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 322nd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 43 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 5, 2017 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,510,963,200 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 ‘trihectaicosadigon’ 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 93 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 1,793 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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November 18 Historical Events

  • 1105
    Maginulfo is elected the Antipope as Sylvester IV.
  • 1494
    French King Charles VIII occupies Florence, Italy.
  • 1904
    General Esteban Huertas steps down after the government of Panama fears he wants to stage a coup.
  • 1905
    Prince Carl of Denmark becomes King Haakon VII of Norway.
  • 1938
    Trade union members elect John L. Lewis as the first president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations.
  • 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.
  • 1963
    The first push-button telephone goes into service.
  • 1988
    War on Drugs: U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill into law allowing the death penalty for drug traffickers.
  • 1991
    After an 87-day siege, the Croatian city of Vukovar capitulates to the besieging Yugoslav People’s Army and allied Serb paramilitary forces.
  • 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?

  • 1786
    Carl Maria von Weber, German composer (d. 1826)
  • 1914
    Haguroyama Masaji, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 36th Yokozuna (d. 1969)
  • 1939
    Brenda Vaccaro, American actress
  • 1939
    Margaret Atwood, Canadian poet, novelist, critic and essayist
  • 1951
    Justin Raimondo, American author
  • 1968
    Gary Sheffield, American baseball player
  • 1975
    Dirk Müller, German race car driver
  • 1980
    Mathew Baynton, English actor and writer
  • 1980
    Minori Chihara, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • 1981
    Christina Vidal, American actress

Who died on November 18?

  • 1559
    Cuthbert Tunstall, English churchman (b. 1474)
  • 1940
    Ivane Javakhishvili, Georgian historian (b. 1876)
  • 1941
    Chris Watson, 3rd Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1867)
  • 1952
    Paul Eluard, French poet (b. 1895)
  • 1969
    Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., American businessman (b. 1888)
  • 1969
    Ted Heath, British trombonist, and bandleader (b. 1902)
  • 1986
    Gia Carangi, American model (b. 1960)
  • 1987
    Jacques Anquetil, French cyclist (b. 1934)
  • 1991
    Gustáv Husák, Slovak-born Czech politician (b. 1913)
  • 2002
    James Coburn, American actor (b. 1928)

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