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Thursday, November 17, 2011

William Tell Day

November 18

(As a side note, I did say I was going to update you on the bread I made. YUMMMM!! We felt it was a bit grainy, in the taste of having almost a ryeness to it. So the next time I make it, I will either add some brown sugar, honey, or agave nectar. This is the recipe I used, yes, it takes 24 hours to make it, but it sure is worth it! http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Bread/)

William Tell Day
Supposedly on this day in 1307 in Switzerland, William Tell and his son were going for a stroll, and he neglected to salute an important person. So he was arrested, and told to shoot an apple off of his son's head, if he did so, he would be released. He did so, but then he commented that if he had failed to do so, and had shot his son instead, he would have turned and shot the Governor. I really don't remember what I learned in school, to be honest, the only thing I can say for sure, is I have heard of the William Tell Overture.
The more research on him, the more vague things seem to be. Did he get arrested? Did he shoot an apple off of his sons head?
This page has a version of the story: http://albindittli.com/swiss/Williamtell.php


Span of Golden Gate Bridge Joined
The Golden Gate Strait is the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. The strait is approximately three-miles long by one-mile wide with currents ranging from 4.5 to 7.5 knots. It is generally accepted that the strait was named "Chrysopylae", or Golden Gate, by John C. Fremont, Captain, topographical Engineers of the U.S. Army circa 1846. It reminded him of a harbor in Instanbul named Chrysoceras or Golden Horn.
Construction commenced on January 5, 1933 and the Bridge was open to vehicular traffic on May 28, 1937.
The dream of spanning the Golden Gate Strait had been around for well over a century before the Golden Gate Bridge opened to traffic on May 28, 1937. Pedestrian Day was held on May 27, 1937.
On opening day in 1937, the San Francisco Chronicle referred to the Bridge as A thirty-five million dollar steel harp!


Mickey Mouse
In November 1928, the first ever Mickey Mouse cartoon Steamboat was put in theaters, yay! It was the beginning of a love affair with Mickey and his crew, through today.
Who is your favorite character (mine is Donald Duck and Goofy) what is your favorite cartoon? Im honestly not sure of that one, its been years since I have seen a Disney cartoon.

Today in History:
1307 - William Tell shoots apple off his son's head
1421 - Holland/Zealand dikes break in storm, 1000s killed
1820 - Antarctica discovered by US Navy Capt Nathaniel B Palmer
1833 - Netherlands & Belgium sign Treaty of Zonhoven
1865 - Mark Twain publishes "Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"
1874 - National Woman's Christian Temperance Union organizes in Cleveland
1894 - 1st newspaper Sunday color comic section published (NY World)
1902 - Bkln toymaker Morris Michton names teddy bear after Teddy Roosevelt
1911 - Britain's 1st seaplane flies
1920 - Apollo Theater (Academy, Bryant) opens at 221 W 42nd St NYC
1936 - Main span of Golden Gate Bridge joined
1953 - Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP) accept female suffrage
1963 - Bell Telephone introduces push button telephone
1990 - Saddam offers to free an estimated 2,000 men held in Kuwait
1991 - Moslem Shites release hostages Terry Waite & Thomas Sutherland


Births:
1786 - Karl Maria Friedrich Ernst "von" Weber, German composer
1787 - Louis-Jacques-Mand‚ Daguerre, French painter (daguerreotype)
1787 - Sojourner Truth, abolitionist/feminist
1832 - Nils Adolf Erik Nordenskjeld, Sweden, Arctic explorer
1874 - Carrie White, oldest US woman (dies Nov 1990 at 116)
1887 - Dorothy Dix, [Elizabeth Gilmer], journalist
1906 - Klaus Mann, German/US author (Mephisto)/son of Thomas Mann
1908 - Imogene Coca, Phila, comedienne
1909 - Johnny Mercer, Savannah Ga, lyricist
1923 - Alan B Shepard Jr, East Derry NH, Rear Adm USN/astro
1939 - Margaret E Atwood, author/poet
1953 - Kevin Nealon, Bridgeport Conn, actor
1956 - Katey Sagal, singer/actress
1956 - Sinbad, [David Adkins], Benton Harbor MI, acto
1960 - Elizabeth Perkins, Queens NY, actress


Deaths:
1883 - Wilhelm Siemens, German/British physicist (steam engine), dies
1886 - Chester A Arthur, 21st pres (1881-85), dies in NY at 56
1922 - Marcel Proust, French author (Recherche du Temps Perdu)
1969 - Joseph P Kennedy, JFK/RFK/TMK father, dies in Hyannis Port Mass
1994 - Cab[ell] Calloway, US band leader/actor

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