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

  • 326
    The old St. Peter’s Basilica is consecrated.
  • 1307
    William Tell shoots an apple off his son’s head.
  • 1809
    In a naval action during the Napoleonic Wars, French frigates defeat British East Indiamen in the Bay of Bengal.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1987
    King’s Cross fire: in London, 31 people die in a fire at the city’s busiest underground station, King’s Cross St Pancras.
  • 1991
    After an 87-day siege, the Croatian city of Vukovar capitulates to the besieging Yugoslav People’s Army and allied Serb paramilitary forces.
  • 2002
    Iraq disarmament crisis: United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.
  • 2003
    In the United Kingdom, the Local Government Act 2003, repealing controversial anti-gay amendment Section 28, becomes effective.

Who were born on November 18?

  • 1630
    Empress Eleanor Gonzaga of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1686)
  • 1772
    Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia (d. 1806)
  • 1874
    Clarence Day, American writer (d. 1935)
  • 1907
    Compay Segundo, Cuban guitarist, singer and composer (Buena Vista Social Club) (d. 2003)
  • 1909
    Johnny Mercer, American lyricist (d. 1976)
  • 1923
    Alan Shepard, American astronaut (d. 1998)
  • 1945
    Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka
  • 1950
    Dennis Haskins, American actor
  • 1963
    Peter Schmeichel, Danish footballer
  • 1969
    Ahmed Helmi, Egyptian actor

Who died on November 18?

  • 1785
    Louis Philippe I, Duke of Orléans, French soldier and writer (b. 1725)
  • 1922
    Marcel Proust, French novelist (b. 1871)
  • 1941
    Walther Nernst, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1864)
  • 1962
    Niels Bohr, Danish physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1885)
  • 1965
    Henry A. Wallace, 33rd Vice President of the United States (b. 1888)
  • 1972
    Danny Whitten, American musician (Crazy Horse) (b. 1943)
  • 1980
    Conn Smythe, Canadian ice hockey administrator and racing horse owner (b. 1895)
  • 1986
    Gia Carangi, American model (b. 1960)
  • 1987
    Jacques Anquetil, French cyclist (b. 1934)
  • 1994
    Peter Ledger, Australian illustrator (b. 1945)

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