On This Day In History, 18 November


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World Events Today

  • According to legend, William Tell, an expert marksman, shot an apple off the head of his son today in 1307
  • Over 1 million people witnessed the state funeral of the Duke of Wellington today in 1852, he was buried in Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London
  • Terry Waite, an envoy for the Church of England, was released after 1,763 days in captivity today in 1991, he was kidnapped whilst on a mission to Lebanon to secure the release of four other hostages

Entertainment Events Today

  • The short animated movie Steamboat Willie, starring Mickey Mouse, was released today in 1928
  • The epic historical drama movie Ben-Hur, starring Charlton Heston, was released today in 1959, it went on to win 11 Academy Awards
  • The rock band U2 released their seventh studio album, Achtung Baby, today in 1991, it included the tracks Mysterious Ways, One and The Fly

Family Events Today

  • The English pop singer Kim Wilde, whose hits included Kids in America and You Keep Me Hanging On, was born today in 1960 in London
  • Brian May, CBE, lead guitarist of the rock band Queen, married EastEnders British soap opera actress Anita Dobson today in 2000, at the Richmond Register Office
  • The New Zealand Rugby Union star Jonah Lomu died today in 2015, in Auckland, aged 40

Main Event Today

  • The Battle of the Somme, of World War I, which lasted 140 days and claimed over 1 million lives, came to an end today in 1916, with no real victor

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Princess Day

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