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

  • 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.
  • 1937
    The human-powered aircraft, Pedaliante, flies 1 km outside Milan.
  • 1942
    The War Relocation Authority is established in the United States to take Japanese Americans into custody.
  • 1944
    The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy kills 26 and causes thousands to flee their homes.
  • 1959
    President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a bill into law allowing for Hawaiian statehood, which would become official on August 21.
  • 1965
    Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space.
  • 1968
    Gold standard: The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency.
  • 1971
    In Peru a landslide crashes into Lake Yanahuani, killing 200 at the mining camp of Chungar.
  • 1990
    In the largest art theft in US history, 12 paintings, collectively worth around $300 million, are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.

Who were born on March 18?

  • 1848
    Nathanael Herreshoff, American naval architect (d. 1938)
  • 1893
    Jean Goldkette, Greek-born jazz musician (d. 1962)
  • 1945
    Joy Fielding, Canadian novelist and actress
  • 1947
    Roger Kenneth Evans, English politician
  • 1972
    Dane Cook, American comedian and actor
  • 1977
    Willy Sagnol, French footballer
  • 1978
    Khalilah Adams, American actress
  • 1980
    Sebastien Frey, French footballer
  • 1986
    Kaloyan Ivanov, Bulgarian basketball player
  • 1996
    Madeline Carroll, American actress

Who died on March 18?

  • 1696
    Robert Charnock, English conspirator
  • 1768
    Laurence Sterne, Irish writer (b. 1713)
  • 1835
    Christian Günther von Bernstorff, Danish-Prussian statesman and diplomat (b. 1769)
  • 1933
    Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, Italian prince, mountaineer and explorer (b. 1873)
  • 1945
    William Grover-Williams, British racing driver (b. 1903)
  • 1962
    Walter W. Bacon, American politician (b. 1880)
  • 1969
    Barbara Bates, American film actress (b. 1925)
  • 1977
    José Carlos Pace, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1944)
  • 1984
    Charlie Lau, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • 2006
    Michael Attwell, British actor (b. 1943)

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