What Happened on November 18

Important Events

  • 1477 First English dated printed book "Dictes & Sayengis of the Phylosophers" by William Caxton
  • 1626 St. Peter's Basilica is consecrated, replacing earlier basilica, world's largest Christian basilica
  • 1916 General Douglas Haig finally calls off 1st Battle of the Somme (WWI) - over 1 million killed or wounded
  • 1978 In Jonestown, Guyana 918 members of the Peoples Temple are murdered or commit suicide under the leadership of cult leader Jim Jones
  • 1993 Black & white leaders in South Africa approve new democratic constitution
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November 18 in Film & TV

  • 1928 Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" released, first Mickey Mouse sound cartoon

November 18 in Music

  • 2011 "The X Factor" group One Direction release their debut album "Up All Night" in Ireland and the UK

November 18 in Sport

  • 1990 1st Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Lake Nona G & CC: US beats Europe 11½-4½ in inaugural event; Kathy Whitworth US captain; Mickey Walker Europe skipper

Did You Know?

Brooklyn toymaker Morris Michton names the teddy bear after US President Teddy Roosevelt

On November 18, 1902

Would You Believe?

Lincoln Deachey performs first airplane loop-the-loop (San Diego)

On November 18, 1913

Famous Weddings

  • 1794 2nd Earl Grey Charles Grey (30) weds only daughter of 1st Baron Ponsonby Mary Elizabeth Ponsonby
  • 1948 KFC founder Colonel Sanders (58) weds his long-time employee Claudia Price
  • 1952 "Rock Around The Clock" rock 'n' roll pioneer Bill Haley (27) weds second wife Barbara Cupchak
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