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This day in History: November 19th

Amazon.com began selling the Kindle, a wireless electronic reading device that played a key role in popularizing e-books.

On November 19, 2007, Amazon unveiled the Kindle, their first e-reader, for $399. It was sold out in 5.5 hours. Until late April 2008, the gadget was out of supply for five months.

The device included a six-inch (diagonal) four-level grayscale E Ink display and 250 MB of internal storage, which could hold up to 200 non-illustrated novels. It also contains a headphone connector and a speaker for listening to audio files. It contains SD card storage that can be expanded. Amazon provided content over Sprint Corporation’s US-wide EVDO 3G data network, utilising a dedicated connection protocol known as Whispernet. Outside of the United States, Amazon did not sell the first-generation Kindle.

Brazilian football (soccer) player Pelé scored his 1,000th career goal.

On November 19, 1969, at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium, Pele scored his 1,000th goal in a match between his favourite Santos and club team Vasco de Gama, to a standing ovation from the stadium’s massive crowd.

That goal half a century ago was a wonderfully converted penalty that escaped the Vasco goalie, resulting in a press invasion and Pele being paraded shoulder-high around the historic stadium by his teammates.

Pele, a national icon for his contributions to Brazil’s World Cup victories in 1958 and 1962, was just 29 years old when he crossed the 1,000-goal mark.

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