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11/15/2020 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - November 15

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Today in History in 1492 Christopher Columbus notes first recorded reference to tobacco; in 1956 Elvis Presley's first film "Love Me Tender" premiered in NYC; and in 1969 Wendy’s Hamburgers opened.

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

  • 1492 - Christopher Columbus notes 1st recorded reference to tobacco
  • 1620 - Myles Standish leads 16 men in a foot exploration of the northern portion of Cape Cod
  • 1720 - Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and John Rackham are captured by Capt. Jonathan Barnet and brought to Spanish Town, Jamaica, for trial
  • 1864 - Union Major General Sherman leaves Atlanta on the "March to the Sea"
  • 1899 - Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill captured by Boers in Natal
  • 1932 - Walt Disney Art School created
  • 1939 - FDR lays cornerstone of Jefferson Memorial in Wash DC
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley's 1st film "Love Me Tender" premieres in NYC
  • 1969 - 1st Jackson Five record to enter top 100 (I Want You Back)
  • 1969 - Wendy's Hamburgers opens

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1708 - William Pitt the Elder, London, British Prime Minister (Whig, 1756-61, 66-68), `Great Commoner', (d. 1778)
  • 1891 - Erwin Rommel, German Field Marshal (WW II-African campaign)
  • 1929 - Edward Asner, KC Kansas, actor (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant)
  • 1932 - Clyde L McPhatter, Durham NC, singer (Drifters-Treasure My Love)
  • 1932 - Petula Clark, Surrey England, rock vocalist (Downtown, My Love)
  • 1933 - Jack Burns, Boston Mass, comedian (Burns & Schreiber)
  • 1934 - Joanna Barnes, Boston, actress (Parent Trap, Spartacus, Goodbye Charlie)

Famous Weddings

  • 1986 - Golfer Byron Nelson (74) weds advertising copy writer Peggy Simmons (42)
  • 1997 - "Rescue 911" TV host and actor William Shatner (66) weds former Ford model Norine Kidd (37) in Pasadena, California
  • 2005 - Emperor Akihito's daughter Princess Sayako (36) weds Yoshiki Kuroda (40) at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan

Famous Divorces

  • 2010 - "Single White Female" actress Jennifer Jason Leigh (48) divorces writer Noah Baumbach (41) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1794 - John Witherspoon, president of the College of New Jersey, dies at 71
  • 1954 - Lionel Barrymore, [Blythe], actor (Dr Kildare, Key Largo), dies at 76
  • 1958 - Tyrone Power, actor (Mark of Zorro), dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 1978 - Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (Thoughts & Female), dies of pancreatic cancer at 76

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