Things that have happened on November 18:
— American and Canadian railroads abandoned local sun-based time for standardized time zones — a.k.a. The Day of Two Noons (1883).
— George Bernard Shaw rejected the money that came with the Nobel Prize, saying: “I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize” (1926).
— Steamboat Willie, the Walt Disney animated short, was distributed, introducing the character of Mickey Mouse to the public (1928).
— Nieman Lab holds a happy hour for journalists, technologists, business-side types, and anyone else interested in the future of news (2013).
Yes, it’s the return of our sometimes monthly, occasionally occasional happy hour for Bostonians and near-Bostonians. You should come have a drink with us on this very lovely Monday, November 18, at 6 p.m. or so. We’re doing it again at The Field, which is in Central Square, roughly 8.2 seconds’ walk from the Central Square T stop and thus easily accessible to anyone with a Charlie Card.
Barring unseasonably warm weather (in which case, look for us on the patio in the back), you’ll probably find us in the side room on the left. First five people to come up to me and repeat the magic phrase — “I’m only a beer teetotaler, not a champagne teetotaler. I don’t like beer” — get a free beer on me.
— Joshua Benton