40 fun facts for September, 18

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
Celebrations on September 18 include National Cheeseburger Day in the US, National Music Day in Azerbaijan, and Independence Day in Saint Kitts and Nevis. This date also marks important historical events, such as the founding of The New York Times, the first long-playing record demonstration, and the beginning of the Scottish independence referendum.
40 Fun facts
  1. On September 18, 1851, The New York Times was founded as the New-York Daily Times by Henry Jarvis Raymond and George Jones. Today, it remains one of the most iconic and influential newspapers in the world.
  2. September 18, 1931, marks the beginning of the Mukden Incident. This was a staged event by Japanese military personnel as a pretext for invading northeastern China, which led to the establishment of Manchukuo, a puppet state ruled by Japanese.
  3. In 1961, on September 18, the United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld died in a plane crash under mysterious circumstances while on his way to negotiate a cease-fire in the Congo crisis.
  4. September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day in the United States. This day celebrates the iconic American dish that has been enjoyed since the 1920s.
  5. On September 18, 1975, Patty Hearst was arrested after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, an American left-wing revolutionary group. Hearst became an active participant in the group's activities and later received a presidential commutation for her prison sentence.
  6. The psychedelic rock band, Pink Floyd, released their successful album "Wish You Were Here" on September 18, 1975. The album is a tribute to former band member Syd Barrett and explores themes of absence and the music industry.
  7. September 18, 1980, saw a major accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas. A socket from a wrench punctured the missile's fuel tank, causing a massive explosion and killing one person.
  8. On September 18, 1984, Joe Kittinger became the first person to complete a solo transatlantic balloon flight. Kittinger traveled from Maine, in the US, to Italy, a journey that took almost six days.
  9. September 18, 2014, marked the Scottish independence referendum, in which Scotland voted on whether to become an independent country. The majority of voters decided to remain part of the United Kingdom.
  10. On September 18, Azerbaijan celebrates National Music Day. This day is dedicated to famous composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov and promotes the growth of Azerbaijani music.
  11. On September 18, 1977, NASA's Voyager I space probe took the first photograph of Earth and the Moon together from outer space, providing a new perspective on the planet and its satellite.
  12. September 18 is World Water Monitoring Day, which raises awareness about conserving water resources and encourages people to test their local water bodies to ensure clean water for all.
  13. On September 18, 2001, the first "Harry Potter" movie, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," held its world premiere in London, marking the beginning of one of the most successful movie franchises in history.
  14. Chris Columbus, a film director responsible for popular movies such as "Home Alone" and "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," was born on September 18, 1958.
  15. September 18, 1989, saw the release of Sega's 16-bit video game console, the Sega Genesis, in North America. The console became popular for games like "Sonic the Hedgehog" and competed against Nintendo's Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
  16. American actress Jada Pinkett Smith was born on September 18, 1971. She has appeared in numerous films and television shows and is married to actor and musician Will Smith.
  17. On September 18, 1939, singer and composer Frank Sinatra made his first studio recording with the Frank Mane band, starting his legendary music career.
  18. September 18 is the National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day in the United States, focusing on the increasing number of people living with HIV/AIDS and the unique challenges faced by them as they age.
  19. On September 18, 1998, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was established. ICANN is responsible for maintaining and regulating domain names and IP addresses on the internet.
  20. In 1931, the first long-playing record (LP) was demonstrated by RCA Victor on September 18. The LP revolutionized the music industry by allowing more songs to be recorded on a single disc.
  21. On September 18, 1981, French actress and model Léa Seydoux was born. She is known for her roles in films like "Blue Is the Warmest Colour" and as the Bond girl in "Spectre."
  22. September 18 is celebrated as National Day in Chile, marking the country's declaration of independence from Spain in 1810.
  23. On September 18, 1962, American cartoonist Jeff Smith was born. He is best known for creating the popular comic book series "Bone."
  24. The groundbreaking ceremony for the first United States Air Force Academy building was held on September 18, 1954. The academy provides training and education for future Air Force officers.
  25. On September 18, 1905, inventor Thomas Armat patented the motion picture projector, a device that would revolutionize the way films were screened and viewed.
  26. September 18, 1959, saw the first 4,000 charter members of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum receive a preview of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building in New York City.
  27. On September 18, 1850, the United States Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which required escaped slaves to be returned to their owners, even if they had made it to a free state.
  28. Canadian actress and model Anna Hopkins was born on September 18, 1987. She has appeared in TV series such as "The Expanse" and "Shadowhunters."
  29. On September 18, 1960, South African golfer Mark McNulty was born. He has won numerous tournaments and represented his country in international competitions.
  30. The Saint Kitts and Nevis Independence Day is on September 18. The Caribbean nation gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1983.
  31. On September 18, 1910, French fashion designer and founder of the Yves Saint Laurent fashion house, Yves Saint Laurent, was born.
  32. September 18 is celebrated as Respect for the Aged Day in Japan, honoring the elderly and their accomplishments.
  33. On September 18, 1943, British musician and songwriter, Alan "Bam" King, was born. He was a founding member of the English rock band Ace.
  34. South African cricketer, André Nel, was born on September 18, 1977. After retiring from all formats of professional cricket, he turned to coaching.
  35. On September 18, 1537, John Lyly, a famous English author, playwright, and poet, known for his witty prose and elaborate plays, was born.
  36. September 18 is celebrated as National Rice Krispie Treat Day in the United States. The American public is encouraged to enjoy the popular marshmallow-filled snack on this day.
  37. On September 18, 1779, painter and engraver Joseph Mallord William Turner first exhibited one of his works at the Royal Academy. He later became one of Britain's leading artists.
  38. The first episode of the original "Lassie" television series debuted on September 18, 1954. The show features a loyal and intelligent collie who engages in various adventures.
  39. In 2003, September 18 witnessed the acquisition of the American-based online marketplace, eBay, by the large e-commerce platform, Amazon.
  40. American chess player, Samuel Reshevsky, was born on September 18, 1911. He became a chess grandmaster and was considered one of the world's leading players for several decades.