August 18 in history

August 18 events chronologically

684 Battle of Marj Rahit: Umayyad partisans defeat the supporters of Ibn al-Zubayr and cement Umayyad control of Syria
1304 The Battle of Mons-en-Pévèle is fought to a draw between the French army and the Flemish militias
1487 The Siege of Málaga ends with the taking of the city by Castilian and Aragonese forces
1572 Marriage in Paris, France, of the Huguenot King Henry III of Navarre to Margaret of Valois, in a supposed attempt to reconcile Protestants and Catholics
1587 Virginia Dare, granddaughter of Governor John White of the Colony of Roanoke, becomes the first English child born in the Americas
1590 John White, the governor of the Roanoke Colony, returns from a supply trip to England and finds his settlement deserted
1612 The trial of the Pendle witches, one of England's most famous witch trials, begins at Lancaster Assizes

Top 7 most famous people born on August 18

1750 Antonio Salieri an Italian classical composer, conductor and teacher born in Legnago, south of Verona, in the Republic of Venice, but who spent his adult life and career as a subject of the Habsburg Monarchy.
1830 Franz Joseph I of Austria Emperor of Austria and Apostolic King of Hungary from 1848 until his death in 1916. From 1 May 1850 until 24 August 1866 he was President of the German Confederation
1933 Roman Polanski a Polish and, since 1976, naturalized-French film director, producer, writer, and actor. Having made films in Poland, the United Kingdom, France and the United States, he is considered one of the few "truly international filmmakers." Polanski's films have inspired diverse directors, including the Coen brothers, Wes Anderson, David Fincher, Atom Egoyan, Darren Aronofsky, Park Chan-wook, Abel Ferrara, and Wes Craven
1936 Robert Redford an American actor, film director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, and a founder of the Sundance Film Festival. He has received two Academy Awards: one in 1981 for directing Ordinary People, and one for Lifetime Achievement in 2002. In 2010, he was awarded French Knighthood in the Legion d'Honneur
1952 Patrick Swayze an American actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Having gained fame with appearances in films during the 1980s, Swayze became popular for playing tough guys and romantic lead males, gaining him a wide fan base with female audiences and gaining him statuses as a teen idol and sex symbol. He starred in various films including The Outsiders, Red Dawn, Dirty Dancing, Road House, Ghost, Point Break, Donnie Darko, Jump!, as well as in the television serials North and South and The Beast, his final role. During his career he received three Golden Globe Award nominations and was named by People magazine as its "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1991
1962 Felipe Calderón a Mexican politician who served as President of Mexico from December 1, 2006 to November 30, 2012. He is a member of the Partido Acción Nacional , one of the three major Mexican political parties
1969 Edward Norton an American actor, screenwriter, film director and producer. He played Aaron Stampler in Primal Fear which garnered him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Academy Award for Best Actor for Derek Vinyard in American History X, two years later. His other performances are diverse in range and include supporting roles in the biographical drama The People Larry Flynt , the comedy Everyone Says I Love You , and the comedy-dramas Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel, starring roles in the cult hit Fight Club , 25th Hour , The Illusionist , Leaves of Grass , The Italian Job and Kingdom of Heaven. He also directed and co-written films, such as his directorial debut in the romantic comedy Keeping the Faith. He had his uncredited work on the scripts for The Score, Frida and The Incredible Hulk

Top 7 most famous people died on August 18

1227 Genghis Khan the founder and Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his demise.
1503 Pope Alexander VI Pope from 11 August 1492 until his death on 18 August 1503. He is one of the most controversial of the Renaissance popes, because he broke the priestly vow of celibacy and had several legitimately acknowledged children. Therefore his Italianized Valencian surname, Borgia, became a byword for libertinism and nepotism, which are traditionally considered as characterizing his pontificate. Two of Alexander's successors, Sixtus V and Urban VIII, described him as one of the most outstanding popes since Peter
1850 Honoré de Balzac a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon Bonaparte
1945 Subhas Chandra Bose an Indian nationalist whose attempt during World War II to rid India of British rule with the help of Nazi Germany and Japan left a troubled legacy. The honorific Netaji , first applied to Bose in Germany, by the Indian soldiers of the Indische Legion and by the German and Indian officials in the Special Bureau for India in Berlin, in early 1942, is now used widely throughout India
1961 Learned Hand a United States judge and judicial philosopher. He served on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and later the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Hand has been quoted more often by legal scholars and by the Supreme Court of the United States than any other lower-court judge
1990 B. F. Skinner an American psychologist, behaviorist, author, inventor, and social philosopher. He was the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University from 1958 until his retirement in 1974
2009 Kim Dae-jung the 8th President of South Korea from 1998 to 2003, and the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize recipient. He came to be called the "Nelson Mandela of Asia" for his long-standing opposition to authoritarian rule and for his Sunshine Policy towards North Korea