What happened on August 18? There are more than 281 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About August 18

August 18 In HistoryAugust 18 is the 230th day of the year 2019. There are 135 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday. This day falls under the 33rd week of the year 2019.

On this day in Rossville, Tennessee 38066 sunrise occured at 11:20 AM and sunset occured at 12:43 AM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Leo. The modern birthstone for this month is Peridot while the mystical birthstone is Diamond.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 160 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (January 25, 2020).

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Historical Events For August 18

  • 1201
    The city of Riga is founded.
  • 1572
    Marriage in Paris of the future Huguenot King Henry IV of Navarre to Marguerite de Valois, in a supposed attempt to reconcile Protestants and Catholics.
  • 1587
    Virginia Dare, granddaughter of governor John White of the Colony of Roanoke, becomes the first English child born in the Americas.
  • 1590
    John White, the governor of the Colony of Roanoke, returns from a supply trip to England and finds his settlement deserted.
  • 1634
    Urbain Grandier, accused and convicted of sorcery, is burned alive in Loudun, France.
  • 1783
    A huge fireball meteor is seen across the United Kingdom as it passes over the east coast.
  • 1838
    The Wilkes Expedition, which would explore the Puget Sound and Antarctica, weighs anchor at Hampton Roads in 1838
  • 1848
    Camila O'Gorman and Ladislao Gutierrez are executed on the orders of Argentine dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Globe Tavern – Union forces try to cut a vital Confederate supply-line into Petersburg, Virginia, by attacking the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad.
  • 1868
    French astronomer Pierre Jules César Janssen discovers helium.
  • 1870
    Franco-Prussian War: Battle of Gravelotte is fought.
  • 1877
    Asaph Hall discovers Martian moon Phobos.
  • 1891
    Major hurricane strikes Martinique, leaving 700 dead.
  • 1903
    German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright Brothers.
  • 1917
    A Great Fire in Thessaloniki, Greece destroys 32% of the city leaving 70,000 individuals homeless.
  • 1920
    The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing women’s suffrage.
  • 1938
    The Thousand Islands Bridge, connecting New York State, United States with Ontario, Canada over the St. Lawrence River, is dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1948
    The Australian cricket team completed a 4–0 Ashes series win over England during their undefeated Invincibles tour.
  • 1950
    Julien Lahaut, the chairman of the Communist Party of Belgium is assassinated by far-right elements.
  • 1958
    Brojen Das from Bangladesh swims across the English Channel in a competition, as the first Bangali as well as the first Asian to ever do it. He became first among 39 competitors.
  • 1958
    Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel Lolita is published in the United States.
  • 1963
    American civil rights movement: James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
  • 1965
    Vietnam War: Operation Starlite begins – United States Marines destroy a Viet Cong stronghold on the Van Tuong peninsula in the first major American ground battle of the war.
  • 1966
    Vietnam War: the Battle of Long Tan ensues after a patrol from the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment clashes with a Viet Cong force in Phuoc Tuy Province.
  • 1971
    Vietnam War: Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their troops from Vietnam.
  • 1976
    In the Korean Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjeom, the Axe Murder Incident results in the death of two US soldiers.
  • 1977
    Steve Biko is arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No 83 of 1967 in King William’s Town, South Africa. He would later die of the injuries sustained during this arrest bringing attention to South Africa’s apartheid policies.
  • 1983
    Hurricane Alicia hits the Texas coast, killing 22 people and causing over USD $1 billion in damage (1983 dollars).
  • 1989
    Leading presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galán is assassinated near Bogotá in Colombia.
  • 2000
    A federal jury finds the US EPA guilty of discrimination against Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, later inspiring passage of the No FEAR Act.
  • 2005
    A Massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people, the largest and most widespread power outage in history.
  • 2008
    President of Pakistan Pervez Musharaf resigns due to the threat of impeachment.
  • 2011
    The West Memphis Three are released from prison after 18 years in imprisonment.

Who Were Born On August 18?

