18 November 2012

Timeline November 18 & 19

November 18
1493  Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico.
1787  Louis-Jacques Daguerre, French inventor of the daguerreotype, was born.
1883  The United States and Canada adopted a system of standard time zones.
1901  George Gallup, American statistician and pioneering opinion researcher, was born.
1923  Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr., the first American in space, was born in East Derry, N.H. Died July 21, 1998.
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.

November 19
1600  Charles I, English King 1625-49, was born.
1794  The United States and Britain signed the Jay Treaty, which resolved some issues left over from the Revolutionary War.
1863  President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.
1919  The US Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles.
1969  Apollo 12 astronauts Charles "Pete" Conrad and Alan Bean made man's second landing on the moon.
2007  Amazon.com Inc. introduced the Kindle, an electronic book-reading device.

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