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

  • 1506
    The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica is laid.
  • 1797
    The Battle of Neuwied – French victory against the Austrians.
  • 1831
    The University of Alabama is founded.
  • 1897
    The Greco-Turkish War is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1924
    Simon & Schuster publishes the first crossword puzzle book.
  • 1946
    The International Court of Justice holds its inaugural meeting in The Hague, Netherlands.
  • 1955
    29 nations meet at Bandung, Indonesia, for the first Asian-African Conference.
  • 1983
    A suicide bomber destroys the United States embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people.
  • 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.
  • 1996
    In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces shell the UN compound at Quana where more than 800 civilians had taken refuge.

Who were born on April 18?

  • 1922
    Barbara Hale, American actress
  • 1937
    Jan Kaplický, British architect of Czech origin
  • 1942
    Jochen Rindt, German-Austrian racer and F1 (posthumous) world champion (d. 1970)
  • 1945
    Margaret Hassan, Irish-born aid worker (d. 2004)
  • 1947
    Dorothy Lyman, American actress
  • 1969
    Stefan Schwarz, Swedish footballer
  • 1976
    Melissa Joan Hart, American actress
  • 1982
    Darren Sutherland, Irish boxer (d. 2009)
  • 1983
    Miguel Cabrera, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1987
    Brett Deledio, Australian Rules football player

Who died on April 18?

  • 1552
    John Leland, English antiquarian (b. 1502)
  • 1674
    John Graunt, English statistician (b. 1620)
  • 1794
    Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1714)
  • 1906
    Luis Martín, Spanish Superior-General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1846)
  • 1936
    Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer (b. 1879)
  • 1955
    Albert Einstein, German physicist (b. 1879)
  • 1974
    Marcel Pagnol, French novelist, playwright and filmmaker (b. 1895)
  • 1986
    Marcel Dassault, French aircraft industrialist (b.1892)
  • 1995
    Roza Makagonova, Russian actress (b. 1927)
  • 2005
    Sam Mills, American football player (b. 1959)

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