What happened on January 18? There are more than 288 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 January 18

January 18 In HistoryJanuary 18 is the 18th day of the year 2021. There are 347 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday. This day falls under the 3rd week of the year 2021.

On this day in Arkville, New York 12406 sunrise occured at 07:21 AM and sunset occured at 04:56 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Capricorn. The modern birthstone for this month is Garnet while the mystical birthstone is Emerald.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 25 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For January 18

  • 350
    Generallus Magnentius deposes Roman Emperor Constans and proclaims himself Emperor.
  • 474
    Leo II briefly becomes Byzantine emperor.
  • 532
    Nika riots in Constantinople fail.
  • 1126
    Emperor Huizong abdicates the Chinese throne in favour of his son Emperor Qinzong.
  • 1486
    King Henry VII of England marries Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV.
  • 1520
    King Christian II of Denmark and Norway defeats the Swedes at Lake Åsunden.
  • 1535
    Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded Lima, the capital of Peru.
  • 1562
    Pope Pius IV reopens the Council of Trent for its third and final session.
  • 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.
  • 1670
    Henry Morgan captures Panama.
  • 1701
    Frederick I becomes King of Prussia.
  • 1778
    James Cook is the first known European to discover the Hawaiian Islands, which he names the “Sandwich Islands”.
  • 1788
    The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay.
  • 1866
    Wesley College, Melbourne is established.
  • 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.
  • 1884
    Dr. William Price attempts to cremate the body of his infant son, Jesus Christ Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom.
  • 1886
    Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England.
  • 1896
    The X-ray machine is exhibited for the first time.
  • 1903
    President Theodore Roosevelt sends a radio message to King Edward VII: the first transatlantic radio transmission originating in the United States.
  • 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.
  • 1915
    Japan issues the “Twenty-One Demands” to the Republic of China in a bid to increase its power in East Asia.
  • 1916
    A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri.
  • 1919
    Bentley Motors Limited is founded.
  • 1919
    Ignacy Jan Paderewski becomes Prime Minister of the newly independent Poland.
  • 1919
    World War I: The Paris Peace Conference opens in Versailles, France.
  • 1941
    World War II: British troops launch a general counter-offensive against Italian East Africa.
  • 1943
    Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The first uprising of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto.
  • 1944
    Soviet forces liberate Leningrad, effectively ending a three year Nazi siege, known as the Siege of Leningrad.
  • 1944
    The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers are Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.
  • 1945
    Liberation of the Budapest ghetto by the Red Army.
  • 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.
  • 1967
    Albert DeSalvo, the “Boston Strangler”, is convicted of numerous crimes and is sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • 1969
    Brahma Baba, founder father of Brahma Kumaris left his mortal coil.
  • 1969
    United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay killing all 32 passengers and six crew members.
  • 1974
    A Disengagement of Forces agreement is signed between the Israeli and Egyptian governments, ending conflict on the Egyptian front of the Yom Kippur War.
  • 1976
    Lebanese Christian militias overrun Karantina, Beirut, killing at least 1,000.
  • 1977
    Australia’s worst rail disaster occurs at Granville, Sydney killing 83.
  • 1977
    Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires’ disease.
  • 1978
    The European Court of Human Rights finds the United Kingdom government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland, but not guilty of torture.
  • 1978
    The roof structure of the Hartford Civic Center collapses after a significant snowfall.
  • 1981
    Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield parachute off a Houston skyscraper, becoming the first two people to BASE jump from objects in all four categories: buildings, antennae, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs).
  • 1983
    The International Olympic Committee restores Jim Thorpe’s Olympic medals to his family.
  • 1990
    Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry is arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting.
  • 1993
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is officially observed for the first time in all 50 states.
  • 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.
  • 1997
    Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided.
  • 1997
    In north west Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 3 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers and seriously wound one other.
  • 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.

Who Were Born On January 18?

