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 292nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 74 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 5, 2020 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,602,979,200 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 ‘dihectaenneacontadigon’ 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 117 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 2,858 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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October 18 Historical Events
Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroys the town of Basel, Switzerland.
Opening of the University of Heidelberg.
Michael the Brave, Prince of Wallachia, defeats the Army of Andrew Bathory in the Battle of Şelimbăr, leading to the first recorded unification of the Romanian people.
Signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ends the War of the Austrian Succession.
African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery.
American Revolutionary War: The Burning of Falmouth (now Portland, Maine) prompts the Continental Congress to establish the Continental Navy.
Treaty of Campo Formio is signed between France and Austria
United States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. Celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day.
The Schoenstatt Movement is founded in Germany.
Gilad Shalit is released.
Who were born on October 18?
Henri Bergson, French philosopher, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature (d. 1941)
Raymond Lambert, Swiss mountaineer (d. 1997)
Constantine Mitsotakis, Greek politician
Paul Chuckle, British comedian
Ntozake Shange, American author
David Twohy, American movie director and screenwriter
Craig Bartlett, American animator
Robbie Savage, Welsh footballer
Greg Warren, American football player
Zac Efron, American actor
Who died on October 18?
Pope Pius III (b. 1439)
Johannes Acronius Frisius, German physician and mathematician (b. 1520)
William W. Chapman, American politician (b. 1808)
Margaret Caroline Anderson, American magazine publisher (b. 1886)
Red Army Faction Stammheim Prison suicides: Andreas Baader, German left-wing militant leader (b. 1943)
Bess Truman, First Lady of the United States (b. 1885)
Julie London, American singer and actress (b. 1926)
Roman Tam, Hong Kong singer (b. 1950)
John Hollis, British actor (b. 1931)
William J. Crowe, American admiral and ambassador (b. 1925)
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