Date History - On this day in history

What happened today in history

Born on this day - November 18th

1978 - Damien Johnson, Northern Irish footballer

1969 - Sam Cassell, American basketball player

1963 - Peter Schmeichel, Danish footballer

1958 - Laura Miller, Mayor of Dallas, Texas

1953 - Alan Moore, British comic book writer and novelist

1947 - Jameson Parker, American actor

1940 - Qaboos ibn Sa?id, Sultan of Oman

1927 - Hank Ballard, American musician (d. 2003)

1916 - Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian soprano (d. 1963)

1906 - George Wald, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1997)

1883 - Carl Vinson, U.S. Congressman (d. 1981)

1856 - Nikolai Nikolaevich Romanov, Grand Duke of Russia (d. 1929)

1804 - Alfonso Ferrero la Marmora, Italian general and statesman (d. 1878)

1647 - Pierre Bayle, French philosopher (d. 1706)

Died on this day - November 18th

1991 - Gustav Husak, President of Czechoslovakia (b. 1913)

1978 - Jim Jones, American cult leader (suicide) (b. 1931)

1962 - Niels Bohr, Danish physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1885)

1922 - Marcel Proust, French novelist (b. 1871)

1785 - Louis Philip I, Duke of Orleans, French soldier and writer (b. 1725)

1154 - Adelaide de Maurienne, wife of Louis VI of France (b. 1092)

Events on this day - November 18th

2004 - Russia officially ratifies the Kyoto Protocol.

1999 - In Jasper, Texas, 24-year old Shawn Allen Berry is sentenced to life in prison, becoming the third person convicted in the racially-motivated death of James Byrd, Jr..

1993 - In South Africa, 21 political parties approve a new constitution.

1987 - King's Cross fire: In London, 31 people die in a fire at the city's busiest underground station at King's Cross St Pancras.

1978 - The Blues Brothers appear for the first time on Saturday Night Live.

1943 - World War II: 440 Royal Air Force planes bomb Berlin causing only light damage and killing 131. The RAF lost nine aircraft and 53 air crew.

1926 - George 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."

1904 - General Esteban Huertas steps down after the government of Panama fears he wants to stage a coup.

1626 - St. Peter's Basilica is consecrated.

1302 - Pope Boniface VIII issues the Papal bull Unam sanctam ("The One Holy").

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