In 1942, Wilder’s “Skin of our Teeth” opens on Broadway


Today is Sunday, Nov. 18, the 323rd day of 2012. There are 43 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Nov. 18, 1942, “The Skin of Our Teeth,” Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning allegory about the history of humankind, opened on Broadway.

On this date

• In 1865, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain was first published under the title “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog” in the New York Saturday Press.

• In 1883, the United States and Canada adopted a system of Standard Time zones.

• In 1910, British suffragists clashed with police outside Parliament on what became known as “Black Friday.”

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

• In 1966, U.S. Roman Catholic bishops did away with the rule against eating meat on Fridays outside of Lent.

• In 1991, Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon freed Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite and Thomas Sutherland, the American dean of agriculture at the American University of Beirut.

Ten years ago

• U.N. arms inspectors returned to Iraq after a four-year hiatus, calling on Saddam Hussein’s government to cooperate with their search for weapons of mass destruction.

Five years ago

• A methane blast ripped through a coal mine in eastern Ukraine, killing 101 miners.

• Chris Daughtry’s band won favorite pop-rock album for “Daughtry,” as well as breakthrough artist and adult contemporary artist at the American Music Awards.

•One year ago

• In an incident that prompted national outrage, campus police at the University of California, Davis used pepper-spray on nonviolent Occupy protesters (the school later agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the demonstrators).

Today’s Birthdays

Actress Brenda Vaccaro is 73. Actress Linda Evans is 70. Actress Susan Sullivan is 70. Singer Graham Parker is 62. Actor Delroy Lindo is 60 Comedian Kevin Nealon is 59. Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon is 56. Actor Oscar Nunez is 54. Actress Elizabeth Perkins is 52. Singer Kim Wilde is 52. Rock musician Kirk Hammett (Metallica) is 50. Rock singer Tim DeLaughter is 47. Actor Romany Malco is 44. Actor Owen Wilson is 44. Actor Mike Epps is 42. Actress Chloe Sevigny is 38. Country singer Jessi Alexander is 36. Actor Steven Pasquale is 36. Rapper Fabolous is 35. Actor Nate Parker is 33. Rapper Mike Jones is 32. Actor Damon Wayans Jr. is 30. Actor Nathan Kress is 20.