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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 317 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 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, 439,440 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.

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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 360 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 2,615 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 18 Historical Events

  • 1332
    Amda Seyon I, Emperor of Ethiopia begins his campaigns in the southern Muslim provinces.
  • 1878
    John Tunstall is murdered by outlaw Jesse Evans, sparking the Lincoln County War in Lincoln County, New Mexico.
  • 1930
    Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft.
  • 1930
    While studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.
  • 1932
    The Empire of Japan declares Manzhouguo (the obsolete Chinese name for Manchuria) independent from the Republic of China.
  • 1943
    The Nazis arrest the members of the White Rose movement.
  • 1957
    Kenyan rebel leader Dedan Kimathi is executed by the British colonial government.
  • 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.
  • 2003
    Nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea.
  • 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?

  • 1602
    Per Brahe, Swedish soldier (d. 1680)
  • 1849
    Alexander Kielland, Norwegian author (d. 1906)
  • 1870
    William Laurel Harris, American mural painter and writer (d. 1924)
  • 1943
    Graeme Garden, Scottish writer
  • 1956
    Paul Reed Smith, American luthier
  • 1960
    Tony Anselmo, American animator
  • 1974
    Ruby Dhalla, Canadian politician
  • 1981
    Kim Jae Won, South Korean actor
  • 1984
    Ricardo Salampessy, Indonesian footballer
  • 1988
    Max, South Korean singer (TVXQ)

Who died on February 18?

  • 814
    Angilbert, Frankish monk and confidant of Charlemagne
  • 1478
    George, Duke of Clarence, brother of Kings Edward IV of England and Richard III of England (b. 1449)
  • 1654
    Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, French writer (b. 1594)
  • 1780
    Kristijonas Donelaitis, Lithuanian poet (b. 1714)
  • 1938
    David King Udall, American politician (b. 1851)
  • 1995
    Bob Stinson, American guitarist (b. 1959)
  • 1998
    Robbie James, Welsh footballer (b. 1957)
  • 2000
    Willy Maltaite, Belgian comics creator (b. 1927)
  • 2008
    Mihaela Mitrache, Romanian actress, (b. 1955)
  • 2010
    John Babcock, Last known Canadian veteran of World War I (b. 1900)

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