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 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

  • 1518
    Bona Sforza is crowned as queen consort of Poland.
  • 1848
    American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for invasion of Mexico.
  • 1881
    Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico.
  • 1936
    The first Champions Day is celebrated in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1945
    Over 1,000 bombers attack the small island of Heligoland, Germany.
  • 1954
    Gamal Abdal Nasser seizes power in Egypt.
  • 1955
    29 nations meet at Bandung, Indonesia, for the first Asian-African Conference.
  • 1961
    The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, a cornerstone of modern international relations, is adopted.
  • 1988
    The United States launches Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in the largest naval battle since World War II.
  • 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?

  • 1480
    Lucrezia Borgia, Florentine ruler and daughter of Pope Alexander VI (d. 1519)
  • 1882
    Leopold Stokowski, Polish conductor (d. 1977)
  • 1901
    Al Lewis, American lyricist (d. 1967)
  • 1904
    Pigmeat Markham, American comedian (d. 1981)
  • 1947
    Herbert Mullin, American serial killer
  • 1964
    Jim Ellison, musician (d. 1996)
  • 1970
    Esther Schweins, German actress and comedienne
  • 1974
    Millie Corretjer, Puerto Rican singer
  • 1988
    Alexander Hauck, South African-born German rugby player
  • 1990
    Wojciech Szczęsny, Polish footballer

Who died on April 18?

  • 1873
    Justus von Liebig, German chemist (b. 1803)
  • 1906
    Luis Martín, Spanish Superior-General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1846)
  • 1917
    Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist (b. 1858)
  • 1943
    Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese admiral. (b. 1884)
  • 1949
    Will Hay, English comedian and actor (b. 1888)
  • 1955
    Albert Einstein, German physicist (b. 1879)
  • 1976
    Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization engineer (b. 1911)
  • 1988
    Pierre Desproges, French humorist (b. 1939)
  • 1998
    Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)
  • 2002
    Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)

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