November 18, 1477 -- William Caxton produced "Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres", which was the first book to be printed in England.
November 18, 1820 -- Captain Nathaniel Palmer became the first American to sight the continent of Antarctica.
November 18, 1835 -- The people of Cincinnati, OH decided to aid the cause of the Texas Revolution. The result was the raising of funds for two cannons that became known as the "twin sisters".
November 18, 1863 -- President Abraham Lincoln boards a train for Gettysburg, PA to deliver a short speech at the dedication of a cemetery of soldiers killed during the battle there on July 1 - July 3, 1863.
November 18, 1865 -- Samuel L. Clemens published "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" under the pen name "Mark Twain" in the New York Saturday Press.
November 18, 1883 -- The US and Canada adopted a system standard time zones.
November 18, 1884 -- In St. Louis, prominent Texas cattlemen met. A resolution was passed that called upon Congress to build and maintain a National Trail.
November 18, 1903 -- The US and Panama signed a treaty that granted the US rights to build the Panama Canal.
November 18, 1928 -- The first successful sound-synchronized animated cartoon premiered in New York. It was Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" starring Mickey Mouse.
November 18, 1951 -- Chuck Conners (Los Angeles Angels) became the first player to oppose the major league draft. Connors later became the star of the television show, "The Rifleman".
November 18, 1956 -- Fats Domino appeared on the Ed Sullivan show and performed his hit "Blueberry Hill".
November 18, 1959 -- William Wyler's "Ben Hur" premiered at Loew's Theater in New York City's Times Square.
November 18, 1960 -- General Elwood R. (Pete) Quesada's bid for the Washington, DC franchise was approved by the American League. The franchise eventually became the Texas Rangers.
November 18, 1964 -- The Supremes and The Righteous Brothers appeared on the show "Shindig!".
November 18, 1969 -- Apollo 12 astronauts Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr. and Alan L. Bean landed on the lunar surface during the second manned mission to the moon.
November 18, 1978 -- In Jonestown, Guyana, Reverend Jim Jones persuaded his followers to commit suicide by drinking a death potion. Some people were shot to death. 914 cult members were left dead including over 200 children.
November 18, 1985 -- Joe Theismann (Washington Redskins) broke his leg after being hit by Lawrence Taylor (New York Giants). The injury ended Theismann's 12 year National Football League career.
November 18, 1994 -- Cab Calloway died at the age of 86.
November 18, 1995 -- The Rolling Stones become the first act to broadcast a concert on the Internet.
November 18, 1999 -- 12 people were killed and 28 injured when a huge bonfire under construction collapsed at Texas A & M in College Station, TX.
November 18, 2005 -- "Walk the Line" opened in theaters. The film focused on the early years of Johnny Cash.