About February 18

February 18, 2020 is the 49th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 317 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 360 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 18

  • 1229
    The Sixth Crusade: Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor signs a ten-year truce with al-Kamil, regaining Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem with neither military engagements nor support from the papacy.
  • 1268
    The Livonian Brothers of the Sword are defeated by Dovmont of Pskov in the Battle of Rakvere.
  • 1637
    Eighty Years’ War: Off the coast of Cornwall, England, a Spanish fleet intercepts an important Anglo-Dutch merchant convoy of 44 vessels escorted by 6 warships, destroying or capturing 20 of them.
  • 1745
    The city of Surakarta, Central Java is founded on the banks of Bengawan Solo River, and becomes the capital of the Kingdom of Surakarta.
  • 1861
    In Montgomery, Alabama, Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as the provisional President of the Confederate States of America.
  • 1865
    Union forces under Major General William T. Sherman set the South Carolina State House on fire during the burning of Columbia.
  • 1900
    Second Boer War: Imperial forces suffer their worst single-day loss of life on Bloody Sunday, the first day of the Battle of Paardeberg.
  • 1906
    Edouard de Laveleye forms the Belgian Olympic Committee in Brussels.
  • 1943
    The Nazis arrest the members of the White Rose movement.
  • 1946
    Sailors of the Royal Indian Navy mutinied in Mumbai harbour, from where it would spread throughout British India and involve 78 ships, 20 shore establishments and 20,000 sailors
  • 1957
    Kenyan rebel leader Dedan Kimathi is executed by the British colonial government.
  • 1957
    Walter James Bolton becomes the last person legally executed in New Zealand.
  • 1965
    The Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
  • 1972
    The California Supreme Court in the case of People v. Anderson, 6 Cal.3d 628 invalidates the state’s death penalty and commutes the sentences of all death row inmates to life imprisonment.
  • 1977
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Snake in Chinese astrology.
  • 1977
    The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle is carried on its maiden “flight” on top of a Boeing 747.
  • 1978
    The first Ironman Triathlon competition takes place on the island of Oahu, won by Gordon Haller.
  • 2001
    FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He is ultimately convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • 2004
    Up to 295 people, including nearly 200 rescue workers, die near Neyshabur in Iran when a runaway freight train carrying sulfur, petrol and fertilizer catches fire and explodes.
  • 2007
    Terrorist bombs explode on the Samjhauta Express in Panipat, Haryana, India, killing 68 people.

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