TODAY IS ... 17 NOVEMBERBIRTHDAYS: 1994 - Raquel Castro is an American child actress. She is best known for her role in the 2004 film Jersey Girl as Gertie Trinké, the daughter of Ollie Trinké (Ben Affleck) and Gertrude Steiney (Jennifer Lopez), the role for which Castro won the Young Artist Award for the Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actress Age Ten or Younger.
1990 - Shanica Knowles is an American actress and singer. She is best known for playing Amber Addison on Hannah Montana.
1980 – Isaac Hanson is one of the three members of the Pop rock band Hanson, along with his brothers Taylor and Zac. He sings both backing and lead vocals, plays electric and acoustic guitar, as well as the piano, the bass and the synth.
1978 - Rachel McAdams is a Canadian actress. Her films include The Hot Chick, Mean Girls, The Notebook, Wedding Crashers, The Family Stone, Red Eye and The Time Traveler's Wife.
1966 - Jeff Buckley, US singer songwriter, 1995 album 'Grace'. 1972 album 'Greetings From LA'. 1960 - RuPaul, US male drag queen, (1994 UK No.7 single with Elton John, 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart', 1998 UK No.21 single, 'It's Raining Men').
1944 - Danny DeVito - Film and television actor, director and producer who appeared in television's Taxi (1978–83) before moving to film. His films include The War of the Roses (1989), which he also directed, Twins (1988), Hoffa (1992), which he also directed, and Romancing the Stone (1984). His credits as a producer include Pulp Fiction (1994), Get Shorty (1995), Out of Sight (1998), and Man on the Moon (1999).
1942 - Martin Scorsese - American film director. A major figure in contemporary cinema, he grew up in Manhattan's Little Italy, attended film school at New York Univ., made his first feature-length film in 1968, and scored his first success with Mean Streets (1973). Often dealing with violent and obsessive aspects of modern America and focusing on Italian-American characters, Scorsese's films frequently feature a struggling hero and themes of sin and redemption. His major movies include Taxi Driver (1976), a harrowing urban morality tale; Raging Bull (1979), a look into the savage world of boxing; Goodfellas (1990), an exploration of the brutalities of Mob life; and Gangs of New York (2002), a violent epic of life in Manhattan's 19th-century slums.
1938 - Gordon Lightfoot is born in Orillia, Ontario. His biggest hit is the million-selling No. 1 single ``Sundown'' in 1974. Other notable songs include Music: If You Could Read My Mind (1970) and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (1976).
1925 – Rock Hudson - was "discovered" and molded into a virile, square-jawed movie star, appearing in films such as the western Gun Fury (1953, with Donna Reed), the melodrama Magnificent Obsession (1954, with Jane Wyman) and the classic Giant (1956, with Elizabeth Taylor, and with Hudson receiving an Oscar nomination). Hudson then turned to romantic comedy and became one of the top box office stars of the late 1950s and early '60s, frequently appearing in films with Doris Day. He was the first major public figure to announce he had AIDS.
OTHER EVENTS: 2008 - Disney Legends Richard and Robert Sherman, the songwriting team behind Mary Poppins, "It's a Small World", Bedknobs and Broomsticks and many other favorites, receive National Medals of the Arts from President and Mrs. Bush at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
2006 – U2’s Bono and the Edge team with Pearl Jam and join Aussie acts Jet, Paul Kelly, Eskimo Joe, Evermore and the John Butler Trio at a Make Poverty History concert in Melbourne. The event draws 14,000 to the Myer Music Bowl, and is broadcast to thousands more on giant screens through Melbourne, Brisbane and two major Victorian regional towns Geelong and Bendigo. 2006 - Official naming of element 111, Roentgenium (Rg). 2007 - The Eagles were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Long Road Out Of Eden’ the bands seventh studio album and first since 1979.
2005 – The Constant Gardener starring Ralph Feinnes, Rachel Weisz and Danny Huston starts screening in Australia. A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption.
2004 - Kmart Corp. announces it is buying Sears, Roebuck and Co. for $11 billion USD and naming the newly merged company Sears Holdings Corporation. 2003 - It is reported that Disney's Finding Nemo has sold an industry leading 15 million DVDs in less than two weeks at retail stores!
2003 - Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as the 38th Governor of California.
