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, 1,479,427,200 seconds 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

  • 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.
  • 1903
    The Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty is signed by the United States and Panama, giving the United States exclusive rights over the Panama Canal Zone.
  • 1904
    General Esteban Huertas steps down after the government of Panama fears he wants to stage a coup.
  • 1918
    Latvia declares its independence from Russia.
  • 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.
  • 1940
    World War II: German leader Adolf Hitler and Italian Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano meet to discuss Benito Mussolini’s disastrous invasion of Greece.
  • 1947
    The Ballantyne’s Department Store fire in Christchurch, New Zealand, kills 41; it is the worst fire disaster in the history of New Zealand.
  • 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.
  • 2003
    In the United Kingdom, the Local Government Act 2003, repealing controversial anti-gay amendment Section 28, becomes effective.

Who were born on November 18?

  • 1901
    George Gallup, American statistician and pollster (d. 1984)
  • 1924
    Alexander Mackenzie Stuart, Scottish jurist (d. 2000)
  • 1935
    Rodney Hall, Australian author
  • 1935
    Rudolf Bahro, German dissident (d. 1997)
  • 1936
    Don Cherry, American jazz trumpeter (d. 1995)
  • 1939
    Brenda Vaccaro, American actress
  • 1942
    Susan Sullivan, American actress
  • 1959
    Jimmy Quinn, Northern Irish footballer and football manager
  • 1960
    Shari Shattuck, American actress and author
  • 1975
    Anthony McPartlin, British actor, television presenter

Who died on November 18?

  • 1559
    Cuthbert Tunstall, English churchman (b. 1474)
  • 1590
    George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, English statesman (b. 1528)
  • 1785
    Louis Philippe I, Duke of Orléans, French soldier and writer (b. 1725)
  • 1941
    Émile Nelligan, Quebec poet (b. 1879)
  • 1969
    Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., American businessman (b. 1888)
  • 1969
    Ted Heath, British trombonist, and bandleader (b. 1902)
  • 1994
    Cab Calloway, American bandleader (b. 1907)
  • 1994
    Peter Ledger, Australian illustrator (b. 1945)
  • 1999
    Doug Sahm, American musician (Sir Douglas Quintet, Flaco Jiménez) (b. 1941)
  • 2009
    Red Robbins, American basketball player (b. 1944)

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