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

  • 1025
    Bolesław Chrobry is crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland.
  • 1848
    American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for invasion of Mexico.
  • 1864
    Battle of Dybbøl: A Prussian-Austrian army defeats Denmark and gains control of Schleswig. Denmark surrenders the province in the following peace settlement.
  • 1906
    An earthquake and fire destroy much of San Francisco, California.
  • 1909
    Joan of Arc is beatified in Rome.
  • 1915
    French pilot Roland Garros is shot down and glides to a landing on the German side of the lines during World War I.
  • 1942
    Pierre Laval becomes Prime Minister of Vichy France.
  • 1961
    CONCP is founded in Casablanca as a united front of African movements opposing Portuguese colonial rule.
  • 1980
    The Republic of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) comes into being, with Canaan Banana as the country’s first President. The Zimbabwe Dollar replaces the Rhodesian Dollar as the official currency.
  • 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?

  • 1580
    Thomas Middleton, English dramatist (d. 1627)
  • 1605
    Giacomo Carissimi, Italian composer (d. 1674)
  • 1771
    Karl Philipp Fürst zu Schwarzenberg, Austrian field marshal (d. 1820)
  • 1901
    Elene Akhvlediani, Georgian artist (d. 1975)
  • 1918
    Shinobu Hashimoto, Japanese screenwriter
  • 1951
    Ricardo Fortaleza, Australian-Filipino boxer
  • 1956
    Anna Kathryn Holbrook, American actress
  • 1966
    Valeri Kamensky, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1976
    Jo Gibb, Scottish Actress
  • 1979
    Nuria Fergó, Spanish singer

Who died on April 18?

  • 1552
    John Leland, English antiquarian (b. 1502)
  • 1732
    Louis Feuillée, French explorer (b. 1660)
  • 1796
    Johan Wilcke, Swedish physicist (b. 1732)
  • 1906
    Luis Martín, Spanish Superior-General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1846)
  • 1917
    Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist (b. 1858)
  • 1955
    Albert Einstein, German physicist (b. 1879)
  • 1967
    Karl Miller, German footballer (b. 1913)
  • 1986
    Marcel Dassault, French aircraft industrialist (b.1892)
  • 1996
    Bernard Edwards, American record producer (b. 1952)
  • 2009
    Stephanie Parker, Welsh actress (b. 1987)

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