About January 18

January 18, 2024 is the 18th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 348 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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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 23 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 18

  • 532
    Nika riots in Constantinople fail.
  • 1535
    Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded Lima, the capital of Peru.
  • 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.
  • 1701
    Frederick I becomes King of Prussia.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1955
    Battle of Yijiangshan is fought.
  • 1958
    Willie O'Ree, the first African Canadian National Hockey League player, makes his NHL debut.
  • 1960
    Capital Airlines Flight 20 crashes into a farm in Charles City County, Virginia, killing all 50 aboard, the third fatal Capital Airlines crash in as many years.
  • 1969
    United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay killing all 32 passengers and six crew members.
  • 1976
    Lebanese Christian militias overrun Karantina, Beirut, killing at least 1,000.
  • 1977
    Australia’s worst rail disaster occurs at Granville, Sydney killing 83.
  • 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.
  • 2000
    The Tagish Lake meteorite impacts the Earth.
  • 2002
    Sierra Leone Civil War is finally declared over.
  • 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
  • 2007
    The strongest storm in the United Kingdom in 17 years kills 14 people, Germany sees the worst storm since 1999 with 13 deaths. Hurricane Kyrill, causes at least 44 deaths across 20 countries in Western Europe.
  • 2009
    Gaza War: Hamas announces they will accept Israeli Defense Forces’s offer of a ceasefire, ending the assault.

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