Monthly Archives: November 2012

Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ album released 30 years ago today (1982)


Video: 'Billie Jean'

(Tuesday, November 30, 1982)Thriller by Michael Jackson (featuring Paul McCartney on The Girl Is Mine, was released today by Epic Records. It would go on to become the biggest-selling album of all time with sales estimated by various sources as being between 65 and 110 million copies worldwide.

Thriller was ranked number 20 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list in 2003.

World premiere of ‘Gandhi’ held in New Delhi 30 years ago today (1982)


Video: 'Gandhi' trailer

(Tuesday, November 30, 1982)Gandhi, an epic biographical film which dramatizes the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, an Indian lawyer and activist who was a leader of the nation’s non-violent, non-cooperative independence movement against Great Britain’s rule of the country during the 20th century, had its world premiere today in New Delhi.

Directed by Richard Attenborough, the film starred Ben Kingsley.

McCartney, Starr perform at ‘Concert for George’ in London 10 years ago this hour (2002)


Video: 'Concert For George'

(Friday, November 29, 2002)The Concert for George was held tonight at the Royal Albert Hall as a memorial to former Beatle George Harrison on the first anniversary of his death. The concert featured the surviving members of The Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Billy Preston and Harrison’s son Dhani.

‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)/Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)’ by John Lennon released in U.S. 30 years ago today (1982)


Video: 'John Lennon - Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (2010 Stereo Remastered) [HiD]'

(Monday, November 29, 1982) — The single Happy Xmas (War Is Over)/Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) by the late John Lennon was released in the U.S. today, pulled from the recent compilation album The John Lennon Collection. Continue reading ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)/Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)’ by John Lennon released in U.S. 30 years ago today (1982)

Crowd screams as women jump to escape high-rise fire in New Orleans 40 years ago today (1972)


Video: 'High Rise Building Fire - 6 die - Nov 29, 1972'

(Wednesday, November 29, 1972) — Fire raced across a posh penthouse cafe and through the top three floors of 16-story Rault Center building in downtown New Orleans today, trapping diners and office workers behind walls of flame and smoke.

Six persons were killed, including four women who jumped to their deaths from the 15th floor to escape the inferno. Continue reading Crowd screams as women jump to escape high-rise fire in New Orleans 40 years ago today (1972)

‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston peaks at #1 in USA 20 years ago today (1992)

(Saturday, November 28, 1992)I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for 14 weeks (November 28, December 5/12/19/26, 1992, January 2/9/16/23/30, February 6/13/20/27, 1993), which at the time was a record. It was Houston’s tenth of 11 number one hits (1985-1995).