Today In History
In 1307: According to legend William Tell shot the apple off of his son’s head.
In 1820: U.S. Navy Capt. Nathaniel B. Palmer discovered the continent of Antarctica.
In 1883: The United States and Canada adopted a system of Standard Time zones.
In 1928: The first successful sound-synchronized animated cartoon, Walt Disney’s “Steamboat Willie,” starring Mickey Mouse, premiered in New York.
In 1966: U.S. Roman Catholic bishops ended the rule against eating meat on Fridays.
In 1976: Spain’s parliament voted to create a democracy after 37 years of dictatorship.
In 1978: California Rep. Leo J. Ryan and four other people were killed in Jonestown, Guyana, by members of the Peoples Temple. The killings were followed by a night of mass murder and suicide by 912 cult members.
In 1991: Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon freed Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite and educator Thomas Sutherland.