Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Did you know...? -- November 22nd

For many Americans (and perhaps those of other nationalities, as well) in their late 40s or beyond, November 22nd maintains its dark place in history as the day that United States President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, TX in 1963.

You might be surprised to learn how many other well-known individuals in the fields of popular culture have also passed on this day, in various years, throughout history. Here are some highlights:

Authors who died on November 22nd (year in brackets)

  • Jack London [1916] -- author of "Call of the Wild"
  • Aldous Huxley [1963] -- author of "Brave New World" -- same exact day/year as JFK
  • C.S. Lewis [1963] -- author of the Narnia series -- same exact day/year as JFK
  • C.C. Beck [1989] -- prominent mystery author
  • Leonard Wibberley [1983] -- author of "The Mouse That Roared"
  • Anthony Burgess [1983] -- author of "A Clockwork Orange"

Prominent actors/entertainers/artists who died on November 22nd (year in brackets)

  • Scatman Crothers [1986]
  • Sterling Holloway [1992]
  • Mae West [1980]
  • Michael Conrad [1983] -- Hill St. Blues
  • Shemp Howard [1955]
  • Mark Lenard [1996] -- Sarek in the Star Trek series/movies
  • Michael Hutchence [1997] -- INXS lead singer
  • Parley Baer [2002]
  • Verity Lambert [2007] -- first producer of Doctor Who in 1963
  • Dave Cockrum [2006] -- long-time artist on The X-Men

What is it about November 22nd?

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