November 30 - Ken Jennings' Jeopardy Streak Comes to an End

On this day in 2004, arguably the greatest run in Television Game Show history came to an abrupt end. Ken Jennings, the man who had mastered the game of Jeopardy, lost his first game on November 30, 2004 which snapped his record shattering 74 game winning streak. Jennings was defeated by challenger Nancy Zerg, after he uncharacteristically answered both his "Daily Doubles" wrong. The wrong answers caused him to lose a combined $10,200, which forced him to play from behind in "Final Jeopardy!"

Jennings ultimate downfall in the game was his inability to get the Final Jeopardy! question correct. The answer was, ""Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white collar employees work only four months a year". Zerg responded correctly with "What is H&R Block", while Jennings was incorrect with his response of "What is FedEx". Jennings' final total from his 75 show run totaled an astonishing $2,522,700.

Zerg would finish in 3rd place in the next show and unfortunately had her winning streak halted at just one victory.





November 29 - The Montreal Forum Opens

On this day in 1924, the doors opened to one of hockey's and Canada's most historic venues. The Montreal Forum, home of the Montreal Canadiens from 1926-1996 (Montreal Maroons occupied the building from 1924-1926) has been the setting for several iconic moments in both sport and music.

The arena was dubbed "The most iconic building in hockey history" by The Sporting News as it was home to several Canadien Stanley Cup wins along with several international hockey events. The Forum was the host to the first game of the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and Russia where the Russians walked in and shocked Canadians from coast to coast by beating Team Canada.

In 1976, The Forum was the site of 5 Olympic events. The most memorable moment from those games came from Nadia Comaneci as her "Perfect 10" was the first in the history of Olympic Gymnastics.

The Forum closed on March 11, 1996 when the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Dallas Stars. The night was marked by one of the most emotional moments in hockey history, when the Forum crowd gave a Canadien legend Maurice "The Rocket" Richard a 10 minute standing ovation.





November 28 - John Lennon make his last ever concert appearance

On this day in 1974, a music icon unknowingly made his last ever concert appearance. At an Elton John concert at Madison Square Garden, John Lennon came on stage and performed "Whatever Gets you Through the Night", "Lucky in the Sky with Diamonds", and "I Saw Her Standing There" in front of a packed house in New York City.

Lennon's arrival was a surprise to all the fans in attendance. Lennon made a deal with Sir Elton that if their song "Whatever Gets you Through the Night" reached #1 (which Lennon didn't think it would), Lennon would have to make an appearance at John's Thanksgiving Day concert at Madison Square Garden. As far as surprise guest appearances go, having John Lennon show up unannounced may be as good as it gets!

In 1975 when Lennon's second child was born, the former Beatles legend took a 5 year hiatus from the music industry. So fans, Elton John, and even Lennon himself had no idea at the time that when John Lennon walked off the stage on Thanksgiving night in 1974, he would never walk back on one for the rest of his life.





November 27 - Gordie Howe makes hockey history

They don't call him "Mr. Hockey" for nothing.

November 27 will always be a special day for the former Detroit Red Wings legend. On this day in 1960, Gordie Howe became the 1st player in NHL history to record 1,000 points. Howe accomplished the feat in his 938th game as a member of the Detroit Red Wings.

To make November 27 even more special for Mr. Hockey, on the same day just one year later in 1961 Howe would become the first NHL player to play in 1,000 career games. Like his 1,000th career point, Howe accomplished the feat as a Detroit Red Wing. Howe holds the NHL record for most games played as he's played in an astonishing 1,767 career games. To put that into perspective, Wayne Gretzky played in 280 less games during his career.

Gordie Howe would end his career with 1,850 career points which is the second highest total of all time (Wayne Gretzky). He currently holds 14 NHL records.





November 25 - The New Kids On The Block arrive on the music scene

On this day 22 years ago, the New Kids on the Block hit the top of the charts for the first time with their hit single "You Got It (The Right Stuff)". This song would kick start the boy band's successful music career as they would go on to record three more number 1 singles and attain a huge cult following through the late 80's and early 90's.

