Tuesday, 18 November 2014

On This Day in History -- November 18

1307 - William Tell reputedly shoots apple off his son's head.

1477 - William Caxton produced "Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres," which was the first book to be printed in England. 

1626 - St. Peter's Basilica is consecrated. Replaced an earlier basilica. Largest Christian basilica.

1738 - France & Austria sign peace.

1820 - Captain Nathaniel Palmer became the first American to sight the continent of Antarctica. 

1911 - Opera "Lobetanz" first American performance.

1951 - Chuck Connors (Los Angeles Angels) became the first player to oppose the major league draft. Connors later became the star of the television show "The Rifleman." 

1970 - Russia lands self propelled rover on Moon.

1983 - Argentina announced its ability to produce enriched uranium for use in nuclear weapons. 

2001 - Nintendo released the GameCube home video game console in the United States.

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