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Mark Twain

This Day in History: Nov. 18

This Day in History: Nov. 18

In 1865, Mark Twain's first literary success, the original version of his short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” was first published in the New York Saturday Press under the title “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog.”

1883: The United States and Canada adopted a system of Standard Time zones.

1886: The 21st president of the United States, Chester A. Arthur, died in New York.

1928: Walt Disney's first sound-synchronized animated cartoon, “Steamboat Willie” starring Mickey Mouse, premiered in New York.

1942: “The Skin of Our Teeth,” Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer...