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

October 18: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 18 is the 291st day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 74 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 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, 418,968 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 ‘dihectaenneacontahenagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 124 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 1,762 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 18 Historical Events

  • 320
    Pappus of Alexandria, Greek philosopher, observes an eclipse of the sun and writes a commentary on The Great Astronomer (Almagest).
  • 1009
    The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Christian church in Jerusalem, is completely destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacks the Church’s foundations down to bedrock.
  • 1210
    Pope Innocent III excommunicates German leader Otto IV.
  • 1356
    Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroys the town of Basel, Switzerland.
  • 1648
    Boston Shoemakers form first U.S. labor organization.
  • 1898
    United States takes possession of Puerto Rico.
  • 1929
    The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council overrules the Supreme Court of Canada in Edwards v. Canada when it declares that women are considered “Persons” under Canadian law.
  • 1945
    The USSR’s nuclear program receives plans for the United States plutonium bomb from Klaus Fuchs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
  • 1954
    Texas Instruments announces the first Transistor radio.
  • 2011
    Gilad Shalit is released.

Who were born on October 18?

  • 1595
    Edward Winslow, Plymouth Colony founder (d. 1655)
  • 1903
    Lina Radke, German athlete (d. 1983)
  • 1904
    A. J. Liebling, American journalist (d. 1963)
  • 1906
    James Brooks, American painter (d. 1992)
  • 1947
    Joe Morton, American actor
  • 1950
    Om Puri, Indian actor
  • 1959
    Steve Swayne, American academic
  • 1961
    Rick Moody, American author
  • 1964
    Charles Stross, British author
  • 1982
    Ne-Yo, American R&B singer

Who died on October 18?

  • 325
    Jin Mingdi, Chinese emperor of the Jin Dynasty (b. 299)
  • 1667
    Fasilides, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1603)
  • 1817
    Etienne Nicolas Méhul, French composer (b. 1763)
  • 1966
    Sebastian S. Kresge, American merchant (Kmart) (b. 1867)
  • 1973
    Walt Kelly, American cartoonist, (Pogo) (b. 1913)
  • 1988
    Sir Frederick Ashton, British dancer and choreographer (b. 1904)
  • 2004
    Veerappan, Indian bandit and smuggler (b. 1945)
  • 2007
    Lucky Dube, South African musician (b. 1964)
  • 2009
    Haji Md Abu Taher, Bangladeshi(Chittagong) famous person, munificent,educationist (b. 1951)
  • 2010
    Marion Brown, American jazz musician (b. 1931)

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