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, 418,968 hours 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

  • 1356
    Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroys the town of Basel, Switzerland.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1898
    United States takes possession of Puerto Rico.
  • 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.
  • 1954
    Texas Instruments announces the first Transistor radio.
  • 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?

  • 1836
    Frederick August Otto Schwarz, American entrepreneur (d. 1911)
  • 1906
    James Brooks, American painter (d. 1992)
  • 1914
    Raymond Lambert, Swiss mountaineer (d. 1997)
  • 1918
    Molly Geertsema, Dutch politician(d. 1991)
  • 1931
    Chris Albertson, American jazz historian
  • 1950
    Sheila White, English actress
  • 1956
    Jim Talent, American politician
  • 1979
    Jothika, Indian actress
  • 1987
    Freja Beha Erichsen, Danish model
  • 1991
    Tyler Posey, American actor

Who died on October 18?

  • 1417
    Pope Gregory XII
  • 1744
    Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, close friend of Queen Anne of Great Britain (b. 1660)
  • 1775
    Christian August Crusius, German philosopher and theologian (b. 1715)
  • 1886
    Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician (b. 1796)
  • 1961
    Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-born American actress (b. 1892)
  • 1965
    Henry Travers, British actor (b. 1874)
  • 1973
    Leo Strauss, German-American philosopher (b. 1899)
  • 1982
    Bess Truman, First Lady of the United States (b. 1885)
  • 1988
    Sir Frederick Ashton, British dancer and choreographer (b. 1904)
  • 2005
    John Hollis, British actor (b. 1931)

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