Sunday November 18, 2012

Today is Sunday, Nov. 18, the 323rd day of 2012. There are 43 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Nov. 18, 1942, "The Skin of Our Teeth," Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning allegory about the history of humankind, opened on Broad way.

On this date:

In 1865, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain was first published under the title "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog" in the New York Saturday Press.

In 1883, the United States and Canada adopted a system of Standard Time zones.

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

In 1958, the cargo freighter SS Carl D. Bradley sank during a storm in Lake Michigan, claiming 33 of the 35 lives on board.

In 1966, U.S. Roman Catholic bishops did away with the rule against eating meat on Fridays outside of Lent.

In 1978, U.S. Rep. Leo J. Ryan, D-Calif., and four others were killed in Jonestown, Guyana, by members of the Peoples Temple; the killings were followed by a night of mass murder and suicide by more than 900 cult members.

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


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In 1991, Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon freed Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite and Thomas Sutherland, the American dean of agriculture at the American Univer sity of Beirut.