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

  • 1689
    Bostonians rise up in rebellion against Sir Edmund Andros.
  • 1738
    Real Academia de la Historia (“Royal Academy of History”) is founded in Madrid.
  • 1857
    “The Spirits Book” by Allan Kardec is published, marking the birth of Spiritualism in France.
  • 1897
    The Greco-Turkish War is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1899
    The St. Andrew’s Ambulance Association is granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria.
  • 1915
    French pilot Roland Garros is shot down and glides to a landing on the German side of the lines during World War I.
  • 1946
    The International Court of Justice holds its inaugural meeting in The Hague, Netherlands.
  • 1958
    A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound be released from an insane asylum.
  • 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.

Who were born on April 18?

  • 1874
    Ivana Brlic-Mazuranic, Croatian writer (d. 1938)
  • 1902
    Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Hasidic Judaism leader (d. 1994)
  • 1917
    Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (d. 1947)
  • 1922
    Barbara Hale, American actress
  • 1924
    Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, American musician (d. 2005)
  • 1962
    Jeff Dunham, American comedian
  • 1964
    Niall Ferguson, British historian
  • 1977
    Cindy Taylor, Paraguayan supermodel and actress
  • 1980
    Priit Võigemast, Estonian actor
  • 1980
    Robyn Regehr, Canadian ice hockey player

Who died on April 18?

  • 1558
    Roxelana, wife of Suleiman the Magnificent
  • 1567
    Wilhelm von Grumbach, German adventurer (b. 1503)
  • 1873
    Justus von Liebig, German chemist (b. 1803)
  • 1935
    Panait Istrati, Romanian writer (b. 1884)
  • 1936
    Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer (b. 1879)
  • 1942
    Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American socialite (b. 1875)
  • 1951
    António Óscar Carmona, 97th Prime Minister of Portugal and 11th President of Portugal (b. 1869)
  • 1974
    Marcel Pagnol, French novelist, playwright and filmmaker (b. 1895)
  • 1986
    Marcel Dassault, French aircraft industrialist (b.1892)
  • 2005
    Sam Mills, American football player (b. 1959)

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