1997 - Willem de Kooning's painting "Two Standing Women" sells at an auction for $4.2 million
1903 - The Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty is signed by the United States and Panama
1883 - American and Canadian railroads institute five standard continental time zones.
1626 - St. Peter's Basilica is consecrated.
1307 - William Tell shoots an apple off his son's head
This Day In Business
1963 - Push-button telephones are introduced into service for the first time.
1928 - Colony Theater in New York shows Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie for first time.
1820 - Antarctica is discovered by US Navy Captain Nathaniel B Palmer.
1985 - Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets wins the NL Cy Young Award, at the age of 21
November 18th Holiday
Independence Day (Latvia) - Celebrates Latvia gaining independence from Russia in 1918.
Today's Birthday Trivia
She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Gerald Ford on January 10, 1977 for transforming the American landscape. Who is she?
Today's Birthday Horoscope
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