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

September 18: Facts & Myths About This Day

September 18 is the 261st day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 104 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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

When this day started, 418,248 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 ‘dihectahexacontahenagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 154 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 1,732 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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September 18 Historical Events

  • 1812
    The 1812 Fire of Moscow dies down after destroying more than three quarters of the city. Napoleon returns from the Petrovsky Palace to the Moscow Kremlin, spared from the fire.
  • 1838
    The Anti-Corn Law League is established by Richard Cobden.
  • 1919
    Fritz Pollard becomes the first African-American to play professional football for a major team, the Akron Pros.
  • 1919
    The Netherlands gives women the right to vote.
  • 1943
    World War II: The Jews of Minsk are massacred at Sobibór.
  • 1948
    Margaret Chase Smith of Maine becomes the first woman elected to the US Senate without completing another senator’s term, when she defeats Democratic opponent Adrian Scolten.
  • 1997
    United States media magnate Ted Turner donates USD 1 billion to the United Nations.
  • 2007
    Buddhist monks join anti-government protesters in Myanmar, starting what some called the Saffron Revolution.
  • 2007
    Pervez Musharraf announces that he will step down as army chief and restore civilian rule to Pakistan, but only after he is re-elected president.
  • 2009
    The 72 year run of the soap opera The Guiding Light ends as its final episode is broadcast.

Who were born on September 18?

  • 1927
    Phyllis Kirk, American actress (d. 2006)
  • 1933
    Robert Blake, American actor
  • 1948
    Christopher Skase, Australian fugitive businessman (d. 2001)
  • 1955
    Bob Papenbrook, American voice actor (d. 2006)
  • 1959
    Mark Romanek, American filmmaker
  • 1960
    Stephen Flaherty, American composer of musical theatre
  • 1963
    Jim Pocklington, British racing driver
  • 1976
    Gabriel Gervais, Canadian football player
  • 1977
    Li Tie, Chinese footballer
  • 1983
    Kevin Doyle, Irish footballer

Who died on September 18?

  • 1180
    King Louis VII of France (b. 1120)
  • 1598
    Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Japanese warlord (b. 1536)
  • 1924
    Francis Herbert Bradley, British philosopher (b. 1846)
  • 1941
    Fred Karno, British music hall impresario (b. 1866)
  • 1956
    Adélard Godbout, premier of Quebec (b. 1892)
  • 1959
    Benjamin Péret, French surrealist author (b. 1899)
  • 1964
    Clive Bell, English art critic (b. 1881)
  • 1986
    Pat Phoenix, English actress (b. 1923)
  • 2003
    Bob Mitchell, British politician (b. 1927)
  • 2005
    Michael Park, British Rally co-driver (b. 1966)

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