  • 1414
    Jami, Persian poet (d. 1492)
  • 1450
    Marko Marulić, Croatian poet (d. 1524)
  • 1579
    Charlotte Flandrina of Nassau, Roman Catholic nun (d. 1640)
  • 1587
    Virginia Dare, first English child born in North America
  • 1596
    Jean Bolland, Flemish Jesuit writer (d. 1665)
  • 1605
    Henry Hammond, English churchman (d. 1660)
  • 1606
    Maria Anna of Spain, Holy Roman Empire Empress and Queen of Hungary (d. 1646)
  • 1611
    Ludwika Maria Gonzaga, queen of Poland (d. 1650)
  • 1657
    Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect/designer (d. 1743)
  • 1685
    Brook Taylor, English mathematician (d. 1731)
  • 1692
    Louis Henri, Duc de Bourbon, Prime Minister of France (d. 1740)
  • 1720
    Laurence Shirley, 4th Earl Ferrers, English murderer (d. 1760)
  • 1750
    Antonio Salieri, Italian composer (d. 1825)
  • 1754
    François, marquis de Chasseloup-Laubat, French general (d. 1833)
  • 1774
    Meriwether Lewis, American explorer (d. 1809)
  • 1792
    John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1878)
  • 1803
    Nathan Clifford, American statesman, diplomat, and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1881)
  • 1819
    Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaievna, Duchess of Leuchtenberg (d. 1876)
  • 1822
    Isaac P. Rodman, American Union general (d. 1862)
  • 1830
    Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria (d. 1916)
  • 1834
    Marshall Field, American retailer(d. 1906)
  • 1841
    William Halford, American naval officer (d. 1919)
  • 1855
    Alfred Wallis, English artist and mariner (d. 1942)
  • 1857
    Libert H. Boeynaems, Belgian Catholic prelate (d. 1926)
  • 1870
    Hugh Bromley-Davenport, England cricketer (d. 1954)
  • 1870
    Lavr Georgevich Kornilov, Russian general (d. 1918)
  • 1879
    Aleksandr Rodzyanko, Russian general (d. 1970)
  • 1885
    Nettie Palmer, Australian poet and essayist (d. 1964)
  • 1890
    Walther Funk, German Nazi politician (d. 1960)
  • 1893
    Burleigh Grimes, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • 1893
    Ernest MacMillan, Canadian musician (d. 1973)
  • 1896
    Jack Pickford, Canadian-born actor (d. 1933)
  • 1900
    Glenn Albert Black, American archaeologist (d. 1964)
  • 1902
    Adamson-Eric, Estonian painter (d. 1968)
  • 1902
    Margaret Murie, American conservationist, naturalist, and author (d. 2003)
  • 1903
    Lucienne Boyer, French singer (d. 1983)
  • 1904
    Max Factor, Polish-born cosmetics entrepreneur (d. 1996)
  • 1906
    Marcel Carné, French film director (d. 1996)
  • 1908
    Bill Merritt, New Zealand cricketer (d. 1977)
  • 1908
    Edgar Faure, French politician and historian (d. 1988)
  • 1909
    Gérard Filion, French Canadian businessman and journalist (d. 2005)
  • 1910
    Herman Berlinski, Polish American composer (d. 2001)
  • 1911
    Amelia Boynton Robinson, American leader in the Schiller Institute
  • 1913
    Romain Maes, Belgian cyclist (d. 1983)
  • 1915
    Max Lanier, baseball player (d. 2007)
  • 1916
    Dame Moura Lympany, British pianist (d. 2005)
  • 1916
    Don Keefer, American actor
  • 1916
    Neagu Djuvara, Romanian diplomat
  • 1917
    Caspar Weinberger, American politician (d. 2006)
  • 1918
    Cisco Houston, American folk singer (d. 1961)
  • 1919
    Walter Joseph Hickel, 2nd and 8th Governor of Alaska (d. 2010)
  • 1920
    Bob Kennedy, baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1920
    Shelley Winters, American actress (d. 2006)
  • 1920
    Thomas Godfrey Evans, English cricket keeper (d. 1999)
