On this day: November 28

POSTED: 10:52 PM PST Nov 27, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Nov 27, 2015 

Magellan reaches the Pacific, William Shakespeare gets hitched, the Grand Ole Opry debuts, Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci defects, and Jeffrey Dahmer is killed in prison, all on this day.

OTD November 28 - Louis B Mayer
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Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library

1907: In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater. Mayer would buy more theaters before moving to California to start his own production company, which eventually became Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, or MGM studios. Mayer, seen here with Joan Crawford in 1953, is generally cited as the creator of the "star system" within MGM in its golden years.


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