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

  • 1572
    Marriage in Paris of the future Huguenot King Henry IV of Navarre to Marguerite de Valois, in a supposed attempt to reconcile Protestants and Catholics.
  • 1587
    Virginia Dare, granddaughter of governor John White of the Colony of Roanoke, becomes the first English child born in the Americas.
  • 1634
    Urbain Grandier, accused and convicted of sorcery, is burned alive in Loudun, France.
  • 1783
    A huge fireball meteor is seen across the United Kingdom as it passes over the east coast.
  • 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.
  • 1868
    French astronomer Pierre Jules César Janssen discovers helium.
  • 1870
    Franco-Prussian War: Battle of Gravelotte is fought.
  • 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.
  • 1948
    The Australian cricket team completed a 4–0 Ashes series win over England during their undefeated Invincibles tour.
  • 1950
    Julien Lahaut, the chairman of the Communist Party of Belgium is assassinated by far-right elements.
  • 1966
    Vietnam War: the Battle of Long Tan ensues after a patrol from the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment clashes with a Viet Cong force in Phuoc Tuy Province.
  • 1971
    Vietnam War: Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their troops from Vietnam.
  • 1976
    In the Korean Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjeom, the Axe Murder Incident results in the death of two US soldiers.
  • 1983
    Hurricane Alicia hits the Texas coast, killing 22 people and causing over USD $1 billion in damage (1983 dollars).
  • 1989
    Leading presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galán is assassinated near Bogotá in Colombia.
  • 2000
    A federal jury finds the US EPA guilty of discrimination against Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, later inspiring passage of the No FEAR Act.
  • 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.
  • 2011
    The West Memphis Three are released from prison after 18 years in imprisonment.

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