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 231st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 135 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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

When this day started, 1,597,708,800 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 ‘dihectatriacontahenagon’ 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 178 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 2,797 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 18 Historical Events

  • 1572
    Marriage in Paris of the future Huguenot King Henry IV of Navarre to Marguerite de Valois, in a supposed attempt to reconcile Protestants and Catholics.
  • 1848
    Camila O'Gorman and Ladislao Gutierrez are executed on the orders of Argentine dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas.
  • 1870
    Franco-Prussian War: Battle of Gravelotte is fought.
  • 1877
    Asaph Hall discovers Martian moon Phobos.
  • 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.
  • 1938
    The Thousand Islands Bridge, connecting New York State, United States with Ontario, Canada over the St. Lawrence River, is dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1948
    The Australian cricket team completed a 4–0 Ashes series win over England during their undefeated Invincibles tour.
  • 1971
    Vietnam War: Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their troops from Vietnam.
  • 1976
    In the Korean Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjeom, the Axe Murder Incident results in the death of two US soldiers.

Who were born on August 18?

  • 1657
    Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect/designer (d. 1743)
  • 1902
    Adamson-Eric, Estonian painter (d. 1968)
  • 1928
    Marge Schott, baseball team owner (d. 2004)
  • 1967
    Blas Elias, drummer
  • 1972
    Leo Ku, Hong Kong singer
  • 1976
    Bryan Volpenhein, American rower
  • 1980
    Athina Papayianni, Greek race walker
  • 1980
    Esteban Cambiasso, Argentine footballer
  • 1984
    Robert Huth, German footballer
  • 1988
    Luke Jackson (author), English Author

Who died on August 18?

  • 353
    Decentius, Roman usurper
  • 440
    Pope Sixtus III
  • 1563
    Étienne de La Boétie, French judge and writer (b. 1530)
  • 1842
    Louis de Freycinet, French explorer (b. 1779)
  • 1940
    Walter P. Chrysler, American automobile executive (b. 1875)
  • 1944
    Ernst Thälmann, Leader of the Communist Party of Germany (b. 1886)
  • 1950
    Julien Lahaut, Belgian communist politician (b. 1884)
  • 1968
    Cy Walter, American pianist (b. 1915)
  • 2002
    Dean Riesner, American film and television writer (b. 1918)
  • 2009
    Robert Novak, American journalist and commentator (b. 1931)

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