18th November, on this day

326 The old St. Peter's Basilica is consecrated
1095 The Council of Clermont, called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land, begins.
1302 Pope Boniface VIII issues the Papal bull Unam sanctam ("The One Holy")
1421 Zuider Zee floods 72 villages, killing an estimated 10,000 in Netherlands
1477 William Caxton produces Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres, the first book printed on a printing press in England.
1493 Christopher Columbus first sights what is now Puerto Rico.
1497 Bartolomeu Dias discovers Cape of Good Hope
1628 The church of St. Peter in Rome is consecrated
1686 Charles Francois Felix operates on King Louis XIV of France's anal fistula after practicing the surgery on several peasants.
1755 Worst quake Massachusetts Bay area strikes Boston; no deaths report
1776 Hessians capture Fort Lee, NJ
1803 Battle of Vertieres, in which Haitians defeat French
1820 US Navy Captain Nathaniel B Palmer discovers Antarctica
1852 Rose Philippine Duchesne dies in St. Charles, Missouri. She would be canonized on July 3, 1988 by Pope John Paul II.
1863 King Christian IX of Denmark decided to sign the november constitution, which declared Schleswig as part of Denmark, what was seen by the German Confederation as a violation of the London Protocol and lead to the German–Danish war of 1864
1865 Mark Twain publishes "Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"
1874 National Woman's Christian Temperance Union formed in Cleveland
1883 Standard time zones established by railroads in US and Canada
1894 1st newspaper Sunday colour comic section published (NY World)
1903 Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty gives US exclusive canal rights in Panama
1904 General Esteban Huertas steps down after the government of Panama fears he wants to stage a coup. 905 Following Norwegian-Swedish separation, Prince Charles of Denmark is elected King Haakon VII of Norway
1909 US invades Nicaragua after 500 revolutionaries (including two Americans) are executed by order of José Santos Zelaya
1910 More than 100 are arrested by police when suffragettes try to storm the House of Commons at Westminster, London
1911 Britain's 1st seaplane flies
1912 Albania declares independence from Turkey
1913 Lincoln Deachey performs 1st airplane loop-the-loop (San Diego)
1916 First Battle of the Somme ends : In France, British Expeditionary Force commander Douglas Haig calls off the battle which started on July 1, 1916.
1918 Latvia declares independence from Russia
1926 Pope Pius XI encyclical On the persecution of the Church in Mexico
1926 Irish writer George Bernard Shaw refuses to accept the Noble Prize money of £7,000 awarded to him a year earlier
1928 Premiere of Walt Disney's first Mickey Mouse cartoon, 'Steamboat Willie'
1929 1929 Grand Banks earthquake : Large quake in Atlantic breaks Transatlantic cable in 28 places
1930 Soka Kyoiku Gakkai, a Buddhist association later renamed Soka Gakkai, is founded by Japanese educators Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda
1932 "Flowers and Trees" receives 1st Academy Award for a cartoon
1936 Germany and Italy recognized Spanish government of Francisco Franco
1936 Main span of Golden Gate Bridge joined
