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

  • 1506
    The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica is laid.
  • 1738
    Real Academia de la Historia (“Royal Academy of History”) is founded in Madrid.
  • 1864
    Battle of Dybbøl: A Prussian-Austrian army defeats Denmark and gains control of Schleswig. Denmark surrenders the province in the following peace settlement.
  • 1880
    An F4 tornado strikes Marshfield, Missouri, killing 99 people and injuring 100.
  • 1881
    Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico.
  • 1902
    Quetzaltenango, the second largest city of Guatemala, is destroyed by an earthquake.
  • 1909
    Joan of Arc is beatified in Rome.
  • 1924
    Simon & Schuster publishes the first crossword puzzle book.
  • 1942
    Pierre Laval becomes Prime Minister of Vichy France.
  • 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?

  • 1740
    Sir Francis Baring, 1st Baronet, English merchant banker (d. 1810)
  • 1897
    Ardito Desio, Italian topographer (d. 2001)
  • 1922
    Barbara Hale, American actress
  • 1930
    Clive Revill, New Zealand born actor
  • 1964
    Mark Berry, aka Bez, dancer in Happy Mondays
  • 1971
    Oleg Petrov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1979
    Kourtney Kardashian, American reality television star
  • 1981
    Brian Buscher, American baseball player
  • 1985
    Elena Temnikova, Russian singer (Serebro)
  • 1989
    Alia Shawkat, American actress

Who died on April 18?

  • 1552
    John Leland, English antiquarian (b. 1502)
  • 1636
    Julius Caesar, English judge
  • 1650
    Simonds d'Ewes, English antiquarian (b. 1602)
  • 1796
    Johan Wilcke, Swedish physicist (b. 1732)
  • 1936
    Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer (b. 1879)
  • 1974
    Marcel Pagnol, French novelist, playwright and filmmaker (b. 1895)
  • 1988
    Pierre Desproges, French humorist (b. 1939)
  • 1990
    Victoria O'Keefe, British actress (b. 1969)
  • 1995
    Roza Makagonova, Russian actress (b. 1927)
  • 2009
    Stephanie Parker, Welsh actress (b. 1987)

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