November 18, 2023 at 3:54 p.m.
Today In History
Today In History – November 18
November 18 is the 322nd day of the year
There are many events that happened on this date in history. Here are just a few of them!
November 18 is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 43 days remain until the end of the year.
326 – The old St. Peter's Basilica is consecrated by Pope Sylvester I.
1210 – Pope Innocent III excommunicates Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV for invading the Kingdom of Sicily after promising to recognize papal control over it.
1493 – Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico.
1626 – The new St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is consecrated.
1867 – An earthquake strikes the Virgin Islands, triggering the largest tsunami witnessed in the Caribbean and killing dozens.
1872 – Susan B. Anthony and 14 other women are arrested for voting illegally in the United States presidential election of 1872.
1883 – American and Canadian railroads institute five standard continental time zones, ending the confusion of thousands of local times.
1909 – Two United States warships are sent to Nicaragua after 500 revolutionaries (including two Americans) are executed by order of José Santos Zelaya.
1910 – In their campaign for women's voting rights, hundreds of suffragettes march to the British Parliament in London. Several are beaten by police, newspaper attention embarrasses the authorities, and the march is dubbed Black Friday.
1928 – Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon.
1929 – Grand Banks earthquake: Off the south coast of Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean, a Richter magnitude 7.2 submarine earthquake, centered on the Grand Banks, breaks 12 submarine transatlantic telegraph cables and triggers a tsunami that destroys many south coast communities in the Burin Peninsula.
1940 – World War II: German leader Adolf Hitler and Italian Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano meet to discuss Benito Mussolini's disastrous Italian invasion of Greece.
1961 – United States President John F. Kennedy sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam.
1963 – The first push-button telephone goes into service.
1970 – U.S. President Richard Nixon asks the U.S. Congress for $155 million in supplemental aid for the Cambodian government.
1993 – In the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is approved by the House of Representatives.
2013 – NASA launches the MAVEN probe to Mars.
2020 – The Utah monolith, built sometime in 2016 is discovered by state biologists of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
1630 – Eleonora Gonzaga, Italian wife of Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1686)
1756 – Thomas Burgess, English bishop and philosopher (d. 1837)
1785 – David Wilkie, Scottish painter and academic (d. 1841)
1787 – Louis Daguerre, French artist, photographer and inventor (d. 1851)
1874 – Clarence Day, American author and poet (d. 1935)
1888 – Frances Marion, American screenwriter, novelist and journalist (d. 1973)
1901 – George Gallup, American statistician (d. 1984)
1908 – Imogene Coca, American actress, comedian, and singer (d. 2001)
1909 – Johnny Mercer, American singer-songwriter and producer, co-founded Capitol Records (d. 1976)
1923 – Alan Shepard, American astronaut (d. 1998)
1939 – Brenda Vaccaro, American actress
1942 – Linda Evans, American actress
1948 – Jack Tatum, American football player (d. 2010)
1980 – Denny Hamlin, American race car driver
1981 – Dianne dela Fuente, Filipino singer and actress
1982 – Damon Wayans Jr., American actor and comedian
1100 – Thomas of Bayeux, archbishop of York
1482 – Gedik Ahmed Pasha, Ottoman politician, 17th Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
1559 – Cuthbert Tunstall, English bishop (b. 1474)
1804 – Philip Schuyler, American general and senator (b. 1733)
1965 – Henry A. Wallace, American agronomist and bureaucrat, 33rd Vice President of the United States, 11th US Secretary of Agriculture (b. 1888)
1969 – Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., American businessman and diplomat, 44th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (b. 1888)
1994 – Cab Calloway, American singer-songwriter and bandleader (The Cab Calloway Orchestra) (b. 1907)
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