"You Got It (The Right Stuff)" was the first single of the off the 1988 album "Hangin' Tough". The album featured several other singles including "Hangin' Tough", "Cover Girl", and "I'll Be Lovin' You Forever". The CD would accumulate three #1 singles and sell 16 million copies worldwide. By the end of 1989, the album would be the #1 selling album in America.

The New Kids are currently on tour with The Backstreet Boys and will be in Vancouver during the summer of 2011.





November 24, 1990 - Madonna hits #1 with "The Immaculate Collection"

Before the days of a CD Burner, you couldn't put together a better album than Madonna's greatest hits compilation, "The Immaculate Collection". The album featured all of her best singles from the years 1982-1990, which included "Holiday", "Vogue", "Like a Prayer", and several other iconic songs. The album would spend 9 weeks atop the charts and went multi-platinum in 12 countries (including 12x platinum in the UK).

"The Immaculate Collection" also featured two new singles by Madonna: "Justify My Love" and "Rescue Me". "Justify My Love" became a number 1 single and got it's music video banned by MTV for sexual and explicit content.

The album is widely regarded as one of the best solo artist compilation albums ever, as it's sold over 30 million copies worldwide. It is also the highest selling album by a female artist in British history.





November 23 - MJ hits the top of the charts with "Black or White"

On this day in 1991, the King of Pop hit the top of the charts in both the UK and the United States with his smash hit, "Black or White". The song was the first single of Jackson's 1991 album "Dangerous" and featured then Guns N Roses guitarist Slash. The song was a huge success as it went to the peak position in 20 different countries and reached platinum status in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

"Black or White" was the 2nd best selling single of 1991, even though it was released towards the end of the year. The album "Dangerous" was Jackson's fastest selling album as it sold seven million copies in just under 2 months. The CD had several singles including "Remember the Time", "Jam", and "Heal the World", to go along with the lead single "Black or White".

In less than a month's time, Jackson will have another album hit the shelves as his posthumous album "Michael" will be his first album release since 2001.





November 22 - Wayne Gretzky scores his 500th career goal

On this day 24 years ago, the Great One scored his 500th career NHL goal against the Vancouver Canucks. He was the 13th player in league history to accomplish the feat and was the fastest to reach the mark as it only took him 575 games. To put that into perspective, it took Mark Messier 1,141 games to reach the 500 goal mark.

Gretzky would end his career as the all-time leading goal scorer in NHL history with 894 career goals in 1,487 games. He ended his career with a grand total of 61 NHL records, many of which will never be broken.

The NHL has not had a player hit the 500 goal mark since 2008, when Keith Tkachuck scored his milestone goal in his 1,055th game. Teemu Selanne, Mark Recchi, and Mike Modano are currently the only active players with over 500 career goals.






November 21 - Happy Birthday Troy Aikman!

Happy 44th birthday to former NFL Quarterback Troy Aikman! Aikman played his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys where he won 3 Superbowl Titles in the mid 90's. Aikman was a 6 time pro bowl selection and won the MVP award at Superbowl XXVII where he threw for 4 touchdown passes.

He is widely regarded as the best Quarterback to play during the 1990s, and along with teammates Emmit Smith and Michael Irvin, formed a 3 headed monster that made the Dallas Cowboys offense one of the most feared in the entire league. In 2006, Aikman was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Aikman's career was cut short after 11 seasons due to concussion problems. He is arguably the best Quarterback in Cowboys history and accumulated 94 wins over his career. He now works as a colour commentator for the NFL on Fox, where he will be calling the Superbowl game this year along with Joe Buck .





November 19 - "Milli Vanilli" get stripped of their Grammy Award

It appears life was too good to be true for pop duo Milli Vanilli in 1990.

The group's debut album "All or Nothing" was a huge international success and produced several #1 hits including "Blame it on the rain", "Baby don't forget my number", and "Girl I'm gonna miss you". This success helped Milli Vanilli earn a 1990 Grammy Award for "Best New Artist".

