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What are the important events that happened on January 18? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 18: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 18 is the 18th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 347 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 5, 2017 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 412,416 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘octadecagon’ day.

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Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 10 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,489 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 18 Historical Events

  • 1701
    Frederick I becomes King of Prussia.
  • 1911
    Eugene B. Ely lands on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania stationed in San Francisco harbor, the first time an aircraft landed on a ship.
  • 1916
    A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri.
  • 1944
    Soviet forces liberate Leningrad, effectively ending a three year Nazi siege, known as the Siege of Leningrad.
  • 1944
    The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers are Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.

Who were born on January 18?

  • 1908
    Jacob Bronowski, Polish-born mathematician, poet, and physicist (d. 1974)
  • 1914
    Vitomil Zupan, Slovenian writer (d. 1987)
  • 1937
    John Hume, Northern Irish politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998
  • 1938
    Anthony Giddens, British sociologist
  • 1976
    Subhrajit Mitra, Indian filmmaker

Who died on January 18?

  • 1586
    Margaret of Parma, regent of The Netherlands (b. 1522)
  • 1970
    David O. McKay, American religious figure (b. 1873)
  • 1995
    Adolf Butenandt, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • 2001
    Al Waxman, Canadian actor (b. 1935)
  • 2009
    Nora Kovach, Hungarian-born American ballerina (b. 1931)

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