0326 ~ The old St. Peter’s Basilica was consecrated on the 18th November 326.
1307 – William Tell shot an apple off his son’s head on the 18th November 1307.
1626 – St. Peter’s Basilica was consecrated on the 18th November 1626. 1785 – David Wilkie, Scottish painter (d. 1841) 1787 – Louis Daguerre, French physicist and photographer, developed the daguerreotype (d. 1851) 1832 – Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Finnish-Swedish geologist and explorer (d. 1901)
1785 – David Wilkie the Scottish painter was born on the 18th November 1785 (died 1841).
1836 – W. S. Gilbert the English playwright, poet, and illustrator was born on the 18th November 1836 (died 1911).
1882 – Wyndham Lewis the English painter and author was born on the 18th November 1882 (died 1957).
1904 – Jean Paul Lemieux the Canadian painter was born on the 18th November 1904 (died 1990).
1905 – Prince Carl of Denmark became King Haakon VII of Norway on the 18th November 1905.
1913 – Endre Rozsda the French painter was born on the 18th November 1913 (died 1999).
1918 – Latvia declared its independence from Russia on the 18th November 1918.
1923 – Alan Shepard the American astronaut was born on the 18th November 1923 (died 1998).
1926 – George Bernard Shaw refused to accept the money for his Nobel Prize on the 18th November 1926, saying, “I can forgive Alfred Nobel for inventing dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize”.
1928 – Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie was on the 18th November 1928. It the 1st fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the 3rd appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This date is also considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey’s birthday.
1929 – The Grand Banks earthquake 1929 off the south coast of Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean on the 18th November had a Richter magnitude of 7.2 earthquake, centered on Grand Banks, breaking 12 submarine transatlantic telegraph cables, triggering a tsunami that destroyed many south coast communities in the Burin Peninsula.
1933 – Bruce Conner the American painter, photographer and director was born on the 18th November 1933 (died 2008).
1939 – Margaret Atwood the Canadian poet, author, and critic was born on the 18th November 1939.
1950 – Graham Parker the English singer-songwriter and guitarist was born on the 18th November 1950.
1953 – Alan Moore the English author and illustrator was born on the 18th November 1950.
1956 – Sinbad the American comedian was born on the 18th November 1956.
1960 – Kim Wilde the English singer-songwriter and author was born on the 18th November 1960.
1963 – The 1st push-button telephone went into service on the 18th November 1963.
1968 – Owen Wilson the American actor, screenwriter, and producer was born on the 18th November 1968.
1970 – Peta Wilson the Australian actress was born on the 18th November 1970.
1976 – Matt Welsh the Australian swimmer was born on the 18th November 1976.
1988 – War on Drugs: U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill on into law allowing the death penalty for drug traffickers 18th November 1988. Visit this day: 18th November in history and see the video at www.History.com