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August 18: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on August 18

August 18th is officially Never Give Up Day and Bad Poetry Day.

We are now on the 230th day of the year, congratulations for making it this far! There’s only 135 days left until next year.

People who were born on August 18 all share the Leo zodiac sign.

If August 18 is a special day to you, then you’ll be pleased to know that the world would not be the same without this day. Here we’re going to look at a bunch of historical events that made this day so important throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 1949, Adi Dassler founded Adidas after falling out with his brother? His brother went on to found Puma and they competed bitterly with each other.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about August 18th in history!

What Happened On August 18 In History?

2019

A funeral was held in Iceland for the loss of the Okjökull glacier.

OTD in 2019: A funeral was held in Iceland for the loss of the Okjökull glacier.
In 1890 the glacier spread across 6.2 square miles, but by 2012 is was just 0.27 square miles. Many plaques were placed at the site warning the world about the effects of climate change.
2019

President Donald Trump announced that he might want to buy Greenland and claim it for the US.

Unfortunately for Trump, Danish officials who govern the semi-autonomous territory responded that Greenland is not for sale.
2018

The world’s oldest cheese dating back 3,200 years was discovered in an Ancient Egyptian tomb near Cairo.

Source BBC
2017

The USS Indianapolis warship which was sunk during World War II was discovered in the Pacific Ocean 3.4 miles below the surface.

Source BBC
2005

A mega blackout happened on the Islands of Java and Bali in Indonesia, which affected around 100 million people.

1991

North Carolina, US was hit by hurricane Bob.

The hurricane saw devastating winds of up to 115 miles per hour. The storm caused a staggering $1.5 billion in damages, making it one of the costliest disasters in this area.
1963

James Meredith became the first African American to graduate from the University of Mississippi.

1949

Adi Dassler founded Adidas with a vision to improve athletic performance.

OTD in 1949: Adi Dassler founded Adidas with a vision to improve athletic performance.
1914

President Woodrow Wilson issued a Proclamation of Neutrality.

The proclamation declared neutrality in relation to World War I, with the aim of not getting the United States involved in the war.
1838

The United States Exploring Expedition set sail on this day.

Charles Wilkes led the expedition team intending to cross the Pacific Ocean to reach Antarctica.
1826

Major Gordon Laing became the first non-Muslim to enter Timbuktu.

1817

There were sightings of a giant sea serpent in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

OTD in 1817: There were sightings of a giant sea serpent in Gloucester
There had been a rumor of a giant sea serpent terrorizing the ocean, and Captain Rich was called to catch it. On this day, Rich had his first sighting of the "beast." After many failed attempts, he finally killed it on September 6. The beast turned out to be an Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. Many were surprised, and it turned out that the wake caused by its fast swimming had been mistaken for looking like a serpent.

Did you know that on this day, August 18th 1949, Adi Dassler founded Adidas after falling out with his brother?