  • 1921
    Lydia Litvyak, Soviet pilot, one of only two female flying aces (d. 1943)
  • 1921
    Zdzisław Żygulski, Jr., Polish art historian
  • 1922
    Alain Robbe-Grillet, French writer (d. 2008)
  • 1923
    Jenni Irani, Indian cricketer (d. 1982)
  • 1923
    Sadashiv Shinde, Indian cricketer (d. 1955)
  • 1925
    Brian Aldiss, English writer
  • 1925
    Pierre Grondin, French Canadian cardiac surgeon (d. 2006)
  • 1927
    Rosalynn Carter, First Lady of the United States
  • 1928
    Marge Schott, baseball team owner (d. 2004)
  • 1929
    Hugues Aufray, French singer
  • 1930
    Bo Hi Pak, Korean church leader
  • 1930
    Liviu Librescu, Israeli professor, killed in the Virginia Tech massacre (d. 2007)
  • 1931
    Bramwell Tillsley, Canadian Salvation Army general
  • 1931
    Dick White, English footballer
  • 1931
    Hans van Mierlo, Dutch politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister (d. 2010)
  • 1932
    Luc Montagnier, French Nobel prized microbiologist
  • 1932
    William R. Bennett, Premier of British Columbia
  • 1933
    Just Fontaine, French footballer
  • 1933
    Roman Polanski, Polish-born director and actor
  • 1934
    Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican baseball player and humanitarian (d. 1972)
  • 1934
    Ronnie Carroll, British singer
  • 1934
    Vincent Bugliosi, American attorney
  • 1935
    Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of Namibia
  • 1935
    Howard Morrison, New Zealand entertainer (d. 2009)
  • 1935
    Rafer Johnson, American athlete
  • 1936
    Gulzar, Indian poet, lyricist and director
  • 1936
    Robert Redford, American actor
  • 1938
    Joe Frank, American radio personality
  • 1939
    Harald Heide-Steen Jr., Norwegian actor and comedian (d. 2008)
  • 1939
    Johnny Preston, American singer (d. 2011)
  • 1939
    Robert Horton, British businessman
  • 1942
    Judith Keppel, first British winner of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
  • 1943
    Carl Wayne, English singer (d. 2004)
  • 1943
    Gianni Rivera, Italian footballer and politician
  • 1943
    Martin Mull, American comedian
  • 1943
    Sarah Dash, American singer
  • 1944
    Robert Hitchcock, Australian Sculptor
  • 1945
    Barbara Harris, American singer (Toys)
  • 1948
    Joseph Marcell, British actor
  • 1949
    Dennis Elliott, drummer, sculptor
  • 1949
    Nigel Griggs, bassist
  • 1949
    Rudy Hartono, Indonesian badminton player
  • 1952
    Elayne Boosler, American comedian
  • 1952
    Patrick Swayze, American actor (d. 2009)
  • 1952
    Ricky Villa, Argentine former footballer
  • 1953
    Louie Gohmert, American politician
  • 1954
    Angela Dimitriou, Greek singer
  • 1954
    Umberto Guidoni, Italian NASA astronaut
  • 1955
    Bruce Benedict, American baseball player
  • 1955
    Taher ElGamal, Egyptian scientist
  • 1956
    John Debney, American composer
  • 1956
    Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz, American musician
  • 1956
    Sandeep Patil, Indian cricketer
  • 1957
    Carole Bouquet, French actress
  • 1957
    Denis Leary, American comedian and actor
  • 1957
    Ron Strykert, Australian guitarist
  • 1958
    Madeleine Stowe, American actress
  • 1959
    Tom Prichard, American wrestler
  • 1960
    Fat Lever, American basketball player
  • 1960
    Mike LaValliere, baseball player
  • 1961
    Birol Ünel, German-Turkish actor
  • 1961
    Bob Woodruff, American journalist, anchor
  • 1961
    Glenn Plummer, American actor
  • 1961
    Timothy Geithner, 75th and current US Secretary of Treasury
