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, 1,492,473,600 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 ‘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

  • 1797
    The Battle of Neuwied – French victory against the Austrians.
  • 1864
    Battle of Dybbøl: A Prussian-Austrian army defeats Denmark and gains control of Schleswig. Denmark surrenders the province in the following peace settlement.
  • 1912
    The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City.
  • 1936
    The first Champions Day is celebrated in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1958
    A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound be released from an insane asylum.
  • 1961
    CONCP is founded in Casablanca as a united front of African movements opposing Portuguese colonial rule.
  • 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.
  • 1983
    A suicide bomber destroys the United States embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people.
  • 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?

  • 1740
    Sir Francis Baring, 1st Baronet, English merchant banker (d. 1810)
  • 1879
    Korneli Kekelidze, Georgian philologist (d. 1962)
  • 1897
    Ardito Desio, Italian topographer (d. 2001)
  • 1918
    Shinobu Hashimoto, Japanese screenwriter
  • 1942
    Robert Christgau, American music critic
  • 1962
    Jeff Dunham, American comedian
  • 1970
    Tatiana Stefanidou, Greek television host
  • 1974
    Edgar Wright, British director
  • 1982
    Scott Hartnell, NHL hockey player
  • 1994
    Moises Arias, American actor

Who died on April 18?

  • 1567
    Wilhelm von Grumbach, German adventurer (b. 1503)
  • 1674
    John Graunt, English statistician (b. 1620)
  • 1794
    Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1714)
  • 1942
    Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American socialite (b. 1875)
  • 1963
    Meyer Jacobstein, American politician (b. 1880)
  • 1964
    Ben Hecht, American writer (b. 1894)
  • 1976
    Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization engineer (b. 1911)
  • 1986
    Marcel Dassault, French aircraft industrialist (b.1892)
  • 1995
    Roza Makagonova, Russian actress (b. 1927)
  • 2003
    Edgar F. Codd, English computer scientist (b. 1923)

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