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, 1,479,427,200 seconds 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.
  • 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.
  • 1493
    Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico.
  • 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.
  • 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”.
  • 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.
  • 1961
    United States President John F. Kennedy sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam.
  • 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.
  • 1987
    Iran-Contra Affair: the U.S. Congress issues its final report on the Iran-Contra Affair.

Who were born on November 18?

  • 1785
    Sir David Wilkie, Scottish painter (d. 1841)
  • 1874
    Clarence Day, American writer (d. 1935)
  • 1880
    Naum Torbov, Bulgarian architect (d. 1952)
  • 1904
    Jean Paul Lemieux, Quebec painter (d. 1990)
  • 1923
    Alan Shepard, American astronaut (d. 1998)
  • 1927
    Hank Ballard, American rhythm'n'blues singer and songwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1975
    Jason Williams, American basketball player
  • 1977
    Trent Barrett, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1985
    Christian Siriano, American fashion designer
  • 1988
    Montanna Thompson, English actress

Who died on November 18?

  • 1814
    William Jessop, British civil engineer (b. 1745)
  • 1889
    William Allingham, Irish poet (b. 1824 or 1828)
  • 1922
    Marcel Proust, French novelist (b. 1871)
  • 1941
    Walther Nernst, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1864)
  • 1969
    Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., American businessman (b. 1888)
  • 1972
    Danny Whitten, American musician (Crazy Horse) (b. 1943)
  • 1978
    Jim Jones, American cult figure (Peoples Temple) (b. 1931)
  • 1991
    Gustáv Husák, Slovak-born Czech politician (b. 1913)
  • 1994
    Cab Calloway, American bandleader (b. 1907)
  • 2004
    Cy Coleman, American composer, songwriter and pianist (b. 1929)

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