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 323rd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 43 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 5, 2016 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 410,952 hours 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 ‘trihectaicosatrigon’ 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 71 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 1,428 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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November 18 Historical Events

  • 1105
    Maginulfo is elected the Antipope as Sylvester IV.
  • 1686
    Charles Francois Felix operates on King Louis XIV of France’s anal fistula after practicing the surgery on several peasants.
  • 1730
    Frederick II (known as Frederick the Great), King of Prussia, is granted a royal pardon and released from confinement.
  • 1803
    The Battle of Vertières, the last major battle of the Haitian Revolution, is fought, leading to the establishment of the Republic of Haiti, the first black republic in the Western Hemisphere.
  • 1909
    Two United States warships are sent to Nicaragua after 500 revolutionaries (including two Americans) are executed by order of José Santos Zelaya.
  • 1916
    World War I: First Battle of the Somme– in France, British Expeditionary Force commander Douglas Haig calls off the battle which started on July 1, 1916.
  • 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.
  • 1978
    In Jonestown, Guyana, Jim Jones led his Peoples Temple cult to a mass murder-suicide that claimed 918 lives in all, 909 of them in Jonestown itself, including over 270 children. Congressman Leo J. Ryan is murdered by members of the Peoples Temple hours earlier.
  • 1993
    In the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is ratified by the House of Representatives.

Who were born on November 18?

  • 1920
    Mustafa Khalil, 77th Prime Minister of Egypt (d. 2008)
  • 1925
    Gene Mauch, American baseball manager (d. 2005)
  • 1932
    Nasif Estéfano, Argentine racing driver (d. 1973)
  • 1935
    Rudolf Bahro, German dissident (d. 1997)
  • 1954
    John Parr, British pop singer
  • 1963
    Joost Zwagerman, Dutch writer
  • 1970
    Mike Epps, American comedian
  • 1972
    Jessi Alexander, American country music singer and songwriter
  • 1977
    Charles A. Lee, American athlete
  • 1980
    Luke Chadwick, English footballer

Who died on November 18?

  • 1154
    Adélaide de Maurienne, queen consort of King Louis VI of France (b. 1092)
  • 1305
    John II, Duke of Brittany (b. 1239)
  • 1886
    Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States (b. 1829)
  • 1922
    Marcel Proust, French novelist (b. 1871)
  • 1941
    Walther Nernst, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1864)
  • 1952
    Paul Eluard, French poet (b. 1895)
  • 1972
    Danny Whitten, American musician (Crazy Horse) (b. 1943)
  • 1978
    Leo Ryan, American politician (b. 1925)
  • 1987
    Jacques Anquetil, French cyclist (b. 1934)
  • 1999
    Doug Sahm, American musician (Sir Douglas Quintet, Flaco Jiménez) (b. 1941)

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