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Once Upon A Time – November 28 – 1919 – American-Born Lady Nancy Astor Elected As 1st Female Member Of British House Of Commons

1520 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan begins crossing the Pacific Ocean

1814 The Times of London first printed by automatic, steam powered presses built by German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer – makes newspapers available to a mass audience

1893 Women vote in a national election for the first time, in the New Zealand general election

1919 American-born Lady Nancy Astor elected as the 1st female member of the British House of Commons

1967 1st radio pulsars detected by British postgraduate Jocelyn Bell Burnell and her supervisor Antony Hewish at Cambridge University

Historical Events Today

Today in Film & TV

1975 “As the World Turns” and “The Edge of Night”, the final two American soap operas that had resisted going to pre-taped broadcasts, air their last live episodes.

Today in Music

1925 Grand Ole Opry premieres as WSM Barn Dance on WSM radio Nashville, Tennessee

Today in Sport

1895 America’s 1st auto race organised by the “Chicago Times-Herald” – Chicago to Evanston and back; 6 cars, 55 miles, Frank Duryea wins averaging 7 MPH

More Facts…

1907 In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater

1922 Captain Cyril Turner (RAF) gives 1st skywriting exhibition (NYC) Turner spelled out “Hello USA. Call Vanderbilt 7200.” 47,000 called

Famous Weddings

1582 Playwright and poet William Shakespeare (18) marries Anne Hathaway (26) (date of the marriage license)

1936 Australian paleo-anthropologist Raymond Dart (43) weds South African librarian Marjorie Gordon Frew

1938 Chinese politician Mao Zedong (44) weds Jiang Qing (24) in a small private ceremony

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