Saturday 18 November 2017, 10:13:39
18 November 53
: Trajan, Roman emperor from 98 to 117, is born Marcus Ulpius Traianus in Italica in Hispania.
18 November 326
: Supposedly on this day pope Sylvester I dedicates the old Saint Peter's Basilica built on top of a necropolis in Rome, to be replaced by the current building 1180 years later.
18 November 1307
: William Tell shoots an apple off his son's head, according to legend.
18 November 1421
: A heavy storm along the North Sea coast causes the dikes to break and polders to flood in Holland and Zeeland and permanently alters the geography by creating the Biesbosch wetland area|nat.
18 November 1477
: English printer William Caxton produces the second book on an English press, “Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres”, after Chaucer's “Canterbury Tales”.
18 November 1493
: Christopher Columbus sights the island of Puerto Rico.
18 November 1626
: After 120 years of building Pope Urban VIII dedicates the Vatican Basilica of Saint Peter, the largest church in the world.
18 November 1694
: Matsuo Bashō, Japanese poet of the Edo period, dies in Osaka at age 50, leaving his last poem “falling sick on a journey / my dream goes wandering / over a field of dried grass”.
18 November 1724
: Bartolomeu de Gusmão, Portuguese priest and aviation pioneer, dies in Toledo, Spain aged around 39.
18 November 1787
: Louis Daguerre, French artist and chemist, is born in Cormeilles-en-Parisis.
18 November 1918
: Latvia declares its independence from Russia.
18 November 1922
: Marcel Proust, French author, dies in Paris at age 51.
18 November 1959
: The movie “Ben-Hur”, based on the novel of the same title by Lew Wallace, is released in the United States.
18 November 1962
: Niels Bohr, Danish physicist, Nobel Prize winner in 1922 for his work on quantum mechanics and the understanding of atoms, dies in Copenhagen at age 77.
18 November 1968
: McDonald's files a US trademark for the double arched M symbol.
Disobedience, the rarest and most
courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from
neglect, the laziest and commonest of the vices. ~ George Bernard Shaw