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

  • 1332
    Amda Seyon I, Emperor of Ethiopia begins his campaigns in the southern Muslim provinces.
  • 1478
    George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is executed in private at the Tower of London.
  • 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.
  • 1873
    Bulgarian revolutionary leader Vasil Levski is executed by hanging in Sofia by the Ottoman authorities.
  • 1930
    While studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.
  • 1932
    The Empire of Japan declares Manzhouguo (the obsolete Chinese name for Manchuria) independent from the Republic of China.
  • 1943
    The Nazis arrest the members of the White Rose movement.
  • 1954
    The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1957
    Kenyan rebel leader Dedan Kimathi is executed by the British colonial government.
  • 1965
    The Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
  • 1969
    Hawthorne Nevada Airlines Flight 708 crashes into Mount Whitney killing all on board.
  • 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.
  • 1991
    The IRA explodes bombs in the early morning at Paddington station and Victoria station in London.
  • 2001
    Seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt dies in an accident during the Daytona 500.
  • 2003
    Nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea.
  • 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.

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