On this Day in History, November 18

How much do you know about things that happened on different days in history?

Well, if you really don’t know much when it comes to history, here are a few events that happened in history, on November 18, to add to your knowledge.

We have done the research and compiled the facts. Take a look!

  • 1883 – The U.S. and Canada adopted a system of standard time zones.
  • 1886 – Chester A. Arthur, the 21st president of the United States, died.
  • 1901– The USA and Great Britain signed the Second Hay-Pauncefote Treaty, or Interoceanic Ship Canal Treaty.
  • 1903 – The U.S. and Panama signed a treaty that granted the U.S. rights to build the Panama Canal.
  • 1916 –  The Somme Offensive between German forces on one side and British and French forces on the other ended.
  • 1918 – Latvia declared independence from Russia.
  • 1936Germany and Italy recognized the Spanish government of Francisco Franco.
  • 1943 – The first U.S. ambassador to Canada, Ray Atherton, was nominated.
  • 1950 – South Korean President, Syngman Rhee, was forced to end mass executions.
  • 1956 – Morocco gained independence.
  • 1963 – Pushbutton phones were used for the first time.
  • 1966 – U.S. Roman Catholic bishops did away with the rule against eating meat on Fridays.
  • 1970Netherlands & Albania formed diplomatic relations.
  • 1971China performed a nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC.
  • 1976 – The parliament of Spain approved a bill that established a democracy after 37 years of dictatorship.
  • 1978 – Great Britain performed a nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 1987 – The U.S. Congress issued the Iran-Contra Affair report, which said that President Ronald Reagan bore “ultimate responsibility” for wrongdoing by his aides.
  • 1988 – America’s President, Reagan, signed major legislation provided the death penalty for drug traffickers who kill.
  • 1993 – The U.S. House of Representatives joined the U.S. Senate in approving legislation aimed at protecting abortion facilities, staff, and patients.
  • 1993 – Representatives from 21 South African political parties approved a new constitution.

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