November 18

This Day in History

1978

Mass Suicide in Jonestown

Cult leader Jim Jones and hundreds of his People's Temple followers commit mass suicide in Guyana. Jones, an American pastor, led his followers to South America in 1977 and set up an agricultural … (more...)

1820

Palmer "Discovers" Antarctica

"On this day in 1820, a swarthy American seal hunter named Nathaniel Brown Palmer sailed upon mainland Antarctica. He is considered today to be one of three primary candidates to have discovered the … (more...)

1803

West’s First Black Nation Is Established

"On this day in 1803, Haitian rebels defeated French expeditionary forces at the Battle of Vertieres in Haiti, leading to the end of slavery in Haiti and the establishment of the first black … (more...)