On This Day

On This Day in History for November 18 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1970 Netherlands & Albania form diplomatic relations
  • 1970 Russia lands self propelled rover on Moon
  • 1971 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1971 A British soldier is shot dead by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in Belfast
  • 1973 Greek regime calls emergency crisis due to mass protests
  • 1973 Arab oil ministers cancel the scheduled 5 percent cut in production for EEC
  • 1975 Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver returns to US
  • 1976 Spain's parliament establishes democracy after 37 yrs of dictatorship
  • 1978 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

MurderMurder of Interest

1978 In Jonestown, Guyana, 918 members of the Peoples Temple are murdered or commit suicide under the leadership of cult leader Jim Jones

Founder of the Peoples Temple Cult Jim Jones
Founder of the Peoples Temple Cult
Jim Jones

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Ayatollah Khomeini charges US ambassador and embassy with espionage

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 1983 Argentina announces its ability to produce enriched uranium for nuclear weapons
  • 1984 Browns set team records for most sacks (11)
  • 1984 The Soviet Union helps deliver American wheat during the Ethiopian famine
  • 1985 Enterprise (OV-101) flies from Kennedy Space Center to Dulles Airport
  • 1985 Howard Stern radio show returns to NYC (WXRK 92.3 FM-afternoons)

  • 1987 31 people die in a fire at King's Cross, London's busiest tube station
  • 1987 Congressional committee reports on Iran-Contra affair
  • 1989 Pennsylvania is first to restrict abortions after US Supreme Court gave states the right to do so
  • 1991 France deports Marlon's daughter Cheyenne Brando to Tahiti
  • 1991 Muslim Shi'ites release hostages Terry Waite & Thomas Sutherland

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1991 The Croatian city of Vukovar surrenders to Yugoslav People's Army and allied Serb paramilitary forces after an 87-day siege

President of Croatia Franjo Tuđman
President of Croatia
Franjo Tuđman
  • 1992 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Las Vegas NV on KXTE 107.5 FM
  • 1993 27 killed at prison in Morazan, El Salvador
  • 1993 Black and white leaders in South Africa approve new democratic constitution
  • 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) passes US House of Representatives
  • 1993 North-Siberia record cold for November (-55°C)
  • 1996 Eappens hire Louise Woodward as nanny, later she's charged with murder
  • 1997 FBI says no evidence of foul play in 1996 TWA 800 crash
  • 1997 Rare black pearl necklace auctioned for record $902,000
  • 1997 Willem de Kooning painting "Two Standing Women" sold for $4,182,500
  • 1999 In College Station, Texas, 12 are killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M University when a massive bonfire under construction collapses.
  • 2001 Phillips Petroleum and Conoco merge into a new company as 'ConocoPhillips', the third-largest oil and natural gas company in the US
  • 2002 Iraq disarmament crisis: United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.
  • 2003 The congress of the Communist Party of Indian Union (Marxist-Leninist) decides to merge the party into Kanu Sanyal's CPI(ML).
  • 2003 In England, the Local Government Act 2003, repealing controversial anti-gay amendment Section 28, becomes effective

  • 2003 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules the state's ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional
  • 2004 Russia officially ratifies the Kyoto Protocol.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2011 Former Filipino President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is arrested and held at Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City under charges of electoral sabotage

14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
  • 2011 Video game Minecraft is officially released by Mojang
  • 2012 Israeli Gaza rocket strikes kill 80 alleged terrorist targets
  • 2013 20 people are killed after a train collides with a minibus in Cairo, Egypt
  • 2014 Jamaica win the 2014 Caribbean Cup in football
  • 2015 French police raid terrorist cell in Saint Denis, killing 2 including the leader of the Paris terror attacks Abdelhamid Abaaoud
  • 2015 2 female suicide bombers aged 18 and 11 blow themselves up in Kano, Nigeria, killing 15 and injuring over 100
  • 2018 APEC Summit in Papa New Guinea fails to produce a joint agreement for first time in two decades after US and China clash on definition of trade
  • 2018 American missionary John Allen Chau killed on forbidden North Sentinel Island, Bay of Bengal by one of world's most isolated tribe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reverses US policy regarding Israeli West Bank settlements as illegal after 24 years

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
US Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Book written by Charlotte Bronte aged 14 for her toy soldiers bought by the Bronte Society for €600,000 at auction in Paris

  • 2019 Deforestation of Brazil's Amazon rainforest worst since 2008, has lost 9,762 sq km (3,769 sq miles) of vegetation in 12 months according to country's Space Agency
  • 2019 World wind speeds have risen, 3x faster since 2010 than previous decades of decline, according to Princeton study published in "Nature Climate Change"
  • 2020 Floods and landslides effect more than 3 million people, killing at least 70 in wake of Typhoon Vamco in Cagayan Province, Philippines
  • 2020 Thailand's parliament agrees to reforms, but not to the monarchy, after massive public protests were met by tear gas and water canons
  • 2020 US COVID-19 death toll passes 250,000, recorded cases at 11.5 million, hospitalizations at 76,830 amid a country-wide surge

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