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Friday August 18, 2023

August 18: Day of the Week

August 18, 2023 is the 230th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 135 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Friday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kin'yōbi.

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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)

  • 1572
    Marriage in Paris of the future Huguenot King Henry IV of Navarre to Marguerite de Valois, in a supposed attempt to reconcile Protestants and Catholics.
  • 1891
    Major hurricane strikes Martinique, leaving 700 dead.
  • 1917
    A Great Fire in Thessaloniki, Greece destroys 32% of the city leaving 70,000 individuals homeless.
  • 1938
    The 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.
  • 1948
    The Australian cricket team completed a 4–0 Ashes series win over England during their undefeated Invincibles tour.
  • 1963
    American civil rights movement: James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
  • 1965
    Vietnam 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.
  • 1971
    Vietnam War: Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their troops from Vietnam.
  • 1977
    Steve 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.
  • 2011
    The West Memphis Three are released from prison after 18 years in imprisonment.

Who were born on August 18?

  • 1879
    Aleksandr Rodzyanko, Russian general (d. 1970)
  • 1966
    Kang Soo-yeon, South Korean actress
  • 1967
    Blas Elias, drummer
  • 1967
    Brian Michael Bendis, American comic-book writer
  • 1967
    Daler Mehndi, Indian bhangra/pop singer
  • 1967
    Dan Peters, American musician
  • 1971
    Jacob Vargas, American actor
  • 1973
    Victoria Coren, British writer, presenter and poker player
  • 1980
    Jeremy Shockey, American football player
  • 1988
    Luke Jackson (author), English Author

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