What are the important events that happened on November 18? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

November 18: Facts & Myths About This Day

November 18 is the 322nd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 43 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 5, 2017 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 25,182,720 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectaicosadigon’ day.

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Scorpio is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Topaz is the modern birthstone for this month. Pearl is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 93 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,793 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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November 18 Historical Events

  • 1302
    Pope Boniface VIII issues the Papal bull Unam sanctam (One Faith).
  • 1421
    A seawall at the Zuiderzee dike in the Netherlands breaks, flooding 72 villages and killing about 10,000 people. This event will be known as Sint-Elisabethsvloed.
  • 1926
    George Bernard Shaw refuses to accept the money for his Nobel Prize, saying, “I can forgive Alfred Nobel for inventing dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize”.
  • 1930
    Sōka Kyōiku Gakkai, a Buddhist association later renamed Sōka Gakkai, is founded by Japanese educators Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda.
  • 1940
    New York City’s “Mad Bomber” George Metesky places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison.
  • 1940
    World War II: German leader Adolf Hitler and Italian Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano meet to discuss Benito Mussolini’s disastrous invasion of Greece.
  • 1943
    World War II– Battle of Berlin: 440 Royal Air Force planes bomb Berlin causing only light damage and killing 131. The RAF loses nine aircraft and 53 air crew.
  • 1949
    The Iva Valley Shooting occurs after the coal miners of Enugu in Nigeria go on strike over withheld wages; 21 miners are shot dead and 51 are wounded by police under the supervision of the British colonial administration of Nigeria.
  • 1987
    Iran-Contra Affair: the U.S. Congress issues its final report on the Iran-Contra Affair.
  • 1988
    War on Drugs: U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill into law allowing the death penalty for drug traffickers.

Who were born on November 18?

  • 1880
    Naum Torbov, Bulgarian architect (d. 1952)
  • 1924
    Les Lye, Canadian actor (d. 2009)
  • 1936
    Ennio Antonelli, Italian cardinal
  • 1948
    Jack Tatum, American football player (d. 2010)
  • 1954
    Evan Gray, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1959
    Karla Faye Tucker, first woman to be executed in the United States since 1984 (d. 1998)
  • 1963
    Joost Zwagerman, Dutch writer
  • 1963
    Len Bias, American basketball player (d. 1986)
  • 1973
    Nic Pothas, South African cricket wicket-keeper
  • 1976
    Sage Francis, American musician

Who died on November 18?

  • 1154
    Adélaide de Maurienne, queen consort of King Louis VI of France (b. 1092)
  • 1922
    Marcel Proust, French novelist (b. 1871)
  • 1941
    Chris Watson, 3rd Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1867)
  • 1969
    Ted Heath, British trombonist, and bandleader (b. 1902)
  • 1977
    Kurt Schuschnigg, Austrian politician (b. 1897)
  • 1977
    Victor Francen, Belgian actor (b. 1888)
  • 1979
    Freddie Fitzsimmons, American baseball player (b. 1901)
  • 1987
    Jacques Anquetil, French cyclist (b. 1934)
  • 2004
    Cy Coleman, American composer, songwriter and pianist (b. 1929)
  • 2005
    Harold J. Stone, American actor (b. 1911)

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