Category: November 22

  • NATIONAL JUKEBOX DAY – Day Before Thanksgiving


    The day before gathering around the turkey, gather around the nearest jukebox to celebrate National Jukebox Day! As Americans flock to their hometowns for Thanksgiving, many will head out to neighborhood bars and restaurants. They will catch up with friends and family and celebrate by playing great songs on their local jukebox.

    The name jukebox is thought to originate from places called ‘juke houses’ or ‘jook joints.’ In the early 1900s, people congregated in these establishments to drink and listen to music. In 1889, Louis Glass and his partner William S. Arnold invented the first coin-operated player in San Francisco. They were both managers of the Pacific Phonograph Co. Formally known as the nickel-in-the-slot machine, the player included a coin operation feature on an Edison phonograph. However, it played a limited selection of songs without any amplification.

    Playing Music, Playing the Jukebox

    Throughout history, the jukebox continued to evolve with the times. When recording artists first crooned into microphones and cut records into vinyl, an aspiring inventor in a Chicago music store worked nights to build a box that would play both sides of the record. While the Blue Grass Boys played to sold-out audiences in the Grand Ole Opry, guys and gals danced the night away by playing their song over and over again on the jukebox at a local pub. With the advancement of technology, today’s jukebox is more versatile than ever before. Touchscreen interfaces respond to the swipe of a finger (or can even be controlled by a mobile app). A vast virtual library of songs includes back catalog jukebox heroes alongside top artists of today.

    No matter what genre of music you like, or who you listen with, the jukebox covers every era. From big band and jazz, country and blues to rock & roll, acoustic and electric, and everything in between, celebrate them with National Jukebox Day!


    The first coin-operated player was invented in San Francisco by Louis Glass and his partner William S. Arnold. Louis Glass and his partner William S. Arnold invented the first coin-operated player in 1889 in San Fransisco, CA. In 1905, John Gabel introduced the “Automatic Entertainer.” It included 24 song selections. 

    Enter “The Golden Era” of jukeboxes. In the 1930s, manufacturers including Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., The J. P. Seeburg Corp., The Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corp., and Automatic Musical Instrument Co., competed to produce them for diners, saloons, and other entertainment locations.

    “The Silver Age” of jukeboxes began in 1946. At the time, the market demand for the newest and greatest technology soared. Fashionable and sleek, jukeboxes were more than just music players, they were centerpieces often flamboyant with color and chrome. Neon and sci-fi became a tremendous influence on style as well.

    Modern Era

    The 1960s started a new modern age for jukeboxes. Designs of coin-operated models went through radical changes. New materials and customer demand influenced aesthetics and increased the variety of song selections.

    In 1989, compact-disc mechanisms replaced the older record-style players as newer technology became affordable and rapidly implemented among the general population. Jukeboxes started to become more of a novelty than a necessity.

    TouchTunes introduced the next major innovation for the industry in 1998 with the launch of the first digital networked music jukebox. For the first time, customers could search and browse from a library with 750 digital songs. They continued the innovation with the first-ever jukebox mobile app on iOS and Android. The app allows users to find nearby jukebox locations, create playlists, and queue up songs on the jukebox directly from their phone. Other applications soon followed including Virtuo and Playdium

    In 2011, TouchTunes once again revolutionized in-venue entertainment with the launch of Virtuo, a multi-application platform designed to appeal a tech-savvy audience. Users could choose from hundreds of thousands of songs available.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalJukeboxDay

    National Jukebox Day offers several ways to celebrate!

    • Hashtag it: Use the #NationalJukeboxDay hashtag on social media.
    • Be the DJ: Help curate the official National Jukebox Day Playlist with your personal jukebox anthems. Post song recommendations with Touchtunes on Facebook.
    • Play Another Song on the Jukebox Baby: When you are out on National Jukebox Day, queue up your favorite songs. Let friends know how much you love that jukebox! To find nearby jukebox locations, download the TouchTunes app.

    Share Your Jukebox Love: Follow TouchTunes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest jukebox news and access fun social media images to share. Visit for more information.  


    The day before Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest bar night of the year as families and friends gather to reconnect over drinks and load up the jukebox with their favorite songs. Coincidentally, the inaugural celebration of National Jukebox Day landed on November 23, 2017, the anniversary of the date the first coin-operated phonograph was installed by Louis Glass in the Palais Royal Saloon bar in San Francisco back in 1889.

    TouchTunes founded National Jukebox Day to celebrate the iconic jukebox and the powerful memories it evokes in people. TouchTunes is the largest interactive music, and entertainment network in over 65,000 bars and restaurants nationwide. The Registrar at National Day Calendar has officially declared the day before Thanksgiving to be National Jukebox Day.

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    Jukebox FAQ

    Q. What’s a jukebox musical?
    A. It’s not musical theatre about a jukebox, but close. These types of films and stage productions feature music popular music instead of original scores. Some examples include:

    • Jersey Boys – The production follows the story of the 1960s group The Four Season and features the group and Frankie Valli’s music.
    • Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – Another biographical production, it follows the life of Carole King and features many of her songs.
    • The Blues Brothers – This jukebox comedy featured several popular songs including those of James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Johnny Lee Hooker.
    • Moulin Rouge! – In the 2001 film, Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor star in this 2001 film that features the music of Queen, Madonna, Nirvana, Elton John, and more.

