Today's History Trivia for November 15
1995 Monica Lewinsky Affair - First sexual encounter Lewinsky lifts her jacket and shows Pres. Clinton the straps of her thong underwear and they kiss. Later that evening they have another sexual encounter, during which Clinton takes a call from a member of Congress.
1993 Amy Fisher Joey Buttafuoco is sentenced to six months in jail and fined $5,000 for the statutory rape of Fisher. Fisher had shot Buttafuoco's wife the previous May.
1991 Dan Quayle In a speech to the Christian Coalition: "My friends, no matter how rough the road my be, we can and we will never, never surrender to what is right."
1990 Milli Vanilli It is revealed by their producer that they did not perform on their album Girl You Know It's True which won the Grammy for Best New Artist. The Grammy was later revoked.
1988 Oprah Winfrey The TV host displays a wheelbarrow containing 65 pounds of fat to demonstrate how much weight she lost.
1959 In Cold Blood Richard Hickock and Perry Smith murder the Clutter family in Kansas, providing the basis for Truman Capote's book and subsequent movies. The previous evening Mr. Clutter had taken out a $40,000 life insurance policy which paid double for accidental death.
1950 First African-American to Play Pro Hockey Arthur Dorrington signs with Atlantic City.
1926 First nation-wide radio network in the U.S. begins broadcasting, National Broadcasting Company (NBC).
1806 Pikes Peak is first sighted by Zebulon M. Pike.
1777 "Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union" are adopted by the Continental Congress and sent to the states for ratification.
Today's Birthdays for November 15
1891 Erwin Rommel d. 1944 German general. "The Desert Fox," commander of the Afrika Korps during World War II. He was a highly decorated officer in WWI and was awarded the Pour le Mérite for his actions on the Italian Front. Although he supported Hitler's rise to power, Rommel was implicated in the July 20, 1944 assassination attempt on Hitler. For this, he was given the choice of suicide or execution. Proclaiming his innocence, he chose suicide in order to protect his family and staff.
1951 Beverly D'Angelo American Emmy-winning actress. Film: Hair (1979, Sheila), Coal Miner's Daughter (1980, Patsy Cline) and National Lampoon's Vacation (1983, Ellen Griswold).
1940 Sam Waterson American actor. Film: The Great Gatsby (1974, Nick Carraway) and The Killing Fields (1984, journalist Sidney Schanberg).
1933 Jack Burns American actor, of the comedy team, Burns and Schreiber. TV: The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour (1973, co-host) and The Andy Griffith Show (1965-66, deputy Warren Ferguson, Barney Fife's replacement).
1929 Edward Asner American Emmy-winning actor. TV: The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Lou Grant) and Lou Grant (title role).
1919 Carol Bruce d. 2007 (Shirley Levy), American actress. TV: WKRP in Cincinnati (Mamma Carlson).
1898 Sylvan Nathan Goldman d. 1984 American businessman, inventor of the shopping cart (1937). He had noticed that customers quit shopping when their handheld baskets became full. His first cart was essentially a folding chair with wheels and baskets attached. He also invented "nested" shopping carts, where the carts are pushed inside of each other for storage.
1889 Manuel II d. 1932 King of Portugal (1908-10), Portugal's last monarch. Deposed during a revolt, he lived out his life in exile in England.
1738 Sir William Herschel d. 1822 English astronomer, discovered Uranus (1781), two of its moons (1787), and the sixth and seventh moons of Saturn (1789).
1316 John I d. 1316 King of France (1316), posthumous son of King Louis X. Was King of France on his birth, but died five days later. It is rumored that his uncle Philip either killed him or substituted him with a dead infant.
Deaths for November 15
1978 Margaret Mead b. 1901 American anthropologist, known for her studies of primitive cultures. She posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1979).
1971 Rudolf Abel b. 1903 (Vilyam Genrikhovich Fisher), Soviet spy. He was captured by the FBI (1957) and later exchanged for American U-2 pilot F. Gary Powers (1962). He transported microfilm inside a hollowed-out nickel.
1958 Tyrone Power b. 1914 (Tyrone Edmund Power, Jr.), American actor. Film: The Razor's Edge (1946) and Witness for the Prosecution (1957). He was one of the most popular film actors of the 1930s and '40s.
1954 Lionel Barrymore b. 1878 American Oscar-winning actor. Film: A Free Soul (1931, Oscar) and in the Dr. Kildare movies (as Dr. Gillespie).
1949 Nathuram Godse b. 1910 Hindu nationalist. He assassinated Mahatma Gandhi (1948). He felt Gandhi favored the political demands of India's Muslims during the partition of India. He plotted the assassination with seven others. He was sentenced to death for his crime. Although Gandhi's sons plead for commutation, he and co-conspirator Narayan Apte were hanged together.
1916 Charles Edward Cheney b. 1836 American religious leader, founder of the Reformed Episcopal Church (1873).
1839 William Murdoch b. 1754 Scottish inventor. Invented the oscillating steam engine (c1784). He also made the first practical use of gas lighting (1802).