The largest cell in the human body is the female egg. (The smallest is the male sperm.)
November 18, 1985 -
Cartoon strips approached their zenith on this date.
Check out the new documentary, Dear Mr. Watterson which opened this past Friday.
November 18, 1959 -
The Biblical spectaculars to end all spectaculars, Ben-Hur, starring Charlton Heston, had its world premiere in New York, on this date.
MGM offered Universal-International $750,000 for the loan-out of their
contractee Rock Hudson. Hudson seriously considered accepting the part
until his agent explained to him that the film's gay subtext was too
much of a risk to his career.
November 18, 1987 -
Bernardo Bertolucci's magnificent take on Pu Yi, The Last Emperor, premiered in NYC on this date.
Security was so tight around the shoot, that when, one day, Peter O'Toole forgot his pass, he was denied entrance to the set.
November 18, 1992 -
The biopic of the influential Black Nationalist leader, Malcolm X, premiered on this date.
At one point Oliver Stone expressed interest in directing this project as a follow-up to JFK; Stone's first choice was Denzel Washington, who went on to star in the title role when Spike Lee came on board as director.
Today in History:
November 18, 1307 -
Local Child Services authorities in Uri, Switzerland reported that a William Tell shot an apple off his son's head on this date
- Charges may still be pending.
November 18, 1421 -
A seawall at the Zuiderzee dike breaks, in the Netherlands, flooding 72 villages and killing somewhere between 4,000 and 10,000 people on this date.
November 18, 1477 -
William Caxton published the first book printed in England, on this date. The book was a translation of The Dictes and Sayings of the Philosophers, by Frenchman Guillaume de Tignoville. The translation to English was performed by Anthony Wodville, Earl Rivers, who had devoted a considerable portion of his life to the study of philosophers' dictes.
November 18, 1686 -
King of France Louis XIV's anal fistula was operated on by surgeon Charles Francois Felix, with great success, in front of the horrified yet fascinated court. To prepare for the operation Felix practiced his surgery on anuses of the peasantry, with some fatalities at first but improving his technique in time for the royal bung.
November 18, 1922 -
Marcel Proust, French a pioneer of the modern novel (A la Recherche du Temps Perdu), died at 51 on this date.
November 18, 1928 -
Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse (even though this is his third appearance in a cartoon - I wouldn't mess with the Disney corporation since Vader's been working there.)
Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, was released on this date.
November 18, 1966 -
After this final "meatless" day of sacrifice, the American Roman Catholic Church would withdraw its edict forbidding meat consumption on Fridays.
November 18, 1970 -
Singer/polygamist Jerry Lee Lewis divorces his third wife Myra Gail, after 12 years of marriage. Not only was she jailbait when they got married (being 13 at the time), but Lewis was married to Jane Mitcham at the time.
November 18, 1978 -
Congressman Leo Ryan was slain at the People's Temple compound in Guyana, after which over 900 members of the cult led by the Reverend Jim Jones drank cyanide laced Flavor Aid (a Kool Aid knockoff), including over 270 children. It was probably not a pretty sight.
The Kraft Foods Company would like you guys to stop making those damn 'drink the Kool Aid' jokes
And so it goes
There are 11 days until Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah.
There are 37 days until Christmas.