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This is Your Day-TODAY: Take a Determined Step Forward and Make History! 

On this day, Nov.18………….

1307 – Wilhelm (William) Tell shoots apple off his son’s head. (William Tell is a folk hero of Switzerland. His legend is set in the time of early 14th century).

1477 – English printer William Caxton, produced the first book printed in England, Dictates or Sayengis of the Philosophers (Sayings of the Philosophers).

1793 – Louvre Museum officially opens in Paris. (It is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument. Approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 72,735 square metres. The Louvre in 2017 was the world’s most visited art museum, receiving 8.1 million visitors).

1845 – Charles Thurber was issued a U.S. patent for a Writing Machine he named the Chirographer. He is credited with the first U.S. patent on a typewriter with platen movement and automatic letter spacing, which was issued two years earlier, called “Thurber’s Patent Printer”.

1913 – The first airplane in the U.S. to perform a loop-the-loop was piloted by Lincoln Beachey over North Island, San Diego, California.

1950 – The first fluoro-record reflector camera was announced. This could make x-ray pictures in one-sixth of the time previously required, and was used for gastro-intestinal surveys.

1961 – The Indian Navy went into action under the command of Rear Admiral BS Soman, then Flag Officer Commanding, Indian Fleet. The ships conducted their mission in three geographical areas for liberating Goa.

1963 – The first telephone in the U.S. with push buttons instead of a rotary dial was placed in commercial service in Carnegie and Greensburg. This was a Touch-Tone telephone with 10 push buttons, manufactured by the Western Electric Manufacturing and supply Unit of the Bell System. The optional service was offered for an extra charge.

1970 – Nobel Prize winner, Linus Pauling declared on this day that large doses of Vitamin C could ward off the common cold.

1972 – Tiger was adopted as India’s ‘National Animal’.

2003 -The congress of the Communist Party of Indian Union (Marxist-Leninist) decides to merge the party into Kanu Sanyal’s CPI(ML).
2012 – The film ‘Chinese Zodiac’ featuring martial arts star Jackie Chan, would be the last film made by the action star.

2019 – World wind speeds have risen, 3x faster since 2010 than previous decades of decline, according to Princeton study published in “Nature Climate Change”.

2021 – Longest partial lunar eclipse since 1440, lasting 3 hours, 28 minutes and 23 seconds.


1901 – V Shantaram alias Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre, actor and film maker.

1985 – Nayanthara, actor.


1994 – General Bipin Chandra Joshi, Chief of Army Staff. (The Gen. B. C. Joshi Army Public School was established in 1993 in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand in his honor).

2009 – Abrar Alvi, screenwriter.

You may have known….

When a dog licks you with a straight tongue, he’s saying “I Love You.”

                                                                                                                                              {Compiled by Lt. Gen. (R) Raj Kadyan} 

(Feature images credit-Terrace@12 Toastmasters)

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