August 18: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On August 18, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. The Gregorian calendar’s 230th day is August 18. On this day in history, a French astronomer discovered helium, Australia and New Zealand withdrew their soldiers from the Vietnam War, and Hurricane Alicia made landfall in Texas.

The 18th of August falls under the sign of Leo. Patrick Swayze, Robert Redford, and Andy Samberg all have famous birthdays. The 18th of August is also National Fajita Day.


(August 18, 1227)
Genghis Khan, a great military leader and conqueror, died. photo source:


Happy Birthday! (August 18, 1830)
Franz Joseph I of Austria. photo source:

(August 18, 1920)
On this day in 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment, concluding a 72-year battle to give women the right to vote in the United States.

(August 18, 1958)
Brojen Das of Bangladesh swims the English Channel in a competition, becoming the first Bengali and Asian to accomplish it. He finished first out of 39 competitors.

(August 18, 1992)
Larry Bird, a three-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics (1981, 1984, 1986), announced his retirement. photo source:

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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