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 2015 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 74 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 5, 2015 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,445,126,400 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 ‘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 113 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 1,031 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).
  • 1081
    The Normans defeat the Byzantine Empire in the Battle of Dyrrhachium.
  • 1648
    Boston Shoemakers form first U.S. labor organization.
  • 1748
    Signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ends the War of the Austrian Succession.
  • 1797
    Treaty of Campo Formio is signed between France and Austria
  • 1914
    The Schoenstatt Movement is founded in Germany.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1967
    The Soviet probe Venera 4 reaches Venus and becomes the first spacecraft to measure the atmosphere of another planet.
  • 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.

Who were born on October 18?

  • 1569
    Giambattista Marini, Italian poet (d. 1625)
  • 1595
    Edward Winslow, Plymouth Colony founder (d. 1655)
  • 1854
    Billy Murdoch, Australian cricketer (d. 1911)
  • 1898
    Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer and actress (d. 1981)
  • 1919
    Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Canadian politician (d. 2000)
  • 1959
    John Nord, American pro wrestler
  • 1977
    David Vuillemin, pro motocross rider
  • 1978
    Kenji Wu, Taiwanese singer and actor
  • 1987
    Freja Beha Erichsen, Danish model
  • 1990
    Bristol Palin, American daughter of Sarah Palin and Todd Palin

Who died on October 18?

  • 1541
    Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland (b. 1489)
  • 1678
    Jacob Jordaens, Flemish painter (b. 1593)
  • 1959
    Boughera El Ouafi, Algerian athlete (b. 1898)
  • 1965
    Henry Travers, British actor (b. 1874)
  • 1965
    Larry Thorne, US soldier (b. 1919)
  • 1973
    Leo Strauss, German-American philosopher (b. 1899)
  • 1978
    Ramón Mercader, Assassin of Leon Trotsky (b. 1914)
  • 1982
    Pierre Mendès-France, French politician (b. 1907)
  • 1988
    Sir Frederick Ashton, British dancer and choreographer (b. 1904)
  • 2004
    Veerappan, Indian bandit and smuggler (b. 1945)

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