1938 Trade union members elect John L. Lewis as the first president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations
1940 German leader Adolf Hitler and Italian Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano meet to discuss Benito Mussolini's disastrous invasion of Greece.
1940 George Metesky Mad Bomber's first time bomb placed
at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison.
1942 German SS carry out selection of Jewish ghetto in Lviv, western Ukraine, arresting 5.000 "unproductive Jews". All get deported to the Belzec death camp.
1943 Battle of Berlin : 440 Royal Air Force planes bomb Berlin causing only light damage and killing 131. The RAF lost nine aircraft and 53 air crew.
1943 Aktion Emtefest: Nazis liquidate Janowska concentration camp in Lviv, western Ukraine, murdering at least 6.000 surviving Jews.German SS leader Fritz Katzman declares Lviv (Lemberg) to be Judenfrei (free from the Jews).
1947 Ballantyne's Department Store fire, Christchurch, New Zealand, kills 41 (New Zealand's worst ever fire)
1955 Bell X-2 rocket plane taken up for 1st powered flight
1961 US Ranger 2 launched to Moon; failed
1964 J Edgar Hoover describes Martin Luther King as "most notorious liar"
1966 US RC bishops did away with rule against eating meat on Fridays
1970 Russia lands self-propelled rover on the Moon
1970 U.S. President Richard Nixon asks the Congress of the United States for $155 million USD in supplemental aid for the Cambodian government.
1976 Spain's parliament establishes democracy after 37 years of dictatorship
1977 President Anwar Sadat becomes the first Egyptian leader to visit Israel and address the Israeli Parliament (Knesset)
1978 900 members of a religious cult commit suicide in the Jonestown Massacre in Guyana
1980 "Heaven's Gate" premiers
1985 Enterprise (OV-101) flies from Kennedy Space Center to Dulles Airport Washington, DC, and turned over to the Smithsonian Institution
1987 The worst fire in the history of the London Underground kills 31 people at Kings Cross Station in the centre of London
1987 The U.S. Congress issues its final report on the Iran-Contras Affair
1988 War on Drugs : U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill into law allowing the death penalty for murder in regards to drug traffickers
1990 Saddam offers to free an estimated 2,000 men held in Kuwait
1991 France deports Marlon's daughter Cheyenne Brando to Tahiti
1991 Beirut hostages Terry Waite, the special envoy of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and American University professor Thomas Sutherland are released by their pro-Iranian Islamic Jihad captors. Waite had been kidnapped in January 1987. Sutherland had disappeared in June 1985
1991 After the siege of Vukovar, the Croatian city of Vukovar capitulates to besieging Yugoslav People's Army and allied Serb paramilitary forces.
1993 In South Africa, 21 political parties approve a new constitution.
1999 In College Station, Texas, 12 are killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M University when a huge bonfire under construction collapses.
2002 Iraq disarmament crisis : United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.
2003 In the UK the Local Government Act 2003, repealing controversial anti-gay amendment Section 28, becomes effective.
2004 Russia officially ratifies the Kyoto Protocol.

