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

  • 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.
  • 1016
    The Danes defeat the Saxons in the Battle of Ashingdon.
  • 1210
    Pope Innocent III excommunicates German leader Otto IV.
  • 1748
    Signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ends the War of the Austrian Succession.
  • 1797
    Treaty of Campo Formio is signed between France and Austria
  • 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.
  • 1914
    The Schoenstatt Movement is founded in Germany.
  • 1921
    The Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic is formed as part of the RSFSR.
  • 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?

  • 1897
    Isabel Briggs Myers, American psychological theorist (d. 1980)
  • 1904
    Haim Shirman, Russian-born Israeli academic (d. 1981)
  • 1919
    Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Canadian politician (d. 2000)
  • 1926
    Chuck Berry, American musician
  • 1934
    Inger Stevens, Swedish actress (d. 1970)
  • 1952
    Chuck Lorre, American T.V. producer
  • 1954
    Liz Burch, Australian actress
  • 1959
    Steve Swayne, American academic
  • 1975
    Alex Cora, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1977
    Ryan Nelsen, New Zealand footballer

Who died on October 18?

  • 1570
    Manoel da Nóbrega, Portuguese Jesuit in Brazil (b. 1517)
  • 1678
    Jacob Jordaens, Flemish painter (b. 1593)
  • 1921
    King Ludwig III of Bavaria (b. 1845)
  • 1959
    Boughera El Ouafi, Algerian athlete (b. 1898)
  • 1961
    Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-born American actress (b. 1892)
  • 1973
    Walt Kelly, American cartoonist, (Pogo) (b. 1913)
  • 1978
    Ramón Mercader, Assassin of Leon Trotsky (b. 1914)
  • 1982
    Pierre Mendès-France, French politician (b. 1907)
  • 1987
    Adriaan Ditvoorst, Dutch film director and screenwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2004
    Veerappan, Indian bandit and smuggler (b. 1945)

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