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

  • 1438
    Albert II of Habsburg becomes Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 1874
    Hawaii signs a treaty with the United States granting exclusive trading rights.
  • 1915
    World War I: Massive naval attack in Battle of Gallipoli. Three battleships are sunk during a failed British and French naval attack on the Dardanelles.
  • 1921
    The second Peace of Riga between Poland and Soviet Union.
  • 1922
    In India, Mohandas Gandhi is sentenced to six years in prison for civil disobedience. He would serve only 2 years.
  • 1925
    The Tri-State Tornado hits the Midwestern states of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, killing 695 people.
  • 1937
    Spanish Civil War: Spanish Republican forces defeat the Italians at the Battle of Guadalajara.
  • 1968
    Gold standard: The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency.
  • 2003
    British Sign Language is recognised as an official British language.
  • 2003
    In the House of Commons, British MPs vote in favour of military intervention in Iraq by 412 votes to 149.

Who were born on March 18?

  • 1828
    William Randal Cremer, English politician and pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1908)
  • 1882
    Gian Francesco Malipiero, Italian composer (d. 1973)
  • 1918
    Bob Broeg, American sports writer (d. 2005)
  • 1952
    Will Durst, American political satirist
  • 1960
    James Plaskett, British professional chess player
  • 1975
    Sutton Foster, American actress, singer, and dancer
  • 1976
    Scott Podsednik, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Doug Warren, American Soccer Player
  • 1985
    Gennaro Esposito, Italian footballer
  • 1986
    Kaloyan Ivanov, Bulgarian basketball player

Who died on March 18?

  • 235
    Alexander Severus, Roman emperor (b. 208)
  • 1583
    King Magnus of Livonia (b. 1540)
  • 1584
    Tsar Ivan IV of Russia (b. 1530)
  • 1675
    Arthur Chichester, 1st Earl of Donegall, Irish soldier (b. 1606)
  • 1947
    William C. Durant, American automobile pioneer (b. 1861)
  • 1980
    Erich Fromm, German psychologist and philosopher (b. 1900)
  • 2000
    Eberhard Bethge, German theologian (b. 1909)
  • 2001
    John Phillips, American musician (The Mamas & the Papas) (b. 1935)
  • 2002
    R. A. Lafferty, American science fiction writer (b. 1914)
  • 2003
    Adam Osborne, British computer pioneer (b. 1939)

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