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Friday, November 18, 2005

This Day in History

Busy day in history today. First, let's celebrate:

Happy Kool-Aid Day!



From HistoryChannel.com:
MASS SUICIDE IN JONESTOWN:
November 18, 1978

People's Temple leader Jim Jones leads hundreds of his followers in a mass murder-suicide at their agricultural commune in remote northwestern Guyana. The few cult members who refused to take the cyanide-laced fruit-flavored concoction were either forced to do so at gunpoint or shot as they fled. The final death toll was 913, including 276 children.

Next, we have Terrorists? What terrorists?
1991 Terry Waite released

Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon free Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite after more than four years of captivity.

And now, 'Mammy':
1932 Al Jolson's radio show launches

Al Jolson makes his debut as radio host on Kraft Music Hall. Under various titles and on different stations, Jolson will continue to host his own radio variety program until 1949.

And lastly, there's the DeSoto Demise:
1960 The End Of The DeSoto

The Chrysler DeSoto was a hit even before the first model was built in the summer of 1928. When Walter P. Chrysler announced that his Chrysler Corporation intended to build a mid-priced vehicle boasting six-cylinders, dealerships signed on immediately, and in the first 12 months of production the DeSoto set a sales record that stood for 30 years.
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On this day, just two weeks after the 1961 DeSoto was introduced to an uninterested market, Chrysler announced the termination of the DeSoto marque.
My parents used to have one of them tanks. I'm not sure what year it was, but it was no newer than about a 1945 model, and this was in the early '60's.
We could hear it coming from blocks away. The neighbors didn't appreciate it much either.

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