    Q. Who recorded “Juke Box Hero”?
    A. The song “Juke Box Hero” appeared on Foreigner’s 1981 album titled 4. Lou Gramm and Mick Jones wrote the song.

    Q. When was the first jukebox invented?
    A. The first coin-operated player was invented in San Francisco by Louis Glass and his partner William S. Arnold. Louis Glass and his partner William S. Arnold invented the first coin-operated player in 1889 in San Fransisco, CA. However, the term “jukebox” didn’t start to appear until the 1940s. 

    Q. Are there other music-related holidays on the calendar?
    A. Yes! The calendar celebrates musicians, musical instruments, and genres of music, too. Check these out:



    Another seasonal holiday staple graces the table each year and National Cranberry Relish Day makes sure you’re prepared. On November 22nd make sure you’re stocked and ready. Get tasting the many recipes out there and pick your favorite one!

    Believed to have originated in the New England States during the early 1900s, cranberry relish is a traditional part of many families’ Thanksgiving dinner.

    Each Thanksgiving, Susan Stamberg provides National Public Radio listeners with her mother-in-law’s recipe for cranberry relish sauce. The American radio journalist, an American radio journalist, and Special Correspondent for NPR and guest host for Weekend Edition Saturday has been doing this since 1971. What’s unusual about the special recipe, known as Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish, is that horseradish is one of its principal ingredients. Craig Claiborne originally published the recipe in his food column in 1959. 

    Numerous cranberry relish recipes grace cookbooks and blogs across the internet. The bright and sweet flavors are enhanced by ingredients like apples, oranges, and pineapple. You can make them spicy or nutty, too. Or, you might offer more than one style and use the leftovers for great sandwiches. But there’s more than one way to slice this cranberry dish. 

    • Use it as a marinade for pork, chicken, or beef.
    • Add it to barbeque sauce and pour it over meatballs.
    • Mix it into a batch of muffins for breakfast.
    • Stir it into cream cheese and add it to your morning bagel.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #CranberryRelishDay

    Whip up your favorite cranberry recipes and relish the flavor! You can also share your tips and tricks to making a delicious cranberry relish.

    Enjoy one of the following recipes:

    Mama Stamberg’s Relish
    Cranberry Relish
    Fresh Cranberry Relish
    Fresh Cranberry Relish 2

    Take a picture and share it on social media using #CranberryRelishDay.


    National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this seasonal food holiday.

    Cranberry Relish FAQ

    Q. Can I make cranberry relish ahead of time?
    A. Yes. Stored in a covered container it will keep up to two weeks refrigerated. You can also freeze cranberry relish which should keep for up to three months.

    Q. Does cranberry relish have pickles in it?
    A. No. Cranberry relish is not the same as pickle relish and contains no vinegar or pickles.


    November 22nd Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated )History


    The United States Patent Office granted Carl J.E. Eliason of Sayner, WI patent No. 1,650,334 for a vehicle for snow travel. Eliason’s motor toboggan would revolutionize snow recreation and pave the way for the snowmobile.


    The animal welfare organization, The Humane Society of the United States is established. They’ve been sheltering pets ever since and matching them to their ideal homes.


    Walt Disney Pictures releases Toy Story, the first feature-length animated film that was entirely computer-generated. Pixar Animation produced the film and John Lasseter directed it. The movie featured the voices of Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, and Annie Potts as Little Bo-Peep. The film brought our childhood imaginations to life on the big screen and took us along for the adventure. Since then, three more installments of Woody and Buzz’s adventures have been logged!


    Angela Merkel becomes the first woman elected Chancellor of Germany since reunification.


    November 22nd Birthdays

    Abigail Adams – 1744

    Adams served as the second First Lady of the United States. She was the wife of President John Adams, his advisor, and a fervent advocate of women’s rights. She and one other First Lady form a unique club that no other First Ladies have joined; They were also the mothers of presidents. Barbara Bush is the other member of the exclusive club.

    Wiley Post – 1899

    In 1933, the aviator became the first to fly solo around the world. He completed the journey in 7 days, 18 hours, 49 minutes.

    Helenka Pantaleoni – 1900

    In 1947, the silent film actress helped found the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and served as the organization’s director for 25 years.

    Jerrie Mock – 1925

    In 1964, Mock became the first woman to fly around the world solo. Nicknamed “The Flying Housewife,” Mock had competition during her journey. Joan Merriam Smith was also attempting to set the record.

    Arthur Jones – 1926

    The inventor is best known for patenting numerous exercise products for his Nautilus, Inc. line of equipment. He also founded MedX, Inc.

    Guy Bluford – 1942

    On August 30, 1983, the NASA astronaut became the first African American in space. Along with Commander Richard H. Truly, Pilot Daniel C. Brandenstein, Bluford joined two other mission specialists, Dale A. Gardner and William E. Thornton aboard the space shuttle Challenger. They launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in the first night launch for Challenger. When they touched down six days later at Edwards Air Force Base in California, it was the first night landing for Challenger.