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

  • 1229
    Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor declares himself King of Jerusalem during the Sixth Crusade.
  • 1241
    Mongols overwhelm Polish armies in Kraków in the Battle of Chmielnik and plunder the city.
  • 1314
    Jacques de Molay, the 23rd and the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, is burned at the stake.
  • 1438
    Albert II of Habsburg becomes Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 1608
    Susenyos is formally crowned Emperor of Ethiopia.
  • 1871
    Declaration of the Paris Commune; President of the French Republic, Adolphe Thiers, orders evacuation of Paris.
  • 1874
    Hawaii signs a treaty with the United States granting exclusive trading rights.
  • 1937
    Spanish Civil War: Spanish Republican forces defeat the Italians at the Battle of Guadalajara.
  • 1962
    The Evian Accords put an end to the Algerian War of Independence, which began in 1954.
  • 1996
    A nightclub fire in Quezon City, Philippines kills 162.

Who were born on March 18?

  • 1842
    Stéphane Mallarmé, French poet (d. 1898)
  • 1932
    John Updike, American author (d. 2009)
  • 1935
    Ole Barndorff-Nielsen, Danish mathematician
  • 1937
    Mark Donohue, American race car driver (d. 1975)
  • 1951
    Bill Frisell, American jazz musician
  • 1965
    Yoriko Douguchi, Japanese actress
  • 1967
    Ken Edenfield, American baseball player
  • 1979
    Danneel Harris, American actress
  • 1983
    Andy Sonnanstine, American baseball player
  • 1985
    Vince Lia, Australian footballer

Who died on March 18?

  • 1227
    Pope Honorius III (b. 1148)
  • 1746
    Anna Leopoldovna, regent of Russia (b. 1718)
  • 1835
    Christian Günther von Bernstorff, Danish-Prussian statesman and diplomat (b. 1769)
  • 1947
    William C. Durant, American automobile pioneer (b. 1861)
  • 1977
    José Carlos Pace, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1944)
  • 1977
    Marien Ngouabi, Congolese politician (b. 1938)
  • 1978
    Leigh Brackett, American author (b. 1915)
  • 1990
    Robin Harris, American actor and comedian (b. 1953)
  • 2001
    John Phillips, American musician (The Mamas & the Papas) (b. 1935)
  • 2006
    Bill Beutel, American journalist (b. 1930)

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