About August 18

August 18, 2021 is the 230th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 135 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 167 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 18

  • 1201
    The city of Riga is founded.
  • 1587
    Virginia Dare, granddaughter of governor John White of the Colony of Roanoke, becomes the first English child born in the Americas.
  • 1590
    John White, the governor of the Colony of Roanoke, returns from a supply trip to England and finds his settlement deserted.
  • 1783
    A huge fireball meteor is seen across the United Kingdom as it passes over the east coast.
  • 1838
    The Wilkes Expedition, which would explore the Puget Sound and Antarctica, weighs anchor at Hampton Roads in 1838
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Globe Tavern – Union forces try to cut a vital Confederate supply-line into Petersburg, Virginia, by attacking the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad.
  • 1870
    Franco-Prussian War: Battle of Gravelotte is fought.
  • 1877
    Asaph Hall discovers Martian moon Phobos.
  • 1891
    Major hurricane strikes Martinique, leaving 700 dead.
  • 1917
    A Great Fire in Thessaloniki, Greece destroys 32% of the city leaving 70,000 individuals homeless.
  • 1920
    The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing women’s suffrage.
  • 1938
    The Thousand Islands Bridge, connecting New York State, United States with Ontario, Canada over the St. Lawrence River, is dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1950
    Julien Lahaut, the chairman of the Communist Party of Belgium is assassinated by far-right elements.
  • 1958
    Brojen Das from Bangladesh swims across the English Channel in a competition, as the first Bangali as well as the first Asian to ever do it. He became first among 39 competitors.
  • 1963
    American civil rights movement: James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
  • 1977
    Steve Biko is arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No 83 of 1967 in King William’s Town, South Africa. He would later die of the injuries sustained during this arrest bringing attention to South Africa’s apartheid policies.
  • 1983
    Hurricane Alicia hits the Texas coast, killing 22 people and causing over USD $1 billion in damage (1983 dollars).
  • 2005
    A Massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people, the largest and most widespread power outage in history.
  • 2008
    President of Pakistan Pervez Musharaf resigns due to the threat of impeachment.
  • 2011
    The West Memphis Three are released from prison after 18 years in imprisonment.

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