Important Birthdays Today! (November 30)

Mark Twain

Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) – famous American author of such titles as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and more. He is quoted as saying, “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it.” He did just that, passing away one day after Halley’s Comet visited in 1910.

Winston Churchill – statesman, author, and prime minister (from 1940-45 and 1951-55). The library owns many of his works including Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat: The Speeches of Winston Churchill, The Great Republic: A History of America, as well as many biographies about this prominent figure. (more below)

Dick Clark – entertainer and longtime host of American Bandstand. Check out American Bandstand: Dick Clark and the Making of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Empire and Rock, Roll and Remember.

Ben Stiller – funnyman, actor and director in such films as Meet the Parents, Reality Bites, There’s Something About Mary, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Ben Stiller Show.

Billy Idol – singer, songwriter who gained his fame during the 80’s. Take a listen with Devil’s Playground and Vital Idol.