Welcome to Today in History, your daily dose of fun facts, conspiracies and all that good stuff! On this episode: November 18 in History. What happened on November 18 in history? Enjoy our fun videos & discover the fun side of history! New video daily! Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/user/gonutsKOKONUZZ?sub_confirmation=1
Topics Included on this Video for November 18 in History:
1. William Tell shoots an apple off his son’s head (November 18th 1307).
Let’s start November 18th going back to the Middle ages where in 1307 legendary William Tell is supposed to have shot an apple off his son’s head. Wait, Don’t tell me you have not heard of William Tell before! This guy is Switzerland’s National hero, and no, he was not a chocolate maker, he was a badass crossbow warrior. The story goes something like this: Once upon a time there was a baddie terrorizing the peaceful Swiss people and our hero, William defied him. Bow to your hatten? Nein! To punish his defiance, the tyrant wanted to execute both William and his son, but had a more cruel idea: he told William that he could spare their lives if he could shoot an apple off the head of his son from a distance of 120 paces. To which William said: Are you kidden mich? Naturlich! And Bam! Apple is gone and the baddie is like… sheibe! Then I will imprison you for life. Only that William managed to escape, and of course, went back to the tyrant and said: yodeleihoho while he put an arrow through his evil forehead. That act of defiance motivated all the other Swiss people to start a Rebellion which would lead to the formation of the Swiss Confederation. And after that, they started raising purple cows, became chocolate makers, made complicated watches and kept tonnes of banking secrets, so with so much going on, of course, no time for more fighting!
2. Steamboat Willie – Mickey’s Birthday (November 18th 1928).
Next Tuesday marks the 87th anniversary of the release of Walt Disney’s animated short Steamboat Willie, which is the first fully synchronized sound cartoon ever. Sure, who cares? Wait for it, cause that day is considered Mickey’s birthday. Yay! But that’s not really true… Actually Disney had made two silent Mickey Mouse films before but they had been kind of a flop. Would that stop him? No! He was committed to make it work and he thought that adding sound to the cartoon would make it way cooler. Good thinking my friend. However, the first attempt to synchronize the recording with the film was a disaster so the only way was to try again. But how are you going to afford it? People said. Well, he sold his car (Moon roadster) and to save money he himself performed all the voices! The result, changed entertainment history! Steamboat Willie would become the most popular cartoon of its day, and the rest, is history.
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