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November 18th Today's Highlights in History

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Wednesday, November 18th
The 322nd day of 2009.
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Today's Highlights in History

   On Nov. 18, 1976, Spain's parliament approved a bill to establish a democracy after 37 years of dictatorship. (Go to article.)

On Nov. 18, 1923, Alan B. Shepard, the first American astronaut to travel in space, was born. Following his death on July 21, 1998, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   On November  18, 1899, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about the Open Door policy towards China. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1883    The United States and Canada adopted a system of standard time zones.

1886    Chester A. Arthur, the 21st president of the United States, died in New York at age 56.

1899    Conductor Eugene Ormandy was born in Budapest, Hungary.

1923    Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr., the first American in space, was born in East Derry, N.H.

1928    The first successful sound-synchronized animated cartoon, Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" starring Mickey Mouse, premiered in New York.

1936    Germany and Italy recognized the Spanish government of Francisco Franco.

1966    U.S. Roman Catholic bishops did away with the rule against eating meat on Fridays.

1969    Financier and diplomat Joseph P. Kennedy died in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 81.

1978    More than 900 people died in Jonestown, Guyana, after Peoples Temple cult leader Jim Jones urged them to kill themselves by drinking cyanide-laced grape punch. Jones died of a bullet wound to the head; whether it was self-inflicted is unknown.

1987    The congressional Iran-Contra committees issued their final report, saying President Ronald Reagan bore "ultimate responsibility" for wrongdoing by his aides.

1988    President Ronald Reagan signed legislation creating a Cabinet-level drug czar and providing the death penalty for drug traffickers who kill.

1991    Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon freed Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite and educator Thomas Sutherland.

1999    A jury in Jasper, Texas, convicted Shawn Allen Berry of murder for his role in the dragging death of James Byrd Jr., but spared him the death penalty.

2002    U.N. arms inspectors returned to Iraq after a four-year hiatus, calling on Saddam Hussein's government to cooperate with their search for weapons of mass destruction.

2003    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled 4-3 that the state constitution guarantees gay couples the right to marry.

2004    Bill Clinton's presidential library opened in Little Rock, Ark.

2004    Britain outlawed fox hunting in England and Wales.

2006    Actor Tom Cruise and actress Katie Holmes were married in Italy.

2008    Big Three automakers pleaded with Congress for a $25 billion lifeline, warning of a national economic catastrophe should they collapse.

2008    Belgium-based InBev SA formed the world's largest brewer with its $52 billion takeover of U.S.-based Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc.

Current Birthdays

Kevin Nealon turns 56 years old today.

AP Photo/Dan Steinberg Actor-comedian Kevin Nealon ("Weeds," "Saturday Night Live") turns 56 years old today.

86    Ted Stevens
Former U.S. senator, R-Alaska

70    Brenda Vaccaro

67    Linda Evans
Actress ("Dynasty")

67    Susan Sullivan

63    Jacky Ward
Country singer

62    Jameson Parker

61    Andrea Marcovicci
Actress, singer

60    Herman Rarebell
Rock musician (The Scorpions)

59    Graham Parker

57    Delroy Lindo

53    Warren Moon
Football Hall of Famer

51    Oscar Nunez
Actor ("The Office")

49    Elizabeth Perkins
Actress ("Weeds")

49    Kim Wilde
Rock singer

47    Kirk Hammett
Rock musician (Metallica)

44    Tim DeLaughter
Rock singer

41    Romany Malco

41    Gary Sheffield
Baseball player

41    Owen Wilson

40    Duncan Sheik
Rock singer

39    Mike Epps

39    Peta Wilson

34    David Ortiz
Baseball player

34    Jason Williams
Basketball player

33    Jessi Alexander
Country singer

33    Steven Pasquale

30    Fabolous

30    Nate Parker

29    Mike Jones

Historic Birthdays

Alan B. Shepard

11/18/1923 - 7/21/1998
American astronaut
(Go to obit.)

39    Carl Maria von Weber
11/18/1786 - 6/5/1826
German composer

63    Louis-Jacques Daguerre
11/18/1787 - 7/10/1851
French inventor of the daguerreotype

74    Sir William Gilbert
11/18/1836 - 5/29/1911
English lyricist for comic operas; collaborated with Sir Arthur Sullivan

80    Ignacy Paderewski
11/18/1860 - 6/29/1941
Polish pianist and composer

61    Clarence Day
11/18/1874 - 12/28/1935
American writer

90    Jacques Maritain
11/18/1882 - 4/28/1973
French philosopher

87    Gio Ponti
11/18/1891 - 9/15/1979
Italian architect

76    Patrick Blackett
11/18/1897 - 7/13/1974
English physicist

85    Eugene Ormandy
11/18/1899 - 3/12/1985
Hungarian-born American conductor

82    George Gallup
11/18/1901 - 7/26/1984
American statistician and pioneering opinion researcher

90    George Wald
11/18/1906 - 4/13/1997
American chemist

66    Johnny Mercer
11/18/1909 - 6/25/1976
American composer

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