August 18: Day of the Week
August 18, 2021 was the 230th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 135 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is miércoles.
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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)
- 1634Urbain Grandier, accused and convicted of sorcery, is burned alive in Loudun, France.
- 1870Franco-Prussian War: Battle of Gravelotte is fought.
- 1877Asaph Hall discovers Martian moon Phobos.
- 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.
- 1950Julien Lahaut, the chairman of the Communist Party of Belgium is assassinated by far-right elements.
- 1958Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel Lolita is published in the United States.
- 1989Leading presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galán is assassinated near Bogotá in Colombia.
- 2000A 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.
- 2005A Massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people, the largest and most widespread power outage in history.
- 2008President of Pakistan Pervez Musharaf resigns due to the threat of impeachment.
Who were born on August 18?
- 1819Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaievna, Duchess of Leuchtenberg (d. 1876)
- 1911Amelia Boynton Robinson, American leader in the Schiller Institute
- 1931Hans van Mierlo, Dutch politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister (d. 2010)
- 1934Vincent Bugliosi, American attorney
- 1960Mike LaValliere, baseball player
- 1962Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico
- 1969Masta Killa, American rapper
- 1987Mika Boorem, American actress
- 1988Jack Hobbs, English footballer
- 1992Frances Bean Cobain, Kurt Cobain’s daughter
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