However, their success would soon turn to international infamy as their Grammy would be revoked after it became apparent that the lead vocals on the album were not their actual voices. While this was an unfortunate time for the pop duo, they were able to keep their American Music Awards as the organizers believed the awards were given to them by the music consumers.

The band would go on to change their name to "The Real Milli Vanilli" for their next album. Since their debut album the group has gone on to produce 5 more albums under a variety of names, including a Greatest Hits album in 2006.





November 17 - Mario Lemieux enters the "Hall of Fame"

On this day 13 years ago, one of the greatest players in the history of the NHL received one of his biggest honors. Mario Lemieux was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame after becoming only the ninth player to be allowed into the Hall of Fame without having to wait the mandatory three year waiting period. Lemieux entered the Hall of Fame in 1997 as the only player to average more than 2 points per game (1494 points in 745 games).

In 2000, Lemieux made his return to the NHL. It didn't take long for him to regain his scoring touch, as he recorded an assist only 33 seconds into his first shift back after a three year hiatus. Lemieux would finish that game with a goal and three points, and would end the season with an astonishing 76 points in just 43 games.

In 2002, Lemieux would captain Team Canada at the Salt Lake City Olympics. He had 6 points in the tournament and helped Team Canada win their first gold medal in 50 years. Four years later, "Super Mario" would announce his second and final retirement from the game of hockey.





November 14 - "Moby Dick" is published

"Call me, Ishmael"

And with that iconic opening line, 159 years ago one of the Great American novels was published. Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" is an epic adventure novel that's captured the imagination of readers for over a century. The book covers a wide range of themes and has been interpreted differently by many people.

"Moby Dick" introduced the public to characters such as Ishmael, Ahab, Elijah, and of course, Moby Dick. The book has been adapted several different times in film, television, and stage. The most memorable adaptation may have been the 1998 made for TV movie which featured Patrick Stewart (Start Trek, X-Men) as Ahab.







November 13 - The Beatles launch their official website

On this day, 10 years ago, The Beatles launched their first official website: www.thebeatles.com. The website was unveiled on the same day the group released their compilation "1" album, which featured 27 Beatles songs that went #1. The album sold over $31 million copies.

The website itself is quite cool with Beatles songs playing on repeat, memorabilia, and an archive of all the vintage Beatles music videos. Unfortunately you can't hear any of their solo work, but then again, that is to be expected!

Today, The Beatles' music is not available through digital download from iTunes or Napster. They are among a handful of major artists who do not allow for their music to be sold through digital download.





November 12 - Happy Birthday Neil Young!

Happy 65th birthday to Neil Young! One of the most influential musicians of his time, Young has received several accolades throughout his career. One of his most notable accomplishments was being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on two separate occasions; once as a solo artist and once as a member of Buffalo Springfield.

Young has had several iconic solo singles, including "Old Man", "Heart of Gold", and "Rockin' in the Free World". He has been nominated for 26 Juno Awards, and has won for "Best Male Artist", "Entertainer of the Year", and "Album of the Year".

Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Young received the "Order of Canada" in 2009.





November 11 - Happy Birthday Mark Sanchez!

Happy 23rd birthday to Mark Sanchez! The "Sanchize", as he's known across North America, is starting QB for the Superbowl contending New York Jets. The Jets drafted Sanchez 5th overall in the 2009 draft out of USC, and in his short career has already helped lead the Jets to the AFC Championship Game.

The Jets have big plans for their young Quarterback, as many envision him as a potential NFL star in the coming years. This season, Sanchez has thrown for 10 TD passes and has helped the Jets to a 6-2 record, good enough for first place in the AFC East Division.

This past Sunday, Sanchez helped the Jets overcome a late 4th quarter deficit and lead them to an Overtime win against the Detroit Lions.