  • 885
    Daigo, Emperor of Japan (d. 930)
  • 1519
    Isabella Jagiełło, queen of Hungary (d. 1559)
  • 1543
    (baptised) Alfonso Ferrabosco the elder, Italian composer (d. 1588)
  • 1641
    François-Michel le Tellier, Marquis de Louvois, French war minister (d. 1691)
  • 1659
    Damaris Cudworth Masham, English philosopher (d. 1708)
  • 1672
    Antoine Houdar de la Motte, French writer (d. 1731)
  • 1688
    Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1765)
  • 1689
    Montesquieu, French satirist and philosopher (d. 1755)
  • 1743
    Louis Claude de Saint-Martin French philosopher, known as le philosophe inconnu. (d. 1803)
  • 1779
    Peter Mark Roget, British lexicographer (d. 1869)
  • 1782
    Daniel Webster, American statesman (d. 1852)
  • 1795
    Anna Pavlovna of Russia, queen of The Netherlands (d. 1865)
  • 1813
    Joseph Glidden, American farmer who patented barbed wire (d. 1906)
  • 1815
    Constantin von Tischendorf, German biblical scholar (d. 1874)
  • 1840
    Henry Austin Dobson, English poet (d. 1921)
  • 1841
    Emmanuel Chabrier, French composer (d. 1894)
  • 1842
    A. A. Ames, Mayor of Minneapolis (d. 1911)
  • 1848
    Ioan Slavici, Transylvanian writer (d. 1925)
  • 1849
    Sir Edmund Barton, 1st Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1920)
  • 1850
    Seth Low, American politician (d. 1916)
  • 1853
    Marthinus Nikolaas Ras, South African Gunmaker (d. 1900)
  • 1854
    Thomas Watson, American telephone pioneer (d. 1934)
  • 1856
    Daniel Hale Williams, African-American surgeon (d. 1931)
  • 1867
    Rubén Darío, Nicaraguan Journalist, Diplomat, Poet (d. 1916)
  • 1877
    Samuel Zemurray, U.S. businessman (d. 1961)
  • 1879
    Henri Giraud, French general (d. 1949)
  • 1879
    Tane Ikai, Japanese supercentenarian. (d. 1995)
  • 1880
    Paul Ehrenfest, Austrian physicist (d. 1933)
  • 1881
    Gaston Gallimard, French publisher (d. 1975)
  • 1882
    A. A. Milne, English author (d. 1956)
  • 1886
    Clara Nordström, German writer and translator (d. 1962)
  • 1888
    Thomas Sopwith, British aviation pioneer (d. 1989)
  • 1892
    Oliver Hardy, American comedian and actor (d. 1957)
  • 1892
    Paul Rostock, German surgeon (d. 1956)
  • 1896
    C. M. Eddy, Jr., American writer (d. 1967)
  • 1901
    Ivan Petrovsky, Russian mathematician (d. 1973)
  • 1904
    Anthony Galla-Rini, American accordionist (d. 2006)
  • 1904
    Cary Grant, English actor (d. 1986)
  • 1905
    Joseph Bonanno, Italian-born gangster (d. 2002)
  • 1908
    Jacob Bronowski, Polish-born mathematician, poet, and physicist (d. 1974)
  • 1908
    Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (d. 1972)
  • 1910
    Kenneth E. Boulding, English economist (d. 1993)
  • 1911
    José María Arguedas, Peruvian novelist, poet, and anthropologist (d. 1969).
