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, 405,072 hours 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

  • 1608
    Susenyos is formally crowned Emperor of Ethiopia.
  • 1871
    Declaration of the Paris Commune; President of the French Republic, Adolphe Thiers, orders evacuation of Paris.
  • 1906
    Traian Vuia flies a heavier-than-air aircraft for 20 meters at 1 meter altitude.
  • 1913
    King George I of Greece is assassinated in the recently liberated city of Thessaloniki.
  • 1938
    Mexico nationalizes all foreign-owned oil properties within its borders.
  • 1942
    The War Relocation Authority is established in the United States to take Japanese Americans into custody.
  • 1969
    The United States begins secretly bombing the Sihanouk Trail in Cambodia, used by communist forces to infiltrate South Vietnam.
  • 1970
    Lon Nol ousts Prince Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia.
  • 1989
    In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found nearby the Pyramid of Cheops.
  • 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?

  • 1898
    Jake Swirbul, American aircraft manufacturer (d. 1960)
  • 1927
    George Plimpton, American writer and actor (d. 2003)
  • 1927
    John Kander, American songwriter
  • 1938
    Carl Gottlieb, American screenwriter and actor
  • 1959
    Luc Besson, French producer, writer, and director
  • 1962
    Irene Cara, American singer and actress
  • 1968
    Shinichiro Miki, Japanese voice actor
  • 1969
    J. David Shapiro, American screenwriter, actor and director
  • 1982
    Chad Cordero, American baseball player
  • 1991
    Constantinos Hilas, Greek director and actor

Who died on March 18?

  • 978
    King Edward the Martyr of England
  • 1696
    Robert Charnock, English conspirator
  • 1745
    Sir Robert Walpole, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1676)
  • 1823
    Jean-Baptiste Breval, French composer (b. 1753)
  • 1845
    Johnny Appleseed, American environmentalist (b. 1774)
  • 1965
    Jack Quinlan, American sports broadcaster (b. 1927)
  • 1973
    Lauritz Melchior, Danish-born American opera singer (b. 1890)
  • 1978
    Peggy Wood, American actress (b. 1892)
  • 2000
    Eberhard Bethge, German theologian (b. 1909)
  • 2009
    Natasha Richardson, English actress (b. 1963)

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