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 2023 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, 2023 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 28,337,760 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 ‘trihectaicosadigon’ 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 84 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 3,984 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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November 18 Historical Events
The Visigoths, led by king Alaric I, cross the Alps and invade northern Italy.
Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico.
King Christian IX of Denmark decides to sign the November constitution that declares Schleswig to be part of Denmark. This is seen by the German Confederation as a violation of the London Protocol and leads to the German–Danish war of 1864.
Mark Twain’s short story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is published in the New York Saturday Press.
American and Canadian railroads institute five standard continental time zones, ending the confusion of thousands of local times.
World War II– Battle of Berlin: 440 Royal Air Force planes bomb Berlin causing only light damage and killing 131. The RAF loses nine aircraft and 53 air crew.
King’s Cross fire: in London, 31 people die in a fire at the city’s busiest underground station, King’s Cross St Pancras.
Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon release Anglican Church envoys Terry Waite and Thomas Sutherland.
In the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is ratified by the House of Representatives.
Iraq disarmament crisis: United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.
Who were born on November 18?
Louis-Jacques Daguerre, French inventor and photographer (d. 1851)
Luis Somoza Debayle, 70th President of Nicaragua (d. 1967)
Anne Sargent, American actress
Noel Brotherston, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1995)
Jimmy Quinn, Northern Irish footballer and football manager
Sam Cassell, American basketball player
Luke Chadwick, English footballer
Christina Vidal, American actress
Shin Ji, Korean singer
Jake Abel, American actor
Who died on November 18?
Adélaide de Maurienne, queen consort of King Louis VI of France (b. 1092)
John II, Duke of Brittany (b. 1239)
Bartolomeu de Gusmão, Portuguese naturalist (b. 1685)
Jacques-Alexandre Laffon de Ladebat, French shipbuilder and merchant (b. 1719)
William Jessop, British civil engineer (b. 1745)
William Allingham, Irish poet (b. 1824 or 1828)
Paul Eluard, French poet (b. 1895)
Gia Carangi, American model (b. 1960)
Doug Sahm, American musician (Sir Douglas Quintet, Flaco Jiménez) (b. 1941)
Cy Coleman, American composer, songwriter and pianist (b. 1929)
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