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.

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