What happened this day in history February 18

What are the important events that happened on February 18? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 18: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 18 is the 49th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 317 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 5, 2024 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 474,504 hours 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 ‘tetracontaenneagon’ day.

Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 346 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 4,076 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 18 Historical Events

  • 1268
    The Livonian Brothers of the Sword are defeated by Dovmont of Pskov in the Battle of Rakvere.
  • 1478
    George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is executed in private at the Tower of London.
  • 1943
    Joseph Goebbels delivers his Sportpalast speech.
  • 1957
    Kenyan rebel leader Dedan Kimathi is executed by the British colonial government.
  • 1969
    Hawthorne Nevada Airlines Flight 708 crashes into Mount Whitney killing all on board.
  • 1977
    The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle is carried on its maiden “flight” on top of a Boeing 747.
  • 1978
    The first Ironman Triathlon competition takes place on the island of Oahu, won by Gordon Haller.
  • 1991
    The IRA explodes bombs in the early morning at Paddington station and Victoria station in London.
  • 2001
    Inter-ethnic violence between Dayaks and Madurese breaks out in Sampit, Indonesia, that will ultimately result in more than 500 deaths and 100,000 Madurese displaced from their homes.
  • 2007
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Pig in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on February 18?

  • 1846
    Wilson Barrett, English playwright (d. 1904)
  • 1935
    Janette Oke, Canadian writer
  • 1938
    Manny Mota, Dominican baseball player
  • 1948
    Georg Brunnhuber, German politician
  • 1948
    Sinéad Cusack, Irish actress
  • 1960
    Greta Scacchi, Australian actress
  • 1977
    Chrissie Wellington, British tri-athlete
  • 1980
    Regina Spektor, Russian/American singer and songwriter
  • 1983
    Troy Bienemann, American football player
  • 1984
    Kathrin Wörle, German tennis player

Who died on February 18?

  • 1546
    Martin Luther, German religious reformer (b. 1483)
  • 1583
    Antonio Francesco Grazzini, Italian writer (b. 1503)
  • 1748
    Otto Ferdinand von Abensberg und Traun, Austrian field marshal (b. 1677)
  • 1911
    Billy Murdoch, Australian cricketer (b. 1854)
  • 1923
    Alois Rašín, Czechoslovak politician, Minister of Finance (b. 1867)
  • 1957
    Dedan Kimathi, Kenyan rebel leader (b. 1920)
  • 1998
    Harry Caray, American baseball broadcaster (b. 1914)
  • 1999
    Noam Pitlik, American actor and director (b. 1932)
  • 2000
    Willy Maltaite, Belgian comics creator (b. 1927)
  • 2006
    Richard Bright, American actor (b. 1937)

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