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What are the important events that happened on August 18? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 18: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 18 is the 230th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 135 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 5, 2017 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 417,504 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 ‘dihectatriacontagon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 185 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 1,701 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 18 Historical Events

  • 1783
    A huge fireball meteor is seen across the United Kingdom as it passes over the east coast.
  • 1868
    French astronomer Pierre Jules César Janssen discovers helium.
  • 1891
    Major hurricane strikes Martinique, leaving 700 dead.
  • 2000
    A federal jury finds the US EPA guilty of discrimination against Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, later inspiring passage of the No FEAR Act.
  • 2008
    President of Pakistan Pervez Musharaf resigns due to the threat of impeachment.

Who were born on August 18?

  • 1606
    Maria Anna of Spain, Holy Roman Empire Empress and Queen of Hungary (d. 1646)
  • 1939
    Robert Horton, British businessman
  • 1961
    Birol Ünel, German-Turkish actor
  • 1976
    Bryan Volpenhein, American rower
  • 1994
    Jessie Flower, American voice actress

Who died on August 18?

  • 1503
    Pope Alexander VI (b. 1431)
  • 1712
    Richard Savage, 4th Earl Rivers, English soldier
  • 1919
    Joseph E. Seagram, Canadian distillery founder (b. 1841)
  • 2009
    Kim Dae-jung,15th President of South Korea (b. 1925)
  • 2010
    Benjamin Kaplan, copyright scholar (b. 1911)

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