Isley Brothers, and Little Richard.

Jimmy parted ways with Little Richard to form his own band, Jimmy James and the Blue Flames, shedding the role of back-line guitarist for the spotlight of lead guitar.

Throughout the latter half of 1965, and into the first part of 1966, Jimmy played the rounds of smaller venues throughout Greenwich Village, catching up with Animals’ bassist Chas Chandler during a July performance at Caf‚ Wha?

Chandler was impressed with Jimmy’s performance and returned again in September 1966 to sign Hendrix to an agreement that would have him move to London to form a new band.

Back in America, Jimi Hendrix built his own recording studio, Electric Lady Studios in New York City. The name of this project became the basis for his most demanding musical release, a two LP collection, Electric Ladyland. Throughout 1968, the demands of touring and studio work took its toll on the group and in 1969 the Experience disbanded.

Although the details of Hendrix’s last day and death are widely disputed, he spent much of September 17, 1970, in London with Monika Dannemann, the only witness to his final hours.

Paramedics then transported Hendrix to St Mary Abbot’s Hospital where Dr. John Bannister pronounced him dead at 12:45 p.m. on September 18, 1970, to determine the cause of death, coroner Gavin Thurston ordered a post-mortem examination on Hendrix’s body, which was performed on September 21 by Professor Robert Donald Teare, a forensic pathologist.

Thurston completed the inquest on September 28, and concluded that Hendrix aspirated his own vomit and died of asphyxia while intoxicated with barbiturates.

Citing “insufficient evidence of the circumstances”, he declared an open verdict. Dannemann later revealed that Hendrix had taken nine of her prescribed Vesparax sleeping tablets, 18 times the recommended dosage.

Today’s story is not about his tragic death but what talent Jimi Hendrix was, and still is today, as we celebrate his birthday today.

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Why was Thanksgiving Day Invented Today?

November 26th Celebrates Why was Thanksgiving Day Invented

Today we gobble until we wobble, but how did Thanksgiving Day come about?

In 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt had signed a bill that changed the celebration of Thanksgiving to the third Thursday of November.
On November 26th 1941, Roosevelt signed a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

Why was Thanksgiving Day invented?

On this day in 1863, expressing gratitude for a pivotal Union Army victory at Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln announces that the nation will celebrate an official Thanksgiving holiday on November 26, 1863.

The speech, which was actually written by Secretary of State William Seward, declared that the fourth Thursday of every November thereafter would be considered an official U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving.

This announcement harkened back to when George Washington was in his first term as the first president in 1789 and the young American nation had only a few years earlier emerged from the American Revolution.

At that time, George Washington called for an official celebratory “day of public thanksgiving and prayer.” While Congress overwhelmingly agreed to Washington’s suggestion, the holiday did not yet become an annual event.

Thomas Jefferson, the third president, felt that public demonstrations of piety to a higher power, like that celebrated at Thanksgiving, were inappropriate in a nation based in part on the separation of church and state.

Subsequent presidents agreed with him. In fact, no official Thanksgiving proclamation was issued by any president between 1815 and the day Lincoln took the opportunity to thank the Union Army and God for a shift in the country’s fortunes on this day in 1863.

The fourth Thursday of November remained the annual day of Thanksgiving from 1863 until 1939. Then, at the tail-end of the Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, hoping to boost the economy by providing shoppers and merchants a few extra days to conduct business between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, moved Thanksgiving to November’s third Thursday.

In 1941, however, Roosevelt bowed to Congress’ insistence that the fourth Thursday of November be re-set permanently, without alteration, as the official Thanksgiving holiday.

Today’s YouTube video brought to you by user name,(Smart Show 3D), is a Thanksgiving Slideshow – Festive Dinner Pictures & Best Thanksgiving Poems in a Touching Video.

Whatever ideas congress had about Thanksgiving Day today take this glorious holiday and custom fit it to what’s inside your heart.

One of my favorite quotes about Thanksgiving Day is from E.P. Powell, which how I would like today’s story today.

“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take that day and leave out the gratitude.”

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Anti-Communist Pact in Europe

November 25th Celebrates Anti-Communist Pact in Europe

Today on “Days to Remember,” we celebrate how on November 25th 1936 The Anti-Communist Pact an agreement between Japan and Germany was signed.

The origins of the Anti-Comintern Pact go back to the autumn of 1935, when various German officials both within and outside the Foreign Ministry were attempting to balance the competing demands upon the Reich’s foreign policy by its traditional alliance with China versus Hitler’s desire for friendship with China’s archenemy, Japan.

In October 1935, the idea was mooted that an anti-Communist alliance might be able to tie in the Kuomintang regime, Japan and Germany.