  • 1913
    Danny Kaye, American actor (d. 1987)
  • 1913
    Giannis Papaioannou, Greek composer and musician (d. 1972)
  • 1914
    Arno Schmidt, German author (d. 1979)
  • 1914
    Vitomil Zupan, Slovenian writer (d. 1987)
  • 1915
    Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer and songwriter (d. 1984)
  • 1917
    Wang Yung-ching, Taiwanese businessman (d. 2008)
  • 1918
    Gustave Gingras, French Canadian physician (d. 1996)
  • 1921
    Yoichiro Nambu, Japanese-born American Nobel Prize-winning physicist
  • 1922
    Bob Bell, American clown (d. 1997)
  • 1925
    Gilles Deleuze, French philosopher (d. 1995)
  • 1927
    Sundaram Balachander, Indian veena player (d. 1990)
  • 1931
    Chun Doo-hwan, President of South Korea
  • 1932
    Robert Anton Wilson, American author (d. 2007)
  • 1933
    John Boorman, Irish film director
  • 1933
    Ray Dolby, American inventor (Dolby noise reduction system)
  • 1934
    Raymond Briggs, English writer and illustrator
  • 1935
    Albert Millaire, Quebec actor and theatre director
  • 1935
    Gad Yaacobi, Israeli minister (d. 2007)
  • 1935
    Jon Stallworthy, English poet
  • 1937
    Dick Durock, American actor d.2009
  • 1937
    John Hume, Northern Irish politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998
  • 1938
    Anthony Giddens, British sociologist
  • 1938
    Curt Flood, American baseball player (d. 1997)
  • 1940
    Pedro Rodriguez, Mexican racing driver (d. 1971)
  • 1941
    Bobby Goldsboro, American country/pop singer
  • 1941
    David Ruffin, American singer (The Temptations) (d. 1991)
  • 1941
    Denise Bombardier, Quebec journalist, television host and novelist
  • 1943
    Kay Granger, American politician
  • 1943
    Paul Freeman, British actor
  • 1944
    Carl Morton, American baseball player (d. 1983)
  • 1944
    Paul Keating, twenty-fourth Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1945
    José Luis Perales, Spanish singer
  • 1946
    Joseph Deiss, Swiss Federal Councilor
  • 1947
    Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseball player
  • 1947
    Takeshi Kitano, Japanese actor and director
  • 1949
    Bill Keller, American newspaper editor
  • 1949
    Philippe Starck, French designer
  • 1950
    Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian race car driver (d. 1982)
  • 1951
    Bob Latchford, English footballer
  • 1951
    Bram Behr, Surinamese journalist (d. 1982)
  • 1952
    Michael Angelis, British actor
  • 1952
    Michael Behe, American advocate of Intelligent Design
  • 1952
    R. Stevie Moore, American singer, songwriter, and home recording pioneer
  • 1953
    Brett Hudson, American musician
  • 1954
    Ted DiBiase, Retired Professional Wrestler
  • 1955
    Fergus Martin, Irish artist
  • 1955
    Kevin Costner, American actor
  • 1956
    Sharon Mitchell, American porn actress
  • 1961
    Bobby Hansen, American basketball player
  • 1961
    Jeff Yagher, American actor
  • 1961
    Mark Messier, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1961
    Peter Beardsley, English footballer
  • 1962
    Alison Arngrim, American actress
  • 1962
    David O'Connor, American equestrian rider
  • 1963
    Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland
  • 1963
    Maxime Bernier, French Canadian politician
  • 1963
    Yury Zakharevich, Soviet weightlifter
  • 1964
    Andrea Leand, American tennis player
  • 1964
    Brady Anderson, American baseball player
  • 1964
    Enrico Lo Verso, Italian actor
  • 1964
    Jane Horrocks, British actress
  • 1965
    Dave Attell, American writer and comedian
  • 1966
    Alexander Khalifman, Russian chess player
  • 1966
    André Ribeiro, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1967
    Iván Zamorano, Chilean footballer
