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

  • 1421
    A seawall at the Zuiderzee dike in the Netherlands breaks, flooding 72 villages and killing about 10,000 people. This event will be known as Sint-Elisabethsvloed.
  • 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.
  • 1809
    In a naval action during the Napoleonic Wars, French frigates defeat British East Indiamen in the Bay of Bengal.
  • 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.
  • 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”.
  • 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.
  • 1930
    Sōka Kyōiku Gakkai, a Buddhist association later renamed Sōka Gakkai, is founded by Japanese educators Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda.
  • 1991
    Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon release Anglican Church envoys Terry Waite and Thomas Sutherland.
  • 2002
    Iraq disarmament crisis: United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.

Who were born on November 18?

  • 1522
    Lamoral, Count of Egmont, Flemish general and statesman (d. 1568)
  • 1756
    Thomas Burgess, English author, philosopher and religious figure (d. 1837)
  • 1856
    Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia (d. 1929)
  • 1886
    Ferenc Münnich, Hungarian Communist politician (d. 1967)
  • 1919
    Georgia Carroll, American singer, fashion model, and actress (d. 2011)
  • 1945
    Wilma Mankiller, American tribal chief (d. 2010)
  • 1950
    Dennis Haskins, American actor
  • 1951
    Justin Raimondo, American author
  • 1955
    Carter Burwell, American composer
  • 1975
    Anthony McPartlin, British actor, television presenter

Who died on November 18?

  • 1154
    Adélaide de Maurienne, queen consort of King Louis VI of France (b. 1092)
  • 1559
    Cuthbert Tunstall, English churchman (b. 1474)
  • 1941
    Walther Nernst, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1864)
  • 1952
    Paul Eluard, French poet (b. 1895)
  • 1965
    Henry A. Wallace, 33rd Vice President of the United States (b. 1888)
  • 1969
    Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., American businessman (b. 1888)
  • 1984
    Mary Hamman, American writer and editor (b. 1907)
  • 1991
    Gustáv Husák, Slovak-born Czech politician (b. 1913)
  • 2002
    James Coburn, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 2010
    Brian G. Marsden, British astronomer (b. 1937)

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