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 2015 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 43 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 5, 2015 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,130,080 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 82 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 1,062 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).
  • 1601
    Tiryaki Hasan Pasha, provincial governor of Ottoman Empire, utterly defeats Habsburg forces, commanded by Ferdinand the Archduke of Austria during the Siege of Nagykanizsa.
  • 1809
    In a naval action during the Napoleonic Wars, French frigates defeat British East Indiamen in the Bay of Bengal.
  • 1905
    Prince Carl of Denmark becomes King Haakon VII of Norway.
  • 1909
    Two United States warships are sent to Nicaragua after 500 revolutionaries (including two Americans) are executed by order of José Santos Zelaya.
  • 1929
    1929 Grand Banks earthquake: off the south coast of Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean, a Richter magnitude 7.2 submarine earthquake, centered on Grand Banks, breaks 12 submarine transatlantic telegraph cables and triggers a tsunami that destroys many south coast communities in the Burin Peninsula.
  • 1930
    Sōka Kyōiku Gakkai, a Buddhist association later renamed Sōka Gakkai, is founded by Japanese educators Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda.
  • 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.
  • 1988
    War on Drugs: U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill into law allowing the death penalty for drug traffickers.
  • 1993
    In South Africa, 21 political parties approve a new constitution.

Who were born on November 18?

  • 1836
    Sir W. S. Gilbert, British dramatist (d. 1911)
  • 1929
    Gianna D'Angelo, American soprano
  • 1932
    Nasif Estéfano, Argentine racing driver (d. 1973)
  • 1947
    Jameson Parker, American actor
  • 1952
    Claudio Capone, Italian-born Scottish voice actor (d. 2008)
  • 1953
    Alan Moore, British comic book writer and novelist
  • 1958
    Plamen Krastev, Bulgarian hurdler
  • 1964
    Rita Cosby, American journalist
  • 1970
    Megyn Kelly, American television news anchor
  • 1984
    Ryohei Chiba, Japanese singer (W-inds)

Who died on November 18?

  • 1590
    George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, English statesman (b. 1528)
  • 1724
    Bartolomeu de Gusmão, Portuguese naturalist (b. 1685)
  • 1972
    Danny Whitten, American musician (Crazy Horse) (b. 1943)
  • 1978
    Jim Jones, American cult figure (Peoples Temple) (b. 1931)
  • 1984
    Mary Hamman, American writer and editor (b. 1907)
  • 1994
    Cab Calloway, American bandleader (b. 1907)
  • 1994
    Peter Ledger, Australian illustrator (b. 1945)
  • 2003
    Michael Kamen, American composer (b. 1948)
  • 2004
    Cy Coleman, American composer, songwriter and pianist (b. 1929)
  • 2005
    Harold J. Stone, American actor (b. 1911)

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