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1918...At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the
11th month of 1918, the Great War ends. The first world war left 9 million
dead and 21 million wounded.
Congress passes the Burke-Wadsworth Act. This created the first peace time
draft and lowered the draft age to 18 and extended it to age 37.
1981...Los Angeles baseball pitcher Fernando Valenzuela wins the
National League Cy Young Award and Rookie of the Year. He is the first
player to win both in the same year.
1889...Dewitt Wallace, the founder of Reader's Digest, is born in St. Paul,
Minnesota. After high school he worked at a bank and kept index
card file of his favorite magazine articles. That is how he got the idea
for Reader's Digest.
1954...The Gateway to America, Ellis Island, closes its doors after processing
more than 12 million immigrants since it opened in 1892.
1980...Voyager 1 flies by Saturn. It sees multiple rings around Saturn, as
well as three new moons. There is also atmosphere around Titan, its
Robert Lewis Stevenson
1850...Robert Louis Stevenson, the author of Treasure Island
and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, is born in Scotland. Although he
became a great writer, he studied engineering and law in
1945...After Allied Troops liberated one Nazi death camp after
another, President Harry Truman announces a panel of inquiry to look into the
settlement of the Jews in Palestine.
1982...The long awaited Vietnam Veteran's Memorial is dedicated
in Washington D.C. The 50,000 plus Americans who died are arranged in order of
death, as opposed to military rank.
1851... Moby Dick, written by Herman Melville, is published. Moby Dick
tells the tale of Captain Ahab and his quest for a giant
whale. It is not popular at first, but later becomes a great American
plane carrying the Marshall University
Thundering Herd Football Team from West Virginia crashes into a hillside near the
school, leaving no survivors.
1985...A volcano erupts in Columbia killing over 20,000 people. Nearby
towns are buried in mud, ice and lava.
1867...The first stock ticker is unveiled at the New York Stock
Exchange. It allows available up to the minute prices for investors around the
1956...Elvis Presley makes his big
screen debut as Love Me Tender premiers in New York City at the
1965...Twenty-eight year old Craig Breedlove breaks the 600mph
barrier driving his vehicle The Spirit of America. The vehicle cost
The Sound of Music
1957...Notre Dame beats Oklahoma 7-0, ending the Sooners
forth-seven game winning stream. It is still the NCAA record for most
consecutive wins by a college football team.
1959...The Sound of Music is a success from the very
night of its Broadway Opening Day. The show got average reviews, but the
music by Rogers and Hammerstein was singled out as "affecting beauty."
1973...President Richard Nixon urges Congress to pass Senate
Bill 1081, which allow construction of an oil pipeline from Alaska's north slope
to ports south.
The "Heidi" Game
1777...After 16 months of debate,
Congress submits The Articles of Confederation to the states for
1968...The Oakland Raiders score two touchdowns in 9 seconds to
beat the New York Jets. However, no one watching on
television sees the end of the game as NBC switches to the children's move
Heidi when the game goes longer than expected.
2003...John Mohamed is found guilty in the sniper shootings that
terrorized the Washington D.C. area. He is known as "The Beltway Sniper."
1883...At exactly noon American and Canadian railroads began
using four continental time zones to end the confusion of dealing with thousands
of local times.
1966...At just 30 years of age, L.A. Dodger pitching ace Sandy
Koufax retires due to arthritis. He may be most famous for refusing to
pitch the first game of the1965 World Series because it fell on the Jewish
1978...Jim Jones leads hundred of his followers in a mass
murder-suicide in Ghana, South Africa. Many willingly drink the poison
punch, but others are forced do do it at gunpoint.
Abraham Lincoln delivers a memorable speech when he dedicates the
Military Cemetery at Gettysburg, PA. Lincoln brilliantly reminded the
public why the Union needed to fight and win the civil war.
soccer great Pele scores his 1,000th professional goal. In his career
he led Brazil to three World Cup championships.
1975..."One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," a film about a group
of patients in a mental institution, opens in theaters across the United States.
Nurse Ratched becomes a symbol for a cold and heartless person.
1820...The American whale boat Essex, from Nantucket, Massachusetts, is
attacked and sunk by an 80-ton sperm
whale off the coast of South America.
1923...The U.S. Patent Office grants black
newspaper man and inventor Garrett Morgan a patent for his three position
1945...In the first trial of its kind in history, 24 high-ranking Nazis are
tried in Nuremburg, Germany for atrocities committed during WWII.
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