January 18: Day of the Week
January 18, 2017 was the 18th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 347 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Suiyōbi.
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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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January 18 Historical Event(s)
- 1591King Naresuan of Siam kills Crown Prince Minchit Sra of Burma in single combat, for which this date is now observed marked as Royal Thai Armed Forces day.
- 1701Frederick I becomes King of Prussia.
- 1778James Cook is the first known European to discover the Hawaiian Islands, which he names the “Sandwich Islands”.
- 1916A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri.
- 1919Ignacy Jan Paderewski becomes Prime Minister of the newly independent Poland.
- 1943Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The first uprising of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto.
- 1977Australia’s worst rail disaster occurs at Granville, Sydney killing 83.
- 1977Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires’ disease.
- 1997In north west Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 3 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers and seriously wound one other.
- 2005The Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial jet, is unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France
Who were born on January 18?
- 1856Daniel Hale Williams, African-American surgeon (d. 1931)
- 1905Joseph Bonanno, Italian-born gangster (d. 2002)
- 1927Sundaram Balachander, Indian veena player (d. 1990)
- 1941Bobby Goldsboro, American country/pop singer
- 1947Takeshi Kitano, Japanese actor and director
- 1967Iván Zamorano, Chilean footballer
- 1967Kim Perrot, American basketball player (d. 1999)
- 1979Brian Gionta, American ice hockey player
- 1979Kenyatta Jones, American football player
- 1979Paulo Ferreira, Portuguese footballer
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