On This Day

What Happened on November 18, 1978

Historical Events

  • Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Murder of Interest

In Jonestown, Guyana, 918 members of the Peoples Temple are murdered or commit suicide under the leadership of cult leader Jim Jones

  • Leo J Ryan, American politician, and 4 others, killed in Jonestown, Guyana by members of Peoples Temple, followed by ritual mass suicide of 914 members of the religious cult

Famous Birthdays

  • Andris Nelsons, Latvian conductor (Boston Symphony; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra), born in Riga, Latvia
  • Damien Johnson, Northern Irish footballer

Famous Deaths

Jim Jones

Jim Jones, US pastor, leader of Jonestown Cult, commits suicide at 47

  • Lennie Tristano, American jazz pianist (The New Tristano), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Leo Ryan, American teacher and politician (U.S. House of Representatives from California, 1973-78), assassinated at 53 in Jonestown, Guyana
1978 Highlights

About November 18, 1978

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 1 month and 28 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Scorpio