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On November 18th, 1928, the first
successful sound-synchronized animated cartoon,
Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie," starring Mickey
Mouse, premiered in New York.
On this date:
In 1820, US Navy Captain Nathaniel
B. Palmer discovered the frozen continent of
In 1883, the
United States and Canada adopted a system of
Standard Time zones.
In 1886, the 21st
president of the United States, Chester A.
Arthur, died in New York at age 56.
In 1899, musical
conductor Eugene Ormandy was born in Budapest,
In 1936, Germany
and Italy recognized the Spanish government of
In 1949, Jackie
Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers was named the
National League's Most Valuable Player.
"Ben-Hur," the Biblical-era spectacle
starring Charlton Heston, had its world premiere
in New York.
financier-diplomat Joseph P. Kennedy died in
Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, at age 81.
California Congressman Leo J. Ryan and four other
people were killed in Jonestown, Guyana, by
members of the Peoples Temple; the killings were
followed by a night of mass murder and suicide by
912 cult members.
In 1987, the
congressional Iran-Contra committees issued their
final report, saying President Reagan bore
"ultimate responsibility" for
wrongdoing by his aides.
Ten years ago:
President Bush began a series of meetings in
Paris with allied leaders aimed at solidifying
support for his Persian Gulf policies. Soviet
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met at the Vatican
with Pope John Paul the Second, who said all
possible efforts should be made to avoid war in
the Persian Gulf.
Five years ago:
With no relief in sight from a budget impasse
that forced a partial federal shutdown, the House
rebelled against Republican leaders during a
raucous Saturday session and voted to oppose
formally adjourning the chamber until Monday.
(GOP leaders put the chamber into recess anyway.)
One year ago:
Twelve people were killed when a bonfire under
construction at Texas A&M University
collapsed. A jury in Jasper, Texas, convicted
Shawn Allen Berry of murder for his role in the
dragging death of James Byrd Junior, but spared
him the death penalty. American author and
composer Paul Bowles, best known for "The
Sheltering Sky" and other novels set in
North Africa, died in Morocco at age 88.
"It is impossible to
defeat an ignorant man in argument."
William G. McAdoo, American government official