On this day: November 23

Published On: Nov 22 2012 12:55:36 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 23 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

The first jukebox goes into service, JFK lays in repose at the White House, "Doctor Who" debuts on TV, and Africa gets its first elected female head of state, all on this day.

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1889: The first jukebox is installed when Louis Glass and his business associate, William S. Arnold, place a coin-operated Edison cylinder phonograph in the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco. The machine, an Edison Class M Electric Phonograph with oak cabinet, had been fitted locally in San Francisco with a coin mechanism invented and soon patented by Glass and Arnold. Patrons could pay a nickel a play to listen to music using one of four listening tubes. The machine, originally called a "nickel-in-the-slot-player," would prove to be an instant success, making more than $1,000 in less than six months.

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