Today in History - November 18

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Thursday, Nov 18 2010 by

1999 – In College Station, Texas, 12 are killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M University when the 59 foot tall Aggie Bonfire, under construction for the annual football game against the University of Texas, collapses at 2:42am.

Bonfire Memorial (Google Maps)
Bonfire Memorial

1928 – Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This is also considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey’s birthday.

Mickey Mouse in "Steamboat Willie" (StreetView)
Mickey Mouse in "Steamboat Willie"