About January 18

January 18, 2020 is the 18th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 348 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 7 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 18

  • 474
    Leo II briefly becomes Byzantine emperor.
  • 1520
    King Christian II of Denmark and Norway defeats the Swedes at Lake Åsunden.
  • 1562
    Pope Pius IV reopens the Council of Trent for its third and final session.
  • 1591
    King Naresuan of Siam kills Crown Prince Minchit Sra of Burma in single combat, for which this date is now observed marked as Royal Thai Armed Forces day.
  • 1670
    Henry Morgan captures Panama.
  • 1701
    Frederick I becomes King of Prussia.
  • 1916
    A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri.
  • 1943
    Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The first uprising of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto.
  • 1944
    Soviet forces liberate Leningrad, effectively ending a three year Nazi siege, known as the Siege of Leningrad.
  • 1955
    Battle of Yijiangshan is fought.
  • 1967
    Albert DeSalvo, the “Boston Strangler”, is convicted of numerous crimes and is sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • 1974
    A Disengagement of Forces agreement is signed between the Israeli and Egyptian governments, ending conflict on the Egyptian front of the Yom Kippur War.
  • 1977
    Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires’ disease.
  • 1978
    The European Court of Human Rights finds the United Kingdom government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland, but not guilty of torture.
  • 1978
    The roof structure of the Hartford Civic Center collapses after a significant snowfall.
  • 1981
    Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield parachute off a Houston skyscraper, becoming the first two people to BASE jump from objects in all four categories: buildings, antennae, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs).
  • 1993
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is officially observed for the first time in all 50 states.
  • 1994
    The Cando event, a possible bolide impact in Cando, Spain. Witnesses claim to have seen a fireball in the sky lasting for almost one minute.
  • 2003
    A bushfire kills 4 people and destroys more than 500 homes in Canberra, Australia.
  • 2005
    The Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial jet, is unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France

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