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, 1,508,284,800 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 ‘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

  • 1016
    The Danes defeat the Saxons in the Battle of Ashingdon.
  • 1081
    The Normans defeat the Byzantine Empire in the Battle of Dyrrhachium.
  • 1356
    Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroys the town of Basel, Switzerland.
  • 1386
    Opening of the University of Heidelberg.
  • 1779
    American Revolutionary War: The Franco-American Siege of Savannah is lifted.
  • 1851
    Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is first published as The Whale by Richard Bentley of London.
  • 1860
    The Second Opium War finally ends at the Convention of Peking with the ratification of the Treaty of Tientsin, an unequal treaty.
  • 1954
    Texas Instruments announces the first Transistor radio.
  • 1991
    The Supreme Council of Azerbaijan adopts a declaration of independence from the Soviet Union.
  • 2003
    Bolivian Gas War: President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, is forced to resign and leave Bolivia.

Who were born on October 18?

  • 1873
    Ivanoe Bonomi, Italian politician (d. 1951)
  • 1902
    Pascual Jordan, German physicist (d. 1980)
  • 1903
    Lina Radke, German athlete (d. 1983)
  • 1920
    Melina Mercouri, Greek actress and cultural minister (d. 1994)
  • 1928
    Keith Jackson, American football commentator
  • 1954
    Arliss Howard, American actor
  • 1958
    Corinne Bohrer, American actress
  • 1978
    Mike Tindall, English rugby union player
  • 1982
    Michael Dingsdag, Dutch footballer
  • 1991
    Roly Bonevacia, Dutch footballer

Who died on October 18?

  • 1775
    Christian August Crusius, German philosopher and theologian (b. 1715)
  • 1932
    Ioannis Chrysafis, Greek gymnast (b. 1873)
  • 1976
    Kavi Samrat Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Telugu writer (b. 1895)
  • 1982
    Bess Truman, First Lady of the United States (b. 1885)
  • 1987
    Adriaan Ditvoorst, Dutch film director and screenwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2000
    Julie London, American singer and actress (b. 1926)
  • 2001
    Micheline Ostermeyer, French athlete and musician (b. 1922)
  • 2002
    Nikolai Rukavishnikov, cosmonaut (b. 1932)
  • 2008
    Dee Dee Warwick, American soul singer (b. 1945)
  • 2009
    Haji Md Abu Taher, Bangladeshi(Chittagong) famous person, munificent,educationist (b. 1951)

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