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Today in History

November 16

Events:

1821   The Santa Fe Trail is used by a trader for the first time.

1896   First transmission of electricity between a power plant and a city was sent from the Niagara Falls hydroelectric plant to Buffalo, New York.

1904   The vacuum tube, precursor to the transistor, is invented by John Ambrose Fleming.

1959   The Sound of Music, a Broadway musical, opens.

2001   The first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, is released.

Famous Birthdays:

42 BC   Tiberius (Roman Emperor)

1952   Shigeru Miyamoto (Nintendo game designer)

1964   Dwight Gooden (Baseball pitcher)

1970   Marth Plimpton (Actress)

1977   Maggie Gyllnehaal (Actress)

1977   Oksana Baiul (Figure Skater)

1982   Amare Stoudemire (NBA basketball player)

1984   Kimberly Brown (Disney Channel Actress)

Today in History Archive:

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