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18 November: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?


18 November: In a year, the 18th of November is the 322nd day as per the Georgian Calendar. In a leap year, it is the 323rd day of the year.

What special day is today? This day has its distinctiveness and importance in history.

Let’s explore people who have carved a niche for themselves on 18th November. We may also need to scan through the events that happened today.

18 November: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?

What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 18 November

Art & Artists

    • 1477 Publication of England’s first book with the date was by William Caxton, an extraordinary printer.
    • 1928 Launch of Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie. World’s first sound-enabled animated film that featured the (to be) iconic cartoon character Mickey Mouse.
    • 1959World premiere of the biblical movie Ben-Hur which won a record 11 Academy Awards. It is one of the most successful Hollywood movies ever produced.

Science & Technology

    • 1883 American and Canadian railroads established five standard continental divisions of time zones.
    • 1963 Launch of the first push-button telephones in America.

Leaders & Politics

    • 1905 Prince Charles of Denmark won the election to become the king of Norway as Haakon VII.
    • 1918 Latvia became an independent nation (from Russia).
    • 1971  Oman became an independent nation (from the United Kingdom).

People & Society

    • 1626 – Consecration of Saint Peter’s Basilicasituated in Vatican City. It was rebuilt (replaced) on an earlier basilica.
    • 1910 – March of hundreds of suffragettesto the British Parliament.
    • 2009Robert C. Byrd, the illustrated American politician (Democratic). He was a member of either the House of Representatives or the Senate. In total, he was a member of congress for a long 56 years and 319 days.

Disasters: Natural & Man-made

    • 1421 A dike broke in the Grote Hollandse Waard (Netherlands) which killed 10,000 people and flooded 72 villages.
    • 1947 The Ballantyne’s Department Store (Christchurch, New Zealand) caught fire that killed 41.
    • 1978 The Jonestown massacre (an enormous act of murder-suicide) took place where 918 died.

Discoveries & Explorations

    • 1493  Christopher Columbus became the first explorer to sight Puerto Rico Island.
    • 1923 Alan B. Shepard, Jr. born on this date became the first U.S. astronaut to travel in space.
    • 2013  Launch of the MAVEN probe to the Red Planet Mars by NASA.

Leisure & Sports

    • 1990 Tennis star Andre Agassi clinched a title in an ATP Tour World Championship.
    • 2015 Death of the great Jonah Lomu, a football player from New Zealand rugby union. He is possibly the first global icon in the game.

Birth Anniversaries (18 November)

    • 1882 Amelita Galli-Curci (Italy)
    • 1882 Wyndham Lewis (English writer  and artist)
    • 1953 Alan Moore (British writer)
    • 1940 Qaboos bin Said (Sultan of Oman)
    • 1939 Margaret Atwood (Canadian author)
    • 1836 W.S. Gilbert (English playwright and humorist)

Death Anniversaries (18 November)

    • 1941 John Christian Watson (Prime minister of Australia)
    • 1977 Trent Barrett (Australian rugby league player)
    • 1986 Gia Carangi (American model) (b. 1960)
    • 2013 Thomas Howard (American football player)
    • 2013 S. R. D. Vaidyanathan (Indian nadaswaram player and composer)

What Special Day is Today: (18 November)

    • European Antibiotic Awareness Day
    • Day of Army and Victory (Haiti)
    • Independence Day (Morocco)
    • National Day (Oman)
    • Proclamation Day of the Republic of Latvia
    • Remembrance Day of the Sacrifice of Vukovar in 1991 (Croatia)


The factual story of the day (18 November) covers the entire globe and a lot of well-known personalities. The day has remained a silent observer of what happened on this day in history.

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