On this day: November 23

POSTED: 10:55 PM PST Nov 21, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Nov 22, 2012 

The first jukebox goes into service, JFK lays in repose at the White House, "Doctor Who" debuts on TV, and "Three Men and a Baby" cleans up at the box office, 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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