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

August 18: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 18 is the 230th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 135 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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

When this day started, 417,504 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 ‘dihectatriacontagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 185 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 1,701 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 18 Historical Events

  • 1838
    The Wilkes Expedition, which would explore the Puget Sound and Antarctica, weighs anchor at Hampton Roads in 1838
  • 1870
    Franco-Prussian War: Battle of Gravelotte is fought.
  • 1903
    German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright Brothers.
  • 1938
    The Thousand Islands Bridge, connecting New York State, United States with Ontario, Canada over the St. Lawrence River, is dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1989
    Leading presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galán is assassinated near Bogotá in Colombia.

Who were born on August 18?

  • 1893
    Ernest MacMillan, Canadian musician (d. 1973)
  • 1915
    Max Lanier, baseball player (d. 2007)
  • 1969
    Masta Killa, American rapper
  • 1985
    Bryan Ruiz, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1992
    Riko Narumi, Japanese actress

Who died on August 18?

  • 1712
    Richard Savage, 4th Earl Rivers, English soldier
  • 1943
    Ali-Agha Shikhlinski, Russian-Azerbaijani general (b. 1865)
  • 2004
    Hiram Fong, former U.S. Senator from Hawaii (b. 1906)
  • 2005
    Gao Xiumin, Chinese comedy actress (b. 1959)
  • 2010
    Hal Connolly, American Athlete and hammer thrower (b. 1931)

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