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What are the important events that happened on January 18? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 18: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 18 is the 18th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 347 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 5, 2017 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 412,416 hours 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 ‘octadecagon’ day.

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Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 10 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 1,489 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 18 Historical Events

  • 474
    Leo II briefly becomes Byzantine emperor.
  • 1886
    Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England.
  • 1958
    Willie O'Ree, the first African Canadian National Hockey League player, makes his NHL debut.
  • 1969
    United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay killing all 32 passengers and six crew members.
  • 1994
    The Cando event, a possible bolide impact in Cando, Spain. Witnesses claim to have seen a fireball in the sky lasting for almost one minute.

Who were born on January 18?

  • 1841
    Emmanuel Chabrier, French composer (d. 1894)
  • 1931
    Chun Doo-hwan, President of South Korea
  • 1951
    Bram Behr, Surinamese journalist (d. 1982)
  • 1979
    Jay Chou, Taiwanese singer, producer, actor and director
  • 1980
    Robert Green, English footballer

Who died on January 18?

  • 1803
    Ippolit Bogdanovich, Russian poet (b. 1743)
  • 1966
    Kathleen Norris, American writer (b. 1880)
  • 1978
    Carl Betz, American film and television actor (b. 1921)
  • 2001
    Al Waxman, Canadian actor (b. 1935)
  • 2003
    Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Indian poet (b. 1907)

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