Today in 1928, Mickey Mouse made his debut in the animated short “Steamboat Willie.” The cartoon, directed by Walt Disney (person) and Ub Iwerks, was the first of its kind to include the newfangled element of synchronized sound. You can learn even more about that famous rodent here.
Elsewhere on November 18ths past: In 1883, the U.S. and Canadian railway systems started using standardized timezones, bringing an end to the quaint, extremely unhelpful tradition of individual towns keeping track of the time themselves. Congress would make this the norm for the entire country in 1918. Set your watches for the future, no one said at the time.
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