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, 410,952 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 ‘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

  • 401
    The Visigoths, led by king Alaric I, cross the Alps and invade northern Italy.
  • 1210
    Pope Innocent III excommunicates Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV
  • 1307
    William Tell shoots an apple off his son’s head.
  • 1493
    Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1978
    In Jonestown, Guyana, Jim Jones led his Peoples Temple cult to a mass murder-suicide that claimed 918 lives in all, 909 of them in Jonestown itself, including over 270 children. Congressman Leo J. Ryan is murdered by members of the Peoples Temple hours earlier.
  • 1993
    In the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is ratified by the House of Representatives.
  • 2002
    Iraq disarmament crisis: United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.

Who were born on November 18?

  • 1882
    Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian soprano (d. 1963)
  • 1906
    Klaus Mann, German writer (d. 1949)
  • 1946
    Alan Dean Foster, American writer
  • 1952
    Delroy Lindo, British actor
  • 1953
    Kevin Nealon, American comedian and actor
  • 1957
    Seán Mac Falls, Irish poet
  • 1970
    Megyn Kelly, American television news anchor
  • 1975
    Jason Williams, American basketball player
  • 1978
    Damien Johnson, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1981
    Shin Ji, Korean singer

Who died on November 18?

  • 1590
    George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, English statesman (b. 1528)
  • 1724
    Bartolomeu de Gusmão, Portuguese naturalist (b. 1685)
  • 1852
    Rose Philippine Duchesne French Catholic nun and saint (b. 1769)
  • 1922
    Marcel Proust, French novelist (b. 1871)
  • 1941
    Émile Nelligan, Quebec poet (b. 1879)
  • 1978
    Jim Jones, American cult figure (Peoples Temple) (b. 1931)
  • 1984
    Mary Hamman, American writer and editor (b. 1907)
  • 1987
    Jacques Anquetil, French cyclist (b. 1934)
  • 1994
    Cab Calloway, American bandleader (b. 1907)
  • 2005
    Harold J. Stone, American actor (b. 1911)

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