In particular, this idea appealed to Joachim von Ribbentrop, the Special Ambassador at Large and head of the Dienststelle Ribbentrop and the Japanese Military Attaché in Berlin, General Oshima Hiroshi, who hoped that such an alliance might lead to China’s subordination to Japan.

Lack of Chinese interest doomed the project’s original intention, but October–November 1935, Ribbentrop and Hiroshi worked out a treaty directed against the Comintern.

The Pact was to be originally introduced in late November 1935 with invitations for Britain, Italy, China and Poland to join.

However, concerns by the German Foreign Minister Baron Konstantin von Neurath and War Minister Field Marshal Werner von Blomberg that the pact might damage Chinese–German relations plus political disarray in Tokyo following the failed military coup of February 26, 1936 led to the Pact’s being shelved for a year.

By the summer of 1936, the increased influence of the military in the Japanese government, concerns in Berlin and Tokyo about the Franco-Soviet alliance, and Hitler’s desire for a dramatic anti-Communist foreign policy gesture that he believed might bring about an Anglo-German alliance led to the idea of the Anti-Comintern Pact being revived.

The Pact was initialed on October 23, 1936, and signed on November 25, 1936.

In order to avoid damaging relations with the Soviet Union, the Pact was supposedly directed only against the Comintern, but in fact contained a secret agreement that in the event of either signatory power becoming involved with a war with the Soviet Union, the other signatory power would maintain benevolent neutrality.

Why was the pact designed for?

In case of an attack by the Soviet Union against Germany or Japan, the two countries agreed to consult on what measures to take “to safeguard their common interests” the pact was designed to protect other European countries if Russia every got involved in the war.

Earlier, in June 1935, the surprise Anglo-German Naval Agreement was signed between the United Kingdom and Nazi Germany. This marked the beginning of a series of attempts by Adolf Hitler to improve relations between the two countries, form a pact, and isolate the Soviet Union, while both the Soviet Union and Britain attempted to do the same and isolate Germany.

The Anti-Comintern Pact was revised in 1941, after Germany’s assault on the Soviet Union that commenced with Operation Barbarossa and on November 25 its renewal for another five years was celebrated. This time the signatories were for other countries such as Great Britain, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Turkey.

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AOL purchases Netscape

November 24th Celebrates AOL purchases Netscape

Today on “Days to Remember,” we celebrate how on November 24th 1998, AOL known as (America Online) announced a deal for their purchase of Netscape for $4.21 billion dollars.

As part of the deal, Sun will pay more than $350 million in fees, plus significant minimum revenue commitments during the next three years. In exchange, AOL will buy Sun hardware and services worth $500 million.

Netscape stockholders will receive 0.45 shares of AOL stock for each share of Netscape stock. The deal is expected to close in spring 1999.

Netscape’s operations will remain based in Mountain View, California. Netscape chief executive Jim Barksdale will be offered a seat on AOL’s board but have no management role.

AOL plans to: maintain the Netscape brand name; expand its audience with the Netcenter portal that is integrated with the Netscape browser; and keep Netscape’s development team.

AOL has struck a three-year alliance with Sun Microsystems to distribute and develop Netscape’s enterprise software for corporate customers. The companies will use Sun’s Java technology to offer AOL services on Internet devices.

AOL expects to continue including Internet Explorer in its service, so consumers will still have AOL software included on their desktop.
When did AOL first make its public debut?

AOL originally provided dial up service to millions of Americans. At the height of its success it merged with media conglomerate Time Warner. As dial up rapidly lost ground to broadband in the mid-2000s, AOL’s fortunes significantly retracted and it lost the vast majority of its value by laying off thousands of employees. Time Warner was eventually spun off, and is worth fourteen times that of AOL, as of late 2015.
Who invented AOL?

AOL began in 1983, as a short-lived venture called Control Video Corporation (or CVC), founded by Davin Quinton. Its sole product was an online service called GameLine for the Atari 2600 video game console, after von Meister’s idea of buying music on demand was rejected by Warner Bros. Subscribers bought a modem from the company and paid a one-time setup fee.

Who invented the dial up modem?

The 56K modem was invented by Dr. Brent Townshend in 1996, but in 1962 the first commerical modem was manufactured by two companies Bell and AT&T.
A typical modem speed if you can remember that far back in the late 90’s was a modem speed of 1200, 2400, 4800 and 9600 bps.
When did Netscape make its first public debut?

Netscape was the first company to attempt to capitalize on the nascent World Wide Web.

It was originally founded under the name Mosaic Communications Corporation on April 4, 1994, the brainchild of Jim Clark who had recruited Marc Andreessen as co-founder and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as investors. The first meeting between Clark and Andreessen was never truly about a software or service like Netscape, but more about a product that was similar to Nintendo as we celebrate how on November 24th 1998, AOL known as (America Online) announced a deal for their purchase of Netscape for $4.21 billion dollars.

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