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, 24,304,320 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 ‘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

  • 1229
    Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor declares himself King of Jerusalem during the Sixth Crusade.
  • 1850
    American Express is founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo.
  • 1940
    World War II: Axis Powers – Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet at the Brenner Pass in the Alps and agree to form an alliance against France and the United Kingdom.
  • 1942
    The War Relocation Authority is established in the United States to take Japanese Americans into custody.
  • 1965
    Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space.
  • 1970
    Lon Nol ousts Prince Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia.
  • 1971
    In Peru a landslide crashes into Lake Yanahuani, killing 200 at the mining camp of Chungar.
  • 1974
    Oil embargo crisis: Most OPEC nations end a five-month oil embargo against the United States, Europe and Japan.
  • 2002
    U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda ends (started on March 2) after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters with 11 allied troop fatalities.
  • 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?

  • 1931
    John Fraser, Scottish actor
  • 1950
    Brad Dourif, American actor
  • 1950
    John Hartman, American drummer (Doobie Brothers)
  • 1963
    Jeff LaBar, American guitarist
  • 1964
    Rozalla, Zambian singer
  • 1974
    Tina Križan, Slovenian tennis player
  • 1976
    Scott Podsednik, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Terrmel Sledge, American baseball player
  • 1986
    Lykke Li, Swedish singer
  • 1991
    Dylan Mattingly, American composer and musician

Who died on March 18?

  • 978
    King Edward the Martyr of England
  • 1845
    Johnny Appleseed, American environmentalist (b. 1774)
  • 1871
    Augustus De Morgan, Indian-born British mathematician and logician (b. 1806)
  • 1907
    Marcellin Berthelot, French chemist and politician (b. 1827)
  • 1947
    William C. Durant, American automobile pioneer (b. 1861)
  • 1978
    Peggy Wood, American actress (b. 1892)
  • 1980
    Erich Fromm, German psychologist and philosopher (b. 1900)
  • 1990
    Robin Harris, American actor and comedian (b. 1953)
  • 2002
    R. A. Lafferty, American science fiction writer (b. 1914)
  • 2010
    Fess Parker, American actor (b. 1924)

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