February 18: Day of the Week
February 18, 2017 was the 49th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 316 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.
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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
February 18 Historical Event(s)
- 1332Amda Seyon I, Emperor of Ethiopia begins his campaigns in the southern Muslim provinces.
- 1478George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is executed in private at the Tower of London.
- 1637Eighty Years’ War: Off the coast of Cornwall, England, a Spanish fleet intercepts an important Anglo-Dutch merchant convoy of 44 vessels escorted by 6 warships, destroying or capturing 20 of them.
- 1745The city of Surakarta, Central Java is founded on the banks of Bengawan Solo River, and becomes the capital of the Kingdom of Surakarta.
- 1932The Empire of Japan declares Manzhouguo (the obsolete Chinese name for Manchuria) independent from the Republic of China.
- 1957Walter James Bolton becomes the last person legally executed in New Zealand.
- 1978The first Ironman Triathlon competition takes place on the island of Oahu, won by Gordon Haller.
- 2001FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He is ultimately convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
- 2001Inter-ethnic violence between Dayaks and Madurese breaks out in Sampit, Indonesia, that will ultimately result in more than 500 deaths and 100,000 Madurese displaced from their homes.
- 2007New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Pig in Chinese astrology.
Who were born on February 18?
- 1814Samuel Fenton Cary, American-born U. S. Congressman (d. 1900)
- 1890Adolphe Menjou, American actor (d. 1963)
- 1890Edward Arnold, American actor (d. 1956)
- 1907Oscar Brodney, American screenwriter (d. 2008)
- 1920Bill Cullen, American game show host (d. 1990)
- 1920Eric Gairy, Grenadan politician (d. 1997)
- 1933Mary Ure, Scottish actress (d. 1975)
- 1933Yoko Ono, Japanese-born American singer and performance artist
- 1977Sean Watkins, American guitarist and songwriter
- 1991Sebastian Neumann, German footballer
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