About January 18

January 18, 2021 is the 18th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 347 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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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 25 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.
  • 1701
    Frederick I becomes King of Prussia.
  • 1866
    Wesley College, Melbourne is established.
  • 1871
    Wilhelm I of Germany is proclaimed the first German Emperor in the Hall of Mirrors of the Palace of Versailles ( France ) towards the end of the Franco-Prussian War. The empire is known as the Second Reich to Germans.
  • 1886
    Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England.
  • 1911
    Eugene B. Ely lands on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania stationed in San Francisco harbor, the first time an aircraft landed on a ship.
  • 1913
    A Greek flotilla defeats the Ottoman Navy in the Naval Battle of Lemnos during the First Balkan War, securing the islands of the Northern Aegean Sea for Greece.
  • 1941
    World War II: British troops launch a general counter-offensive against Italian East Africa.
  • 1944
    Soviet forces liberate Leningrad, effectively ending a three year Nazi siege, known as the Siege of Leningrad.
  • 1958
    Willie O'Ree, the first African Canadian National Hockey League player, makes his NHL debut.
  • 1969
    United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay killing all 32 passengers and six crew members.
  • 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.
  • 1993
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is officially observed for the first time in all 50 states.
  • 1997
    Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided.
  • 1997
    In north west Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 3 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers and seriously wound one other.
  • 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
  • 2009
    Gaza War: Hamas announces they will accept Israeli Defense Forces’s offer of a ceasefire, ending the assault.

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