  • 1967
    Kim Perrot, American basketball player (d. 1999)
  • 1968
    Frank Quitely, Scottish comic book artist
  • 1969
    Dave Bautista, American professional wrestler
  • 1969
    Jesse L. Martin, American actor and singer
  • 1969
    Jim O'Rourke, American musician and producer (Loose Fur and Wilco)
  • 1969
    John Eder, American politician
  • 1970
    DJ Quik, American rapper
  • 1970
    Peter van Petegem, Belgian cyclist
  • 1971
    Christian Fittipaldi, Brazilian race car driver
  • 1971
    Fabian Ribauw, Nauruan politician
  • 1971
    Jonathan Davis, American singer (KoЯn)
  • 1971
    Josep Guardiola, Spanish footballer
  • 1971
    Seamus O'Regan, Canadian broadcast journalist
  • 1972
    Mike Lieberthal, American baseball player
  • 1972
    Vinod Kambli, Indian cricket player
  • 1973
    Anthony Koutoufides, Australian rules footballer and Gladiator
  • 1973
    Ben Jealous, African-American leader, president of the NAACP
  • 1973
    Burnie Burns, director, voice actor, producer, screenwriter, co-founder of Rooster Teeth Productions
  • 1973
    Crispian Mills, British musician (The Jeevas and Kula Shaker)
  • 1974
    Christian Burns, English musician (BBMak)
  • 1974
    Devon Odessa, American actress
  • 1974
    Maulik Pancholy, American actor
  • 1974
    Michael Tunn, Australian television presenter and radio announcer
  • 1974
    Princess Claire of Belgium
  • 1976
    Damien Leith, Irish-born Australian singer, winner of Australian Idol 2006
  • 1976
    Laurence Courtois, Belgian tennis player
  • 1976
    Subhrajit Mitra, Indian filmmaker
  • 1977
    Alina Jidkova, Russian tennis player
  • 1977
    Curtis Cregan, American actor
  • 1977
    Richard Archer, British singer (lead singer of Hard-Fi)
  • 1977
    Richard Wall, Irish actor
  • 1978
    Bogdan Lobont, Romanian football player
  • 1978
    Brian Falkenborg, American baseball player
  • 1978
    Thor Hushovd, Norwegian cyclist
  • 1979
    Brian Gionta, American ice hockey player
  • 1979
    Jay Chou, Taiwanese singer, producer, actor and director
  • 1979
    Kenyatta Jones, American football player
  • 1979
    Paulo Ferreira, Portuguese footballer
  • 1979
    Ruslan Fedotenko, Ukrainian ice hockey player
  • 1980
    Estelle Swaray, English singer
  • 1980
    Jason Segel, American actor
  • 1980
    Julius Peppers, American football player
  • 1980
    Robert Green, English footballer
  • 1981
    Kang Dong-won, South Korean model and actor
  • 1981
    Khari Stephenson, Jamaican footballer
  • 1981
    Olivier Rochus, Belgian tennis player
  • 1982
    Joanna Newsom, American harpist
  • 1982
    Quinn Allman, American Guitarist, The Used
  • 1983
    Samantha Mumba, Irish singer and actress
  • 1984
    Benji Schwimmer, American dancer
  • 1984
    Ioannis Drymonakos, Greek swimmer
  • 1984
    Kristy Lee Cook, American singer
  • 1984
    Makoto Hasebe, Japanese footballer
  • 1984
    Michael Kearney, American child prodigy
  • 1984
    Seung-Hui Cho, American spree killer (d. 2007)
  • 1985
    Dale Begg-Smith, Australian freestyle skier
  • 1985
    Minissha Lamba, Indian actress and model
  • 1985
    Riccardo Montolivo, Italian footballer
  • 1986
    Grigoris Makos, Greek footballer
  • 1986
    Marya Roxx, Estonian singer
  • 1987
    Christopher Liebig, German rugby player
  • 1987
    Johan Djourou, Swiss footballer
  • 1988
    Anastasios Kissas, Greek footballer
  • 1988
    Ronnie Day, American singer-songwriter
  • 1991
    Diego Simões, Brazilian footballer
  • 1993
    Morgan York, American actress
  • 1994
    Gong Min-ji, South Korean pop singer, rapper, and dancer of 2NE1
  • 1994
    Kang Ji-young, South Korean singer
  • 1999
    Karan Brar, American actor

Who Died On January 18?

