What happened this day in history October 18

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

  • 320
    Pappus of Alexandria, Greek philosopher, observes an eclipse of the sun and writes a commentary on The Great Astronomer (Almagest).
  • 1009
    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.
  • 1748
    Signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ends the War of the Austrian Succession.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: The Burning of Falmouth (now Portland, Maine) prompts the Continental Congress to establish the Continental Navy.
  • 1914
    The Schoenstatt Movement is founded in Germany.
  • 1922
    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.
  • 1944
    Soviet Union begins liberation of Czechoslovakia.
  • 1968
    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.
  • 1977
    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.
  • 2011
    Gilad Shalit is released.

Who were born on October 18?

  • 1865
    Arie de Jong, Dutch linguist (d. 1957)
  • 1898
    Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer and actress (d. 1981)
  • 1904
    A. J. Liebling, American journalist (d. 1963)
  • 1926
    Chuck Berry, American musician
  • 1938
    Dawn Wells, American actress
  • 1948
    Hans Köchler, Austrian philosopher
  • 1959
    Steve Swayne, American academic
  • 1966
    Angela Visser, Dutch winner Miss Universe 1989
  • 1977
    David Vuillemin, pro motocross rider
  • 1987
    Freja Beha Erichsen, Danish model

Who died on October 18?

  • 1101
    Hugh of Vermandois, son of Henry I of France (b. 1053)
  • 1545
    John Taverner, English composer
  • 1744
    Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, close friend of Queen Anne of Great Britain (b. 1660)
  • 1886
    Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician (b. 1796)
  • 1976
    Kavi Samrat Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Telugu writer (b. 1895)
  • 1977
    Red Army Faction Stammheim Prison suicides: Andreas Baader, German left-wing militant leader (b. 1943)
  • 1978
    Ramón Mercader, Assassin of Leon Trotsky (b. 1914)
  • 1982
    Bess Truman, First Lady of the United States (b. 1885)
  • 2003
    Preston Smith, Governor of Texas (b. 1912)
  • 2005
    Bill King, American sports broadcaster (b. 1927)

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