The most significant events in the history of books on the 18th of November
1307: According to Tschudi, it is on this day that William Tell shot the arrow off his son’s head in Swiss legend.
1836: W. S. Gilbert is born. Gilbert is best known for his songwriting partnership with composer Arthur Sullivan, which would result in the Savoy Operas such as HMS Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance. Gilbert died in May 1911, after diving into a lake to save a drowning girl and suffering a heart attack.