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
Bolesław Chrobry is crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland.
Bona Sforza is crowned as queen consort of Poland.
Battle of Dybbøl: A Prussian-Austrian army defeats Denmark and gains control of Schleswig. Denmark surrenders the province in the following peace settlement.
French pilot Roland Garros is shot down and glides to a landing on the German side of the lines during World War I.
Simon & Schuster publishes the first crossword puzzle book.
Pierre Laval becomes Prime Minister of Vichy France.
World War II: Operation Vengeance, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is killed when his aircraft is shot down by U.S. fighters over Bougainville Island.
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.
A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound be released from an insane asylum.
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?
Violette Morris, French athlete (d. 1944)
Shinobu Hashimoto, Japanese screenwriter
Jerzy Stuhr, Polish film director and actor
Poonam Dhillon, Indian actress
Niall Ferguson, British historian
Stefan Schwarz, Swedish footballer
Rosa Clemente, American activist and hip-hop artist
Scott Hartnell, NHL hockey player
Elena Temnikova, Russian singer (Serebro)
Danny Guthrie, English footballer
Who died on April 18?
Wilhelm von Grumbach, German adventurer (b. 1503)
Simonds d'Ewes, English antiquarian (b. 1602)
Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1714)
Ernie Pyle, American journalist (b. 1900)
António Óscar Carmona, 97th Prime Minister of Portugal and 11th President of Portugal (b. 1869)
Albert Einstein, German physicist (b. 1879)
Pierre Desproges, French humorist (b. 1939)
Arturo Frondizi, President of Argentina (b. 1908)
Brook Berringer, American football player (b. 1973)
Edgar F. Codd, English computer scientist (b. 1923)
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