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

  • 1608
    Susenyos is formally crowned Emperor of Ethiopia.
  • 1673
    John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton sells his part of New Jersey to the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers.
  • 1850
    American Express is founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: The Congress of the Confederate States adjourns for the last time.
  • 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.
  • 1959
    President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a bill into law allowing for Hawaiian statehood, which would become official on August 21.
  • 1962
    The Evian Accords put an end to the Algerian War of Independence, which began in 1954.
  • 1968
    Gold standard: The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency.
  • 1980
    At Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia, 50 people are killed by an explosion of a Vostok-2M rocket on its launch pad during a fueling operation.
  • 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?

  • 1904
    Margaret Tucker, Australian indigenous-rights activist (d. 1996)
  • 1913
    Reinhard Hardegen, German U-Boat commander
  • 1936
    Frederik Willem de Klerk, South African politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1938
    Charley Pride, American musician
  • 1945
    Michael Reagan, American radio host; adopted son of Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman
  • 1948
    Brian Lloyd, Welsh footballer
  • 1949
    Åse Kleveland, Norwegian singer and politician
  • 1962
    Irene Cara, American singer and actress
  • 1977
    Willy Sagnol, French footballer
  • 1985
    Vince Lia, Australian footballer

Who died on March 18?

  • 1584
    Tsar Ivan IV of Russia (b. 1530)
  • 1913
    King George I of Greece (b. 1845)
  • 1945
    William Grover-Williams, British racing driver (b. 1903)
  • 1963
    Wanda Hawley, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1973
    Lauritz Melchior, Danish-born American opera singer (b. 1890)
  • 1980
    Erich Fromm, German psychologist and philosopher (b. 1900)
  • 1986
    Bernard Malamud, American writer (b. 1914)
  • 1999
    Elizabeth Huckaby, American educator (b. 1905)
  • 2002
    R. A. Lafferty, American science fiction writer (b. 1914)
  • 2009
    Omid Reza Mir Sayafi, Iranian blogger

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