About July 18

July 18, 2024 is the 200th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 166 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 195 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On July 18

  • 390 BCE
    Roman-Gaulish Wars: Battle of the Allia – a Roman army is defeated by raiding Gauls, leading to the subsequent sacking of Rome.
  • 1290
    King Edward I of England issues the Edict of Expulsion, banishing all Jews (numbering about 16,000) from England; this was Tisha B'Av on the Hebrew calendar, a day that commemorates many Jewish calamities.
  • 1334
    The bishop of Florence blesses the first foundation stone for the new campanile (bell tower) of the Florence Cathedral, designed by the artist Giotto di Bondone.
  • 1656
    Polish-Lithuanian forces clash with Sweden and its Brandenburg allies in the start of what is to be known as The Battle of Warsaw which ends in a decisive Swedish victory.
  • 1857
    Louis Faidherbe, French governor of Senegal, arrives to relieve French forces at Kayes, effectively ending El Hajj Umar Tall’s war against the French.
  • 1862
    First ascent of Dent Blanche, one of the highest summits in the Alps.
  • 1870
    The First Vatican Council decrees the dogma of papal infallibility.
  • 1914
    The U.S. Congress forms the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps, giving definite status to aircraft within the U.S. Army for the first time.
  • 1925
    Adolf Hitler publishes his personal manifesto Mein Kampf.
  • 1942
    World War II: the Germans test fly the Messerschmitt Me-262 using only its jet engines for the first time.
  • 1944
    World War II: Hideki Tojo resigns as Prime Minister of Japan due to numerous setbacks in the war effort.
  • 1955
    The first Disneyland theme park, in Anaheim, California, officially opens to the public.
  • 1966
    Human spaceflight: Gemini 10 is launched from Cape Kennedy on a 70-hour mission that includes docking with an orbiting Agena target vehicle.
  • 1968
    The Intel Corporation is founded in Santa Clara, California.
  • 1969
    After a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Senator Ted Kennedy from Massachusetts drives an Oldsmobile off a bridge and his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, dies.
  • 1984
    McDonald’s massacre in San Ysidro, California: in a fast-food restaurant, James Oliver Huberty opens fire, killing 21 people and injuring 19 others before being shot dead by police.
  • 1986
    A tornado is broadcast live on KARE television in Minnesota when the station’s helicopter pilot makes a chance encounter.
  • 1992
    The ten victims of the La Cantuta massacre disappear from their university in Lima.
  • 1994
    The bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (Argentinian Jewish Communal Center) in Buenos Aires kills 85 people (mostly Jewish) and injures 300.
  • 1995
    On the Caribbean island of Montserrat, the Soufriere Hills volcano erupts. Over the course of several years, it devastates the island, destroying the capital and forcing most of the population to flee.

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