November 18


Captain Nathaniel Palmer discovered Antarctica.


Standard time began in the United States.


Chester A. Arthur, the 21st president of the United States (1881–1885), died in New York at 56.


Mickey Mouse made his debut in Steamboat Willie.


Spain's parliament approved a bill to establish a democracy after 37 years of dictatorship.


Jim Jones, a U.S. pastor, led 914 of his followers to their deaths at Jonestown, Guyana, by drinking a cyanide-laced fruit drink. Cult members who refused to swallow the drink were shot.


The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that the right to same sex marriage was guaranteed by the state constitution.


The UN Security Council held a two-day session in Nairobi. This was the first time it had convened outside of New York headquarters.

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