November 9 - "The Rocket" wins his 7th Cy Young Award

On this day, just six years ago, Roger Clemens won his MLB record 7th Cy Young Award as the top pitcher in baseball. Clemens won his 7th Cy Young Award as a member of the Houston Astros, where he posted a record of 18 wins and just 4 losses. "The Rocket" would win the award with every team he played for, including twice with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Since his retirement, Clemens has been surrounded in controversy regarding Performance Enhancing Drugs. Clemens is currently being indicted by a federal grand jury for amongst other things, two counts of perjury. Not the best news for the baseball legend, but for those who believe, Clemens remains one of the greatest pitchers to ever step on the mound.




November 7 - "The Waterboy" hits the theatres

Can you believe it's been 12 years? Yes, on this day in 1998, Adam Sandler's box office smash hit, "The Waterboy" hit the theaters. The movie was a huge success, as it grossed nearly $186 million worldwide. Along with "The Wedding Singer", this would be Sandler's second movie of 1998 that grossed over $100 million.

The movie was based around a stuttering waterboy named Bobby Boucher, who becomes the star Linebacker for the South Central Louisiana State University Mud Dogs. The movie features appearances from Rob Schneider, Paul White (aka "The Big Show" from WWE), and Henry Winkler (aka "The Fonz").

Along with Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison, Bobby Boucher is one of Sandler's most iconic characters.





November 6 - Aerosmith plays their first ever gig

On this day 40 years ago, music history was made. Rock legends Aerosmith performed their first ever gig when they played at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Massachusetts. Since then, Aerosmith has come a long way, as they are widely regarded as one of the best Rock n Roll groups in music history.

The boys from Boston are the highest selling American rock band of all time, with an astounding 150 million record sales worldwide. The band has had several #1 singles including "I don't wanna miss a thing", "Cryin'", and "Love in an Elevator". In total, the band has released 67 singles.

The band's most successful album was their 1993 release "Get a Grip". The album peaked at #1 and went 7x Platinum in the United States. The album include the hit singles "Eat the Rich", "Crazy", and "Livin on the Edge".




November 5 - Happy Birthday Bryan Adams!

Happy 51st Birthday Bryan Adams! Adams is Canada's highest selling male recording artist of all time, and is widely regarded as one of the most prolific musicians to ever come out of Canada. Adams has had 56 Juno nominations and 15 Grammy nominations over his 33 year career.

Adams is best known for his hit singles "Summer of 69", "(Everything I do) I do it for you", and "Heaven". Adams also performed at the Opening Ceremonies at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.

Aside from receiving numerous musical awards, Adams has received the Order of Canada for his philanthropic work, and was also inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame in 1998.





November 4 - The NBA takes their talents to South Beach

On this day, 23 years ago, the NBA announced that they would be expanding into Miami. Given the current state of basketball in Miami, we here at Good News Weekly consider this to have been a very wise move on the part of the NBA.

The Heat began their first NBA season by losing their first 17 games of the season, which was at the time a NBA record. The team finished the year with a 15-67 record, which surprisingly enough, wasn't the worst season in franchise history. Since then, the Heat have become a respected franchise in the NBA, winning the NBA Championship in 2006 behind the performances of Dwayne Wade and Shaquille O'Neal.

Today, the Miami Heat are the most hated team in all of sports. The summer of 2010 saw them acquire 2 time MVP Lebron James and former Toronto Raptor Chris Bosh, to team up with incumbent superstar Dwayne Wade. The Heat, along with the LA Lakers, are the favourites to win the NBA Championship in 2011.





November 2 - Happy Birthday Nelly!

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Happy 36th birthday Nelly! The rapper from St. Louis has been a huge musical success since 2000, when he released his first single album "Country Grammar". Nelly has produced several chart topping hits including "Hot in Herre", "Dilemma", and "Ride wit me".

Nelly's most successful album to date was his 2002 release "Nellyville". The album featured 3 number 1 hits and went multi-platinum in 4 different countries. In the United States alone, Nelly has sold over 21 million albums in total.

Nelly just released another studio album in 2010 called "Nelly 5.0". The album has already hit platinum status in the United States and the lead single, "Just a dream" peaked at #3.





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