About February 18

February 18, 2024 is the 49th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 317 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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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 346 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.
  • 1781
    Fourth Anglo-Dutch War: Captain Thomas Shirley opened his expedition against Dutch colonial outposts on the Gold Coast of Africa (present-day Ghana).
  • 1797
    French Revolutionary Wars: Sir Ralph Abercromby and a fleet of 18 British warships invade Trinidad.
  • 1814
    Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Montereau.
  • 1861
    With the Italian unification almost complete, Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont, Savoy and Sardinia assumes the title of King of Italy.
  • 1865
    Union forces under Major General William T. Sherman set the South Carolina State House on fire during the burning of Columbia.
  • 1873
    Bulgarian revolutionary leader Vasil Levski is executed by hanging in Sofia by the Ottoman authorities.
  • 1878
    John Tunstall is murdered by outlaw Jesse Evans, sparking the Lincoln County War in Lincoln County, New Mexico.
  • 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.
  • 1911
    The first official flight with air mail takes place in Allahabad, British India, when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 km away.
  • 1913
    Pedro Lascuráin becomes President of Mexico for 45 minutes; this is the shortest term to date of any person as president of any country.
  • 1943
    Joseph Goebbels delivers his Sportpalast speech.
  • 1954
    The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1965
    The Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
  • 1977
    The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle is carried on its maiden “flight” on top of a Boeing 747.
  • 2007
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Pig in Chinese astrology.
  • 2007
    Terrorist bombs explode on the Samjhauta Express in Panipat, Haryana, India, killing 68 people.
  • 2010
    Nigerien rebels attacked the presidential palace in Niamey and replaced President Mamadou Tandja with a ruling junta, the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy.

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