What happened this day in history August 18

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, 1,566,086,400 seconds 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

  • 1201
    The city of Riga is founded.
  • 1590
    John White, the governor of the Colony of Roanoke, returns from a supply trip to England and finds his settlement deserted.
  • 1634
    Urbain Grandier, accused and convicted of sorcery, is burned alive in Loudun, France.
  • 1868
    French astronomer Pierre Jules César Janssen discovers helium.
  • 1891
    Major hurricane strikes Martinique, leaving 700 dead.
  • 1903
    German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright Brothers.
  • 1948
    The Australian cricket team completed a 4–0 Ashes series win over England during their undefeated Invincibles tour.
  • 1958
    Brojen Das from Bangladesh swims across the English Channel in a competition, as the first Bangali as well as the first Asian to ever do it. He became first among 39 competitors.
  • 1977
    Steve Biko is arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No 83 of 1967 in King William’s Town, South Africa. He would later die of the injuries sustained during this arrest bringing attention to South Africa’s apartheid policies.
  • 2008
    President of Pakistan Pervez Musharaf resigns due to the threat of impeachment.

Who were born on August 18?

  • 1870
    Hugh Bromley-Davenport, England cricketer (d. 1954)
  • 1920
    Bob Kennedy, baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1932
    William R. Bennett, Premier of British Columbia
  • 1939
    Harald Heide-Steen Jr., Norwegian actor and comedian (d. 2008)
  • 1954
    Umberto Guidoni, Italian NASA astronaut
  • 1961
    Glenn Plummer, American actor
  • 1967
    Brian Michael Bendis, American comic-book writer
  • 1969
    Mark Kuhlmann, German rugby player
  • 1978
    Luke Williams, Welsh musician
  • 1981
    Jon Schneck, American musician (Relient K)

Who died on August 18?

  • 849
    Walafrid Strabo, German monk and theologian
  • 1559
    Pope Paul IV (b. 1476)
  • 1707
    William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire, English soldier and statesman (b. 1640)
  • 1815
    Chauncey Goodrich, American politician (b. 1759)
  • 1943
    Ali-Agha Shikhlinski, Russian-Azerbaijani general (b. 1865)
  • 1970
    Soledad Miranda, Spanish actress (b. 1943)
  • 1983
    Nikolaus Pevsner, German-born art historian (b. 1902)
  • 1990
    Grethe Ingmann, Danish singer (b. 1938)
  • 2006
    Jamie Astaphan, Caribbean-born physician (b. 1946)
  • 2007
    Michael Deaver, Reagan Administration Deputy White House Chief of Staff (b. 1938)

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