October 18: Zodiac, Trivia, Birthdays and Holidays

October 18th marks the 291st day of the Gregorian calendar year (or the 292nd in case of leap years). There are 74 days remaining until the end of the year. People born on this day are under the sign of Libra. Famous birthdays on this day include Zac Efron (1987), Jean-Claude Van Damme (1960) and Catherine Ringer (1957).
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What happened on October 18th in history? Here’s the historical highlights:

  • Oct 18th, 2018 War in Afghanistan: Afghan General and Kandahar Police Chief Abdul Raziq Achakzai are assassinated during a high-level meeting at the governor's compound. The incident took place with U.S. General Austin S. Miller. According to officials, Gen. Miller was uninjured while the governor sustained serious injuries. The Taliban claim responsibility.
  • Oct 18th, 2017 Syrian Civil War: Major General Issam Zahreddine of the Syrian Republican Guard, who is known for leading battles against rebels in Aleppo and Homs, was killed by a Deir ez-Zor landmine, according to Syrian media.
  • Oct 18th, 2016 Somalia War: Somali police claim at least seven people are dead following clashes in which Somalia and African Union troops drove al-Shabab extremists out of Afgooye (a town near Mogadishu).
  • Oct 18th, 2015 Israeli forces evacuated dozens Jewish worshippers who were surrounded in Nablus by Palestinians following their entry to Joseph's Tomb compound, which had been recently set on fire by Palestinians. Although the area is now under total Palestinian control, Jewish prayer can be done there if it is coordinated with authorities. According to the military, Sunday's visit was illegal and worshippers did not have permission. (AP),
  • Oct 18th, 2014 In their second attack within 48 hours, suspected rebels from Uganda kill more than 20 people in the vicinity of Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Oct 18th, 2013 China's economy grew by 7.8 percent during the third quarter.
  • Oct 18th, 2012 Civil war in Syria: At least 40 civilians were killed in military airstrikes by the Syrian government in Maaret al Numan, Idlib governorate.
  • Oct 18th, 2011 Israel and Hamas start a major prisoner exchange. Gilad Shalit, an Israeli Army soldier, is being released by Hamas for 1,027 Palestinian or Israeli-Arab prisoners currently held in Israel. Among those released were 280 prisoners who are serving life sentences for plotting and perpetrating terror attacks.
  • Oct 18th, 2010 Iraq War: In the midst of increasing uncertainty over the timing of WikiLeaks' next batch of classified documents, the U.S. military creates a 120-member team that searches its database for clues to prepare for the publication event.
  • Oct 18th, 2009 Yemen claims that 18 Shia rebels were killed in fighting in the northern part of the country.
  • Oct 18th, 2008 NASA launches Interstellar Boundary Exploration satellite, which will study the edges of the solar system.
  • Oct 18th, 2007 Karachi bombings. A suicide attack on a convoy carrying Benazir Bhutto, former Pakistani Prime Minister, kills 139 people and injures 450 others. Bhutto is uninjured.

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