What are the important events that happened on October 18? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
October 18: Facts & Myths About This Day
October 18 is the 291st day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 74 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 5, 2019 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 26,189,280 minutes 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 ‘dihectaenneacontahenagon’ day.
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Libra is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 99 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 2,492 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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October 18 Historical Events
Pappus of Alexandria, Greek philosopher, observes an eclipse of the sun and writes a commentary on The Great Astronomer (Almagest).
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Christian church in Jerusalem, is completely destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacks the Church’s foundations down to bedrock.
Signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ends the War of the Austrian Succession.
American Revolutionary War: The Burning of Falmouth (now Portland, Maine) prompts the Continental Congress to establish the Continental Navy.
The Schoenstatt Movement is founded in Germany.
The British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation) is founded by a consortium, to establish a nationwide network of radio transmitters to provide a national broadcasting service.
Soviet Union begins liberation of Czechoslovakia.
The U.S. Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith and John Carlos for giving a “black power” salute during a victory ceremony at the Mexico City games.
German Autumn: a set of events revolving around the kidnapping of Hanns-Martin Schleyer and the hijacking of a Lufthansa flight by the Red Army Faction (RAF) comes to an end when Schleyer is murdered and various RAF members allegedly commit suicide.
Gilad Shalit is released.
Who were born on October 18?
Arie de Jong, Dutch linguist (d. 1957)
Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer and actress (d. 1981)
A. J. Liebling, American journalist (d. 1963)
Chuck Berry, American musician
Dawn Wells, American actress
Hans Köchler, Austrian philosopher
Steve Swayne, American academic
Angela Visser, Dutch winner Miss Universe 1989
David Vuillemin, pro motocross rider
Freja Beha Erichsen, Danish model
Who died on October 18?
Hugh of Vermandois, son of Henry I of France (b. 1053)
John Taverner, English composer
Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, close friend of Queen Anne of Great Britain (b. 1660)
Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician (b. 1796)
Kavi Samrat Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Telugu writer (b. 1895)
Red Army Faction Stammheim Prison suicides: Andreas Baader, German left-wing militant leader (b. 1943)
Ramón Mercader, Assassin of Leon Trotsky (b. 1914)
Bess Truman, First Lady of the United States (b. 1885)
Preston Smith, Governor of Texas (b. 1912)
Bill King, American sports broadcaster (b. 1927)
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