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 292nd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 74 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 5, 2016 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,612,480 minutes 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 ‘dihectaenneacontadigon’ 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 102 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 1,397 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 18 Historical Events

  • 1210
    Pope Innocent III excommunicates German leader Otto IV.
  • 1648
    Boston Shoemakers form first U.S. labor organization.
  • 1779
    American Revolutionary War: The Franco-American Siege of Savannah is lifted.
  • 1797
    Treaty of Campo Formio is signed between France and Austria
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1954
    Texas Instruments announces the first Transistor radio.
  • 1991
    The Supreme Council of Azerbaijan adopts a declaration of independence from the Soviet Union.
  • 2011
    Gilad Shalit is released.

Who were born on October 18?

  • 1127
    Emperor Go-Shirakawa of Japan (d. 1192)
  • 1405
    Pope Pius II (d. 1464)
  • 1517
    Manoel da Nóbrega, Portuguese Jesuit missionary (d. 1570)
  • 1679
    Ann Putnam, Jr., American accuser in the Salem witch trials (d. 1716)
  • 1706
    Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (d. 1785)
  • 1862
    Mehmet Esat Bülkat, Ottoman general (d. 1952)
  • 1919
    Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Canadian politician (d. 2000)
  • 1927
    George C. Scott, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1951
    Pam Dawber, American actress
  • 1975
    Baby Bash, American rapper

Who died on October 18?

  • 1604
    Igram van Achelen, Dutch statesman (b. 1528)
  • 1889
    Antonio Meucci, Italian inventor (b. 1808)
  • 1932
    Ioannis Chrysafis, Greek gymnast (b. 1873)
  • 1978
    Ramón Mercader, Assassin of Leon Trotsky (b. 1914)
  • 1982
    Dwain Esper, American film director (b. 1892)
  • 1984
    Jon-Erik Hexum, American actor (b. 1957)
  • 2000
    Gwen Verdon, American dancer and actress (b. 1925)
  • 2001
    Micheline Ostermeyer, French athlete and musician (b. 1922)
  • 2002
    Roman Tam, Hong Kong singer (b. 1950)
  • 2007
    Lucky Dube, South African musician (b. 1964)

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