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Today in History: Saturday, November  18, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On Nov. 18, 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.
 
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On this date in:
1883The United States and Canada adopted a system of standard time zones.
1886Chester A. Arthur, the 21st president of the United States, died in New York at age 56.
1923Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr., the first American in space, was born in East Derry, N.H.
1928The first successful sound-synchronized animated cartoon, Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" starring Mickey Mouse, premiered in New York.
1936Germany and Italy recognized the Spanish government of Francisco Franco.
1966U.S. Roman Catholic bishops did away with the rule against eating meat on Fridays.
1969Financier and diplomat Joseph P. Kennedy died in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 81.
1976Spain's parliament approved a bill to establish a democracy after 37 years of dictatorship.
1987The congressional Iran-Contra committees issued their final report, saying President Ronald Reagan bore "ultimate responsibility" for wrongdoing by his aides.
1988President Ronald Reagan signed legislation creating a Cabinet-level drug czar and providing the death penalty for drug traffickers who kill.
2002U.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.
2003The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled 4-3 that the state constitution guarantees gay couples the right to marry.
2006Actor Tom Cruise and actress Katie Holmes were married in Italy. (The couple divorced in 2012.)
2009Two days before turning 92, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., became the longest-serving lawmaker in congressional history, at 56 years, 320 days.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz turns 42 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Brenda VaccaroActress78
Linda EvansActress ("Dynasty")75
Graham ParkerSinger67
Warren MoonFootball Hall of Famer61
Elizabeth PerkinsActress ("Weeds")57
Kim WildeRock singer57
Gary SheffieldBaseball player49
Owen WilsonActor49
Duncan SheikRock singer48
Chloe SevignyActress43
Nasim PedradActress, comedian ("Saturday Night Live")36
Actor-comedian Kevin Nealon ("Weeds," "Saturday Night Live") turns 64 years old today.
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