February 18: Day of the Week
February 18, 2021 was the 49th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 316 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Mokuyōbi.
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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)
- 1637Eighty Years’ War: Off the coast of Cornwall, England, a Spanish fleet intercepts an important Anglo-Dutch merchant convoy of 44 vessels escorted by 6 warships, destroying or capturing 20 of them.
- 1930Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft.
- 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.
- 1957Kenyan rebel leader Dedan Kimathi is executed by the British colonial government.
- 1957Walter James Bolton becomes the last person legally executed in New Zealand.
- 1972The California Supreme Court in the case of People v. Anderson, 6 Cal.3d 628 invalidates the state’s death penalty and commutes the sentences of all death row inmates to life imprisonment.
- 1977The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle is carried on its maiden “flight” on top of a Boeing 747.
- 2001Inter-ethnic violence between Dayaks and Madurese breaks out in Sampit, Indonesia, that will ultimately result in more than 500 deaths and 100,000 Madurese displaced from their homes.
- 2007New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Pig in Chinese astrology.
Who were born on February 18?
- 1374Saint Jadwiga of Poland, queen of Poland (d. 1399)
- 1559Isaac Casaubon, French classical scholar (d. 1614)
- 1919Jack Palance, American actor (d. 2006)
- 1922Juhan Smuul, Estonian author (d. 1971)
- 1948Sinéad Cusack, Irish actress
- 1968Molly Ringwald, American actress
- 1969Alexander Mogilny, Russian ice hockey player
- 1973Claude Makélélé, French footballer
- 1983Jermaine Jenas, English footballer
- 1987Vicente Guaita, Spanish footballer
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