On this date:In 1605
,the “Gunpowder Plot”failed as Guy Fawkes wasseized before he could blow up the English Parliament.
,the Continental Congress elected John Hanson of Maryland its chairman,giving him the title of “President of theUnited States in Congress Assembled.”
,suffragist Susan B. Anthony deﬁed the law byattempting to cast a vote for President Ulysses S. Grant.(Anthony was convicted by a judge and ﬁned $100,but shenever paid the ﬁne.)
,aviator Calbraith P. Rodgers arrived in Pasadena,Calif.,completing the ﬁrst transcontinental airplane trip in 49 days.
,President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedent-ed third term in ofﬁce as he defeated Republican challengerWendell L. Willkie.
,Richard M. Nixon won the presidency,defeating VicePresident Hubert H. Humphrey and American Independentcandidate George C. Wallace.
,Ella T. Grasso was elected governor of Connecticut,becoming the ﬁrst woman to win a gubernatorial ofﬁce withoutsucceeding her husband.
,Supreme Court nominee Douglas H. Ginsburg admit-ted using marijuana several times in the 1960s and 70s,callingit a mistake. (Ginsburg ended up withdrawing his nomination.)
,Malice Green,a black motorist,died after he wasstruck in the head 14 times with a ﬂashlight by a Detroit policeofﬁcer,Larry Nevers,outside a suspected crack house. (Neversand his partner,Walter Budzyn,were found guilty of second-degree murder,but the convictions were overturned; they werelater convicted of involuntary manslaughter.)
,a shooting rampage at the Fort Hood Army post inTexas left 13 people dead; Maj. Nidal Hasan,an Army psychi-atrist,was charged with premeditated murder and attemptedmurder.Actor Chris Robinson is 74. Actress Elke Sommer is 72. SingerArt Garfunkel is 71. Actor-playwright Sam Shepard is 69. SingerPeter Noone is 65. Actor Nestor Serrano (“24”) is 57. Actress-comedian Mo Gaffney is 54. Actor Robert Patrick is 54. ActressTilda Swinton is 52. Actor Michael Gaston is 50. Actress TatumO’Neal is 49. Actress Andrea McArdle is 49. Rock singer AngeloMoore (Fishbone) is 47. Actress Judy Reyes is 45. Rock musi-cian Mark Hunter (James) is 44. Actor Sam Rockwell is 44.Rock musician Jonny (cq) Greenwood (Radiohead) is 41.Country singer-musician Ryan Adams is 38. Actor JeremyLelliott is 30.
Lucas plans ‘littlepersonal ﬁlms’in future
NEW YORK — George Lucas is donewith “Star Wars,”but not with ﬁlmmak-ing.The “Star Wars”creator says he stillplans to make his “own little personalﬁlms.”Lucas spoke Friday night whileattending Ebony magazine’s Power 100Gala,days after announcing the sale of his storied Lucasﬁlm to Disney for $4.05billion. The deal would allow for more“Star Wars”ﬁlms. While Lucas will be acreative consultant,longtime collabora-tor Kathleen Kennedy will be in control.When asked if he’d have a hand inpicking a director for the ﬁlms,he said,“I’ve turned it over to a wonderful pro-ducer,Kathy Kennedy,and I’ve knownher for years. She’s more than capable of taking it and making it better than I did.”Lucas admitted mixed emotions aboutletting Lucasﬁlm go. “It’s very sad. It’s40 years of work and it’s been my life,but I’m ready to move on to bigger andbetter things.”Among them are his educational foun-dation,which will be a major benefactorof the money he got for Lucasﬁlm.“Mostly it will be philanthropy butI’m also going to make my own littlepersonal ﬁlms,”he said of his plans.His last ﬁlm was this year’s “RedTails,”which told the story of theTuskegee Airmen,a legendary black ﬂightunitformed in 1941 that debunkedwidely held beliefs that black pilotswere incapable of ﬁghting in combat.While he described that ﬁlm as a laborof love,he said,“I’m going to go furtherout than that. I barely got ‘Red Tails’into the theaters. The ones I’m workingon now will never get into the theaters.”
Foxx,Wonder among starshonoring Eddie Murphy
LOS ANGELES — However riotousthe Eddie Murphy stories from ArsenioHall,Tracy Morgan,Adam Sandler andRussell Brand,the highlight of SpikeTV’s tribute to Murphy was the comedi-an’s duet with Stevie Wonder.Murphy joined the subject of one of his most classic impressions for a rous-ing rendition of Wonder’s 1973 hit“Higher Ground”during the taping of the Spike TV special “Eddie Murphy:One Night Only,”which is set to air Nov.14. The Roots served as the house band.Jamie Foxx,Tyler Perry,MartinLawrence,Chris Rock and Keenan IvoryWayans were also among those payingtribute to Murphy Saturday at theSaban Theater.Accompanied by a pretty blonde,Murphy beamed throughout the two-hour program,saying he wastouched by the tribute.“I am a very,very bitterman,”he said with a beguil-ing smile. “I don’t gettouched easily,and I amreally touched.”Morgan called Murphy “mycomic hero”and came onstage wearinga replica of Murphy’s red leather suitfrom his standup show “Delirious.”“He set the tone for the whole industrya long time ago,”Morgan said beforetaking the stage. “He inspired me in afearless way.”Sandler was still in high school whenhe first saw “Delirious,”which hedescribed as “one of the most legendarystandup specials of all time.”“Everybody on the planet wanted tobe Eddie,”he said. “He funnier than us.He’s cooler than any of us.”Samuel L. Jackson said Murphy“changed the course of American ﬁlmhistory”by giving Jackson his firstspeaking role on the big screen,in1988’s “Coming to America.”“If it weren’t for Eddie,we might nothave all the wonderful ﬁlms that I’vemade,”Jackson quipped.“He is a true movie star,”Jacksoncontinued,lauding Murphy’s perform-ance in “48 Hours”and “Beverly HillsCop.”
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