November 18 in History
1477November 18, 1477: “Dictes and Sayenges of the Phylosophers”, the first dated book to be printed in England, is published on this day by William Caxton.
1626November 18, 1626:
The Roman Catholic Church consecrates the Saint Peter’s Basilica cathedral.
1903November 18, 1903:
Panama’s Philippe-Jean Bunau-Varilla and John Hay, the US Secretary of State, start negotiating the terms of the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty (which would allocate some strip of land for the Panama Canal construction).
1905November 18, 1905:
Denmark’s Prince Charles is made the King of Norway under the crown name Haakon VII.
1928November 18, 1928:
The Mickey Mouse debut sound cartoon, “Steamboat Willie” is released by Walt Disney.
1959November 18, 1959:
The biblical drama film, “Ben Hur” is released.
1966November 18, 1966:
Baseball pitcher Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers retires at just 30 years old due to chronic arthritis in his arm.
1978November 18, 1978:
The Jonestown mass murder (also called massacre/murder-suicide), which resulted in the death of over 900 members of the Peoples Temple, is orchestrated by cult leader Jim Jones.
1996November 18, 1996:
Famed wildlife protector Tony Silva shocks the world when he is found guilty and sentenced to 82 months in prison for illegally smuggling exotic parrots.
2011November 18, 2011:
English-Irish boy band, One Direction release their debut album, “Up All Night”.
2015November 18, 2015:
Jonah Lomu, a New Zealand rugby player, succumbs to death by heart attack following a protracted battle with kidney disease.