  • 52 BC
    Publius Clodius Pulcher (b. 93 BC)
  • 474
    Leo I the Thracian, Byzantine Emperor (b. 401)
  • 1213
    Queen Regnant Tamar of Georgia (b. c. 1160)
  • 1367
    King Peter I of Portugal (b. 1320)
  • 1425
    Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March, English politician (b. 1391)
  • 1471
    Emperor Go-Hanazono of Japan (b. 1419)
  • 1586
    Margaret of Parma, regent of The Netherlands (b. 1522)
  • 1677
    Jan van Riebeeck, Dutch merchant (b. 1619)
  • 1803
    Ippolit Bogdanovich, Russian poet (b. 1743)
  • 1862
    John Tyler, 10th President of the United States (b. 1790)
  • 1873
    Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, English author (b. 1803)
  • 1878
    Antoine César Becquerel, French physicist (b. 1788)
  • 1886
    Baldassare Verazzi, Italian painter (b. 1819)
  • 1892
    Anton Anderledy, Swiss religious figure (b. 1819)
  • 1896
    Charles Floquet, French statesman (b. 1828)
  • 1923
    Wallace Reid, American actor (b. 1891)
  • 1936
    Rudyard Kipling, British writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1865)
  • 1940
    Kazimierz Tetmajer, Polish writer (b. 1865)
  • 1951
    Amy Carmichael, Irish missionary (b. 1867)
  • 1952
    Curly Howard, American actor and comedian (b. 1903)
  • 1954
    Sydney Greenstreet, English actor (b. 1879)
  • 1963
    Hugh Gaitskell, English politician (b. 1906)
  • 1966
    Kathleen Norris, American writer (b. 1880)
  • 1967
    Goose Tatum, American basketball player (b. 1921)
  • 1969
    Hans Freyer, German sociologist (b. 1887)
  • 1970
    David O. McKay, American religious figure (b. 1873)
  • 1971
    Virgil Finlay, American horror illustrator (b. 1914)
  • 1975
    Gertrude Olmstead, American actress (b. 1897)
  • 1978
    Carl Betz, American film and television actor (b. 1921)
  • 1978
    Hasan Askari, Pakistani philosopher and writer (b. 1919)
  • 1978
    Walter H. Thompson, English Scotland Yard detective (b. 1890)
  • 1980
    Sir Cecil Beaton, English fashion designer (b. 1904)
  • 1984
    Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1915)
  • 1985
    Wilfrid Brambell, Irish actor (b. 1912)
  • 1989
    Bruce Chatwin, English novelist (b. 1940)
  • 1990
    Rusty Hamer, American actor (b. 1947)
  • 1993
    Eleanor Hibbert, English writer (b. 1906)
  • 1995
    Adolf Butenandt, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1995
    Ron Luciano, American baseball umpire (b. 1937)
  • 1996
    Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Indian actor and politician (b. 1923)
  • 1997
    Paul Tsongas, American politician (b. 1941)
  • 2000
    Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, Austrian architect (b. 1897)
  • 2001
    Al Waxman, Canadian actor (b. 1935)
  • 2003
    Ed Farhat, American professional wrestler (b. 1926)
  • 2003
    Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Indian poet (b. 1907)
  • 2005
    Lamont Bentley, American actor (b. 1973)
  • 2006
    Jan Twardowski, Polish poet (b. 1915)
  • 2007
    Brent Liles, American musician (Agent Orange/Social Distortion) (b. 1963)
  • 2008
    Frank Lewin, American composer and music theorist (b. 1925)
  • 2008
    Georgia Frontiere, American football team owner (b. 1927)
  • 2008
    John Stroger, American politician (b. 1929)
  • 2009
    Bob May, American actor (b. 1939)
  • 2009
    Grigore Vieru, Romanian poet (b. 1935)
  • 2009
    Nora Kovach, Hungarian-born American ballerina (b. 1931)
  • 2009
    Tony Hart, British artist and TV presenter (b. 1925)
  • 2011
    Sargent Shriver, American politician (b. 1915)

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