October 18: Day of the Week
October 18, 2018 was the 291st day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 74 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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Here’s the October calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Libra is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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October 18 Historical Event(s)
- 1081The Normans defeat the Byzantine Empire in the Battle of Dyrrhachium.
- 1386Opening of the University of Heidelberg.
- 1748Signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ends the War of the Austrian Succession.
- 1775African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery.
- 1851Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is first published as The Whale by Richard Bentley of London.
- 1867United States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. Celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day.
- 1914The Schoenstatt Movement is founded in Germany.
- 1929The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council overrules the Supreme Court of Canada in Edwards v. Canada when it declares that women are considered “Persons” under Canadian law.
- 1945Argentine military officer and politician Juan Perón marries actress Eva Perón.
- 1977German Autumn: a set of events revolving around the kidnapping of Hanns-Martin Schleyer and the hijacking of a Lufthansa flight by the Red Army Faction (RAF) comes to an end when Schleyer is murdered and various RAF members allegedly commit suicide.
Who were born on October 18?
- 1741Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, French general and author (d. 1803)
- 1931Ien Dales, Dutch politician and mayor (d. 1994)
- 1940Cynthia Weil, American songwriter
- 1948Ntozake Shange, American author
- 1954Arliss Howard, American actor
- 1956Jim Talent, American politician
- 1964Charles Stross, British author
- 1974Robbie Savage, Welsh footballer
- 1984Esperanza Spalding, American jazz bassist and singer
- 1986Wilma Elles, German actress
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