November 18: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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

November 18th is officially celebrated as Apple Cider 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.

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 interesting facts about November 18th in history!

What Events Happened On November 18 In History?

2019 The Brazilian Space Agency announced that the country’s Amazon rainforest had suffered its biggest spike in deforestation in over a decade.

OTD in 2019: The Brazilian Space Agency announced that the country's Amazon rainforest had suffered its biggest spike in deforestation in over a decade.

2018 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 is notorious for being unfriendly to outsiders, with many who try to visit losing their lives.

2017 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.

2013 NASA’s MAVEN space probe was launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The probe's mission was to study the escape of Mars' atmospheric gases into space, to try and understand more about the history of Mars' climate.

2011 After two and a half years of Alpha and Beta development, the full version of Minecraft was released.

Markus "Notch" Persson came up with the idea for Minecraft during his "off-hours" from work, and after a weekend of programming, he released the first Alpha for private testing on May 16, 2009. After working tirelessly for five years, Persson was rewarded rather well when he sold his shares of Minecraft to Microsoft for $2.5 billion in 2014.

2003 The UK’s repealed anti-gay amendment, Section 28, came to a complete end in the UK.

OTD in 2003: The UK's repealed anti-gay amendment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.

1997 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.

1992 The movie “Malcolm X,” starring Denzel Washington, was released in the US.

1963 Push-button telephones were made available to the general public for the first time.

The Bell Telephone Company's new type of phone allowed users to simply press a button for each number instead of dialing the number on a rotary dial.

1956 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.

1918 The people of Latvia gathered together to proclaim the Republic of Latvia as an independent nation.

The Russian Empire was less than amused by this and invaded Latvia the very next month. It wasn't until August 11, 1920, that a peace treaty was signed between Russia and Latvia.

1872 Suffragette Susan B. Anthony was arrested in New York State for illegally voting in the presidential race.

1626 St. Peter’s Basilica in The Vatican City was consecrated, becoming the world’s largest Christian basilica.

OTD in 1626: St. Peter's Basilica in The Vatican City was consecrated

1421 St. Elizabeth’s flood began in the evening when a seawall at the Zuiderzee dike in the Netherlands broke.

The flood killed around 10,000 people and flooded 72 villages. St. Elizabeth's flood is noted as the twentieth worst flood in history.

Famous Quotes Said On November 18

Here we have the most notable quotes that have been spoken throughout history on this day.


“A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Famous People Born On November 18

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Owen Wilson? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1992 Nathan Kress

American Actor

Nathan Kress
30 years old
Born In:
California, USA

1968 Owen Wilson

American Actor

Owen Wilson
54 years old
Born In:
Texas, USA

1970 Mike Epps

American Comedian

Mike Epps
52 years old
Born In:
Indiana, USA

1980 Mathew Baynton

English Actor

Mathew Baynton
42 years old
Born In:
England, UK

Special Holidays On November 18

Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.

November 18: Mickey Mouse Day

Mickey Mouse Day

On November 18, 1928, Mickey Mouse was first shown to the public in the animated short film “Steamboat Willy,” which makes today his birthday! There’s no better way to celebrate Mickey’s birthday than to watch some of your favorite Mickey Mouse films.

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November 18: Apple Cider Day

Apple Cider Day

Don’t go celebrating just yet if you’re after the alcoholic beverage. Today we’re celebrating American apple cider, unsweetened and unfiltered freshly pressed apple juice. So head to your local apple orchard today and participate in one of the best autumnal celebrations!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

In 1974, a military officer stole a helicopter and landed it on the White House Lawn to prove his skills as a pilot.

November 18 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

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

Scorpio is a water sign and is the eighth sign of the zodiac. Scorpio’s colors are deep red, maroon, black, and brown. People born between October 23 and November 21 fall into this astrological sign.

People born during November have the Topaz birthstone. The ancient Greeks believed that topaz could make a wearer invisible.

If your birthday falls on this day, you would’ve likely been conceived around February 25th in the same year.

A baby that is conceived on this day will be born around August 11th, 2024.

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