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November 13

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Stones in the Dome
Monday, November 13, 1989

Budweiser presented (in association with MTV) the Rolling Stones in concert at the Superdome on Monday, November 13, 1989.  Showtime -- 7:30 P.M.  The same day, the Stones released the 45 single "Rock And A Hard Place"/"Cook Cook Blues" (Rolling Stones 655422 7) in the UK. 

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William Jennings "Bill" Jefferson, born March on 14, 1947 is a former American politician from the U.S. state of Louisiana. He served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for nine terms from 1991 to 2009 as a member of the Democratic Party. He represented Louisiana's 2nd congressional district, which includes much of the greater New Orleans area. He was Louisiana's first black congressman since the end of Reconstruction.  On November 13, 2009, Jefferson was sentenced to thirteen years in federal prison for bribery after a corruption investigation, the longest sentence ever handed down to a congressman for bribery or any other crime. He began serving that sentence in May 2012 at a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility in Beaumont, Texas.

On November 13, 2009 the LaLaurie mansion at at 1140 Royal Street, valued at $3.5 million, was listed for auction as a result of bank foreclosure and purchased by Regions Financial Corporation for $2.3 million.

What would eventually become I-510 was originally proposed in 1970 as a replacement for Paris Road, but was subsequently delayed due to environmental concerns.  By 1981 an environmental impact statement was completed and construction on the spur began in 1985. The $87 million project opened to traffic on November 13, 1992.

Photo of Melpomene Avenue (now Martin Luther King) dedication of widening section, St. Charles Avenue to Dryades Street. November 13, 1958

Photo of completed work of two WPA artists on the tropical bird house at Audubon Park. The scene depicts Noah leading the animals into the ark, two by two. The procession stretches across the wall and the carving was done directly in the brick. November 13, 1940.

Photos of Audubon Park, November 13, 1940.

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (Francesca Saveria Cabrini), also called Mother Cabrini, founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, was beatified by the Catholic Church on November 13, 1938. She was the first (naturalized) citizen of the United States to be canonized --  on July 7, 1946 by Pope Pius XII .  Cabrini High School, which she founded, is named for her.

Photos of the Southern Yacht Club on November 13, 1936.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page for links.

Photo of North Claiborne Avenue at Press and St. Ferdinand Streets before paving by the WPA.  November 13, 1936.

Mayer Israel's Canal Street clothing store. was a fixture in downtown New Orleans from 1906 until it closed in the late 1950s.  This advertisement ran on November 13, 1928 in the Time-Picayune.  Born in New Orleans on February 7, 1857 Mayer Israel, at the age of 16 became a clerk in Bernard Fellman's store then worked for his uncle Leon Godchaux (Leon Godchaux's Clothing Company).  In 1885, he married Rose Lazard and became a partner with C. Lazard and Company.  In 1891, Israel bought and managed the well established H.D. McCown store. In 1906, he moved the store to 706 Canal, and in 1910, he purchased the property at 714 Canal and had a new structure built on the site. The store later expanded into 716 Canal as well. It operated as Mayer Israel & Company. He was also director of the German/American Bank, Temple Sinai, the board of Touro Infirmary, and the Jewish Widows and Orphans Home.  He was a member of the Harmony Club and Elks. Mayer Israel died on February 14, 1915 at his home at 6226 St. Charles Avenue of an apparent heart attack at the age of 58. 

Jazz and Blues singert Louise "Blue Lu" Dupont Barker, famous for  "Don't You Feel My Leg" and "Look What Baby's Got For You" was born in New Orleans on November 13, 1913. She often sang and performed with her husband Danny Barker.  Her recording of "A Little Bird Told Me" was released by Capitol Records and reached the Billboard chart on December 18, 1948 and remained on the chart for 14, peaking at #4. Blue Lu was inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame in 1997, one year before she died in her home town on May 7, 1998 at the age of 84.

On November 13, 1906 the city appointed a Board of Commissioners for the care and maintenance of Taylor Park at Washington Avenue and Derbigny Street. Taylor Park opened on November 3, 1911.

