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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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”.
  • 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.
  • 1930
    Sōka Kyōiku Gakkai, a Buddhist association later renamed Sōka Gakkai, is founded by Japanese educators Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1970
    U.S. President Richard Nixon asks the U.S. Congress for $155 million USD in supplemental aid for the Cambodian government.
  • 1999
    In College Station, Texas, 12 are killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M University when the 59 ft Aggie Bonfire, under construction for the annual football game against the University of Texas, collapses at 2:42am.

Who were born on November 18?

  • 1647
    Pierre Bayle, French philosopher (d. 1706)
  • 1901
    George Gallup, American statistician and pollster (d. 1984)
  • 1908
    Imogene Coca, American actress and comedian (d. 2001)
  • 1929
    Joey Forman, American comedian and comic actor (d. 1982)
  • 1941
    David Hemmings, British actor (d. 2003)
  • 1943
    Leonardo Sandri, Argentine Catholic Cardinal
  • 1956
    Warren Moon, American football player
  • 1970
    Johan Liiva, Swedish vocalist (Arch Enemy)
  • 1975
    Pastor Troy, American rapper
  • 1981
    Christina Vidal, American actress

Who died on November 18?

  • 1814
    William Jessop, British civil engineer (b. 1745)
  • 1889
    William Allingham, Irish poet (b. 1824 or 1828)
  • 1909
    Renée Vivien, English-born French poet (b. 1877)
  • 1941
    Émile Nelligan, Quebec poet (b. 1879)
  • 1962
    Niels Bohr, Danish physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1885)
  • 1965
    Henry A. Wallace, 33rd Vice President of the United States (b. 1888)
  • 1976
    Man Ray, American-born French photographer and painter (b. 1890)
  • 1978
    Leo Ryan, American politician (b. 1925)
  • 1980
    Conn Smythe, Canadian ice hockey administrator and racing horse owner (b. 1895)
  • 1994
    Peter Ledger, Australian illustrator (b. 1945)

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