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

  • 1518
    Bona Sforza is crowned as queen consort of Poland.
  • 1864
    Battle of Dybbøl: A Prussian-Austrian army defeats Denmark and gains control of Schleswig. Denmark surrenders the province in the following peace settlement.
  • 1881
    Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico.
  • 1897
    The Greco-Turkish War is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1902
    Quetzaltenango, the second largest city of Guatemala, is destroyed by an earthquake.
  • 1930
    BBC Radio announces that there is no news on that day.
  • 1943
    World War II: Operation Vengeance, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is killed when his aircraft is shot down by U.S. fighters over Bougainville Island.
  • 1955
    29 nations meet at Bandung, Indonesia, for the first Asian-African Conference.
  • 1974
    The Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto inaugurates Lahore dry port.
  • 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.

Who were born on April 18?

  • 1893
    Violette Morris, French athlete (d. 1944)
  • 1902
    Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Hasidic Judaism leader (d. 1994)
  • 1904
    Pigmeat Markham, American comedian (d. 1981)
  • 1934
    James Drury, American actor
  • 1936
    Tommy Ivo, American race car driver
  • 1945
    Margaret Hassan, Irish-born aid worker (d. 2004)
  • 1971
    David Tennant, Scottish actor
  • 1973
    Derrick Brooks, American football player
  • 1976
    Jo Gibb, Scottish Actress
  • 1979
    Kourtney Kardashian, American reality television star

Who died on April 18?

  • 1567
    Wilhelm von Grumbach, German adventurer (b. 1503)
  • 1794
    Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1714)
  • 1802
    Erasmus Darwin, English physician and botanist (b. 1731)
  • 1898
    Gustave Moreau, French painter (b. 1826)
  • 1942
    Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American socialite (b. 1875)
  • 1945
    John Ambrose Fleming, English physicist and engineer (b. 1849)
  • 1976
    Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization engineer (b. 1911)
  • 1995
    Arturo Frondizi, President of Argentina (b. 1908)
  • 1998
    Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)
  • 2005
    Sam Mills, American football player (b. 1959)

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