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Today in History: Tuesday, November 7, 2023

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Frank Sinatra and film star Ava Gardner were married in 1951. Their union lasted six years…Classic theatrical “Gone with the Wind” made its broadcast debut on NBC in 1976 in a two-part airing that concluded the following evening…The episode titled “Strangers” on ABC’s “thirtysomething” in 1989 created a great deal of controversy because it depicted two gay men, Russell (David Marshall Grant) and Peter (Peter Frechette), in bed together after having sex. A number of advertisers pulled their commercials. In 2005, TV Land included this episode as part of the “Top 100 Most Unexpected Moments in TV History,” ranking it #27…”Dirty Jobs, featuring Mike Rowe, launched on Discovery in 2003.

The Museum Of Modern Art is opened in New York City in 1929, and was devoted exclusively to modern art and the largest and most comprehensive of it’s kind in the United States…In 2000, the U.S. presidential election ended in a statistical tie between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush, only to be settled on December 12 by the U.S. Supreme Court after a legal dispute…In 1972, Richard Nixon won an overwhelming majority in the US presidential elections for a second term in the White House…In 2000, Hillary Clinton was was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first first lady to win elective office.

Top 10 singles chart on this day in 1976:

  1. “If You Leave Me Now” – Chicago
  2. “Mississippi” – Pussycat
  3. “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” – Leo Sayer
  4. “Don’t Take Away The Music” – Tavares
  5. “When Forever Has Gone” – Demis Roussos
  6. “Hurt” – The Manhattans
  7. “Play That Funky Music” – Wild Cherry
  8. “Howzat” – Sherbet
  9. “Summer Of My Life” – Simon May
  10. “Love And Affection” – Joan Armatrading

Celebrity Birthdays
Jean Shrimpton, model, 81; Joni Mitchell (Roberta Anderson), singer-songwriter, 80; Luigi Riva, Italian football legend, 79; Su Polard, actress, 74; Lucinda Green, equestrian/journalist, 70; “The Brady Bunch” star Christopher Knight, 66; John “Jellybean” Benitez, producer, 66; John Barnes, footballer, 59; Clint Mansell, guitarist, (Pop Will Eat Itself) 60; David Guetta, DJ, 57; Sharleen Spiteri, singer, songwriter (Texas) 57; Neil Hannon, singer-songwriter (Divine Comedy) 54; Rio Ferdinand, football pundit, 45; Adam Devine, actor, 40; Tinie Tempah (Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu), rapper, 35; David De Gea, goalkeeper, 33; Arthur Masuaku, footballer, 30; Reece James, footballer, 30; Lorde (Ella Yelich-O’Connor), singer-songwriter, 27; Callum Hudson-Odoi, footballer, 23.

Did You Know?
The word “thirtysomething” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary as a direct result of its popular usage from this series.