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11/12/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - November 12

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Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1439 - Plymouth, England, becomes the first town incorporated by the English Parliament.
  • 1847 - Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, is the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic.
  • 1912 - Robert Scott's diary & body found in Antarctica
  • 1927 - Trotsky expelled from Soviet CP; Stalin becomes undisputed dictator
  • 1933 - First known photo of so-called Loch Ness monster is taken
  • 1942 - In World War II, battle of Guadalcanal began
  • 1945 - Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Cordell Hull (establishing UN)
  • 1946 - Walt Disney's "Song Of South" released
  • 1946 - A branch of the Exchange National Bank in Chicago, Illinois opens the first ten drive-up teller windows.
  • 1981 - 1st balloon crossing of Pacific is completed (Double Eagle V)
  • 1981 - 2nd shuttle mission-1st time spacecraft launched twice (Columbia 2)
  • 1990 - Tim Berners-Lee publishes a formal proposal for the World Wide Web.
  • 2001 - In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 on its way to the Dominican Republic, crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1606 - Jeanne Mance, Langres, French Canadian settler (founded first hospital in North America)
  • 1815 - Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Johnstown NY, women's rights activist
  • 1840 - Auguste Rodin, Meudon, France, sculptor (Kiss, Thinker), (d. 1917)
  • 1841 - John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, Malden Essex, English physicist and discoverer of argon (Nobel Prize 1904), (d. 1919)
  • 1922 - Kim Hunter, [Janet Cole], Det MI, actress (Planet of the Apes, Lilith)
  • 1929 - Grace Kelly, Philadelphia Pa, actress (Rear Window)/Princess (Monaco), (d. 1982)
  • 1934 - Charles Manson, Cincinnati Ohio, American criminal (Tate-Labianco)
  • 1944 - Al Michaels, Brooklyn New York, American sportscaster (Miracle on Ice, American Football)
  • 1945 - Michael Bishop, US, sci-fi author (Nebula, Stolen Faces)
  • 1945 - Neil Young, Toronto Ontario, Canadian singer/songwriter (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)
  • 1968 - Sammy Sosa, San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1970 - Tonya Harding, Portland Or, figure skater (Oly-8th-1994/US Champ 1994)
  • 1980 - Ryan Gosling, London Ontario, Canadian actor (The Notebook, Drive)
  • 1982 - Anne Hathaway, New York City, New York, American actress (The Princess Diaries)

Famous Weddings

  • 1028 - Future Byzantine empress Zoe marries Romanus Argyrus according to the wishes of the dying Constantine VIII.
  • 1656 - English Poet and author of epic "Paradise Lost" John Milton (47) marries 2nd wife Katherine Woodcock
  • 1963 - Singer and actor Robert Goulet (30) weds actress Carol Lawrence (31)
  • 1969 - Director Blake Edwards (47) weds "The Sound of Music" actress Julie Andrews (34) in Beverly Hills
  • 1973 - MLB baseball player Hank Aaron (39) weds Billye Aaron

Famous Deaths

  • 1916 - Percival Lowell, American amateur astronomer, founder of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona (b. 1855)
  • 1990 - Eve Arden, actress (Our Miss Brooks, Grease), dies at 82
  • 2003 - Jonathan Brandis, American actor (One Life to Live, SeaQuest) (b. 1976)
  • 2006 - General Jacob E. Smart, US Air Force leader World War II (b. 1909)

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