Thursday, November 18, 2004
1836: Sir William S. Gilbert is born. He will go on to write the libretto for Trial by Jury, perhaps the funniest operetta ever written about a breach of promise action in the Court of Exchequer.
1903: The United States makes a major land deal, acquiring the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million in the Hay-Bunau Varilla Treaty.
1928: Mickey Mouse is born with the release of Steamboat Willie. Seventy-six years later he’s still not in the public domain.
1938: John L. Lewis is elected the first president of the new Congress of Industrial Organizations.