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, 24,657,120 minutes 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

  • 1493
    Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico.
  • 1494
    French King Charles VIII occupies Florence, Italy.
  • 1686
    Charles Francois Felix operates on King Louis XIV of France’s anal fistula after practicing the surgery on several peasants.
  • 1803
    The Battle of Vertières, the last major battle of the Haitian Revolution, is fought, leading to the establishment of the Republic of Haiti, the first black republic in the Western Hemisphere.
  • 1904
    General Esteban Huertas steps down after the government of Panama fears he wants to stage a coup.
  • 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.
  • 1938
    Trade union members elect John L. Lewis as the first president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1786
    Carl Maria von Weber, German composer (d. 1826)
  • 1908
    Imogene Coca, American actress and comedian (d. 2001)
  • 1922
    Luis Somoza Debayle, 70th President of Nicaragua (d. 1967)
  • 1936
    Don Cherry, American jazz trumpeter (d. 1995)
  • 1948
    Andrea Marcovicci, American singer and actress
  • 1951
    Justin Raimondo, American author
  • 1952
    Claudio Capone, Italian-born Scottish voice actor (d. 2008)
  • 1953
    Alan Moore, British comic book writer and novelist
  • 1954
    John Parr, British pop singer
  • 1959
    Karla Faye Tucker, first woman to be executed in the United States since 1984 (d. 1998)

Who died on November 18?

  • 1590
    George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, English statesman (b. 1528)
  • 1814
    William Jessop, British civil engineer (b. 1745)
  • 1852
    Rose Philippine Duchesne French Catholic nun and saint (b. 1769)
  • 1940
    Ivane Javakhishvili, Georgian historian (b. 1876)
  • 1972
    Danny Whitten, American musician (Crazy Horse) (b. 1943)
  • 1978
    Leo Ryan, American politician (b. 1925)
  • 1984
    Mary Hamman, American writer and editor (b. 1907)
  • 2002
    James Coburn, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 2005
    Harold J. Stone, American actor (b. 1911)
  • 2009
    Red Robbins, American basketball player (b. 1944)

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