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

  • 1493
    Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico.
  • 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.
  • 1730
    Frederick II (known as Frederick the Great), King of Prussia, is granted a royal pardon and released from confinement.
  • 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.
  • 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”.
  • 1940
    World War II: German leader Adolf Hitler and Italian Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano meet to discuss Benito Mussolini’s disastrous invasion of Greece.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1861
    Dorothy Dix, American journalist (d. 1951)
  • 1874
    Clarence Day, American writer (d. 1935)
  • 1882
    Jacques Maritain, French philosopher (d. 1973)
  • 1934
    Vassilis Vassilikos, Greek writer and ambassador
  • 1941
    David Hemmings, British actor (d. 2003)
  • 1945
    Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka
  • 1955
    Michael Zimmer, German footballer
  • 1970
    Megyn Kelly, American television news anchor
  • 1976
    Sage Francis, American musician
  • 1980
    Denny Hamlin, American race car driver

Who died on November 18?

  • 1154
    Adélaide de Maurienne, queen consort of King Louis VI of France (b. 1092)
  • 1941
    Émile Nelligan, Quebec poet (b. 1879)
  • 1952
    Paul Eluard, French poet (b. 1895)
  • 1969
    Ted Heath, British trombonist, and bandleader (b. 1902)
  • 1976
    Man Ray, American-born French photographer and painter (b. 1890)
  • 1978
    Leo Ryan, American politician (b. 1925)
  • 1986
    Gia Carangi, American model (b. 1960)
  • 1994
    Cab Calloway, American bandleader (b. 1907)
  • 2005
    Harold J. Stone, American actor (b. 1911)
  • 2009
    Red Robbins, American basketball player (b. 1944)

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