August 18: Day of the Week
August 18, 2019 is the 230th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 135 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.
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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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August 18 Historical Event(s)
- 1572Marriage in Paris of the future Huguenot King Henry IV of Navarre to Marguerite de Valois, in a supposed attempt to reconcile Protestants and Catholics.
- 1634Urbain Grandier, accused and convicted of sorcery, is burned alive in Loudun, France.
- 1864American 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.
- 1891Major hurricane strikes Martinique, leaving 700 dead.
- 1903German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright Brothers.
- 1938The 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.
- 1948The Australian cricket team completed a 4–0 Ashes series win over England during their undefeated Invincibles tour.
- 1966Vietnam 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.
- 1977Steve 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.
- 2011The West Memphis Three are released from prison after 18 years in imprisonment.
Who were born on August 18?
- 1596Jean Bolland, Flemish Jesuit writer (d. 1665)
- 1896Jack Pickford, Canadian-born actor (d. 1933)
- 1923Sadashiv Shinde, Indian cricketer (d. 1955)
- 1935Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of Namibia
- 1944Robert Hitchcock, Australian Sculptor
- 1957Carole Bouquet, French actress
- 1962Geoff Courtnall, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1967Brian Michael Bendis, American comic-book writer
- 1980Bart Scott, American football player
- 1983Mika, Lebanese/British musician
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