August 18

August 18 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on August 18, include:

  • Bad Poetry Day 
  • Birth Control Pills Day 
  • God's Preeminence Day - August 18, 2024 (Third Sunday in August)
  • Helium Discovery Day 
  • Mail Order Catalog Day 
  • National Badge Ribbon Day 
  • National Fajita Day 
  • National Ice Cream Pie Day 
  • Never Give Up Day 
  • Pinot Noir Day 
  • Serendipity Day 

2024 Weekly Holidays that include August 18, are:

  • Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over - Labor Day: August 14 - September 2, 2024
  • Minority Enterprise Development Week - August 18-24
  • National Aviation Week - August 15-21 (Always during the week of Orville Wright's Birthday on August 19)
  • Perseid Meteor Showers - July 17 - August 24, 2024, will peak on  August 12, 2024)
  • Safe + Sound Week - August 12-18, 2024
  • Tu B'av - Evening of August 18, 2024 to Evening of August 19, 2024 (15th of Av in Hebrew Calendar)
  • U.S. Amateur Golf Week - August 12-18, 2024

2024 Monthly Holidays that include August 18, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our August Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of August.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • Little League World Series - August 14-25, 2024 (Held in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania)

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for August 18 is Leo.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month of August are:

  • Gladiolus - Strength, moral integrity, remembrance, infatuation. It blooms in a variety of colors like red, pink, white, yellow and orange.  It stands for sincerity and symbolizes strength of character.


The Birthstone(s) for August is:

  • Peridot which is known for its shimmering yellow-green color and the peace and good luck it brings to its wearer.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1587 - Virginia Dare, First English child born in the New World
  • 1904 - Max Factor, Jr., American businessman (Max Factor Cosmetics) (d. 1996)
  • 1920 - Shelley Winters, American actress (The Poseidon Adventure) (d. 2006)
  • 1936 - Robert Redford, American actor, director and producer who founded the Sundance Film Festival  (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid)
  • 1952 - Patrick Swayze, American actor and dancer (Dirty Dancing) (d. 2009)
  • 1957 - Denis Leary, American actor, producer, screenwriter and comedian (Rescue Me)
  • 1958 - Madeleine Stowe, American actress (The Last of the Mohicans)

Famous Deaths

  • 1823 - Andre-Jacques Garnerin, French balloonist who was the inventor of the frameless parachute (b. 1769)
  • 1919 - Joseph E. Seagram, Canadian politician, and businessman who founded the Seagram Company (b. 1841)
  • 1940 - Walter Chrysler, American businessman who founded Chrysler (b. 1875)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1932 - Actress Bette Davis marries musician Harmon Nelson
  • 2013 - Pro surfer Bethany Hamilton marries Adam Dirks

Quote of the Day

Wake up and Live!

Wake Up and Live! Live the Life that You Want!!

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
or a Recipe of the Day

Food Substitutions allow you to keep the foods that you love in your life by lightening them or choosing similar foods that you like just as well! People with great weight control know good substitutions!

Food Substitutions info!

Knowing good food substitutions is one of the most successful healthy diet habits that should be incorporated into your life. Everyone loves foods that don’t fit into their healthy eating plan easily.

Should you just give up everything you love, and deprive yourself always? No, find a great substitution! In fact your motto should be: Substitute, substitute, substitute, never give it up!

To find out more about food substitutions check out Kerry's Healthy Diet Habits website!

This Day in History

  • 1590 - The Governor of the Roanoke Colony, John White returns from a supply trip to England and finds his settlement deserted
  • 1783 - A huge fireball meteor is seen across Great Britain 
  • 1868 - Helium is discovered by French astronomer Pierre Janssen
  • 1891 - Martinique suffers a major hurricane strike that kills 700
  • 1903 - German engineer Karl Jatho claims to fly his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight made by the Wright brothers
  • 1917 - Thessaloniki, Greece has a fire that destroys 32% of the City leaving 70,000 residents homeless
  • 1920 - Women's suffrage is guaranteed when the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified
  • 1938 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicates the Thousand Islands Bridge connecting New York in the United States with Ontario, Canada over the Saint Lawrence River
  • 1971 - Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their troops from Vietnam
  • 1983 - Hurricane Alicia hits the Texas coast, killing 21 people and causing over $1 billion in damages
  • 2005 - One of the largest and most widespread power outages in history hits the Indonesian island of Java affecting over 100 million people

This Day in Music

  • 1973 - Touch Me in the Morning by Diana Ross hits #1
  • 1977 - Elvis Presley's funeral is held at Graceland where 75,000 fans are outside and 150 guests are inside
  • 1979 - Good Times by Chic hits #1
  • 1984 - Red Hot Chili Peppers release their self-title debut album (Tell Me Baby video below)
  • 2011 - A stage collapses during a severe storm while Chicago band Smith Westerns are performing - four are killed and over 70 injured

This Day in Sports

  • 1923 - First British Track and Field championships for women in London
  • 1946 - The Golf Writers Association of America forms
  • 1958 - Brojen Dash from Bangladesh comes in first among 39 competitors swimming across the English Channel
  • 1964 - South Africa is banned from the Olympic Games due to apartheid policies
  • 1982 - The longest baseball game at Wrigley Field in Chicago ends after 22 innings when the LA Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Social Contract (noun)

1. (philosophy, politics) An implicit agreement or contract among members of a society that dictates things such as submission of individuals to rule of law and acceptable conduct.

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