November 18th 2005

Iraq suicide attacks kill dozens

Iran given 'nuclear weapon' data

UN rejects Guantanamo visit offer

November 18th 2006

Afghan 'threat to wider region'

US presses for full NK sanctions

Tom joins Katie at wedding castle

November 18th 2007

Dozens dead in Ukraine mine blast

Japanese whalers hunt humpbacks

Fire at Saudi pipeline kills 28

November 18th 2008

Seized tanker anchors off Somalia

Serbia 'genocide' case to proceed

Zimbabwe police bar health march

November 18th 2009

Sudan cattle clashes kill dozens

Hijacked tanker's captain 'dies'

Somali woman stoned for adultery

November 18th 2010

Irish Republic to get bail-out loan

'Detonator' raises German fears

Mass break-out at Congolese jail

November 18th 2011

Birthdates which occurred on November 18th:

1789 Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre developed a method of photography
1810 Asa Gray Sauquoit NY, botanist (Flora of North America)
1832 Nils Adolf Erik Nordenskjold Sweden, Arctic explorer
1836 Maximo Gomez Banff, general (Cuba)
1836 William Schwenck Gilbert London, composer (Gilbert & Sullivan)
1869 James E Sullivan founder (Amateur Athletic Union)
1874 Clarence Shepard Day NYC, writer (Life with Father)
1881 Percy Lesueur hockey player/inventor (large goalie glove)
1882 Jacques Maritain France, Catholic philosopher (exponent of St Thomas)
1882 Wyndham Lewis English writer/painter (Tarr, Apes of God)
1889 Amelita Galli-Curci Italy, operatic soprano (Cave of the Winds)
1897 Jules Buffano St Louis MO, pianist (Jimmy Durante Show)
1898 Joris Ivens Nijmegen Netherlands, director (Rain)
1899 Eugene Ormandy (Blau) Budapest, Hungary, conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra)
19-- Herman Rarebell rock drummer (Scorpions-Wind of Change)
1900 Constantin Alajalov Russia, artist (Ditters & Jitters)
1900 Howard Thurman theologian/author (Deep River, Deep in the Hunger)
1901 George Gallup Jefferson Iowa, public opinion pollster (Gallup Poll)
1908 Imogene Coca Philadelphia PA, comedienne (Your Show of Shows, Grindl)
1909 Johnny Mercer Savannah GA, lyricist (Moon River, That Old Black Magic)
1912 Arthur Peterson Mandan ND, actor (Major-Soap, Crisis)
1919 Jocelyn Brando San Francisco, actress (Ugly American)
1921 Peter Pocklington NHL team owner (Edmonton Oilers)
1922 Marjorie Gestring US, springboard diver (Olympic-gold-1936)
1923 Alan B Shepard Jr East Derry NH, Rear Adm USN/astro (Merc 3, Ap 14)
1923 Ted Stevens (Sen-R-Alaska)
1926 Dorothy Collins Windsor Ontario, singer (Your Hit Parade)
1928 Mickey Mouse cartoon strip
1929 William (Pete) Knight X-15 pilot
1930 Sonja Ruthstrom Swed, cross country relay skier (Olympic-gold-1960)
1936 Hank Ballard Detroit, rocker (The Twist (pre Chubby Checker))
1938 Karl Schranz Austria, slalom (Olympic-1968)
1939 Brenda Vaccaro Brooklyn NY, actress (Cactus Flower, Sara, Paper Dolls)
1941 David Hemmings England, actor (Blow-up, Barbarella)
1942 Jeffrey Siegel Chicago IL, pianist (Chicago Symphony)
1942 Linda Evans Hartford, actress (Dynasty, Big Valley, Beach Blanket Bingo)
1943 Susan Sullivan NYC, actress (Having Babies, Falcon Crest)
1945 Glen Walken Astoria Queens, actor (Leave it to Larry)
1947 Jameson Parker Baltimore MD, actor (American Justice, Simon & Simon)
1948 Andrea Marcovicci NYC, actress (Gloria-Berrengers, Fran-Trapper John)
1948 Jack Tatum Cherryville NC, NFL defensive back (Raiders)
1949 Ted Sator Utica NY, NHL coach (NY Rangers, Buffalo Sabres)
1950 Elizabeth Perkins actress (About Last Night, Big)
1950 Graham Parker musician (Live Sparks, Mercury Poisoning)
1951 Mark N Brown Valparaiso In, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 28, STS 48)
1956 Tony Franklin NFL kicker (Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots)
1957 Jenny Burton NYC, rocker (Nobody Loves Me Like You Do)
1960 Kim Wilde England, rocker (You Keep Me Hanging On)
1961 Janice Lynn Kuehnemund St Paul MN, rocker (Vixen-Rev It Up)
1962 Kirk Hammett rock guitarist (Metallica-Helpless)
1966 Gwendolyn Hajek Shreveport La, playmate (September, 1987)
1969 Cheryl Bachman Jacksonville FL, playmate (October, 1991)
1973 Steve Christopher Petree Oklahoma, rocker (PC Quest-Can You See)


Deaths which occurred on November 18th:
1886 Chester A Arthur (21st President), dies in NY at 56
1946 Donald Meek Glasgow Scotland, actor (Stage Fair, Stagecoach)
1962 Niels Bohr physicist who won the Nobel Prize in 1922, dies at 77
1969 Joseph P Kennedy dies in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, at 81
1970 Hal Dickinson singer (Modernaires), dies at 56
1978 Leo J Ryan (Rep-Cal) & 4 killed in Jonestown, Guyana by members of
Peoples Temple, followed by ritual mass suicide of 912 member
1982 Donald Dillaway actor, dies at 78

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