  • 1962
    Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico
  • 1962
    Geoff Courtnall, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1964
    Craig Bierko, American actor
  • 1964
    Edith Frost, American singer/songwriter
  • 1964
    Kenny Walker, American basketball player
  • 1965
    Jim Florentine, American comedian
  • 1965
    Koji Kikkawa, Japanese singer
  • 1966
    Gustavo Charif, Argentine artist
  • 1966
    Kang Soo-yeon, South Korean actress
  • 1967
    Blas Elias, drummer
  • 1967
    Brian Michael Bendis, American comic-book writer
  • 1967
    Daler Mehndi, Indian bhangra/pop singer
  • 1967
    Dan Peters, American musician
  • 1968
    Lee Seung-yeon, South Korean actress
  • 1969
    Christian Slater, American actor
  • 1969
    Edward Norton, American actor
  • 1969
    Everlast, American musician
  • 1969
    Isaac Austin, American basketball player
  • 1969
    Mark Kuhlmann, German rugby player
  • 1969
    Masta Killa, American rapper
  • 1970
    Greg Dean Schmitz, American film journalist
  • 1970
    Jessica Hsuan, Hong Kong actress
  • 1970
    Malcolm-Jamal Warner, American actor
  • 1971
    Jacob Vargas, American actor
  • 1971
    Richard D James, Irish musician (Aphex Twin)
  • 1971
    Tom Middleton, British musician
  • 1972
    Keiko Yamada, Japanese singer
  • 1972
    Leo Ku, Hong Kong singer
  • 1972
    Masahiro Nakai, Japanese singer
  • 1972
    Shaun Wilson, Australian artist
  • 1973
    Victoria Coren, British writer, presenter and poker player
  • 1975
    Kaitlin Olson, American actress
  • 1976
    Bryan Volpenhein, American rower
  • 1976
    Daphnee Duplaix Samuel, American actress and glamor model
  • 1976
    Paraskevas Antzas, Greek footballer
  • 1977
    Mizuo Peck American Actress
  • 1977
    Régine Chassagne, Canadian musician (Arcade Fire)
  • 1978
    Andy Samberg, American comedian
  • 1978
    Luke Williams, Welsh musician
  • 1979
    Mohib Mirza, Pakistani actor
  • 1979
    Stuart Dew, Australian rules footballer
  • 1980
    Athina Papayianni, Greek race walker
  • 1980
    Bart Scott, American football player
  • 1980
    Esteban Cambiasso, Argentine footballer
  • 1980
    Jeremy Shockey, American football player
  • 1980
    Kieron Davies, Welsh-born German rugby player
  • 1980
    Preeti Jhangiani, Indian actress
  • 1980
    Rob Nguyen, Australian racing driver
  • 1981
    César Delgado, Argentine footballer
  • 1981
    Carla Khan, Pakistani Squash Player
  • 1981
    Dimitris Salpigidis, Greek footballer
  • 1981
    Jon Schneck, American musician (Relient K)
  • 1983
    Cameron White, Australian cricketer
  • 1983
    Danny!, American record producer/hip-hop artist
  • 1983
    Kris Boyd, Scottish footballer
  • 1983
    Michael Montgomery, American football player
  • 1983
    Mika, Lebanese/British musician
  • 1984
    Robert Huth, German footballer
  • 1985
    Bryan Ruiz, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1985
    Inge Dekker, Dutch swimmer
  • 1985
    Julen Goikoetxea, Spanish Basque cyclist (d. 2006)
  • 1986
    Ross McCormack, Scottish footballer
  • 1987
    Mika Boorem, American actress
  • 1988
    Eggert Jónsson, Icelandic footballer
  • 1988
    G-Dragon, South Korean musician (Big Bang)
  • 1988
    Jack Hobbs, English footballer
  • 1988
    Luke Jackson (author), English Author
  • 1992
    Elizabeth Beisel, American swimmer
  • 1992
    Frances Bean Cobain, Kurt Cobain’s daughter
  • 1992
    Riko Narumi, Japanese actress
  • 1994
    Jessie Flower, American voice actress

