November 29, 1939: The legendary rivalry between gossip queens Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons begins when Parsons is scooped on the divorce of James Roosevelt.
November 25, 1940: Voiced by Mel Blanc, Woody Woodpecker laughs his way into cartoon fame in the Andy Panda short Knock Knock.
November 26, 1942: Taking advantage of Allied landings that put the North African city in the news, Warner Bros. opens Casablanca in New York.
November 30, 1942: B-western star Buck Jones dies from injuries sustained in a Nov. 28 fire at Boston’s Cocoanut Grove nightclub that claimed 491 lives.
November 24, 1947: Ten Hollywood writers and producers are cited for contempt of Congress and will go on to be found guilty and be banished from the film community.
November 30, 1947: The director whose glossy costume dramas and romantic comedies were marked by “That Lubitsch Touch,” German-born Ernst Lubitsch, dies at 55.
November 30, 1952: Though decades old, 3-D films catch a wave of popularity with the American public, beginning with United Artists’ Bwana Devil.
November 30, 1981: Actress Natalie Wood, 43, dies in a mysterious drowning accident off her and husband Robert Wagner’s yacht.
November 26, 1990: Japanese company Matsushita purchases MCA, parent company of Universal Pictures, for $6.13 billion.
November 27, 1996: Disney debuts the first live-action remake of one of its animated features, 101 Dalmatians.