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, 24,657,120 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 ‘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

  • 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.
  • 1686
    Charles Francois Felix operates on King Louis XIV of France’s anal fistula after practicing the surgery on several peasants.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1918
    Latvia declares its independence from Russia.
  • 1928
    Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This is also considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey’s birthday.
  • 1940
    New York City’s “Mad Bomber” George Metesky places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison.
  • 1963
    The first push-button telephone goes into service.
  • 1993
    In South Africa, 21 political parties approve a new constitution.

Who were born on November 18?

  • 1522
    Lamoral, Count of Egmont, Flemish general and statesman (d. 1568)
  • 1889
    Stanislav Kosior, Polish-born Soviet politician (d. 1939)
  • 1907
    Compay Segundo, Cuban guitarist, singer and composer (Buena Vista Social Club) (d. 2003)
  • 1909
    Johnny Mercer, American lyricist (d. 1976)
  • 1928
    Salvador Laurel, Filipino politician (d. 2004)
  • 1960
    Shari Shattuck, American actress and author
  • 1970
    Mike Epps, American comedian
  • 1975
    Jason Williams, American basketball player
  • 1980
    Minori Chihara, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • 1992
    Nathan Kress, American actor

Who died on November 18?

  • 1785
    Louis Philippe I, Duke of Orléans, French soldier and writer (b. 1725)
  • 1909
    Renée Vivien, English-born French poet (b. 1877)
  • 1972
    Danny Whitten, American musician (Crazy Horse) (b. 1943)
  • 1976
    Man Ray, American-born French photographer and painter (b. 1890)
  • 1977
    Victor Francen, Belgian actor (b. 1888)
  • 1978
    Leo Ryan, American politician (b. 1925)
  • 1979
    Freddie Fitzsimmons, American baseball player (b. 1901)
  • 1984
    Mary Hamman, American writer and editor (b. 1907)
  • 1986
    Gia Carangi, American model (b. 1960)
  • 1994
    Peter Ledger, Australian illustrator (b. 1945)

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