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, 413,832 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 ‘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

  • 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.
  • 1850
    American Express is founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo.
  • 1937
    The human-powered aircraft, Pedaliante, flies 1 km outside Milan.
  • 1945
    World War II: 1,250 American bombers attack Berlin.
  • 1953
    An earthquake hits western Turkey, killing 250.
  • 1968
    Gold standard: The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency.
  • 1974
    Oil embargo crisis: Most OPEC nations end a five-month oil embargo against the United States, Europe and Japan.
  • 1989
    In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found nearby the Pyramid of Cheops.
  • 1992
    White South Africans vote overwhelmingly in favour, in a national referendum, to end the racist policy of Apartheid.

Who were born on March 18?

  • 1590
    Manuel de Faria e Sousa, Portuguese historian and poet (d. 1649)
  • 1685
    Ralph Ersine, Scottish minister (d. 1752)
  • 1840
    William Cosmo Monkhouse, English poet and critic (d. 1901)
  • 1913
    Werner Mölders, German WWII fighter pilot (d. 1941)
  • 1931
    Howard Coble, American politician
  • 1942
    Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (d. 1991)
  • 1947
    Roger Kenneth Evans, English politician
  • 1967
    Miki Berenyi, English singer (Lush)
  • 1975
    Brian Griese, American football player
  • 1977
    Willy Sagnol, French footballer

Who died on March 18?

  • 1781
    Anne Robert Turgot, French statesman (b. 1727)
  • 1823
    Jean-Baptiste Breval, French composer (b. 1753)
  • 1918
    Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, American architect (b. 1847)
  • 1933
    Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, Italian prince, mountaineer and explorer (b. 1873)
  • 1964
    Sigfrid Edström, Swedish sports official (b. 1870)
  • 1980
    Erich Fromm, German psychologist and philosopher (b. 1900)
  • 1984
    Charlie Lau, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • 1999
    Elizabeth Huckaby, American educator (b. 1905)
  • 2006
    Dan Gibson, Canadian photographer (b. 1922)
  • 2009
    Omid Reza Mir Sayafi, Iranian blogger

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