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 Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is domingo.
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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.
- 1917A Great Fire in Thessaloniki, Greece destroys 32% of the city leaving 70,000 individuals homeless.
- 1948The Australian cricket team completed a 4–0 Ashes series win over England during their undefeated Invincibles tour.
- 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.
- 1963American civil rights movement: James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
- 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.
- 1983Hurricane Alicia hits the Texas coast, killing 22 people and causing over USD $1 billion in damage (1983 dollars).
- 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.
Who were born on August 18?
- 1803Nathan Clifford, American statesman, diplomat, and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1881)
- 1908Edgar Faure, French politician and historian (d. 1988)
- 1931Bramwell Tillsley, Canadian Salvation Army general
- 1931Dick White, English footballer
- 1933Roman Polanski, Polish-born director and actor
- 1955Taher ElGamal, Egyptian scientist
- 1971Richard D James, Irish musician (Aphex Twin)
- 1973Victoria Coren, British writer, presenter and poker player
- 1984Robert Huth, German footballer
- 1992Elizabeth Beisel, American swimmer
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