On Nov. 18, 1959, the movie “Ben Hur” premiered at Loew’s State Theatre in New York City. Adapted from Lew Wallace’s 1880 classic and starring Charlton Heston, “Ben Hur” won a record 11 Academy Awards.

Set in AD 26, Heston played the role of Judah Ben-Hur, a wealthy prince and merchant in Jerusalem.

Kenneth Mills is a deacon and former preacher.

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