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, 1,460,937,600 seconds 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

  • 1831
    The University of Alabama is founded.
  • 1912
    The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City.
  • 1930
    BBC Radio announces that there is no news on that day.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Doolittle Raid on Japan. Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe and Nagoya are bombed.
  • 1943
    World War II: Operation Vengeance, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is killed when his aircraft is shot down by U.S. fighters over Bougainville Island.
  • 1961
    The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, a cornerstone of modern international relations, is adopted.
  • 1974
    The Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto inaugurates Lahore dry port.
  • 1988
    The United States launches Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in the largest naval battle since World War II.
  • 1992
    General Abdul Rashid Dostum revolts against President Mohammad Najibullah of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan and allies with Ahmed Shah Massoud to capture Kabul.
  • 2007
    The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision.

Who were born on April 18?

  • 1889
    Jessie Street, Australian suffragette, feminist, and human rights activist (d. 1970)
  • 1917
    Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (d. 1947)
  • 1947
    Dorothy Lyman, American actress
  • 1949
    Geoff Bodine, American race car driver
  • 1953
    Rick Moranis, Canadian comedian
  • 1961
    Jane Leeves, British actress
  • 1963
    Eric McCormack, Canadian actor
  • 1965
    Rob Stenders, Dutch radio discjockey
  • 1966
    Valeri Kamensky, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1980
    Robyn Regehr, Canadian ice hockey player

Who died on April 18?

  • 1556
    Luigi Alamanni, Italian poet (b. 1495)
  • 1558
    Roxelana, wife of Suleiman the Magnificent
  • 1674
    John Graunt, English statistician (b. 1620)
  • 1935
    Panait Istrati, Romanian writer (b. 1884)
  • 1942
    Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American socialite (b. 1875)
  • 1955
    Albert Einstein, German physicist (b. 1879)
  • 1965
    Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican inventor (b. 1917)
  • 1995
    Arturo Frondizi, President of Argentina (b. 1908)
  • 1998
    Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)
  • 2003
    Edgar F. Codd, English computer scientist (b. 1923)

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