What Happened on November 18


Historical Events

1833 – Netherlands and Belgium sign Treaty of Zonhoven
1904 – General Esteban Huertas steps down after the government of Panama fears he wants to stage a coup
1960 – Charlie Finley makes a bid to purchase expansion LA Angels
1990 – Yugoslavian tennis star Monica Seles beats Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina 6–4, 5–7, 3–6, 6–4, 6–2 to win her first of 3 straight WTA Tour Championships in NYC; first 5-set women’s final since 1901
2005 – 20th Century Fox releases “Walk the Line”, starring Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter, and directed by James Mangold; Witherspoon wins an Academy Award
2012 – 40th American Music Awards: Katy Perry and Justin Bieber win

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Famous Birthdays

1832 – Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Finnish-Swedish explorer and mineralogist (Vega Expedition), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1901)
1845 – John Mellaerts, Flemish social worker (1st Belgian farm gilde) (d. 1925)
1882 – Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian-American operatic soprano (Cave of the Winds), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1963)
1903 – Lillian Fuchs, American violist and composer, born in New York (d. 1995)
1918 – Tasker Watkins, Welsh World War II hero, born in Nelson, Wales (d. 2007)
1951 – Heinrich Schiff, Austrian cellist and conductor, born in Gmunden, Austria (d. 2016)

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Famous Deaths

1678 – Giovanni Maria Bononcini, composer, dies at 36
1887 – Gustav Fechner, German psychologist and physicist (Weber–Fechner law), dies at 86
1917 – Henry Spiekman, Dutch journalist and politician (co-founder Social Democratic Workers’ Party), dies of leukemia at 43
1968 – Walter Wanger [Feuchtwanger], American film producer (Cleopatra), dies at 74
2009 – Jeanne-Claude [Denat de Guillebon], French artist who worked with Christo (Running Fence, Wrapped Reichstag), dies at 74
2014 – Dave Appell, American musician, arranger, musical director (Ernie Kovacs), record producer (Charlie Gracie; The Orlons; Tony Orlando and Dawn), and songwriter, dies at 92

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