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

April 18: Facts & Myths About This Day

April 18 is the 109th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 257 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 5, 2016 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,348,960 minutes 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 ‘hectaenneagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 285 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 1,214 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 18 Historical Events

  • 1506
    The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica is laid.
  • 1738
    Real Academia de la Historia (“Royal Academy of History”) is founded in Madrid.
  • 1797
    The Battle of Neuwied – French victory against the Austrians.
  • 1864
    Battle of Dybbøl: A Prussian-Austrian army defeats Denmark and gains control of Schleswig. Denmark surrenders the province in the following peace settlement.
  • 1912
    The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City.
  • 1915
    French pilot Roland Garros is shot down and glides to a landing on the German side of the lines during World War I.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Doolittle Raid on Japan. Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe and Nagoya are bombed.
  • 1946
    The International Court of Justice holds its inaugural meeting in The Hague, Netherlands.
  • 1961
    The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, a cornerstone of modern international relations, is adopted.
  • 1980
    The Republic of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) comes into being, with Canaan Banana as the country’s first President. The Zimbabwe Dollar replaces the Rhodesian Dollar as the official currency.

Who were born on April 18?

  • 1879
    Korneli Kekelidze, Georgian philologist (d. 1962)
  • 1902
    Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Hasidic Judaism leader (d. 1994)
  • 1911
    Maurice Goldhaber, Austrian-born American physicist
  • 1922
    Barbara Hale, American actress
  • 1942
    Jochen Rindt, German-Austrian racer and F1 (posthumous) world champion (d. 1970)
  • 1966
    Trine Hattestad, Norwegian athlete
  • 1986
    Maurice Edu, American soccer player
  • 1987
    Brett Deledio, Australian Rules football player
  • 1987
    Sandra Lyng Haugen, Norwegian singer
  • 1994
    Moises Arias, American actor

Who died on April 18?

  • 1796
    Johan Wilcke, Swedish physicist (b. 1732)
  • 1898
    Gustave Moreau, French painter (b. 1826)
  • 1936
    Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer (b. 1879)
  • 1945
    John Ambrose Fleming, English physicist and engineer (b. 1849)
  • 1967
    Karl Miller, German footballer (b. 1913)
  • 1976
    Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization engineer (b. 1911)
  • 1995
    Roza Makagonova, Russian actress (b. 1927)
  • 1996
    Brook Berringer, American football player (b. 1973)
  • 1998
    Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)
  • 2002
    Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)

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