What happened this day in history April 18

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

April 18: Facts & Myths About This Day

April 18 is the 109th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 257 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 5, 2020 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,452,800 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 ‘hectaenneagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 300 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 2,675 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 18 Historical Events

  • 1025
    Bolesław Chrobry is crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland.
  • 1518
    Bona Sforza is crowned as queen consort of Poland.
  • 1864
    Battle of Dybbøl: A Prussian-Austrian army defeats Denmark and gains control of Schleswig. Denmark surrenders the province in the following peace settlement.
  • 1915
    French pilot Roland Garros is shot down and glides to a landing on the German side of the lines during World War I.
  • 1924
    Simon & Schuster publishes the first crossword puzzle book.
  • 1942
    Pierre Laval becomes Prime Minister of Vichy France.
  • 1943
    World War II: Operation Vengeance, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is killed when his aircraft is shot down by U.S. fighters over Bougainville Island.
  • 1949
    The aircraft carrier USS United States is laid down at Newport News Drydock and Shipbuilding. However, construction is canceled five days later, resulting in the Revolt of the Admirals.
  • 1958
    A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound be released from an insane asylum.
  • 1992
    General Abdul Rashid Dostum revolts against President Mohammad Najibullah of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan and allies with Ahmed Shah Massoud to capture Kabul.

Who were born on April 18?

  • 1893
    Violette Morris, French athlete (d. 1944)
  • 1918
    Shinobu Hashimoto, Japanese screenwriter
  • 1947
    Jerzy Stuhr, Polish film director and actor
  • 1956
    Poonam Dhillon, Indian actress
  • 1964
    Niall Ferguson, British historian
  • 1969
    Stefan Schwarz, Swedish footballer
  • 1972
    Rosa Clemente, American activist and hip-hop artist
  • 1982
    Scott Hartnell, NHL hockey player
  • 1985
    Elena Temnikova, Russian singer (Serebro)
  • 1987
    Danny Guthrie, English footballer

Who died on April 18?

  • 1567
    Wilhelm von Grumbach, German adventurer (b. 1503)
  • 1650
    Simonds d'Ewes, English antiquarian (b. 1602)
  • 1794
    Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1714)
  • 1945
    Ernie Pyle, American journalist (b. 1900)
  • 1951
    António Óscar Carmona, 97th Prime Minister of Portugal and 11th President of Portugal (b. 1869)
  • 1955
    Albert Einstein, German physicist (b. 1879)
  • 1988
    Pierre Desproges, French humorist (b. 1939)
  • 1995
    Arturo Frondizi, President of Argentina (b. 1908)
  • 1996
    Brook Berringer, American football player (b. 1973)
  • 2003
    Edgar F. Codd, English computer scientist (b. 1923)

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