TODAY IN HISTORY
Nov. 18, 1966
U.S. Roman Catholic bishops issued a Pastoral Statement on Penance and Abstinence, which did away with the rule against eating meat on Fridays outside of Lent.
ALSO ON THIS DATE
The United States and Canada adopted a system of Standard Time zones.
Walt Disney’s first sound-synchronized animated cartoon, “Steamboat Willie” starring Mickey Mouse, premiered in New York.
“Ben-Hur,” the Biblical-era spectacle starring Charlton Heston, had its world premiere in New York.
U.S. Rep. Leo J. Ryan, D-Calif., and four others were killed in Jonestown, Guyana, by members of the Peoples Temple; the killings were followed by a night of mass murder and suicide by more than 900 cult members.