November 6 Music et al

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Jimmy Dean, “Big Bad John”

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Jimmy Dean

November 6 – December 10, 1961: “Big Bad John” by Jimmy Dean was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Dean and Roy Acuff composed song. It was released in September 1961 and won Dean the 1962 Grammy Award fir Best Country and Western Recording.

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Bill Graham

San Francisco Mime Troupe
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poster announcing the fundraiser for the San Franciso Mime Group

November 6, 1965: promoter Bill Graham put on his first show, a benefit for the radical San Francisco Mime Troupe at the Calliope Warehouse in San Francisco. He did it to raise money for a legal defense fund for a member of the troupe who been arrested a few days earlier. The troupe’s offices were in the warehouse and they figured they could hold about 400 – 500 people. The donation to get in was “at least $1.00”. About 4000 people showed up.

For entertainment, Bill hired a band who also rehearsed in the same warehouse. The band was the Jefferson Airplane. They played 3 songs. The Fugs and Lawrence Ferlinghetti were also on the bill. (see Dec 10)

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Rolling Stones, “Get Off of My Cloud”

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Get Off of My Cloud cover by the Rolling Stones

November 6 – 19, 1965, “Get Off of My Cloud” by the Rolling Stones was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and followed the successful “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”  The Rolling Stones had recorded “Get Off of My Cloud” in early September 1965 and released it that November. It remained at #1 for two weeks. The single was included on the Rolling Stone’s next album, December’s Children (And Everybody’s), released in December, 1965.

In a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Jagger said, “That was Keith’s melody and my lyrics. … It’s a stop-bugging-me, post-teenage-alienation song. The grown-up world was a very ordered society in the early ’60s, and I was coming out of it. America was even more ordered than anywhere else. I found it was a very restrictive society in thought and behavior and dress.

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see Raccoon Creek Rock Festival for more

November 6 – 8, 1969: Livingston Gym, Denison University (Granville, OH). The Who. The Spirit and Johnny Winter. Supporting acts: Owen B, The Dust

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November 6 Peace Love Art Activism

November 6 Peace Love Art Activism

History fills every day. In 1917, suffragists finally got a foothold in New York when women there won the right to vote. Three years later, women voted nationally for the first time. The US government offered citizenship to Native American veterans.Few of us have heard of Rudolph Anderson, but he was the only US fatality during the Cuban Missile Crisis. And when the Symbionese Liberation Army first struck, we’d never heard that name, either. 


Voting Rights

November 6, 1917:  the woman suffrage referendum succeeded in New York. New York was the first eastern state to grant women the vote. (NYT sufferage article) (see Nov 10)

and exactly three years later…
Women vote for first time nationally

November 6, 1920:  following the ratification of the 19th amendment on August 18, 1920, women across entire United States vote for first time. In Yoncalla, Oregon, woman won every council seat. (Women vote for first time) (next Feminism, see November 23, 1921; VR, see February 27, 1922)

Nancy Pelosi

November 6, 2006: mid-term elections resulted in the Democrats gaining control of both houses of Congress; Nancy Pelosi became the first female Speaker of the House. (see January 4, 2007)

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Native Americans

1919 American Indian Citizenship Act


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Boney Rabbit, Cecil Gallamore, Stacy Sitting Hawk, Hezekiah Chebahtah, Owen Yackeyyonney and Anton Menteg. Camp Mills, Long Island, New York. March 31, 1919. Dixon noted Menteg, an Aleut from Alaska, was known for his bugle skills, being able to play everything from military signals to ragtime. The other men represent several different tribes: Cherokee (Rabbit), Choctaw (Gallamore), Southern Cheyenne (Sitting Hawk) and Comanche (Chebahtah and Yackeyyonney). All were U.S. citizens, not typically the case with Native American servicemen at the time.

Native Americans were not considered citizens of the United States despite the obvious fact that they were born and lived here for thousands of years before there even was a United States. Native Americans fought in support of US troops in every was. On November 6, 1919, Congress enacted the 1919 American Indian Citizenship Act, but it did not grant automatic citizenship to American Indian veterans who had received an honorable discharge. The Act merely authorized those American Indian veterans who wanted to become American citizens to apply for and be granted citizenship. Few Indians actually followed through on the process.

