On this day: November 22

POSTED: 11:09 PM PST Nov 20, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Nov 21, 2013 

A notorious pirate is captured and killed, RCA Victor buys Elvis' contract from Sun Records, the nation mourns a president, The Beatles release "The White Album," and "Toy Story" premieres, all on this day.

OTD November 22 - George Ferris
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1896: George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., an American engineer and inventor most famous for creating the original Ferris Wheel for the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, dies of typhoid fever at the age of 37 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Ferris died on the edge of bankruptcy, unable to claim enough of his share of the profits from the original Ferris Wheel to cover his expenses.

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