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, 419,712 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 ‘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

  • 401
    The Visigoths, led by king Alaric I, cross the Alps and invade northern Italy.
  • 1307
    William Tell shoots an apple off his son’s head.
  • 1493
    Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico.
  • 1730
    Frederick II (known as Frederick the Great), King of Prussia, is granted a royal pardon and released from confinement.
  • 1883
    American and Canadian railroads institute five standard continental time zones, ending the confusion of thousands of local times.
  • 1938
    Trade union members elect John L. Lewis as the first president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations.
  • 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.
  • 1963
    The first push-button telephone goes into service.
  • 1987
    King’s Cross fire: in London, 31 people die in a fire at the city’s busiest underground station, King’s Cross St Pancras.
  • 1993
    In South Africa, 21 political parties approve a new constitution.

Who were born on November 18?

  • 1774
    Princess Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands (d. 1837)
  • 1880
    Naum Torbov, Bulgarian architect (d. 1952)
  • 1889
    Stanislav Kosior, Polish-born Soviet politician (d. 1939)
  • 1918
    Sir Tasker Watkins, Welsh Victoria Cross recipient and rugby administrator (d. 2007)
  • 1927
    Hank Ballard, American rhythm'n'blues singer and songwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1950
    Rudy Sarzo, Cuban-born American bassist (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne’s band, Whitesnake, Dio, Blue Öyster Cult)
  • 1963
    Joost Zwagerman, Dutch writer
  • 1967
    Tom Gordon, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Charles A. Lee, American athlete
  • 1978
    Damien Johnson, Northern Irish footballer

Who died on November 18?

  • 1154
    Adélaide de Maurienne, queen consort of King Louis VI of France (b. 1092)
  • 1590
    George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, English statesman (b. 1528)
  • 1852
    Rose Philippine Duchesne French Catholic nun and saint (b. 1769)
  • 1941
    Émile Nelligan, Quebec poet (b. 1879)
  • 1980
    Conn Smythe, Canadian ice hockey administrator and racing horse owner (b. 1895)
  • 1987
    Jacques Anquetil, French cyclist (b. 1934)
  • 1991
    Gustáv Husák, Slovak-born Czech politician (b. 1913)
  • 1994
    Peter Ledger, Australian illustrator (b. 1945)
  • 2002
    James Coburn, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 2003
    Michael Kamen, American composer (b. 1948)

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