11/18/12

Nobel Prize, Joe Kennedy, Peoples Temple Cult

On this day: November 18
Fabian Society member George Bernard Shaw refuses to accept the money for his Nobel Prize, saying, "I can forgive Alfred Nobel for inventing dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize." (1926)

Trade union members elect John L. Lewis as the first president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (1938)

In Guyana, Jim Jones leads his Peoples Temple cult in a mass murder-suicide that claims 918 lives in all including over 270 children; Congressman Leo J. Ryan is assassinated by members of Peoples Temple shortly beforehand (1978)

d: Rudolf Diels (1957), Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (1969), Gustáv Husák (1991)

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