1966: First All-Female Music Group to Make #1
Originally called the Primettes, the Supremes were the most commercially successful Motown act and still hold the record for America’s most successful vocal group. The group began performing together in 1959. On this day in 1966, the Supremes became the first all-female group to have a No. 1 selling album with The Supremes A ‘Go-Go. Together, they had 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1970, Diana Ross left the group to pursue a solo career, but the Supremes continued on until 1977 ending a 18-year run.
2020: The Year Without a Santa Claus
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the department store chain Macy’s announced on this day in 2020 that Santa Claus would not be making an appearance in its stores ending a 159-year holiday tradition. Since 1947, children have climbed up on Santa’s lap to tell him what they wanted for Christmas, but not this year. But Santa will still make an appearance through a “virtual engagement” on the company’s website from November 27 through December 24 and Santa will appear in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade but that too will be limited. It will be shown for television audiences only.
- 1931: Ann Rule (author)
- 1938: Christopher Lloyd (actor)
- 1942: Annette Funicello (actress)
- 1943: Catherine Deneuve (actress)
- 1948: Debbie Macomber (author)
- 1952: Jeff Goldblum (actor)
- 1968: Shaggy (singer)
- 1969: Spike Jonze (film director)
- 1971: Jennifer Lee (film director)
- 1975: Jesse Tyler Ferguson (actor)
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