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 French then this day of the week in French is dimanche.
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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)
- 1590John White, the governor of the Colony of Roanoke, returns from a supply trip to England and finds his settlement deserted.
- 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.
- 1868French astronomer Pierre Jules César Janssen discovers helium.
- 1877Asaph Hall discovers Martian moon Phobos.
- 1958Brojen 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.
- 1963American civil rights movement: James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
- 1965Vietnam 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.
- 1971Vietnam War: Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their troops from Vietnam.
- 1976In the Korean Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjeom, the Axe Murder Incident results in the death of two US soldiers.
Who were born on August 18?
- 1720Laurence Shirley, 4th Earl Ferrers, English murderer (d. 1760)
- 1822Isaac P. Rodman, American Union general (d. 1862)
- 1870Hugh Bromley-Davenport, England cricketer (d. 1954)
- 1952Elayne Boosler, American comedian
- 1953Louie Gohmert, American politician
- 1960Fat Lever, American basketball player
- 1964Craig Bierko, American actor
- 1970Malcolm-Jamal Warner, American actor
- 1984Robert Huth, German footballer
- 1988Luke Jackson (author), English Author
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