TO­DAY IN HISTORY

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On Nov. 18, 1865, Mark Twain’s first lit­er­ary suc­cess was pub­lished in the New York Satur­day Press un­der the ti­tle “Jim Smi­ley and His Jump­ing Frog.”

In 1883, the U.S. and Canada adopted a sys­tem of Stan­dard Time zones.

In 1959, “Ben-Hur,” the Bib­li­cal-era spec­ta­cle star­ring Charl­ton He­ston, pre­miered in New York.

In 1963, the Bell Sys­tem in­tro­duced the first com­mer­cial touch-tone tele­phone sys­tem in Carnegie and Greens­burg, Penn­syl­va­nia.

In 1976, Spain’s par­lia­ment ap­proved a bill to es­tab­lish a democ­racy after 37 years of dic­ta­tor­ship.

In 2003, the Mas­sachusetts Supreme Ju­di­cial Court ruled 4-3 that the state con­sti­tu­tion guar­an­teed gay cou­ples the right to marry.

In 2004, Bri­tain out­lawed fox hunt­ing in Eng­land and Wales.

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