It happened on this day…November 21st

11.21On this day in 1980 - Approximately 83 million people tuned in to find out “who shot J.R.” on the TV show “Dallas.”

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It happened on this day…November 20th

11.20On this day in 1947 - Britain’s future queen, Princess Elizabeth II, married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, in a ceremony broadcast worldwide from Westminster Abbey.

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It happened on this day…November 19th

11.19On this day in 1954 - The first automatic toll collection machine went into effect at the Union Toll Plaza on New Jersey’s Garden State Parkway.

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It happened on this day…November 18th

11.18On this day in 1928 - The first animated talking picture, “Steamboat Willie,” starring Mickey Mouse, was screened in the U.S.. This is also considered Mickey Mouse’s birthday.

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It happened on this day….October 31st

On this day, Halloween, celebrated on October 31, can be traced back to Samhain, the ancient Celtic harvest festival honoring the Lord of the Dead. Observed on November 1 in the British Isles and parts of France, Samhain also marked the beginning of the Celtic New Year. Because it was a time of transition between the old and the new, the Celts believed that the souls of those who had died during the previous year gathered to travel together to the land of the dead. It was also a time when those who had died in years past returned to visit their homes. November 1 was considered the end of the summer period, the date on which the herds were returned from pasture and land tenures were renewed. People lit bonfires to scare away evil spirits and “sacrificed” fruits and vegetables, hoping to appease the spirits of the deceased. Sometimes people disguised themselves in masks and costumes so that the visiting spirits would not recognize them. Charms, spells, and predictions of the future were all part of the eve of Samhain. In the old Celtic calendar, that last evening of October was “old-year’s night,” the night of all witches.

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It happened on this day…October 30th

On this day in 1938 - A radio play entitled “The War of the Worlds” and starring Orson Welles aired. It was a hoax portraying a Martian invasion; many people panicked, believing the portrayal to be true.

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It happened on this day…October 29th

On this day in 1969 - The Internet was created when the first connection was made between computers at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute. That connection, ARPANET, was the precursor to the Internet developed by the Department of Defense

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