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Monday, 1 January 2018

Some historical anniversaries for 2018

This is a list of some relevant historical anniversaries that will be celebrated in 2018:

  • 1018: Abd ar-Rahman IV became Caliph of Cordoba.


  • 1st January 1993: Czechoslovakia ceased to exist as the Czech Republic and Slovakia separated in the so-called Velvet Divorce.
  • 1st January 1993: The European Economic Community eliminated trade barriers and created a European single market.
  • 20th January 1993:  Bill Clinton became the 42nd President of the United States.
  • 22nd January 1918: Ukraine proclaimed its independence from Russia.
  • 1st January 1818: Frankenstein was published by Mary Shelley.


  • 24th February 1918: Estonia became independent from Russia.


  • 4th March 1918: the flu pandemic of 1918 began. It killed between 50 to 100 million people worldwide.
  • 22nd March 1518: Magellan convinced King Charles I to support his voyage to Spice Islands.


  • 4th April 1968: Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.


  • 23rd May 1618: The Thirty Years' War started in Europe. The conflict involved most of the European powers at that time.
  • 15th May 1648: The Peace of Westphalia put an end to the Thirty Years' War in Europe.


  • 14th June 2008: Expo 2008 started in Zaragoza, with the topic "Water and sustainable development".
  • 5th June 1968: Robert F. Kennedy (John F. Kennedy's brother) was assassinated in Los Angeles.


  • 18th July 1918: Nelson Mandela was born.


    • 7th August 2008: Georgia invaded the breakaway state of South Ossetia, starting a war with Russia as the latter intervened in support of the separatists in both South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
    • 30th August 1993: Russian troops left Lithuania.

    • 17th September 1993: Russian troops left Poland.


    • 16th October 1968: US athletes protested against racial discrimination during the Olympic games in Mexico City.


    • 4th November 2008: Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the USA.
    • 11th November 1918: End of World War I (1914-1918), the first major catastrophe of the 20th century.


    • 24th December 1968: Apollo 8 was the first manned spacecraft to orbit the Moon.
    • 3rd December 1818: Illinois becomes the 21st state of the Union (the United States of America).

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