November 18 1928 CE – Walt Disney Debuts Steamboat Willie

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November 18 1928 CE – Walt Disney Debuts Steamboat WillieRate this post A pair of world icons hit the silver screen for the first time at the Colony Theater in New York City on November 18, 1928: Mickey and Minnie Mouse starred in Steamboat Willie, one of the earliest examples of a motion picture soundtrack working in sync with an animated feature. Funded by Walt Disney, the 8-minute cartoon launched his career and led to the development of an entertainment juggernaut. Widely regarded as Mickey and Minnie’s first appearance on film, in truth the pair showed up in a handful of screen tests several months before. The process to make […]

November 19 1863 CE – Abraham Lincoln Delivers the Gettysburg Address

November 19 1863 CE – Abraham Lincoln Delivers the Gettysburg AddressRate this post Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Among all the speeches delivered in the history of the United States, few could be said to have anywhere near the impact of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863. Comprising just 270 words, the President’s two minutes of oratory helped to define the importance of maintaining the Union during some of the most uncertain days of the American Civil War. On that particular Thursday afternoon, thousands gathered to declare the field outside Gettysburg, Pennsylvania a national cemetery. For three days the previous July, the Union Army of the Potomac under General […]