About April 18

April 18, 2024 is the 109th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 257 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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Aries is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 286 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On April 18

  • 1025
    Bolesław Chrobry is crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland.
  • 1506
    The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica is laid.
  • 1738
    Real Academia de la Historia (“Royal Academy of History”) is founded in Madrid.
  • 1797
    The Battle of Neuwied – French victory against the Austrians.
  • 1848
    American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for invasion of Mexico.
  • 1857
    “The Spirits Book” by Allan Kardec is published, marking the birth of Spiritualism in France.
  • 1864
    Battle of Dybbøl: A Prussian-Austrian army defeats Denmark and gains control of Schleswig. Denmark surrenders the province in the following peace settlement.
  • 1881
    Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico.
  • 1899
    The St. Andrew’s Ambulance Association is granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria.
  • 1923
    Yankee Stadium, “The House that Ruth Built”, opens.
  • 1930
    BBC Radio announces that there is no news on that day.
  • 1943
    World War II: Operation Vengeance, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is killed when his aircraft is shot down by U.S. fighters over Bougainville Island.
  • 1945
    Over 1,000 bombers attack the small island of Heligoland, Germany.
  • 1954
    Gamal Abdal Nasser seizes power in Egypt.
  • 1958
    A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound be released from an insane asylum.
  • 1974
    The Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto inaugurates Lahore dry port.
  • 1980
    The Republic of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) comes into being, with Canaan Banana as the country’s first President. The Zimbabwe Dollar replaces the Rhodesian Dollar as the official currency.
  • 1981
    The longest professional baseball game is begun in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The game is suspended at 4:00 the next morning and finally completed on June 23.
  • 1983
    A suicide bomber destroys the United States embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people.
  • 2007
    The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision.

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