Today in History - November 18th

  • 1793 - On this day in history, The Louvre officially opened in Paris.
  • 1820 - Captain Nathaniel Palmer discovered Antarctica, today in history.
  • 1865 - Samuel L. Clemens published "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" under the pen name "Mark Twain" in the New York "Saturday Press." 
  • 1871 - American suffragette Susan B Anthony was arrested after voting on the 5th November in Rochester, NY.
  • 1883 - Today in history, The United States and Canada adopted a system of standard-time zones. 
  • 1903 - The United States and Panama signed a treaty that granted the United States rights to build the Panama Canal. 
  • 1928 - On this day in history, the first successful sound-synchronized animated cartoon premiered in New York: Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie," starring Mickey Mouse. 
  • 1959 - William Wyler's "Ben-Hur" premiered at Loewe's Theater in New York City.
  • 1961 - Today in history, JFK sent 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam -the precursor to the war.
  • 1963 - Bell Telephone introduced the push-button telephone.
  • 1964 - On this day in history, J. Edgar Hoover described Martin Luther King as "most notorious liar."
  • 1976 - The parliament of Spain approved a bill that established a democracy after 37 years of dictatorship. 
  • 1978 - Today in history, in Jonestown, Guyana, The Reverend Jim Jones persuaded his followers to commit suicide by drinking a death potion. Nine hundred fourteen cult members were left dead.
  • 1987 - The United States Congress issued the Iran-Contra Affair report. The report said that President Ronald Reagan bore "ultimate responsibility" for wrongdoing by his aides. 
  • 1993 - The United States House of Representatives joined the Senate in approving legislation aimed at protecting abortion facilities, staff and patients. 
  • 2001 - Today in history, Nintendo released the GameCube home video game console in the United States.
  • 2003 - The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that same-sex marriage was guaranteed by the state constitution.

SPORTS - Today in History, November 18th

  • 1951 - Chuck Connors (Los Angeles Angels) became the first player to oppose the major league draft.

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, November 18th

  • 1956 - Today in history, Fats Domino appeared on the Ed Sullivan show and performed his hit "Blueberry Hill." 
  • 1964 - The Supremes and The Righteous Brothers appeared on the show "Shindig!" 
  • 1990 - The musical revival "Fiddler on the Roof" opened.
  • 1995 - On this day in history, The Rolling Stones became the first band to broadcast a concert on the Internet. 
  • 1995 - "Goldeneye" the James Bond movie, opened, featuring a title song by Tina Turner. 
  • 2005 - "Walk the Line" opened in theaters. The film focused on the early years of Johnny Cash.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS - November 18th

  • Brenda Vaccaro 1939
  • Linda Evans 1942