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Today In History

Here is what happened
on Saturday - November 18th...

History,  n.  One darn thing after another.

      Famous People Born On This Day In History...

1680Jean-Baptiste Loeillet, composer.
      Today, this person is/would be 337 years old.
1772Prince Louis Ferdinand, composer.
      Today, this person is/would be 245 years old.
1786Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst, composer.
      Today, this person is/would be 231 years old.
1789Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre, developed early method of photography.
      Today, this person is/would be 228 years old.
1836Sir W.S. Gilbert, playwright (of Gilbert & Sullivan fame), in London, England. Among their operas the pair wrote; H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, The Mikado and The Yeoman of the Guard.
      Today, this person is/would be 181 years old.
1860Ignacy Jan Paderewski, pianist and first premier of the Republic of Poland, in Kurylowka in southwestern Russia.
      Today, this person is/would be 157 years old.
1899Eugene Ormandy, symphony orchestra conductor.
      Today, this person is/would be 118 years old.
1908Imogene Coca, actress, comedienne.
      Today, this person is/would be 109 years old.
1923Alan Sheppard, first American astronaut launched into space.
      Today, this person is/would be 94 years old.
1928Mickey Mouse, sired by Walt Disney's pen.
      Today, this person is/would be 89 years old.
1939Margaret Atwood, award-winning Canadian novelist.
      Today, this person is/would be 78 years old.
1939Brenda Vaccaro, actress.
      Today, this person is/would be 78 years old.

      Events On This Day In History...

1477William Caxton prints the first book in the English language, The Dictes and Sayengis of the Phylosophers.
1883The US and Canada adopt a system of standard time zones, but it takes better than 90 years to actually standardize them. These things take time, you know.
1820Antarctica discovered by US Navy Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer. The penguins were not amused.
1903Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty, gives US exclusive canal rights through Panama.
1928Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse debuts in New York in "Steamboat Willie". The mouse show was the first successful sound-synchronized animated film.
1936Germany and Italy recognize the fascist Spanish government of Francisco Franco.
1936The main span of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is joined.
1966US Roman Catholic bishops do away with the rule against eating meat on Fridays.
1976The parliament of Spain approves a bill establishing a democracy after four decades of fascist dictatorship.
1978In Jonestown, Guyana, the Reverend Jim Jones persuades his followers to drink a death potion. 914 cult members were left dead including 214 children.
1993South Africa adopts a new constitution after more than 300 years of white majority rule. The constitution provided basic civil rights to blacks.
1994Jazz legend Cab Calloway dies at age 86.
1996A fire which causes $100 million damages also closes the south tunnel of The Chunnel, the three-tunnel undersea connecting link between England and France. No one was seriously hurt, but the south tunnel was closed for more than six months for repairs, which restricted traffic to the north tunnel.

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