February 18: Day of the Week
February 18, 2020 was the 49th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 317 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mardi.
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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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February 18 Historical Event(s)
- 1268The Livonian Brothers of the Sword are defeated by Dovmont of Pskov in the Battle of Rakvere.
- 1865Union forces under Major General William T. Sherman set the South Carolina State House on fire during the burning of Columbia.
- 1906Edouard de Laveleye forms the Belgian Olympic Committee in Brussels.
- 1913Pedro Lascuráin becomes President of Mexico for 45 minutes; this is the shortest term to date of any person as president of any country.
- 1943Joseph Goebbels delivers his Sportpalast speech.
- 1955Operation Teapot: Teapot test shot “Wasp” is successfully detonated at the Nevada Test Site with a yield of 1.2 kilotons. Wasp is the first of fourteen shots of the Teapot series.
- 1957Walter James Bolton becomes the last person legally executed in New Zealand.
- 1977New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Snake in Chinese astrology.
- 1978The first Ironman Triathlon competition takes place on the island of Oahu, won by Gordon Haller.
- 2001Seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt dies in an accident during the Daytona 500.
Who were born on February 18?
- 1849Alexander Kielland, Norwegian author (d. 1906)
- 1884Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician (d. 1970)
- 1915Phyllis Calvert, British actress (d. 2002)
- 1916Jean Drapeau, Canadian politician, mayor of Montreal (d. 1999)
- 1930Gahan Wilson, American cartoonist
- 1948Georg Brunnhuber, German politician
- 1954John Travolta, American actor
- 1969Tomaž Humar, Slovenian mountaineer (d. 2009)
- 1974Julia Butterfly Hill, American environmental activist
- 1976Chanda Rubin, American tennis player
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