So on a typical day I wouldn’t call myself a history buff by any means, but as I’m getting older I’m starting to appreciate history a lot more and appreciate the art of learning new things.
A little “behind the scenes” info…
I get to the studio before everybody else in the morning so I can meet the interns, let them in and assist in our content/audio prep for when MRL gets in. We make sure LauRen has everything she needs for her 3 Dirty On The 30 segments, we make sure we have audio of anything that happened since our last show, we write CBL questions and we do anything else that needs to get done before the show. One of the sites that we get our audio from also has a cool feature called “On This Day,” and it is pretty self explanatory. It tells you what happened on this current day in years past.
Today’s date: November 18, 2019.
On November 18, 1928 Mickey Mouse debuted in the world’s first south-synced animated cartoon. It was Walt Disney’s “Steamboat Willie.” Cool right?
On November 18, 1963 the push button telephone was introduced. That’s only 50ish years ago!
Those two things are cool in itself, but two other things happened earlier than that that I’m blown away about.
On November 18, 1820, Antarctica was discovered! U.S. Navy Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer discovered the frozen continent of Antarctica!
On November 18, 1883, the time zones were put into effect! The four standard US time zones were adopted and put in effect by the nation’s railroads. Created by Charles Dowd, a Connecticut schoolteacher, they were not officially recognized until Congress passed the U.S. Standard Time Act in 1918.