On This Day In History, 19 November

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World Events Today

  • Alfred Tennyson became Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland today in 1850, he succeeded William Wordsworth
  • Two astronauts, Commander Charles Conrad and Alan Bean, onboard the Apollo 12 lunar module, became the third and fourth men to walk on the moon today in 1969
  • Amazon started selling the Amazon Kindle today in 2007, a device that enabled users to read e-books, newspapers, etc, online via a wireless network, or by download

Entertainment Events Today

  • Pelé scored the 1,000th goal of his professional career today in 1969, he was playing for Santos and scored a penalty kick against opponents Vasco da Gama
  • The comedy-drama movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, starring Jack Nicholson, was released today in 1975, it won an Academy Award for Best Picture
  • Vincent van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait Without Beard”, sold at auction for more than 71 million US dollars today in 1998

Family Events Today

  • The never identified Man in the Iron Mask died today in 1703, in Bastille prison in France
  • Hiram Bingham, the American academic, explorer and politician who re-discovered the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, was born today in 1875 in Honolulu
  • The American criminal and cult leader Charles Milles Manson, responsible for 9 murders, died today in 2017 aged 83

Main Event Today

  • The United States President, Ronald Reagan, and Soviet General Secretary, Mikhail Gorbachev, met today in 1985 for the first time, at the Geneva Summit, they discussed diplomatic relations and the arms race

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Play Monopoly Day

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