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 108th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 257 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 5, 2019 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 25,925,760 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 ‘hectaoctagon’ 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 282 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 2,309 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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April 18 Historical Events
Bona Sforza is crowned as queen consort of Poland.
American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for invasion of Mexico.
Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico.
The first Champions Day is celebrated in Detroit, Michigan.
Over 1,000 bombers attack the small island of Heligoland, Germany.
Gamal Abdal Nasser seizes power in Egypt.
29 nations meet at Bandung, Indonesia, for the first Asian-African Conference.
The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, a cornerstone of modern international relations, is adopted.
The United States launches Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in the largest naval battle since World War II.
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?
Lucrezia Borgia, Florentine ruler and daughter of Pope Alexander VI (d. 1519)
Leopold Stokowski, Polish conductor (d. 1977)
Al Lewis, American lyricist (d. 1967)
Pigmeat Markham, American comedian (d. 1981)
Herbert Mullin, American serial killer
Jim Ellison, musician (d. 1996)
Esther Schweins, German actress and comedienne
Millie Corretjer, Puerto Rican singer
Alexander Hauck, South African-born German rugby player
Wojciech Szczęsny, Polish footballer
Who died on April 18?
Justus von Liebig, German chemist (b. 1803)
Luis Martín, Spanish Superior-General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1846)
Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist (b. 1858)
Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese admiral. (b. 1884)
Will Hay, English comedian and actor (b. 1888)
Albert Einstein, German physicist (b. 1879)
Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization engineer (b. 1911)
Pierre Desproges, French humorist (b. 1939)
Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)
Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
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