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November 18th, 2004 (November 18 2004)EventRussia officially ratifies the Kyoto Protocol.
November 18th, 2003 (November 18 2003)EventIn the United Kingdom, the Local Government Act 2003, repealing controversial anti-gay amendment Section 28, becomes effective.
November 18th, 2003 (November 18 2003)EventThe congress of the Communist Party of Indian Union (Marxist-Leninist) decides to merge the party into Kanu Sanyal s CPI(ML).
November 18th, 2002 (November 18 2002)EventIraq disarmament crisis: United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.Hans Blix Quotes
November 18th, 1999 (November 18 1999)EventIn College Station, Texas, 12 are killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M University when a massive bonfire under construction collapses.
November 18th, 1993 (November 18 1993)EventIn South Africa, 21 political parties approve a new constitution.
November 18th, 1991 (November 18 1991)EventShiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon set Anglican Church envoys Terry Waite and Thomas Sutherland free.
November 18th, 1991 (November 18 1991)EventAfter the siege of Vukovar, the Croatian city of Vukovar capitulates to besieging Yugoslav People s Army and allied Serb paramilitary forces.
November 18th, 1988 (November 18 1988)EventWar on Drugs: U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill into law allowing the death penalty for murder in regards to drug traffickers.Ronald Reagan Quotes
November 18th, 1987 (November 18 1987)EventIran-Contra Affair: The U.S. Congress issues its final report on the Iran-Contras Affair.
November 18th, 1987 (November 18 1987)EventKing s Cross fire: In London, 31 people die in a fire at the city s busiest underground station at King s Cross St Pancras.
November 18th, 1985 (November 18 1985)EventThe comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, created by Bill Waterson, first appears in 30 newspapers across the U.S.
November 18th, 1985 (November 18 1985)EventWashington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann s playing career comes to an end when a sack by the Giants Lawrence Taylor snaps Theismann s legs, this was seen by a national audience on Monday Night Football.Ann Taylor Quotes
November 18th, 1982 (November 18 1982)EventDuk Koo Kim dies unexpectedly from injuries sustained during a 14-round match against Ray Mancini in Las Vegas, Nevada, prompting reforms in the sport of boxing.
November 18th, 1978 (November 18 1978)EventJonestown incident: In Guyana, Jim Jones leads his Peoples Temple cult in a mass murder-suicide that claims 918 lives in all, 909 of them at Jonestown itself, including over 270 children. Congressman Leo J. Ryan is assassinated by members of Peoples Temple shortly beforehand.Leo J. Ryan Quotes
November 18th, 1970 (November 18 1970)EventU.S. President Richard Nixon asks the Congress of the United States for $155 million USD in supplemental aid for the Cambodian government.
November 18th, 1947 (November 18 1947)EventBallantyne s Department Store fire, Christchurch, New Zealand, kills 41 (New Zealand s worst ever fire)
November 18th, 1943 (November 18 1943)EventWorld War II: Battle of Berlin (air), 440 Royal Air Force planes bomb Berlin causing only light damage and killing 131. The RAF lost nine aircraft and 53 air crew.
November 18th, 1943 (November 18 1943)EventHolocaust: Aktion Emtefest: Nazis liquidate Janowska concentration camp in Lviv, western Ukraine, murdering at least 6.000 surviving Jews.German SS leader Fritz Katzman declares Lviv (Lemberg) to be Judenfrei (free from the Jews).
November 18th, 1942 (November 18 1942)EventHolocaust: German SS carry out selection of Jewish ghetto in Lviv, western Ukraine, arresting 5.000 "unproductive Jews". All get deported to the Belzec death camp.
November 18th, 1940 (November 18 1940)EventWorld War II: German leader Adolf Hitler and Italian Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano meet to discuss Benito Mussolini s disastrous invasion of Greece.Benito Mussolini Quotes
November 18th, 1940 (November 18 1940)EventNew York City s Mad Bomber places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison.
