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

  • 1016
    The Danes defeat the Saxons in the Battle of Ashingdon.
  • 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.
  • 1898
    United States takes possession of Puerto Rico.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1945
    Argentine military officer and politician Juan Perón marries actress Eva Perón.
  • 1967
    The Soviet probe Venera 4 reaches Venus and becomes the first spacecraft to measure the atmosphere of another planet.
  • 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?

  • 1741
    Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, French general and author (d. 1803)
  • 1902
    Miriam Hopkins, American actress (d. 1972)
  • 1904
    A. J. Liebling, American journalist (d. 1963)
  • 1928
    Keith Jackson, American football commentator
  • 1942
    Larry Pickering, Australian newspaper cartoonist
  • 1945
    Chris Shays, American politician
  • 1972
    Alex Tagliani, Quebec racing driver
  • 1974
    Candy Lo, Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1977
    Ryan Nelsen, New Zealand footballer
  • 1985
    Derrick Tribbett, American musician (Twisted Method)

Who died on October 18?

  • 1101
    Hugh of Vermandois, son of Henry I of France (b. 1053)
  • 1545
    John Taverner, English composer
  • 1744
    Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, close friend of Queen Anne of Great Britain (b. 1660)
  • 1932
    Ioannis Chrysafis, Greek gymnast (b. 1873)
  • 1965
    Henry Travers, British actor (b. 1874)
  • 1973
    Walt Kelly, American cartoonist, (Pogo) (b. 1913)
  • 1975
    Al Lettieri, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 1982
    Dwain Esper, American film director (b. 1892)
  • 1982
    John Robarts, Canadian politician, Premier of Ontario (b. 1917)
  • 1982
    Pierre Mendès-France, French politician (b. 1907)

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