“BE IT ENACTED . . . that every American Indian who served in the Military or Naval Establishments of the United States during the war against the Imperial German Government, and who has received or who shall hereafter receive an honorable discharge, if not now a citizen and if he so desires, shall, on proof of such discharge and after proper identification before a court of competent jurisdiction, and without other examination except as prescribed by said court, be granted full citizenship with all the privileges pertaining thereto, without in any manner impairing or otherwise affecting the property rights, individuals or tribal, of any such Indian or his interest in tribal or other Indian property.”

(click for a longer article on citizenship and Native Americans around this time >>> Daily Kos) (see June 2, 1924)

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US Labor History

Spangler, PA explosion

November 6, 1922: a coal mine explosion in Spangler, Pa., killed 79. The mine had been rated gaseous in 1918, but at the insistence of new operators it was rated as non-gaseous even though miners had been burned by gas on at least four occasions (see April 2, 1923)

Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido

November 6, 2018:the US Supreme Court decided in Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido that the Mount Lemmon Arizona Fire District had unlawfully terminated the employment of the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs alleged  that their termination as firefighters was in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).

The District responded that it was too small to qualify as an “employer.”  The Court noted that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had, for 30 years, interpreted the ADEA to cover political subdivisions regardless of size, and a majority of the states impose age discrimination proscriptions on political subdivisions with no numerical threshold. (see January 14, 2019)

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Cold War

McCarthyism/the KKK/Kickbacks

November 6, 1946: the Republican Party won a majority in both the House and Senate, ushering in a major revival of institutional anticommunist activity, publicly spearheaded by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Joe McCarthy won election to the U.S. Senate from Wisconsin.

In 1947,the House on Un-American Activities decided not to investigate the Ku Klux Klan’s violent actions. HUAC’s chief counsel, Ernest Adamson, announced: “The committee has decided that it lacks sufficient data on which to base a probe,” HUAC member John Rankin added: “After all, the KKK is an old American institution.”

It was reported that from 1947 – 1949 Senator Joe McCarthy had accepted kickbacks from Pepsi Cola totaling $20,000 in exchange for helping Pepsi to circumvent the post-war sugar rationing.   He also received another $10,000 from entrepreneurs in the pre-fabricated housing industry.  Shortly thereafter, McCarthy joined the Senate Housing Committee and went on the road to speak out against public housing for veterans, extolling the benefits of the pre-fabricated home and offering it as an alternative. (FH, see May 3, 1948: RS, see Feb 17)

Rudolph Anderson

November 6, 1962: during the Cuban Missile Crisis on October 27, US Air Force pilot Rudolph Anderson took off in a U-2F (spy plane) from McCoy Air Force Base in Orlando Florida. 

A few hours into his mission, he was shot down by a Soviet-supplied surface-to-air missile near Banes, Cuba. Anderson was killed when shrapnel from the exploding proximity warhead punctured his pressure suit causing it to decompress at high altitude.

Major Rudolph Anderson’s wrecked U-2 jet

On October 31, Acting United Nations Secretary U Thant returned from a visit with Premier Fidel Castro and announced that Anderson was dead.

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On this date, Rudolph Anderson’s body interred in Greenville, South Carolina at Woodlawn Memorial Park.  (next Cold War, see December 15 – March 8, 1963)

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Black History

Roland T. Price

November 6, 1947: six white police officers shot an unarmed 25-year-old Black military veteran named Roland T. Price shot 25 times outside of a bar in Rochester, New York. The shooting was deemed “justified” even though evidence showed that Mr. Price did not resist the officers’ demands. [EJI story] (next BH, see  January 12, 1948)

South Africa, Apartheid

November 6, 1962: the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 1761, which condemned Apartheid in South Africa and called on member-nations to boycott the country. The Resolution also set up a Special Committee against Apartheid. [PDF] (see July 11, 1963)

Dee/Moore Murders

November 6, 1964: after an extensive FBI investigation, state authorities arrested James Ford Seale and Charles Marcus Edwards for the kidnapping and murder of Henry Dee and Charles Moore. (see Dee/Moore for expanded story; BH, see Nov 9)

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Calvin Graham

November 6, 1950: Graham enlisted in the US Marine Corps. His “birth certificate” indicated he was 17. He was actually 12. (see Calvin Graham for expanded story)

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Presidential Elections

Dwight D Eisenhower

November 6, 1956, Dwight D Eisenhower re-elected defeating Adlai Stevenson.

Ronald Reagan

November 6, 1984: Ronald Reagan defeated Walter F. Mondale with 59% of the popular vote, the highest since Richard Nixon’s 61% victory in 1972.

