About November 18

November 18, 2024 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.

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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 72 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On November 18

  • 326
    The old St. Peter’s Basilica is consecrated.
  • 1210
    Pope Innocent III excommunicates Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV
  • 1307
    William Tell shoots an apple off his son’s head.
  • 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.
  • 1686
    Charles Francois Felix operates on King Louis XIV of France’s anal fistula after practicing the surgery on several peasants.
  • 1883
    American and Canadian railroads institute five standard continental time zones, ending the confusion of thousands of local times.
  • 1904
    General Esteban Huertas steps down after the government of Panama fears he wants to stage a coup.
  • 1918
    Latvia declares its independence from Russia.
  • 1928
    Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This is also considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey’s birthday.
  • 1930
    Sōka Kyōiku Gakkai, a Buddhist association later renamed Sōka Gakkai, is founded by Japanese educators Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1961
    United States President John F. Kennedy sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam.
  • 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.
  • 1993
    In South Africa, 21 political parties approve a new constitution.
  • 1993
    In the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is ratified by the House of Representatives.
  • 1999
    In College Station, Texas, 12 are killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M University when the 59 ft Aggie Bonfire, under construction for the annual football game against the University of Texas, collapses at 2:42am.

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