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

  • 1775
    American Revolution: The British advancement by sea begins; Paul Revere and other riders warn the countryside of the troop movements.
  • 1902
    Quetzaltenango, the second largest city of Guatemala, is destroyed by an earthquake.
  • 1909
    Joan of Arc is beatified in Rome.
  • 1923
    Yankee Stadium, “The House that Ruth Built”, opens.
  • 1942
    Pierre Laval becomes Prime Minister of Vichy France.
  • 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.
  • 1954
    Gamal Abdal Nasser seizes power in Egypt.
  • 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?

  • 1605
    Giacomo Carissimi, Italian composer (d. 1674)
  • 1877
    Vicente Sotto, Filipino patriot, author (d. 1950)
  • 1889
    Jessie Street, Australian suffragette, feminist, and human rights activist (d. 1970)
  • 1901
    Al Lewis, American lyricist (d. 1967)
  • 1901
    Elene Akhvlediani, Georgian artist (d. 1975)
  • 1901
    László Németh, Hungarian writer (d. 1975)
  • 1902
    Giuseppe Pella, Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1981)
  • 1956
    Melody Thomas Scott, American actress
  • 1973
    Derrick Brooks, American football player
  • 1976
    Fayray, Japanese singer

Who died on April 18?

  • 1636
    Julius Caesar, English judge
  • 1942
    Aleksander Mitt, Estonian speed skater (b. 1903)
  • 1947
    Jozef Tiso, Slovakian leader (b. 1887), Nazi collaborator and puppet ruler
  • 1976
    Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization engineer (b. 1911)
  • 1986
    Marcel Dassault, French aircraft industrialist (b.1892)
  • 1990
    Gory Guerrero, professional wrestler (b. 1921)
  • 1993
    Masahiko Kimura, Japanese judoka (b. 1917)
  • 1995
    Arturo Frondizi, President of Argentina (b. 1908)
  • 1995
    Roza Makagonova, Russian actress (b. 1927)
  • 1998
    Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)

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