About October 18

October 18, 2020 is the 292nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 74 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 117 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On October 18

  • 320
    Pappus of Alexandria, Greek philosopher, observes an eclipse of the sun and writes a commentary on The Great Astronomer (Almagest).
  • 1009
    The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Christian church in Jerusalem, is completely destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacks the Church’s foundations down to bedrock.
  • 1016
    The Danes defeat the Saxons in the Battle of Ashingdon.
  • 1081
    The Normans defeat the Byzantine Empire in the Battle of Dyrrhachium.
  • 1356
    Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroys the town of Basel, Switzerland.
  • 1386
    Opening of the University of Heidelberg.
  • 1599
    Michael the Brave, Prince of Wallachia, defeats the Army of Andrew Bathory in the Battle of Şelimbăr, leading to the first recorded unification of the Romanian people.
  • 1775
    African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: The Burning of Falmouth (now Portland, Maine) prompts the Continental Congress to establish the Continental Navy.
  • 1797
    Treaty of Campo Formio is signed between France and Austria
  • 1851
    Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is first published as The Whale by Richard Bentley of London.
  • 1860
    The Second Opium War finally ends at the Convention of Peking with the ratification of the Treaty of Tientsin, an unequal treaty.
  • 1914
    The Schoenstatt Movement is founded in Germany.
  • 1922
    The British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation) is founded by a consortium, to establish a nationwide network of radio transmitters to provide a national broadcasting service.
  • 1944
    Soviet Union begins liberation of Czechoslovakia.
  • 1945
    A group of the Venezuelan Armed Forces, led by Mario Vargas, Marcos Pérez Jiménez and Carlos Delgado Chalbaud, stages a coup d'état against then president Isaías Medina Angarita, who is overthrown by the end of the day.
  • 1945
    Argentine military officer and politician Juan Perón marries actress Eva Perón.
  • 1945
    The USSR’s nuclear program receives plans for the United States plutonium bomb from Klaus Fuchs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
  • 1964
    The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair closes for its first season after a six-month run.
  • 1967
    The Soviet probe Venera 4 reaches Venus and becomes the first spacecraft to measure the atmosphere of another planet.

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