About October 18

October 18, 2022 is the 291st day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 74 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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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 96 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.
  • 1210
    Pope Innocent III excommunicates German leader Otto IV.
  • 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.
  • 1748
    Signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ends the War of the Austrian Succession.
  • 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
  • 1860
    The Second Opium War finally ends at the Convention of Peking with the ratification of the Treaty of Tientsin, an unequal treaty.
  • 1867
    United States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. Celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day.
  • 1912
    First Balkan War: Peter I of Serbia issues a declaration “To the Serbian People”, as Serbia joins the war.
  • 1914
    The Schoenstatt Movement is founded in Germany.
  • 1921
    The Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic is formed as part of the RSFSR.
  • 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
    The USSR’s nuclear program receives plans for the United States plutonium bomb from Klaus Fuchs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
  • 1954
    Texas Instruments announces the first Transistor radio.
  • 1968
    The U.S. Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith and John Carlos for giving a “black power” salute during a victory ceremony at the Mexico City games.
  • 1977
    German Autumn: a set of events revolving around the kidnapping of Hanns-Martin Schleyer and the hijacking of a Lufthansa flight by the Red Army Faction (RAF) comes to an end when Schleyer is murdered and various RAF members allegedly commit suicide.
  • 1991
    The Supreme Council of Azerbaijan adopts a declaration of independence from the Soviet Union.
  • 2011
    Gilad Shalit is released.

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