This Day in History

Today is Friday, November 16th, the 320th day of the year.  There are 45 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state of the union.

In 1959, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" opened on Broadway.

In 1960, actor Clark Gable died at the age of 59.  He is best remembered for his role as Rhett Butler in the classic film "Gone With the Wind."

In 1963, the touch-tone telephone was introduced.

In 1966, Dr. Sam Sheppard was acquitted in his second trial of charges he murdered his pregnant wife.  His story was the subject of the television show and the film "The Fugitive."

In 1982, a 57-day-old NFL strike came to an end with an agreement. 

In 1999, 13-year-old Nathaniel Abraham, the youngest murder defendant in U.S. history, was convicted of second-degree murder in Michigan for shooting a man with a rifle when he was eleven. 

In 2000, civil rights leader Hosea Williams died at the age of 74.  Williams worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the civil rights movement, helping support striking sanitation workers on the night that King was assassinated. 

In 2014, ISIS militants claim to behead American hostage Peter Kassig. 

In 2015, Marriott International announced that it would buy Starwood Hotels in a 12.2-billion-dollar deal.  The merger created the world's largest hotel chain.

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