August 18

This Day in History

1966

Death in the Rain – The Battle of Long Tan

The ferocious battle of Long Tan, fought during a blinding tropical downpour in a rubber plantation on 18 August 1966 was one of the most significant battles involving Australians in the entire … (more...)

1957

Mysterious "Maine Penny" Discovered

On this day in 1957, the Maine Penny, the only pre-Columbian Norse artefact found in the United States, is found. Also known as the Goddard Coin, the coin is believed to be a Norwegian silver penny … (more...)

1868

Helium Discovered Before It Is Found on Earth

On this day in 1868, the French astronomer Pierre Jules Cesar Janssen was the first to observe the element of helium in space, before it had ever been observed on Earth. Janssen was brought up in … (more...)

1227

Genghis Khan Dies

Genghis Khan, the Mongol leader who forged an empire stretching from Peking to the Caspian Sea, dies in camp during a campaign in China. The son of a Mongol chieftain, Khan united the many Mongol … (more...)