November 18th, 1938 (November 18 1938)EventTrade union members elect John L. Lewis as the first president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations.
November 18th, 1930 (November 18 1930)EventSoka Kyoiku Gakkai, a Buddhist association later renamed Soka Gakkai, is founded by Japanese educators Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda.
November 18th, 1929 (November 18 1929)Event1929 Grand Banks earthquake: Off the south coast of Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean, a Richter magnitude 7.2 submarine earthquake, centered on Grand Banks, breaks 12 submarine transatlantic telegraph cables and triggers a tsunami that destroys many south coast communities in the Burin Peninsula area.
November 18th, 1928 (November 18 1928)EventRelease of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the second appearances of cartoon stars Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This is also considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey s birthday.Walt Disney Quotes
November 18th, 1926 (November 18 1926)EventGeorge Bernard Shaw refuses to accept the money for his Nobel Prize, saying, "I can forgive Alfred Nobel for inventing dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize."George Bernard Shaw Quotes
November 18th, 1918 (November 18 1918)EventLatvia declares its independence from Russia.
November 18th, 1917 (November 18 1917)EventSigma Alpha Rho, a Jewish high school fraternity, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
November 18th, 1916 (November 18 1916)EventWorld War I: First Battle of the Somme endsIn France, British Expeditionary Force commander Douglas Haig calls off the battle which started on July 1, 1916.
November 18th, 1909 (November 18 1909)EventTwo United States warships are sent to Nicaragua after 500 revolutionaries (including two Americans) are executed by order of Jose Santos Zelaya.
November 18th, 1905 (November 18 1905)EventPrince Carl of Denmark becomes King Haakon VII of Norway.
November 18th, 1904 (November 18 1904)EventGeneral Esteban Huertas steps down after the government of Panama fears he wants to stage a coup.
November 18th, 1903 (November 18 1903)EventThe Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty is signed by the United States and Panama, giving the Americans exclusive rights over the Panama Canal Zone.
November 18th, 1883 (November 18 1883)EventAmerican and Canadian railroads institute five standard continental time zones, ending the confusion of thousands of local times.
November 18th, 1865 (November 18 1865)EventMark Twain s story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is published in the New York Saturday Press.Mark Twain Quotes
November 18th, 1863 (November 18 1863)EventKing Christian IX of Denmark decided to sign the november constitution, which declared Schleswig as part of Denmark, what was seen by the German Confederation as a violation of the London Protocol and lead to the German-Danish war of 1864.
November 18th, 1852 (November 18 1852)EventRose Philippine Duchesne dies in St. Charles, Missouri. She would be canonized on July 3, 1988 by Pope John Paul II.
November 18th, 1803 (November 18 1803)EventThe Battle of Vertieres, the last major battle of the Haitian Revolution, is fought, leading to the establishment of the Republic of Haiti, the first black republic in the Western Hemisphere.
November 18th, 1686 (November 18 1686)EventCharles Francois Felix operates on King Louis XIV of France s anal fistula after practicing the surgery on several peasants. Louis XIV of France Quotes
November 18th, 1626 (November 18 1626)EventSt. Peter s Basilica is consecrated.
November 18th, 1493 (November 18 1493)EventChristopher Columbus first sights what is now Puerto Rico.Christopher Columbus Quotes
November 18th, 1477 (November 18 1477)EventWilliam Caxton produces Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres, the first book printed on a printing press in England. Philo Quotes
November 18th, 1421 (November 18 1421)EventA seawall at the Zuiderzee dike breaks, flooding 72 villages and killing about 10,000 people in the Netherlands.
November 18th, 1307 (November 18 1307)EventAccording to legend, William Tell shoots an apple off of his son s head.
November 18th, 1302 (November 18 1302)EventPope Boniface VIII issues the Papal bull Unam sanctam (The Holy One).
November 18th, 1095 (November 18 1095)EventThe Council of Clermont, called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land, begins.
November 18th, 0326 (November 18 0326)EventThe old St. Peter s Basilica is consecrated.

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