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, 1,508,284,800 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 ‘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

  • 1386
    Opening of the University of Heidelberg.
  • 1599
    Michael the Brave, Prince of Wallachia, defeats the Army of Andrew Bathory in the Battle of Şelimbăr, leading to the first recorded unification of the Romanian people.
  • 1648
    Boston Shoemakers form first U.S. labor organization.
  • 1775
    African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery.
  • 1779
    American Revolutionary War: The Franco-American Siege of Savannah is lifted.
  • 1860
    The Second Opium War finally ends at the Convention of Peking with the ratification of the Treaty of Tientsin, an unequal treaty.
  • 1867
    United States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. Celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day.
  • 1898
    United States takes possession of Puerto Rico.
  • 1912
    First Balkan War: Peter I of Serbia issues a declaration “To the Serbian People”, as Serbia joins the war.
  • 1944
    Soviet Union begins liberation of Czechoslovakia.

Who were born on October 18?

  • 1405
    Pope Pius II (d. 1464)
  • 1569
    Giambattista Marini, Italian poet (d. 1625)
  • 1701
    Charles le Beau, French historian (d. 1778)
  • 1831
    Emperor Friedrich III of Germany (d. 1888)
  • 1927
    George C. Scott, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1935
    Peter Boyle, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1966
    Slavi Trifonov, Bulgarian showman
  • 1973
    Michalis Kapsis, Greek footballer
  • 1975
    Baby Bash, American rapper
  • 1987
    Freja Beha Erichsen, Danish model

Who died on October 18?

  • 1503
    Pope Pius III (b. 1439)
  • 1744
    Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, close friend of Queen Anne of Great Britain (b. 1660)
  • 1886
    Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician (b. 1796)
  • 1959
    Boughera El Ouafi, Algerian athlete (b. 1898)
  • 1966
    Sebastian S. Kresge, American merchant (Kmart) (b. 1867)
  • 1978
    Ramón Mercader, Assassin of Leon Trotsky (b. 1914)
  • 1982
    Dwain Esper, American film director (b. 1892)
  • 1982
    John Robarts, Canadian politician, Premier of Ontario (b. 1917)
  • 1987
    Adriaan Ditvoorst, Dutch film director and screenwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2009
    Haji Md Abu Taher, Bangladeshi(Chittagong) famous person, munificent,educationist (b. 1951)

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