Who Died On August 18?

  • 353
    Decentius, Roman usurper
  • 440
    Pope Sixtus III
  • 472
    Ricimer, Roman general
  • 849
    Walafrid Strabo, German monk and theologian
  • 1258
    Theodore II Lascaris, Emperor of the Empire of Nicaea
  • 1276
    Pope Adrian V
  • 1318
    Clare of Montefalco, Italian Abbess and religious leader (b. c. 1268)
  • 1430
    Thomas de Ros, 9th Baron de Ros, English soldier and politician (drowned) (b. 1406)
  • 1503
    Pope Alexander VI (b. 1431)
  • 1559
    Pope Paul IV (b. 1476)
  • 1563
    Étienne de La Boétie, French judge and writer (b. 1530)
  • 1613
    Giovanni Artusi, Italian composer
  • 1620
    Wanli, Emperor of China (b. 1563)
  • 1634
    Urbain Grandier, French priest (b. 1590)
  • 1642
    Guido Reni, Italian painter (b. 1575)
  • 1645
    Eudoxia Streshneva, Tsarina of Mikhail I of Russia (b. 1608)
  • 1683
    Charles Hart, English actor (b. 1625)
  • 1707
    William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire, English soldier and statesman (b. 1640)
  • 1712
    Richard Savage, 4th Earl Rivers, English soldier
  • 1765
    Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1708)
  • 1809
    Matthew Boulton, English manufacturer and engineer (b. 1728)
  • 1815
    Chauncey Goodrich, American politician (b. 1759)
  • 1842
    Louis de Freycinet, French explorer (b. 1779)
  • 1850
    Honoré de Balzac, French writer (b. 1799)
  • 1919
    Joseph E. Seagram, Canadian distillery founder (b. 1841)
  • 1940
    Walter P. Chrysler, American automobile executive (b. 1875)
  • 1942
    Rafaela Ottiano, Italian-born American actress (b. 1888)
  • 1943
    Ali-Agha Shikhlinski, Russian-Azerbaijani general (b. 1865)
  • 1944
    Ernst Thälmann, Leader of the Communist Party of Germany (b. 1886)
  • 1945
    Subhas Chandra Bose, Indian independence movement leader (b. 1897)
  • 1949
    Paul Mares, American musician (b. 1900)
  • 1950
    Julien Lahaut, Belgian communist politician (b. 1884)
  • 1952
    Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga, Chilean Jesuit saint (b. 1901)
  • 1963
    Clifford Odets, American playwright (b. 1906)
  • 1968
    Cy Walter, American pianist (b. 1915)
  • 1970
    Soledad Miranda, Spanish actress (b. 1943)
  • 1981
    Anita Loos, American screenwriter (b. 1889)
  • 1983
    Nikolaus Pevsner, German-born art historian (b. 1902)
  • 1990
    B.F. Skinner, American psychological theorist (b. 1904)
  • 1990
    Grethe Ingmann, Danish singer (b. 1938)
  • 1992
    Christopher McCandless, subject of the book Into the Wild (b. 1968)
  • 1994
    Martin Cahill, The General, infamous Dublin criminal (b. 1949)
  • 1998
    Nelly’s, Greek photographer (b. 1899)
  • 1998
    Persis Khambatta, Indian actress (b. 1950)
  • 2001
    David Peakall, British scientist (b. 1931)
  • 2002
    Dean Riesner, American film and television writer (b. 1918)
  • 2003
    Tony Jackson, English musician (The Searchers) (b. 1938)
  • 2004
    Elmer Bernstein, American composer (b. 1922)
  • 2004
    Hiram Fong, former U.S. Senator from Hawaii (b. 1906)
  • 2005
    Christopher Bauman, American wrestler (b. 1982)
  • 2005
    Gao Xiumin, Chinese comedy actress (b. 1959)
  • 2006
    Fernand Gignac, Canadian singer and actor (b. 1934)
  • 2006
    Jamie Astaphan, Caribbean-born physician (b. 1946)
  • 2007
    Michael Deaver, Reagan Administration Deputy White House Chief of Staff (b. 1938)
  • 2009
    Kim Dae-jung,15th President of South Korea (b. 1925)
  • 2009
    Robert Novak, American journalist and commentator (b. 1931)
  • 2010
    Benjamin Kaplan, copyright scholar (b. 1911)
  • 2010
    Hal Connolly, American Athlete and hammer thrower (b. 1931)
  • 2010
    Scott Davis, American Announcer of Track and Field (b. 1943)

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