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Notable Historical Events for November 18th

1978In Jonestown Guyana 918 members of Peoples Temple are murdered/commit suicide under leadership of cult leader Jim Jones

1949NL batting leader (.342) Jackie Robinson wins NL MVP

1929Stalin routes troops to Manchuria

1930Musical "Smiles" with Bob Hope and Fred Astaire premieres in NYC

1986Roger Clemens wins AL MVP

1905George Bernard Shaw's "Major Barbara" premieres in London

1987Cubs Andre Dawson is 1st player from a last-place club to win an MVP

1985Paul McCartney releases "Spies Like Us"

1964J. Edgar Hoover describes Martin Luther King as "most notorious liar"

1970Linus Pauling declares large doses of Vitamin C could ward off colds

November 18th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on November 18th

1787Louis-Jacques Daguerre, Cormeilles-en-Parisis France, inventor and photographer (d. 1851)

1901George Gallup, Jefferson Iowa, public opinion pollster (Gallup Poll)

1939Margaret Atwood, Ottawa Ontario, Canadian author/poet

1906George Wald, US, physiologist/biologist (eye, Nobel 1967)

1968Owen Wilson, Dallas, Texas, American actor (Meet the Parents, Zoolander)

1836William Schwenck Gilbert, London, English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator (Gilbert & Sullivan)

1860Ignacy Jan Paderewski, composer/1st premier of Poland (1919-20)

1787Sojourner Truth [Isabella Baumfree], Swartekill, New York, US abolitionist/feminist

November 18th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on November 18th

1962Singer Barry White (18) weds childhood sweetheart Betty Smith

1966Writer Jack Kerouac (44) weds Stella Kerouac

2006American film actor and producer Tom Cruise (44) weds actress Katie Holmes (27) at Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy

1948KFC founder Colonel Sanders (58) weds his long-time employee Claudia Price

2010Cricketer Glenn McGrath (40) weds interior designer Sara Leonardi in Cronulla, New South Wales

1966MLB baseball player Hank Greenberg (55) weds actress Mary Jo Tarola

November 18th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on November 18th

1886Chester A. Arthur, 21st US president (1881-85), dies at 56

1962Niels Bohr, Danish physicist (atom, Nobel 1922), dies at 77

1969Joseph P Kennedy, JFK/RFK/TMK father, dies in Hyannis Port Mass, at 81

1978Jim Jones, US pastor, leader of Jonestown Cult, commits suicide at 47

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