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

  • 1386
    Opening of the University of Heidelberg.
  • 1775
    African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: The Burning of Falmouth (now Portland, Maine) prompts the Continental Congress to establish the Continental Navy.
  • 1851
    Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is first published as The Whale by Richard Bentley of London.
  • 1860
    The Second Opium War finally ends at the Convention of Peking with the ratification of the Treaty of Tientsin, an unequal treaty.
  • 1912
    First Balkan War: Peter I of Serbia issues a declaration “To the Serbian People”, as Serbia joins the war.
  • 1945
    Argentine military officer and politician Juan Perón marries actress Eva Perón.
  • 1977
    German Autumn: a set of events revolving around the kidnapping of Hanns-Martin Schleyer and the hijacking of a Lufthansa flight by the Red Army Faction (RAF) comes to an end when Schleyer is murdered and various RAF members allegedly commit suicide.
  • 2003
    Bolivian Gas War: President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, is forced to resign and leave Bolivia.
  • 2007
    Karachi bombings: A suicide attack on a motorcade carrying former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto kills 139 and wounds 450 more. Bhutto herself is not injured.

Who were born on October 18?

  • 1547
    Justus Lipsius, Flemish humanist (d. 1606)
  • 1865
    Logan Pearsall Smith, American essayist and critic (d. 1946)
  • 1902
    Miriam Hopkins, American actress (d. 1972)
  • 1918
    Molly Geertsema, Dutch politician(d. 1991)
  • 1926
    Chuck Berry, American musician
  • 1927
    George C. Scott, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1961
    Rick Moody, American author
  • 1977
    Ryan Nelsen, New Zealand footballer
  • 1980
    Josh Gracin, American singer
  • 1990
    Carly Schroeder, American actress

Who died on October 18?

  • 1503
    Pope Pius III (b. 1439)
  • 1678
    Jacob Jordaens, Flemish painter (b. 1593)
  • 1775
    Christian August Crusius, German philosopher and theologian (b. 1715)
  • 1865
    Henry Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1784)
  • 1965
    Larry Thorne, US soldier (b. 1919)
  • 1966
    Sebastian S. Kresge, American merchant (Kmart) (b. 1867)
  • 1973
    Margaret Caroline Anderson, American magazine publisher (b. 1886)
  • 1977
    Red Army Faction Stammheim Prison suicides: Andreas Baader, German left-wing militant leader (b. 1943)
  • 1982
    Bess Truman, First Lady of the United States (b. 1885)
  • 2000
    Gwen Verdon, American dancer and actress (b. 1925)

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