Reagan carried 49 states in the electoral college; Mondale won only his home state of Minnesota by a mere 3,761 vote margin and the District of Columbia.

Wilson Goode elected first African American mayor of Philadelphia.

Barak Obama

November 6, 2012, Barak Obama re-elected President. A protest at the University of Mississippi against his re-election grew into crowd of about 400 people with shouted racial slurs. Two people were arrested on minor charges. The university said that the gathering at the student union began late Tuesday night with about 30 to 40 students, but grew within 20 minutes as word spread. Some students chanted political slogans while others used derogatory racial statements and profanity, the statement said.

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see November 6 Music et al for more

Turn! Turn! Turn!

In 1962, Pete Seeger used verses from the Bible’s Book of Ecclesiastes to write song “Turn! Turn! Turn!” which promoted peaceful aims. (see Dec 23)

Big Bad John

November 6 – December 10, 1961: “Big Bad John” by Jimmy Dean #1 Billboard Hot 100.

Rock Venues

November 6, 1965:  promoter Bill Graham put on his first show, a benefit for the radical San Francisco Mime Troupe at the Calliope Warehouse in San Francisco. He did it to raise money for a legal defense fund for a member of the troupe who been arrested a few days earlier. The troupe’s offices were in the warehouse and they figured they could hold about 400 – 500 people. The donation to get in was “at least $1.00”. About 4000 people showed up.

For entertainment, Bill hired a band who also rehearsed in the same warehouse. The band was the Jefferson Airplane. They played 3 songs. Also on the bill were The Fugs and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. (see Dec 10)

Get Off My Cloud

November 6 – 19, 1965, “Get Off My Cloud” by the Rolling Stones #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

see Raccoon Creek Rock Festival for more

November 6 – 8, 1969: Livingston Gym, Denison University (Granville, OH). The Who. The Spirit and Johnny Winter. Supporting acts: Owen B, The Dust

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 Draft Card Burning

November 6, 1965: at a peace demonstration in Union Square, NYC, Thomas Cornell (teacher) Marc Edelman (cabinetmaker), Roy Lisker (novelist and teacher), and James Watson (on staff of Catholic Worker Pacifist Movement) burn their draft cards, [Dorothy Day speech that day(Vietnam, see Nov 9; DCB, see Dec 21)

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Symbionese Liberation Army

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November 6, 1973:  after several months of weapons training, the S.L.A. committed its first revolutionary act. They ambush and murder black Oakland school superintendent Marcus Foster and seriously wound his deputy, Robert Blackburn. (Marcus Foster article) [see SLA for more] (see February 4, 1974)

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November 6, 2012: Massachusetts became the 18th state to approve medical marijuana. (see July 23, 2013)

2018 Mid-term elections

November 6, 2018:  on election day four states had a marijuana-related propositions. Here were the results:

  • Michigan approved adult-use recreational marijuana.
  • Missouri approved one of three medical-marijuana use propositions.
  • Utah approved medical marijuana use.
  • North Dakota voted down voted down recreational-marijuana use. (next Marijuana, see March 25, 2019)
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Stop and Frisk Policy

November 6, 2013: Burt Neuborne, a law professor at New York University, filed a legal brief in the federal appeals court in Manhattan on behalf of Judge Scheindlin, asking that he and a team of four other prominent lawyers be allowed to challenge the order disqualifying her from the stop-and-frisk case. The motion called the order removing her from the case procedurally deficient, inaccurate and unwarranted, and asked that it be vacated or reviewed by the full appeals court.  (NYT article) (see Nov 13)

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Bans struck down

November 6, 2014: in a 2-1 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed lower court rulings in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky that struck down same-sex marriage bans, allowing four states to prohibit same-sex unions. (NYT article) (see Nov 12)

Jared Polis

November 6, 2018:  Colorado voters made history election night by choosing Jared Polis to become the state’s next governor. Polis became the nation’s first openly gay governor.

Kim Davis

November 6, 2018:  Kim Davis lost her bid for re-election. Davis, who switched to the Republican Party before the election, faced Democrat Elwood Caudill. Caudill won 54% of the approximately 7,800 votes cast in the race. [LGBTQ Nation article] (next Kim Davis, see October 5, 2020)

Native American

November 6, 2018: Sharice Davids beat Kevin Yoder in the Kansas 3rd District race, becoming the first lesbian Native American congresswoman.

