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
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.
Camila O'Gorman and Ladislao Gutierrez are executed on the orders of Argentine dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas.
Franco-Prussian War: Battle of Gravelotte is fought.
Asaph Hall discovers Martian moon Phobos.
Major hurricane strikes Martinique, leaving 700 dead.
German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright Brothers.
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.
The Australian cricket team completed a 4–0 Ashes series win over England during their undefeated Invincibles tour.
Vietnam War: Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their troops from Vietnam.
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?
Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect/designer (d. 1743)
Adamson-Eric, Estonian painter (d. 1968)
Marge Schott, baseball team owner (d. 2004)
Blas Elias, drummer
Leo Ku, Hong Kong singer
Bryan Volpenhein, American rower
Athina Papayianni, Greek race walker
Esteban Cambiasso, Argentine footballer
Robert Huth, German footballer
Luke Jackson (author), English Author
Who died on August 18?
Decentius, Roman usurper
Pope Sixtus III
Étienne de La Boétie, French judge and writer (b. 1530)
Louis de Freycinet, French explorer (b. 1779)
Walter P. Chrysler, American automobile executive (b. 1875)
Ernst Thälmann, Leader of the Communist Party of Germany (b. 1886)
Julien Lahaut, Belgian communist politician (b. 1884)
Cy Walter, American pianist (b. 1915)
Dean Riesner, American film and television writer (b. 1918)
Robert Novak, American journalist and commentator (b. 1931)
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