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There are 16 days remaining until Daylight Saving Time ends
There are 41 days until Thanksgiving
There are 70 days until Christmas

Today is the day that…

— in 1793, Marie Antoinette was beheaded during the French Revolution

— in 1859, Abolitionist John Brown leads twenty-one in a raid on a federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia

— in 1875, Brigham Young University is founded in Provo, Utah

— in 1916, Margaret Sanger opens the first birth control clinic in the U.S. in Brooklyn

— in 1923, the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio is founded

— also in 1923, John Harwood patents the self-winding watch

— in 1950, The first edition of C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” is released

— in 1960, the National League votes to grant expansion franchises to Houston (the Colt .45’s, later the Astros) and New York (the Mets) for the the 1962 season

— in 1962, the Cuban missile crisis begins as President John F. Kennedy is shown photos confirming the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba

— in 1968, Americans Tommie Smith and John Carlos famously give the Black Power salute on the 200m medal podium during the Mexico City Olympics to protest racism and injustice

— in 1969, Brian Wilson’s wife Marilyn gives birth to their second child, Wendy. Along with Chynna Phillips and her older sister Carnie, she forms the group Wilson Phillips.

— in 1972, Creedence Clearwater Revival calls it quits, announcing in a press release: “We don’t regard this as breaking up. We look at it as an expansion of our activities.” The band never reforms, but John Fogerty emerges with a successful solo career.

— in 1976, Disc jockey Rick Dees hits #1 with “Disco Duck”

— also in 1976, Stevie Wonder’s LP Songs In The Key Of Life hits #1

— in 1978, Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla is elected as Pope John Paul II. He would become the second longest-serving pope in modern history

— in 1982, Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” reached #1 on the country music charts for the second time. It was also #1 in June 1974.

— in 1984, South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu wins the Nobel Peace Prize

— in 1985, powered by Jack Clark’s 3-run HR in the 9th inning, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the LA Dodgers 7-5 to win the National League Championship Series, 4 games to 2. They would face their in-state rivals, the Kansas City Royals in the first ever “I-70” World Series.

— in 1986, Chuck Berry’s 60th birthday bash (held three days before his actual birthday) takes place in St. Louis with a tribute concert featuring Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Etta James, Robert Cray and Linda Ronstadt. Footage is shot for the 1987 documentary Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll.

— in 1987, Texas toddler Jessica McClure is rescued 58 hours after falling 22 feet’ into a well shaft

— in 1992, TBS airs a “Gilligan’s Island” pilot episode first filmed in 1963 but never broadcast

— also in 1992, Sinéad O’Connor is booed when she takes the stage at Bobfest, a Bob Dylan tribute at Madison Square Garden. O’Connor had torn up a picture of the Pope 13 days earlier on Saturday Night Live

— in 1994, actor Raul Julia suffers a debilitating stroke. He would pass away 8 days later at the age of 54.

— in 2006, Steve Irwin’s daughter, Bindi, announced plans to star in her own Discovery Kids network series entitled, Bindi, The Jungle Girl. The show was originally going to be a father-daughter collaboration.

— in 2011, Dan Wheldon, the 2011 Indianapolis 500 winner, was killed during a race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a multi-car crash

— in 2011, The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C

— in 2013, The House and US Senate agreed to end the government shutdown

— and in 2019, Netflix reveals its most popular original movie was Sandra Bullock’s “Bird Box” and TV series “Stranger Things” for the year

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