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 2015 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 288 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 5, 2015 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 396,288 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 327 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 817 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.
  • 1438
    Albert II of Habsburg becomes Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 1673
    John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton sells his part of New Jersey to the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers.
  • 1874
    Hawaii signs a treaty with the United States granting exclusive trading rights.
  • 1906
    Traian Vuia flies a heavier-than-air aircraft for 20 meters at 1 meter altitude.
  • 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.
  • 1948
    Soviet consultants leave Yugoslavia in the first sign of a Tito-Stalin split.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1901
    William H. Johnson, American artist (d. 1970)
  • 1934
    Roy Chapman, English footballer and manager (d. 1983)
  • 1938
    Carl Gottlieb, American screenwriter and actor
  • 1942
    Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (d. 1991)
  • 1944
    Dick Smith, Australian entrepreneur and adventurer
  • 1948
    Guy Lapointe, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1948
    Lockwood Phillips, American radio host
  • 1971
    Mariaan de Swardt, South African tennis player
  • 1977
    Devin Lima, American singer
  • 1997
    Ciara Bravo, American actress

Who died on March 18?

  • 1314
    Jacques DeMolay, Frankish noble, the 23rd Grand Master of the Knights Templar (b. 1244)
  • 1918
    Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, American architect (b. 1847)
  • 1936
    Eleftherios Venizelos, Former Prime minister of Greece (b. 1864)
  • 1964
    Sigfrid Edström, Swedish sports official (b. 1870)
  • 1977
    Marien Ngouabi, Congolese politician (b. 1938)
  • 1995
    Robin Jacques, British children’s book illustrator (b. 1920)
  • 2003
    Karl Kling, German race car driver (b. 1910)
  • 2006
    Dan Gibson, Canadian photographer (b. 1922)
  • 2009
    Natasha Richardson, English actress (b. 1963)
  • 2010
    Fess Parker, American actor (b. 1924)

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