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 77th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 288 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 5, 2017 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,829,920 minutes 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 ‘heptacontaheptagon’ 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 338 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 1,548 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

  • 1314
    Jacques de Molay, the 23rd and the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, is burned at the stake.
  • 1438
    Albert II of Habsburg becomes Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 1850
    American Express is founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1946
    Diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Soviet Union are established.
  • 1953
    An earthquake hits western Turkey, killing 250.
  • 1971
    In Peru a landslide crashes into Lake Yanahuani, killing 200 at the mining camp of Chungar.
  • 1997
    The tail of a Russian Antonov An-24 charter plane breaks off while en-route to Turkey causing the plane to crash and killing all 50 on board and leading to the grounding of all An-24s.

Who were born on March 18?

  • 1555
    François, Duke of Anjou (d. 1584)
  • 1922
    Egon Bahr, German politician
  • 1945
    Hiroh Kikai, Japanese photographer
  • 1950
    Rod Milburn, American athlete (d. 1997)
  • 1959
    Luc Besson, French producer, writer, and director
  • 1972
    Dane Cook, American comedian and actor
  • 1972
    Nathan Quarry, American mixed martial arts fighter
  • 1974
    Tina Križan, Slovenian tennis player
  • 1981
    Lovro Zovko, Croatian tennis player
  • 1985
    Gennaro Esposito, Italian footballer

Who died on March 18?

  • 1696
    Robert Charnock, English conspirator
  • 1823
    Jean-Baptiste Breval, French composer (b. 1753)
  • 1913
    King George I of Greece (b. 1845)
  • 1962
    Walter W. Bacon, American politician (b. 1880)
  • 1965
    Jack Quinlan, American sports broadcaster (b. 1927)
  • 1965
    King Farouk I of Egypt (b. 1920)
  • 1969
    Barbara Bates, American film actress (b. 1925)
  • 1980
    Erich Fromm, German psychologist and philosopher (b. 1900)
  • 1986
    Bernard Malamud, American writer (b. 1914)
  • 2002
    Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor (b. 1943)

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