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

  • 1748
    Signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ends the War of the Austrian Succession.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2003
    Bolivian Gas War: President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, is forced to resign and leave Bolivia.

Who were born on October 18?

  • 1870
    Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, Japanese scholar (d. 1966)
  • 1918
    Constantine Mitsotakis, Greek politician
  • 1926
    Chuck Berry, American musician
  • 1952
    Chuck Lorre, American T.V. producer
  • 1961
    Rick Moody, American author
  • 1964
    Charles Stross, British author
  • 1977
    David Vuillemin, pro motocross rider
  • 1978
    Mike Tindall, English rugby union player
  • 1978
    Wesley Jonathan, American actor
  • 1986
    Wilma Elles, German actress

Who died on October 18?

  • 1101
    Hugh of Vermandois, son of Henry I of France (b. 1053)
  • 1545
    John Taverner, English composer
  • 1564
    Johannes Acronius Frisius, German physician and mathematician (b. 1520)
  • 1667
    Fasilides, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1603)
  • 1739
    Antônio José da Silva, Brazilian-born dramatist (b. 1705)
  • 1871
    Charles Babbage, English mathematician and inventor (b. 1791)
  • 1889
    Antonio Meucci, Italian inventor (b. 1808)
  • 1965
    Henry Travers, British actor (b. 1874)
  • 1973
    Margaret Caroline Anderson, American magazine publisher (b. 1886)
  • 1977
    Red Army Faction Stammheim Prison suicides: Jan-Carl Raspe, German left-wing militant (b. 1944)

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