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

  • 1268
    The Livonian Brothers of the Sword are defeated by Dovmont of Pskov in the Battle of Rakvere.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1878
    John Tunstall is murdered by outlaw Jesse Evans, sparking the Lincoln County War in Lincoln County, New Mexico.
  • 1906
    Edouard de Laveleye forms the Belgian Olympic Committee in Brussels.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1970
    The Chicago Seven are found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
  • 1977
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Snake in Chinese astrology.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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