What happened this day in history November 18

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 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 43 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 5, 2024 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 28,864,800 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.

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 72 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 4,350 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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November 18 Historical Events

  • 1302
    Pope Boniface VIII issues the Papal bull Unam sanctam (One Faith).
  • 1730
    Frederick II (known as Frederick the Great), King of Prussia, is granted a royal pardon and released from confinement.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1940
    New York City’s “Mad Bomber” George Metesky places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on November 18?

  • 1880
    Naum Torbov, Bulgarian architect (d. 1952)
  • 1898
    Joris Ivens, Dutch filmmaker (d. 1989)
  • 1906
    Alec Issigonis, Greek-born British car designer (d. 1988)
  • 1925
    Gene Mauch, American baseball manager (d. 2005)
  • 1935
    Rudolf Bahro, German dissident (d. 1997)
  • 1959
    Karla Faye Tucker, first woman to be executed in the United States since 1984 (d. 1998)
  • 1967
    Gavin Peacock, British Football player
  • 1967
    Tom Gordon, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Charles A. Lee, American athlete
  • 1978
    Damien Johnson, Northern Irish footballer

Who died on November 18?

  • 1305
    John II, Duke of Brittany (b. 1239)
  • 1559
    Cuthbert Tunstall, English churchman (b. 1474)
  • 1590
    George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, English statesman (b. 1528)
  • 1785
    Louis Philippe I, Duke of Orléans, French soldier and writer (b. 1725)
  • 1814
    William Jessop, British civil engineer (b. 1745)
  • 1941
    Émile Nelligan, Quebec poet (b. 1879)
  • 1952
    Paul Eluard, French poet (b. 1895)
  • 1969
    Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., American businessman (b. 1888)
  • 1991
    Gustáv Husák, Slovak-born Czech politician (b. 1913)
  • 2004
    Cy Coleman, American composer, songwriter and pianist (b. 1929)

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