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18th November

1626 In Rome, St Peter's Church was consecrated.

1820 Captain Nathaniel Palmer who was born in Stonington, Connecticut discovered Antarctica.

1852 The state funeral of the Duke of Wellington took place in London.

1901 * George Gallup, US organizer of public opinion surveys.

1923 * Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut in space.

1928 Mickey Mouse made his first appearance in the animated cartoon Steamboat Willie.

1941 * David Hemmings, English actor, director and producer.

1944 * Linda Evans, US actress who starred in the TV series Dynasty.

1960 * Kim Wilde, English pop singer.

1963 The Bell Telephone Company of the US introduced push button telephones.

1967 A ban on the movement of farm animals across the whole of England and Wales came into effect to curb spread of foot-and-mouth.

1978 The bodies of 914 people, including 276 children, were found in Guyana in South America, where members of the People's Temple Christian Church committed mass suicide.

1987 A fire at London's King's Cross Underground station killed 30 people.

1989 More than 50,000 protesters took to the streets of Sofia in Bulgaria demanding political reform.

1991 Church envoy Terry Waite was freed by the Islamic extremists who kidnapped him in Beirut in 1987.

2000 In the celebrity wedding of the year film star Michael Douglas married Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones.

2003 The United States President, George Bush, arrived in Britain for the first full state visit by an American president.

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