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

  • 320
    Pappus of Alexandria, Greek philosopher, observes an eclipse of the sun and writes a commentary on The Great Astronomer (Almagest).
  • 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.
  • 1914
    The Schoenstatt Movement is founded in Germany.
  • 1945
    A group of the Venezuelan Armed Forces, led by Mario Vargas, Marcos Pérez Jiménez and Carlos Delgado Chalbaud, stages a coup d'état against then president Isaías Medina Angarita, who is overthrown by the end of the day.
  • 1964
    The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair closes for its first season after a six-month run.
  • 1968
    The U.S. Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith and John Carlos for giving a “black power” salute during a victory ceremony at the Mexico City games.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1517
    Manoel da Nóbrega, Portuguese Jesuit missionary (d. 1570)
  • 1919
    Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Canadian politician (d. 2000)
  • 1932
    Vytautas Landsbergis, Lithuanian politician
  • 1940
    Cynthia Weil, American songwriter
  • 1946
    James Robert Baker, American novelist, screenwriter
  • 1951
    Terry McMillan, American author
  • 1977
    David Vuillemin, pro motocross rider
  • 1978
    Jaime Koeppe, Canadian professional fitness expert
  • 1978
    Jake Farrow, American actor
  • 1978
    Kenji Wu, Taiwanese singer and actor

Who died on October 18?

  • 325
    Jin Mingdi, Chinese emperor of the Jin Dynasty (b. 299)
  • 1035
    Sancho III of Navarre, King of Navarre
  • 1541
    Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland (b. 1489)
  • 1775
    Christian August Crusius, German philosopher and theologian (b. 1715)
  • 1871
    Charles Babbage, English mathematician and inventor (b. 1791)
  • 1886
    Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician (b. 1796)
  • 1966
    Elizabeth Arden, Canadian businesswoman (b. 1878)
  • 2002
    Nikolai Rukavishnikov, cosmonaut (b. 1932)
  • 2002
    Roman Tam, Hong Kong singer (b. 1950)
  • 2005
    Bill King, American sports broadcaster (b. 1927)

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