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1718Voltaire's "Oedipe" premieres in Paris

1835-20] Charles Darwin travels to Tahiti

1865Mark Twain publishes "Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"

1872Suffragette Susan Brownell Anthony is arrested by a U.S. Deputy Marshal and charged with illegally voting

1905George Bernard Shaw's "Major Barbara" premieres in London

1928Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse appears in NY in "Steamboat Willie"

1929Stalin routes troops to Manchuria

1930Musical "Smiles" with Bob Hope and Fred Astaire premieres in NYC

1936Germany & Italy recognize Spanish government of Francisco Franco

1941Mussolini's forces leave Abyssinia/Ethiopia

1949NL batting leader (.342) Jackie Robinson wins NL MVP

1950South Korea President Syngman Rhee forced to end mass executions

1961JFK sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam

1964J. Edgar Hoover describes Martin Luther King as "most notorious liar"

1970Joe Frazier KOs Bob Foster in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

1970Johnny Bench wins NL MVP

1970Linus Pauling declares large doses of Vitamin C could ward off colds

1978In Jonestown Guyana 918 members of Peoples Temple are murdered/commit suicide under leadership of cult leader Jim Jones

1980Despite missing 45 games, George Brett wins AL MVP

1981Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt wins his 2nd consecutive NL MVP

1985Paul McCartney releases "Spies Like Us"

1986Roger Clemens wins AL MVP

1987Cubs Andre Dawson is 1st player from a last-place club to win an MVP

1992"Malcolm X" with Denzel Washington premieres in US

200734th American Music Award: Fergie, Justin Timberlake & Carrie Underwood win

201239th American Music Award: Katy Perry & Justin Bieber win

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Date Event
Nov 18, 326
Old St. Peter's Basilica is consecrated. Stood 4th - 16th century. Replaced by current St Peter's Basilica in Rome. 
Nov 18, 794
Japanese emperor Kammu deallocates residence of Nara to Kioto 
Nov 18, 1105
Maginulf elected anti-Pope Silvester I 
Nov 18, 1210
Pope Innocent III excommunicates Roman Catholic Emperor Otto IV 
Nov 18, 1307
William Tell reputedly shoots apple off his son's head 
Nov 18, 1421
Southern sea floods 72 villages, killing estimated 10,000 in Netherlands 
Nov 18, 1424
Storm flood ravages Dutch coast 
Nov 18, 1477
First English dated printed book "Dictes & Sayengis of the Phylosophers" by William Caxton 
Nov 18, 1494
French King Charles VIII occupies Florence 
Nov 18, 1497
Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama reaches the Cape of Good Hope 
Nov 18, 1626
St. Peter's Basilica is consecrated. Replaced an earlier basilica. Largest Christian basilica 
Nov 18, 1667
Treaty of Bongaja: King Hassan-Udin of Makasar & VOC 
Nov 18, 1686
Charles Francois Felix operates on King Louis XIV of France's anal fistula after practising the surgery on several peasants. 
Nov 18, 1718
Voltaire's "Oedipe" premieres in Paris 
Nov 18, 1738
France & Austria sign peace 
Nov 18, 1742
Prussia & Brtain sign anti-French military covenant 
Nov 18, 1745
Bonnie Prince Charlie's troops occupy Carlisle 
Nov 18, 1755
Worst quake in Mass Bay area strikes Boston; no deaths report 
Nov 18, 1776
Hessians capture Ft Lee, NJ 
Nov 18, 1787
First Unitarian minister in US ordained, Boston 
Nov 18, 1803
Battle of Vertieres, in which Haitians defeat French 
Nov 18, 1804
Palver Purim 1st celebrated to commemorate miraculous escape 
Nov 18, 1805
30 women meet at Mrs Silas Lee's home in Wiscasset, Maine, organizes Female Charitable Society, first woman's club in America 
Nov 18, 1820
Antarctica sighted by US Navy Capt Nathaniel B Palmer 
Nov 18, 1833
Netherlands & Belgium sign Treaty of Zonhoven 
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