What happened this day in history

Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,060 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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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 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 135 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 5, 2019 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,101,440 minutes 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 160 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 2,431 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 18 Historical Events

  • 1587
    Virginia Dare, granddaughter of governor John White of the Colony of Roanoke, becomes the first English child born in the Americas.
  • 1590
    John White, the governor of the Colony of Roanoke, returns from a supply trip to England and finds his settlement deserted.
  • 1838
    The Wilkes Expedition, which would explore the Puget Sound and Antarctica, weighs anchor at Hampton Roads in 1838
  • 1950
    Julien Lahaut, the chairman of the Communist Party of Belgium is assassinated by far-right elements.
  • 1976
    In the Korean Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjeom, the Axe Murder Incident results in the death of two US soldiers.

Who were born on August 18?

  • 1902
    Margaret Murie, American conservationist, naturalist, and author (d. 2003)
  • 1908
    Bill Merritt, New Zealand cricketer (d. 1977)
  • 1933
    Just Fontaine, French footballer
  • 1980
    Kieron Davies, Welsh-born German rugby player
  • 1980
    Rob Nguyen, Australian racing driver

Who died on August 18?

  • 353
    Decentius, Roman usurper
  • 1642
    Guido Reni, Italian painter (b. 1575)
  • 1850
    Honoré de Balzac, French writer (b. 1799)
  • 1981
    Anita Loos, American screenwriter (b. 1889)
  • 2006
    Jamie Astaphan, Caribbean-born physician (b. 1946)

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