2003 - 21 year-old Britney Spears became the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2002 - On the 50th birthday of the British singles chart the Top 3 had DJ Sammy, 'Heaven' at No.3, Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland 'Dilemma' at No.2 and Christina Aguilera at No.1 with 'Dirty.' 1998 – Retailers in the U.S. are hit with a wave of superstar releases on what the industry dubs “Super Tuesday.” Among the sets released are Garth Brooks’ “Garth Brooks: Double Live,” Whitney Houston’s “My Love is Your Love,” Mariah Carey’s “#1’s,” Jewel’s “Spirit,” and three soundtracks associated with the animated film “The Prince of Egypt.” 1998 – Tori Amos releases her second album Spirit, featuring the hits “Hands” and “Down So Long.” The album peaks on the Billboard charts at No. 3.
1994 – Multi-award winning movie, including 6 Oscars, Forrest Gump commences screening in Australia. Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny, eludes him. 1994 - "Sunset Boulevard" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 977 performances starriug Glenn Close 1994 – Bob Dylan spends the first of two days taping an episode of MTV Unplugged at New York’s Sony Studios. 1992 - NBC's Dateline airs a segment showing a GM truck exploding during a car crash test, not disclosing that they had used an explosive device to ensure the explosion. 1988 – Starring Tom Hanks and Elizabeth Perkins, Big started screening in Australia. When a boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult body literally overnight. 1986 - The creator of the term ‘baby boomer’ released the first issue of the magazine "Quality" this day. Landon Jones subtitled his glossy effort, "America’s Guide to Excellence". There was only one problem. Most of America wasn’t buying and "Quality" did not last very long on newsstands. 1984 – Ten weeks after its first appearance in the Hot 100 at number 80, Wham!’s single, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go reaches the No. 1 spot. George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley hold their lead for three weeks. 1981 - Luke Spencer married Laura Baldwin in what was called “the wedding of the year” on the TV serial "General Hospital". An audience of 14 million viewers watched as vows were exchanged on the ABC program. 1979 - The Commodores went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Still', the group's second US No.1 single, it made No.4 in the UK. 1979 – Abba top the British albums chart with their collection Greatest Hits, Vol. 2. Shortly afterward, the Guinness Book of Records names Abba the biggest-selling group in recording history.
1978 - Linda Ronstadt's anthology album "A Restrospective" becomes her eighth gold album. 1975 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “That’s the Way (I Like It),” KC & the Sunshine Band. 1974 - John Lennon scored his second solo US No.1 album with 'Walls And Bridges.' 1974 – Abba begin their first European tour in Copenhagen. It was also their first tour outside of Sweden. 1973 – Watergate scandal: In Orlando, Florida, US President Richard Nixon tells 400 Associated Press managing editors "I am not a crook".1970 - The first computer mouse is patented by Douglas Engelbart. 1968 - "Zorba" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 305 performances. 1967 - Beatles Ltd and Apple Music Ltd swap names 1966 - The Beach Boys were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Good Vibrations.' The single was taken from the album 'Pet Sounds'. 1965 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``I Hear a Symphony,'' The Supremes. 1963 - John Weightman the Headmaster of a Surrey Grammar School, banned all pupils from having Beatle haircuts saying, "this ridiculous style brings out the worst in boys physically. It makes them look like morons." 1959 - De Beers firm of South Africa announces synthetic diamond 1957 - Harry Belafonte was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Mary's Boy Child,' the first single to sell over 1 million copies in the UK. It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks making it this years Christmas No.1. 1953 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Rags to Riches,'' Tony Bennett. 1950 – Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, is enthroned as the leader of Tibet at the age of fifteen.
1931 - Charles Lindbergh inaugurated Pan Am service from Cuba to South America in the Sikorsky flying boat American Clipper. The Sikorsky S-40 was placed in operation by Pan American Airways in 1931. The plane, which carried 36 passengers and traveled at 110 miles per hour, operated the trans-Caribbean routes. The S-40s were the first four-engine aircraft that were regularly used in commercial air service by a major American airline.
1904 - The first underwater submarine journey was taken, from Southampton, England, to the Isle of Wight. 1880 - The first three British female graduates received their Bachelor of Arts degrees from London University. 1877 - The first production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera, "The Sorcerer", was presented -- in London. 1869 - The Suez Canal, linking the Mediterranean and Red seas, is formally opened to shipping traffic