Today in History, English
Today in History, English

131114November 18Event1993 – In South Africa, 21 political parties approve a new constitution, expanding voting rights and ending white minority rule.
131115November 18Event1996 – A fire occurs on a train traveling through the Channel Tunnel from France to England causing several injuries and damaging approximately 500 metres (1,600 ft) of tunnel.
131116November 18Event2002 – Iraq disarmament crisis: United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.
131117November 18Event2003 – In the United Kingdom, the Local Government Act 2003, repealing controversial anti-gay amendment Section 28, becomes effective.
131118November 18Event2003 – The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules 4–3 in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and gives the state legislature 180 days to change the law making Massachusetts the first s
131119November 18Event2012 – Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria becomes the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria.
131120November 18Event2013 – NASA launches the MAVEN probe to Mars.
131121November 18Birth709 – Emperor Kōnin of Japan (d. 782)
131122November 18Birth1522 – Lamoral, Count of Egmont (d. 1568)
131123November 18Birth1630 – Eleonora Gonzaga, Italian wife of Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1686)
131124November 18Birth1647 – Pierre Bayle, French philosopher and author (d. 1706)
131125November 18Birth1727 – Philibert Commerson, French physician and explorer (d. 1773)
131126November 18Birth1736 – Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, German harpsichord player and composer (d. 1800)
131127November 18Birth1756 – Thomas Burgess, English bishop and philosopher (d. 1837)
131128November 18Birth1772 – Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia (d. 1806)
131129November 18Birth1774 – Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands (d. 1837)
131130November 18Birth1785 – David Wilkie, Scottish painter and academic (d. 1841)
131101November 18Event1943 – World War II: Battle of Berlin: Four hundred forty Royal Air Force planes bomb Berlin causing only light damage and killing 131. The RAF loses nine aircraft and 53 air crew.
131102November 18Event1944 – The Popular Socialist Youth is founded in Cuba.
131103November 18Event1947 – The Ballantyne's Department Store fire in Christchurch, New Zealand, kills 41 it is the worst fire disaster in the history of New Zealand.
131104November 18Event1949 – The Iva Valley Shooting occurs after the coal miners of Enugu in Nigeria go on strike over withheld wages 21 miners are shot dead and 51 are wounded by police under the supervision of the British colonial administration of Nigeria.
131105November 18Event1961 – United States President John F. Kennedy sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam.
131106November 18Event1963 – The first push-button telephone goes into service.
131107November 18Event1970 – U.S. President Richard Nixon asks the U.S. Congress for $155 million in supplemental aid for the Cambodian government.
131108November 18Event1978 – In Jonestown, Guyana, Jim Jones led his Peoples Temple to a mass murder–suicide that claimed 918 lives in all, 909 of them in Jonestown itself, including over 270 children. Congressman Leo Ryan is murdered by members of the Peoples Temple hours ear
131109November 18Event1987 – King's Cross fire: In London, 31 people die in a fire at the city's busiest underground station, King's Cross St Pancras.
131110November 18Event1988 – War on Drugs: U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill into law allowing the death penalty for drug traffickers.
131111November 18Event1991 – Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon release Anglican Church envoys Terry Waite and Thomas Sutherland.
131112November 18Event1991 – After an 87-day siege, the Croatian city of Vukovar capitulates to the besieging Yugoslav People's Army and allied Serb paramilitary forces.
131113November 18Event1993 – In the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is approved by the House of Representatives.

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