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November 18: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on November 18

November 18th is officially celebrated as Housing Day as well as Mickey Mouse Day.

We’ve made it to the 322nd day of the year! There are 43 days left until we reach the new year.

Those of you who were born on November 18 share the Scorpio star sign.

Is today your birthday or that of someone close to you? If so it’s already a special day – but you’re about to learn about some unique events that all happened on this day that’ll make this day even more special!

Did you know that on this day in 2011, Minecraft was officially released at MINECON 2011? It would go on to become the best-selling video game of all time.

Keep reading for more facts about November 18th in history!

What Happened On November 18 In History?


The Brazilian Space Agency announced that the country’s Amazon rainforest had suffered its biggest spike in deforestation in over a decade.

Source NPR

An American 26-year-old, John Allen Chau, was killed by natives living on the forbidden Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal.

The island has a notorious reputation for being inhospitable to outsiders with many who try to visit losing their lives.

Shawn Mendes claimed his third number 1 single on the Billboard list making him the first person under the age of 20 to do so.


The Java Edition of Minecraft was officially released at MINECON 2011.


The UK’s repealed anti-gay amendment, Section 28, came to a complete end in the UK.

OTD in 2003: The UK's repealed anti-gay amendment
Section 28 of the Local government Act 1986 stated authorities "shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality" or "promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship." , It was repealed on 21 June 2000 in Scotland and was fully repealed for the UK on this day.

Sony Music Soundtrax released their “Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture” album.

It sold over 30 million albums and became one of the top 100 best-selling albums in the US.

The movie “Malcolm X”, starring Denzel Washington, was released in the US.


Morocco’s King Mohammed V returned after being exiled in 1955.

Although Morocco gained independence on March 2, 1956, and originally celebrated this as their independence day, the date changed. During the French occupation, the King of Morocco was exiled in 1955. When King Mohammed V returned, he gave a famous speech and regained power over Morocco. When he died, Morocco's independence day moved to the date Mohammed V returned to Morocco.

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony was arrested in New York State for illegally voting in the presidential race.


St. Peter’s Basilica in The Vatican City was consecrated on this day, and it became the world’s largest Christian basilica.

Did you know that on this day, November 18th 2011, Minecraft was officially released at MINECON 2011?