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.

OTD November 23 - Roald Dahl
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1990: British writer Roald Dahl, the author of such books as "James and the Giant Peach," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Matilda" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox," dies of a blood disease, myelodysplastic syndrome, at the age of 74 in Oxford, England. Dahl also served in the British Royal Air Force during World War II, in which he became a flying ace and intelligence officer and rose to the rank of Wing Commander.

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