This Day In History- John Lee Love Patented The Pencil Sharpener

November 23rd

Today in 1863, a patent was granted for aprocess of making color photographs.

Today in 1897, John Lee Love patented the pencil sharpener.

Today in 1899,the first-ever jukebox was installed,in the Palais Royal Hotel in San Francisco.

Today in 1909, the Wright brothers formed a million-dollar corporation for the commercial manufacture of airplanes.

Today in 1921, the Willis-Campbell Act (better known as the anti-beer bill) was signed,forbidding doctors from prescribing beer for medicinal purposes.

Today in 1936, the first edition of "Life," the picture magazine created by Henry R. Luce,was published. It was an immediate sellout. The cover of that famous magazine showed a view of the Fort Peck Dam, the world’s largest earth-filled dam.

Today in 1960, the Elvis Presley film, "G.I. Blues,"opened in theaters. The same day?Today in 1960,"The Magnificent Seven," starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach, James Coburn, Horst Buchfield, Robert Vaughn and Charles Bronson,premiered in theaters nationwide.

Today in 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed November 25th as a day of national mourning following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Today in 1980, the National Black Independent Party was founded.

Today in 1988, President Reagan announced he was pocket-vetoing a bill designed to further restrict lobbying by former federal employees, saying it was "excessive and discriminatory."

Today in 1993, American Airlines flight attendants ended their strike that only lasted four days.

Today in 1998, the tobacco industry signed the biggest U.S. civil settlement– a $206-billion deal to resolve remaining state claims for treating sick smokers.

Today in 1998, a Federal judge rejected a Virginia county's effort to block pornography on library computer as unconstitutional.

Today in 1998, Whitewater figure Susan McDougal was acquitted of embezzling from conductor Zubin Mehta and his wife– a case Susan claimed was trumped up to pressure her to testify against President Clinton.

Today in 1998,Dennis Rodman filed for an annulment from Carmen Electra. The two were married in Las Vegas, Nevada–on November 14, 1998 Dennis' agent publicly questioned whether the marriage was legal, saying that the Chicago Bulls star was drunk at the time of the wedding. Dennis then released a statement saying he was proud to married to Carmen, but filed papers to annul the marriage nine days later (but pulled them). And then there was the mutual domestic violence arrest that December. After attempting to salvage the relationship, they officially divorced in April 1999. But, love is a funny thing, and the couple was spotted together months later – and were both taken away in handcuffs and charged with the misdemeanor of simple battery after an altercation at a Miami hotel in November 1999. At the time, the judge ordered the pair to stay away from each other…and it seemed to have stuck.

Today in 1999, in a plea met with scant applause and silent stares, President Clinton told ethnic Albanians in Kosovo that "you must try" to forgive Serb neighbors and stop punishing them for the terror campaign of Slobodan Milosevic.

Today in 2014,a magnitude 6.7-earthquake struck central Japan.Officials confirmed 40 people were killed. 

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