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

  • 1848
    American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for invasion of Mexico.
  • 1881
    Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico.
  • 1936
    The first Champions Day is celebrated in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1943
    World War II: Operation Vengeance, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is killed when his aircraft is shot down by U.S. fighters over Bougainville Island.
  • 1945
    Over 1,000 bombers attack the small island of Heligoland, Germany.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1988
    The United States launches Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in the largest naval battle since World War II.
  • 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?

  • 1480
    Lucrezia Borgia, Florentine ruler and daughter of Pope Alexander VI (d. 1519)
  • 1888
    Duffy Lewis, American baseball player (d. 1979)
  • 1919
    Virginia O'Brien, American singer and actress (d. 2001)
  • 1956
    Melody Thomas Scott, American actress
  • 1961
    John Podhoretz, American columnist and political pundit
  • 1970
    Esther Schweins, German actress and comedienne
  • 1973
    Brady Clark, American baseball player
  • 1979
    Anthony Davidson, British Formula One driver
  • 1980
    Priit Võigemast, Estonian actor
  • 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)
  • 1732
    Louis Feuillée, French explorer (b. 1660)
  • 1942
    Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American socialite (b. 1875)
  • 1964
    Ben Hecht, American writer (b. 1894)
  • 1974
    Marcel Pagnol, French novelist, playwright and filmmaker (b. 1895)
  • 1995
    Arturo Frondizi, President of Argentina (b. 1908)
  • 1998
    Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)
  • 2002
    Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • 2009
    Stephanie Parker, Welsh actress (b. 1987)

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