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Sexual abuse of children

November 6, 2014:  the Archdiocese of Chicago released thousands of internal documents showing how it hid the sexual abuse of children by 36 priests, adding to similar disclosures made earlier this year and fulfilling a pledge by Cardinal Francis George to release the files before he retired.

“We cannot change the past but we hope we can rebuild trust through honest and open dialogue,” George said in a statement. “Child abuse is a crime and a sin.”

In January, the archdiocese had released 6,000 documents on 30 abusive priests as part of a legal settlement with victims, and on this day posted online 15,000 more records related to 36 others and involving abuse allegations dating to the early 1950s. The files only covered cases in which the archdiocese substantiated the abuse, and did not include those against priests who died before their accusers came forward or those who served in religious orders. [AP News article]  (see April 21, 2015)

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Environmental Issues

November 6, 2015: President Barack Obama rejected the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada in a victory for environmentalists who campaigned against the project for more than seven years.

The pipeline would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to our economy,” Obama told a press conference. He said it would not reduce gasoline prices, and shipping “dirtier” crude from Canada would not increase U.S. energy security. [Reuters article] (see Dec 12)

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FREE SPEECH & Colin Kaepernick

November 6, 2016: Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall decided to stand during the anthem again. Before the Broncos’ Sunday Night Football matchup against the Raiders, Marshall explained in an Instagram post why he would no longer kneel during the national anthem.

I’m encouraged with the many productive discussions and progress that has taken place as the Denver Police department has decided to review its use of force policy, ” Marshall wrote. “I’m proud to have joined so many of my peers throughout sports who’ve also made their own statements.”   [Denver Post article](CK, see March 1, 2017; FS, see March 2, 2017)

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Immigration History


November 6, 2017:  the Trump administration gave 2,500 Nicaraguans with provisional residency 14 months to leave the United States, announcing that it would not renew the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation that has allowed them to remain in the country for nearly two decades.

Trump officials deferred a decision for the much larger group of 57,000 Hondurans who had been living in the United States with the same designation, saying the Department of Homeland Security needed more time to consider their fate. [Washington Post article]  (IH, see Nov 13; Hondurans, see May 4, 2018)

Mental Health Services

November 6, 2019: Judge John Kronstadt ruled that the U.S. government must provide mental health services to thousands of migrant parents and children who were separated under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy,.

Kronstadt found that the government had taken “affirmative steps to implement the zero-tolerance policy” which subsequently caused “severe mental trauma to parents and their children.” Kronstadt issued a preliminary injunction that would require the government to immediately make mental health resources available to migrants who experienced the forced separation—which includes screenings, counseling, and other services.

The judge also said the Trump administration could be held accountable for the psychological harm that the family separation policy caused. [NYT story] (see Nov 13)

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Vernon Madison

November 6, 2017: the Supreme Court allowed the execution of  Vernon Madison, an  Alabama inmate who, after several strokes, could not remember the 1985 murder that sent him to death row.

The court’s opinion was unanimous, and there were no noted dissents, but three of the court’s more liberal justices filed concurring opinions saying the case presented a substantial legal question to which the court should return. [AL article] (see January 8, 2018)

Benjamin Schreiber

November 6, 2019: Benjamin Schreiber was found guilty of first-degree murder in 1997 and sentenced to life behind bars without the possibility of parole.

According to court records , he was hospitalized in March 2015 after large kidney stones caused him to develop septic poisoning. He was rushed from the Iowa State Penitentiary to the hospital in 2015, where his heart was restarted five times. He had signed a “do not resuscitate” agreement years earlier and claimed after recovering that his life sentence was fulfilled in his short-lived death. 

A district court denied Schreiber’s request, writing that it found his claim “unpersuasive and without merit,” and on this date Judge Amanda Potterfield affirmed that district court’s decision.

Potterfield wrote, “Schreiber is either still alive, in which case he must remain in prison, or he is actually dead, in which case this appeal is moot” and that Schreiber’s sentence isn’t up until a medical examiner declares he is deceased. (see Nov 20)

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Women’s Health

November 6, 2019: federal Judge Paul A. Engelmayer ruled in New York struck down a May 2, 2019 rule  letting health care clinicians object to providing abortions and other services on moral or religious grounds.

Engelmayer’s ruling came after health organizations and others sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Others opposing the rule include women’s groups, organizations and states.

The had rule let clinicians object to providing abortions and other services that conflict with their moral and religious beliefs. [PBS story] (next WH, see Dec 9)

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