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 108th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 257 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 5, 2017 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 414,576 hours 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 ‘hectaoctagon’ 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 307 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 1,579 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 18 Historical Events

  • 1025
    Bolesław Chrobry is crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland.
  • 1506
    The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica is laid.
  • 1518
    Bona Sforza is crowned as queen consort of Poland.
  • 1831
    The University of Alabama is founded.
  • 1909
    Joan of Arc is beatified in Rome.
  • 1936
    The first Champions Day is celebrated in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1955
    29 nations meet at Bandung, Indonesia, for the first Asian-African Conference.
  • 1961
    The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, a cornerstone of modern international relations, is adopted.
  • 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.

Who were born on April 18?

  • 1864
    Richard Harding Davis, American author (d. 1916)
  • 1880
    Sam Crawford, baseball player (d. 1968)
  • 1902
    Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Hasidic Judaism leader (d. 1994)
  • 1946
    Hayley Mills, English actress
  • 1951
    Pierre Pettigrew, Canadian politician
  • 1964
    Jim Ellison, musician (d. 1996)
  • 1965
    Rob Stenders, Dutch radio discjockey
  • 1971
    David Tennant, Scottish actor
  • 1976
    Melissa Joan Hart, American actress
  • 1981
    Brian Buscher, American baseball player

Who died on April 18?

  • 1556
    Luigi Alamanni, Italian poet (b. 1495)
  • 1674
    John Graunt, English statistician (b. 1620)
  • 1689
    George Jeffreys, British Chief Justice (b. 1648)
  • 1796
    Johan Wilcke, Swedish physicist (b. 1732)
  • 1898
    Gustave Moreau, French painter (b. 1826)
  • 1964
    Ben Hecht, American writer (b. 1894)
  • 1965
    Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican inventor (b. 1917)
  • 1967
    Karl Miller, German footballer (b. 1913)
  • 1986
    Marcel Dassault, French aircraft industrialist (b.1892)
  • 1995
    Roza Makagonova, Russian actress (b. 1927)

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