Saturday, April 18, 2026
Today's name is: Valdemar, Volmar. Congratulations on your name day!
This is week: 16
Day of the year is: 108 of total 365 days.
Historical events this day: (from Wikipedia)
- 309 or 310 - Then Marcellus I has passed away (about 309) is chosen Eusebius to the Pope.
- 1808 - When the Swedish troops under Georg Carl von Döbelns commander is to cross the ice on the river Siikajoki, they are ambushed by a Russian here led by Yakov Petrovich Kulnev. At first goes the battle of Siikajoki bad for the Swedes, who are forced to retreat, but when the Russians expose their center, the Swedish adjutant-general gives Carl Johan Adlercreutz order to attack it and the battle ends with the first Swedish victory in Finnish War, which has erupted two months earlier. Because it the Nyland regiment particularly distinguished himself in battle, recruits who have served in this regiment to this day may wear the so-called The Siikajoki cross after his term of service.
- 1864 - Prussian and Austrian troops led by Frederick Charles of Prussia storms the Danish fortress at Dybbøl after they have besieged it since April 7. In it subsequent battle the Danes suffer from Georg Daniel Gerlachs command a decisive defeat and soon the truce in progress is concluded Danish-German war. As the war ends later in the year with Prussia annexing all of Southern Jutland from Denmark, the date of the battle has gained an important place in Denmark's history and even today the day is a military memorial and flag day.
- 1906 - The city of San Francisco on the American west coast is hit at five o'clock in the morning an earthquake with a magnitude that has since been calculated to be 7.8 on the Richter scale. Around 1,000 people die when around 28,000 houses collapse and start burning as a result of the quake and a quarter of a million are left homeless. The material damage is valued at around 400 million dollars.
- Pierre Laval succeeds Francois Darlan as prime minister in the not yet German-occupied southwestern part of France. In November of the same year, Nazi Germany also occupies Vichy France, but Laval remains prime minister until 1944, when France is liberated and Charles de Gaulle establishes a provisional French government.
- American bomber flight conducts The Doolittle Raid, named after the commander Jimmy Doolittle, which becomes the first US air strike against the Japanese islands since the Japanese the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7 of the previous year. The raid has no strategic or tactical significance, but it becomes a major American propaganda victory, as it is seen as retaliation for Pearl Harbor and shows that it is not impossible to attack Japan.
- 1951 - Representatives of Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany sign the so-called in Paris Treaty of Paris (also known as the ECSC Treaty), by which it European Coal and Steel Community established as of the treaty's entry into force on 23 July of the following year. This will be the world's first supranational organization and the foundation of the European Communities, which later becomes part of European Union. As the treaty is concluded in 50 years, the Coal and Steel Community will consequently end on 23 July 2002.
- 1980 - The independence of the African country Rhodesia is recognized internationally, in connection with Robert Mugabe comes to power and the country changes its name to Zimbabwe. Already in 1965, they unilaterally declared their independence from Great Britain, but when the British refused to agree to this, the UN imposed sanctions on Rhodesia, which are now being lifted.
- 1983 - 63 people die, when the Lebanese civil war.
- 2014 - Sixteen people die and nine are injured by an avalanche on Mount Everest, which leads to the mountain guides demanding higher wages.