What are the important events that happened on March 18? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

March 18: Facts & Myths About This Day

March 18 is the 78th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 288 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 5, 2016 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,458,259,200 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘heptacontaoctagon’ day.

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Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for this month. Jade is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 316 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,183 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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If the Gregorian calendar is not reformed, the March equinox will fall on this day for the first time in AD 4092.

March 18 Historical Events

  • 235
    Emperor Alexander Severus and his mother Julia Mamaea are murdered by legionaries near Moguntiacum (modern Mainz). The Severan dynasty ends.
  • 1241
    Mongols overwhelm Polish armies in Kraków in the Battle of Chmielnik and plunder the city.
  • 1766
    American Revolution: The British Parliament repeals the Stamp Act.
  • 1938
    Mexico nationalizes all foreign-owned oil properties within its borders.
  • 1945
    World War II: 1,250 American bombers attack Berlin.
  • 1953
    An earthquake hits western Turkey, killing 250.
  • 1965
    Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space.
  • 1967
    The supertanker Torrey Canyon runs aground off the Cornish coast.
  • 1971
    In Peru a landslide crashes into Lake Yanahuani, killing 200 at the mining camp of Chungar.
  • 2003
    FBI agents raid the corporate headquarters of HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama on suspicion of massive corporate fraud led by the company’s top executives.

Who were born on March 18?

  • 1555
    François, Duke of Anjou (d. 1584)
  • 1690
    Christian Goldbach, Prussian mathematician (d. 1764)
  • 1844
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer (d. 1908)
  • 1848
    Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, daughter of Queen Victoria (d. 1939)
  • 1893
    Wilfred Owen, British poet (d. 1918)
  • 1925
    James Pickles, English jurist and columnist (d. 2010)
  • 1946
    Michel Leclère, French racing driver
  • 1962
    Brian Fisher, American baseball player
  • 1985
    Vince Lia, Australian footballer
  • 1987
    Gabriel Mercado, Argentinian footballer

Who died on March 18?

  • 978
    King Edward the Martyr of England
  • 1945
    William Grover-Williams, British racing driver (b. 1903)
  • 1963
    Wanda Hawley, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1964
    Sigfrid Edström, Swedish sports official (b. 1870)
  • 1969
    Barbara Bates, American film actress (b. 1925)
  • 1977
    Marien Ngouabi, Congolese politician (b. 1938)
  • 1990
    Robin Harris, American actor and comedian (b. 1953)
  • 1995
    Robin Jacques, British children’s book illustrator (b. 1920)
  • 2003
    Adam Osborne, British computer pioneer (b. 1939)
  • 2009
    Natasha Richardson, English actress (b. 1963)

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