About February 18

February 18, 2021 is the 49th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 316 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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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 348 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.
  • 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.
  • 1797
    French Revolutionary Wars: Sir Ralph Abercromby and a fleet of 18 British warships invade Trinidad.
  • 1846
    Beginning of the Galician peasant revolt.
  • 1906
    Edouard de Laveleye forms the Belgian Olympic Committee in Brussels.
  • 1912
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Rat in Chinese astrology.
  • 1930
    Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft.
  • 1930
    While studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.
  • 1943
    The Nazis arrest the members of the White Rose movement.
  • 1954
    The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1955
    Operation Teapot: Teapot test shot “Wasp” is successfully detonated at the Nevada Test Site with a yield of 1.2 kilotons. Wasp is the first of fourteen shots of the Teapot series.
  • 1965
    The Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
  • 1969
    Hawthorne Nevada Airlines Flight 708 crashes into Mount Whitney killing all on board.
  • 1970
    The Chicago Seven are found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
  • 1979
    Snow falls in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history.
  • 1983
    Thirteen people die and one is seriously injured in the Wah Mee Massacre in Seattle, Washington. It is said to be the largest robbery-motivated mass-murder in U.S. history.
  • 2001
    FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He is ultimately convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • 2001
    Inter-ethnic violence between Dayaks and Madurese breaks out in Sampit, Indonesia, that will ultimately result in more than 500 deaths and 100,000 Madurese displaced from their homes.
  • 2003
    Nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea.

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