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This Day in Pop Culture for November 30


1982: Michael Jackson’s Killer Album

On speaking about his upcoming sixth studio album, Michael Jackson said that he wanted to make an album where every song was a killer and he nearly did that. Thriller, which debuted on this day in 1982, was Jackson’s first number-one album on Billboard’s Top LPs and Tapes chart. And it stayed there for 37 weeks. Seven of the album’s 10 singles were released including “The Girl Is Mine” (with Paul McCartney), “Billie Jean”, “Beat It”, “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ ”, “Human Nature”, “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”, and “Thriller”. All of them reached the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Today, the most remembered song off the album is of course, “Thriller”, but Epic Records didn’t initially plan on releasing it as they saw it as a novelty song. In addition to Jackson, fans were also “thrilled” to hear horror movie star, Vincent Price performing a spoken-word sequence at the end of the song followed by his legendary laughter. (Image: Epic Records/Wikipedia)

1858: The Mason Jar is Invented

While home canning jars using wax sealers had been used since the late 1830s, it was on this day in 1858 that John Landis Mason patented his design known today as the Mason Jar. Up until then, home canners had to pour sealing wax into a channel around the lip of a tin lid which wasn’t easy or reliable. Mason invented and patented a screw finish glass that is still used by many today.

2004: Ken Jennings Finally Loses at Jeopardy

The longest running winning streak for the U.S. TV game show, Jeopardy! came to an end on this day in 2004. Software engineer Ken Jennings won 74 games in a row and won more than $2.5 million. The event gave Jennings more than 15 minutes of fame that year. Barbara Walters named him on of the “10 most fascinating people of the year,” he was a guest on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Sesame Street. (Image: Wikimedia)

Movies Released

  • Misery (1990)

TV Series Debuts

  • Superstore (2015)
  • The Exes (2011)
  • Willow (2022)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1898: C.S. Lewis (author)
  • 1919: Joe Weider (weightlifter)
  • 1928: Paul Simon (singer)
  • 1935: Diane Ladd (actress)
  • 1939: Meco (musician)
  • 1949: Garry Shandling (comedian)
  • 1952: Jeff Fahey (actor)
  • 1954: Joel Coen (film director)
  • 1955: Howie Mandel (comedian)
  • 1960: Cathy Moriarty (actress)
  • 1964: Don Cheadle (actor)
  • 1976: Anna Faris (actress)
  • 1988: Russell Wilson (football player)

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Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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