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

  • 1356
    Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroys the town of Basel, Switzerland.
  • 1748
    Signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ends the War of the Austrian Succession.
  • 1860
    The Second Opium War finally ends at the Convention of Peking with the ratification of the Treaty of Tientsin, an unequal treaty.
  • 1867
    United States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. Celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day.
  • 1921
    The Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic is formed as part of the RSFSR.
  • 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.
  • 1945
    Argentine military officer and politician Juan Perón marries actress Eva Perón.
  • 1945
    The USSR’s nuclear program receives plans for the United States plutonium bomb from Klaus Fuchs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
  • 1954
    Texas Instruments announces the first Transistor radio.
  • 2003
    Bolivian Gas War: President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, is forced to resign and leave Bolivia.

Who were born on October 18?

  • 1634
    Luca Giordano, Italian artist (d. 1705)
  • 1831
    Emperor Friedrich III of Germany (d. 1888)
  • 1902
    Miriam Hopkins, American actress (d. 1972)
  • 1926
    Klaus Kinski, German actor (d. 1991)
  • 1931
    Ien Dales, Dutch politician and mayor (d. 1994)
  • 1938
    Dawn Wells, American actress
  • 1951
    Pam Dawber, American actress
  • 1958
    Corinne Bohrer, American actress
  • 1968
    Michael Stich, German tennis player
  • 1979
    Jothika, Indian actress

Who died on October 18?

  • 1101
    Hugh of Vermandois, son of Henry I of France (b. 1053)
  • 1541
    Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland (b. 1489)
  • 1558
    Maria of Austria, wife of Louis II of Hungary and Bohemia (b. 1505)
  • 1667
    Fasilides, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1603)
  • 1961
    Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-born American actress (b. 1892)
  • 1965
    Henry Travers, British actor (b. 1874)
  • 1973
    Walt Kelly, American cartoonist, (Pogo) (b. 1913)
  • 1982
    John Robarts, Canadian politician, Premier of Ontario (b. 1917)
  • 2005
    Johnny Haynes, English footballer (b. 1934)
  • 2007
    Alan Coren, English writer and satirist (b. 1938)

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