Friday, November 18, 2011

18th of November

It is the 322nd day of the year, with only 43 days remaining until the new year.

1307 - It is estimated that William Tell shoots an apple off of his son's head.

1421 - A seawall at the Zuiderzee dike in the Netherlands breaks, flooding nearly 72 village and killing about 10,000 people.  This event will become known as the Sint-Elisabethsvloed.

1493 - Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico.

1730 - Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, is granted a royal pardon and released from confinement.

1865 - Mark Twain's short story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, is published in the New York Saturday Post.

1918 - Latvia declares its independence from Russia.

1928 - It is the release of animated short, Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sounds cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks.  It features the third appearance of cartoon characters Mickey and Minne Mouse.  It is the former's official birthday.

1943 - During the Battle of Berlin, 440 Royal Air Force planes bomb the city, causing only light damage and killing 131.  The RAF loses 9 aircraft and 53 crew.

1961 - President John F. Kennedy decides to send 18,000 military advisers to South Vietnam.

1963 - The first push button telephone goes into service.

1987 - U.S. Congress issues its final report on the Iran-Contra affair.

1988 - President Ronald Reagan, signs a bill into legislation allowing the death penalty for drug traffickers.

1999 - In College Station, Texas, 12 people are killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M University.  The 59-foot-tall Aggie Bonfire, under construction for the annual football game against the University of Texas, collapses at 2:42 AM.

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