About November 18

November 18, 2022 is the 322nd day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 43 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Scorpio is the sun 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 65 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On November 18

  • 401
    The Visigoths, led by king Alaric I, cross the Alps and invade northern Italy.
  • 1302
    Pope Boniface VIII issues the Papal bull Unam sanctam (One Faith).
  • 1307
    William Tell shoots an apple off his son’s head.
  • 1421
    A seawall at the Zuiderzee dike in the Netherlands breaks, flooding 72 villages and killing about 10,000 people. This event will be known as Sint-Elisabethsvloed.
  • 1493
    Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico.
  • 1601
    Tiryaki Hasan Pasha, provincial governor of Ottoman Empire, utterly defeats Habsburg forces, commanded by Ferdinand the Archduke of Austria during the Siege of Nagykanizsa.
  • 1626
    St. Peter’s Basilica is consecrated.
  • 1809
    In a naval action during the Napoleonic Wars, French frigates defeat British East Indiamen in the Bay of Bengal.
  • 1865
    Mark Twain’s short story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is published in the New York Saturday Press.
  • 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.
  • 1916
    World War I: First Battle of the Somme– in France, British Expeditionary Force commander Douglas Haig calls off the battle which started on July 1, 1916.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1988
    War on Drugs: U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill into law allowing the death penalty for drug traffickers.
  • 1993
    In the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is ratified by the House of Representatives.
  • 2003
    In the United Kingdom, the Local Government Act 2003, repealing controversial anti-gay amendment Section 28, becomes effective.

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