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, 1,476,748,800 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 ‘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

  • 1356
    Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroys the town of Basel, Switzerland.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1898
    United States takes possession of Puerto Rico.
  • 1922
    The British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation) is founded by a consortium, to establish a nationwide network of radio transmitters to provide a national broadcasting service.
  • 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.
  • 1944
    Soviet Union begins liberation of Czechoslovakia.
  • 1967
    The Soviet probe Venera 4 reaches Venus and becomes the first spacecraft to measure the atmosphere of another planet.

Who were born on October 18?

  • 1569
    Giambattista Marini, Italian poet (d. 1625)
  • 1634
    Luca Giordano, Italian artist (d. 1705)
  • 1903
    Lina Radke, German athlete (d. 1983)
  • 1909
    Norberto Bobbio, Italian philosopher and legal theorist (d. 2004)
  • 1931
    Chris Albertson, American jazz historian
  • 1948
    Ntozake Shange, American author
  • 1959
    Chris Russo, American sports talk show host
  • 1978
    Priyanka Trivedi, Indian actress
  • 1990
    Carly Schroeder, American actress
  • 1998
    Julia Wróblewska, Polish actress

Who died on October 18?

  • 325
    Jin Mingdi, Chinese emperor of the Jin Dynasty (b. 299)
  • 1770
    John Manners, Marquess of Granby, British soldier (b. 1721)
  • 1889
    Antonio Meucci, Italian inventor (b. 1808)
  • 1975
    Al Lettieri, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 2000
    Julie London, American singer and actress (b. 1926)
  • 2002
    Roman Tam, Hong Kong singer (b. 1950)
  • 2003
    Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Spanish writer (b. 1939)
  • 2003
    Preston Smith, Governor of Texas (b. 1912)
  • 2009
    Adriaan Kortlandt, Dutch ethologist (b. 1918)
  • 2009
    Haji Md Abu Taher, Bangladeshi(Chittagong) famous person, munificent,educationist (b. 1951)

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