On this day
The Southern Sea flooded.
In 1421, the Southern Sea flooded 72 villages in the Netherlands. The disaster killed around 10,000 people. It’s known to historians as the St. Elizabeth’s Flood, named after the feast day of St. Elizabeth of Hungary – which took place on November 19th, the day after the flood started.
St. Peter’s Basilica was consecrated.
In 1626, St. Peter’s Basilica was officially consecrated. It replaced an earlier basilica in the same area and became the world’s biggest Christian basilica. St. Peter’s is known as one of the biggest and best showcases of Renaissance artwork, with the legendary Michelangelo being among several artists who made their mark here.
North America formalized its time zones.
Up until November 18th, 1883, time zones differed between individual US and Canadian cities – pretty confusing stuff! Therefore, as of this date in history, Canada and the USA agreed on four specific new time zones that would impact the railroads. These time zones are somewhat close to what we use in the modern age!
The new constitution was approved in South Africa.
In 1993, both black and white leaders in South Africa finally approved the democratic constitution – effectively bringing an end to decades of horrific apartheid policies. The face of anti-apartheid, Nelson Mandela, would become the country’s President in due course.
Special Days Falling on November 18thThis November 18th, why not celebrate with people all over the world? Here are some of the biggest events that take place today.
The Start of World Antibiotic Awareness Week
Every November 18th to November 24th is World Antibiotic Awareness Week. The week is dedicated to raising awareness about antibiotic resistance and how to properly use these essential drugs. Antibiotics have proven to save lives time and time again, but only when being administered properly. Our bodies can become accustomed to them, rendering them practically useless in certain cases. It’s important, therefore, not to overuse or misuse them – or we might have a brand new medical fight on our hands.
Latvia Independence Day
November 18th is also Latvia’s Independence Day! Back on this very day in 1918, Latvia finally declared its independence from Russia. However, 72 years later, the country would have to do it all over again. So, this day marks the struggle for that independence and the strive to maintain it, which continues.
Battle of Vertières Day
For the people of Haiti, every November 18th is Battle of Vertières Day. The battle took place during the country’s war for independence and was the brutal final fight between the natives of the country and the French army. Following the battle, the Haitians gained their freedom, which is celebrated every year on this very date!