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

  • 1016
    The Danes defeat the Saxons in the Battle of Ashingdon.
  • 1210
    Pope Innocent III excommunicates German leader Otto IV.
  • 1386
    Opening of the University of Heidelberg.
  • 1648
    Boston Shoemakers form first U.S. labor organization.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: The Burning of Falmouth (now Portland, Maine) prompts the Continental Congress to establish the Continental Navy.
  • 1867
    United States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. Celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day.
  • 1912
    First Balkan War: Peter I of Serbia issues a declaration “To the Serbian People”, as Serbia joins the war.
  • 1944
    Soviet Union begins liberation of Czechoslovakia.
  • 1945
    Argentine military officer and politician Juan Perón marries actress Eva Perón.
  • 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?

  • 1679
    Ann Putnam, Jr., American accuser in the Salem witch trials (d. 1716)
  • 1929
    Violeta Chamorro, Nicaraguan politician
  • 1942
    Larry Pickering, Australian newspaper cartoonist
  • 1947
    Laura Nyro, American singer and songwriter (d. 1997)
  • 1952
    Patrick Morrow, Canadian mountaineer
  • 1955
    David Twohy, American movie director and screenwriter
  • 1970
    José Padilla, American convicted terrorist
  • 1978
    Jake Farrow, American actor
  • 1987
    Zac Efron, American actor
  • 2001
    Annelise Manojlovic, English actress

Who died on October 18?

  • 1942
    Mikhail Nesterov, Russian painter (b. 1862)
  • 1961
    Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-born American actress (b. 1892)
  • 1965
    Henry Travers, British actor (b. 1874)
  • 1977
    Red Army Faction Stammheim Prison suicides: Gudrun Ensslin, German left-wing militant leader (b. 1940)
  • 1982
    Bess Truman, First Lady of the United States (b. 1885)
  • 1988
    Sir Frederick Ashton, British dancer and choreographer (b. 1904)
  • 2001
    Micheline Ostermeyer, French athlete and musician (b. 1922)
  • 2002
    Nikolai Rukavishnikov, cosmonaut (b. 1932)
  • 2005
    John Hollis, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2010
    Marion Brown, American jazz musician (b. 1931)

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