American minstrel music composer and performer Luke Schoolcraft was born in New Orleas on November 13, 1847.  He appeared in numerous minstrel shows throughout the North after the American Civil War.  He died on - March 10, 1893.

The Treaty of Fontainebleau was a secret agreement of 1762 in which France ceded Louisiana (New France) to Spain. The treaty followed the last battle in the French and Indian War in North America, the Battle of Signal Hill on September 1762, which confirmed British control of Canada (New France). In Europe, the associated Seven Years' War continued to rage. Having lost Canada, King Louis XV of France proposed to King Charles III of Spain that France should give Spain "the country known as Louisiana, as well as New Orleans and the island in which the city is situated."  Charles accepted on November 13, 1762. This agreement covered all of "Louisiana": the entire valley of the Mississippi River, from the Appalachians to the Rockies. The Treaty of Fontainebleau was kept secret even during the French negotiation and signing of the Treaty of Paris (1763), which ended the war with Britain.

The Rock of New Orleans Goes to Talk Radio
November 13, 2006, at 4:00 AM, after signing off with The Doors' "The End"

TodayInNewOrleansHistory/WRNO1974ad.gifWRNO radio first hit the airwaves on the air October 17, 1967 Although its previous slogan was "We're the Rock of New Orleans," the station's call letters stand for "Westbank Radio New Orleans." The station operated a popular business selling rock t-shirts, records and other music related items called the WRNO "Rock Shop" on the ground level of the studio. Since its inception in 1967, WRNO endured many incarnations with different rock music formats, finally adopting the Classic rock format in 1997.  On the right is a 1974 print advertisement.

WRNO was also home to a popular shortwave radio service in the 1980s and 1990s called WRNO Worldwide, now owned by a Christian broadcaster. On November 13, 2006, at 4:00 AM, after signing off with The Doors' "The End," WRNO flipped to an interactive Talk radio format as "The New" As explained in the official mission statement posted at its website, "The station is committed to providing listeners with everything they need to know on the radio at 99.5 FM and on demand at" On the same day Sister station KHEV would pick up "the Rock of New Orleans" slogan and use it as their new slogan for their flip from gospel to Active Rock.

On April 1, 2008, the station switched to "Rush Radio," all day repeats of The Rush Limbaugh Show and a tape loop of Rush's theme song, the instrumental from My City Was Gone by The Pretenders, during times when the show was not playing. The stunt was to celebrate the acquisition of the show from longtime affiliate WWL. The station resumed its regular schedule on April 7.

The Limbaugh program had previously aired on WRNO Worldwide, which Limbaugh called "The EIB World Service" on the air (in joking reference to the BBC World Service). The stations are no longer co-owned.

TodayInNewOrleansHistory/WRNOWorldwide.gifNotable programming includes Jim Bohannon's America in the Morning, Denny Schaffer on The Denny Schaffer Show, Glenn Beck Program, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Sean Hannity Show, John Osterlind, Mark Levin, and George Noory. Osterlind was known as "Ozone" during stints at WAAF Worcester MA and WRKO Boston MA.

Notable station alumni include Bill Burkett, E.Alvin Davis, Joe Clark, Bobby Reno (now on WTIX FM owned by Michael Costello, Joe's brother), Captain Humble, Doug Christian, and Russ Boney.

WRNO alumni also include former PD Michael Costello "Michael In The Morning"/"M&M" (brother of late WRNO founder/owner Joseph Mark Costello III); Jim White; DJ-turned-actor John Larroquette ; Soxless Scott Seagraves; Jeff "JD The DJ" Douglas, famous for his "Rock 'n' Roll Flight To Midnight"; Tom Owens; Jimbo Roberts :Johnny Tyler; "Weerd" Wayne Watkins; Mary London; Lyn Taylor (Now a Program Manager at CBS Radio Detroit); and writer-producer Vance DeGeneres. (Douglas and Costello are currently jocks at WTIX-FM, which Costello is owner.) Steve Suter (Now on Magic 101.9) did the Morning show with sidekick Kevin Carlile. They became the "Morning Dudes" are were hired away to Baton Rouge after 2 years.'  (From


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