On this day: November 29

Published On: Nov 29 2012 12:22:18 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 29 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

Edison shows off his phonograph, atom bomb testing heads underground, a chimpanzee orbits the Earth, the Pong craze begins, and the world loses another Beatle, all on this day.

OTD November 29 - Busby Berkeley
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1895: Film director and choreographer Busby Berkeley, who would become famous for his elaborate musical production numbers that often involved complex geometric patterns, is born in Los Angeles, California. Some of the musicals he served as choreographer for include "42nd Street," "Footlight Parade: and "Gold Diggers of 1933." He also directed movies such as "They Made Me a Criminal," "The Gang's All Here" and "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Berkeley died at the age of 80 on March 14, 1976.

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