Daily Archives: November 6, 2012

‘The Message’ by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five peaks at #1 in USA 30 years ago today (1982)

(Saturday, November 6, 1982) — “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five featuring Melle Mel and Duke Bootee peaked at #62 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks.

“The Message” is ranked #51 on Rolling Stone‘s list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (the highest placing for any song released in the 1980s, and highest ranking hip-hop song on the list)

Fuel shortages, minefields, heavy rain slow Western Desert Campaign 70 years ago today (1942)


Video: Nov. 6, 1942 (at 6:19)

(Friday, November 6, 1942, 5:30 p.m. during the Western Desert Campaign of World War II) — Two days after victory in the Second Battle of El Alamein, the British 7th Armored Division catches and destroys the remainder of Germany’s 21st Panzer Division, which is out of fuel.

The British pursuit, however, is slowed by fuel shortages, minefields and booby traps and a heavy rainfall late in the day that makes the coastal road the only viable route of advance.