On This Day

What Happened on November 18, 1916

Historical Events


Battle of InterestBattle of the Somme

British General Douglas Haig finally calls off the 1st Battle of the Somme in World War I after more than 1 million soldiers had been killed or wounded

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A large mine placed by a British tunneling unit explodes under German positions on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. At the time it was one of the largest explosions ever and one of the loudest man-made noises.
A large mine placed by a British tunneling unit explodes under German positions on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. At the time it was one of the largest explosions ever and one of the loudest man-made noises.
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Famous Birthdays

  • James L. Lyons, American jazz promoter (founder of the Monterey Jazz Festival) (d. 1994)
1916 Highlights

About November 18, 1916

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 104 years and 15 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Scorpio