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, 1,489,795,200 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 ‘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

  • 1314
    Jacques de Molay, the 23rd and the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, is burned at the stake.
  • 1834
    Six farm labourers from Tolpuddle, Dorset, England are sentenced to be transported to Australia for forming a trade union.
  • 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.
  • 1946
    Diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Soviet Union are established.
  • 1968
    Gold standard: The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency.
  • 1969
    The United States begins secretly bombing the Sihanouk Trail in Cambodia, used by communist forces to infiltrate South Vietnam.
  • 1974
    Oil embargo crisis: Most OPEC nations end a five-month oil embargo against the United States, Europe and Japan.
  • 1989
    In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found nearby the Pyramid of Cheops.
  • 2003
    In the House of Commons, British MPs vote in favour of military intervention in Iraq by 412 votes to 149.

Who were born on March 18?

  • 1905
    Robert Donat, English actor (d. 1958)
  • 1929
    Samuel Pisar, Polish author and Holocaust survivor
  • 1938
    Machiko Soga, Japanese voice actress and actress (d. 2006)
  • 1939
    Giannis Markopoulos, Greek composer
  • 1955
    Francis G. Slay, American politician
  • 1974
    Tina Križan, Slovenian tennis player
  • 1975
    Sutton Foster, American actress, singer, and dancer
  • 1976
    Tomokazu Ohka, Japanese baseball player
  • 1978
    Yoshie Takeshita, Japanese volleyball player
  • 1980
    Sophia Myles, English actress

Who died on March 18?

  • 1584
    Tsar Ivan IV of Russia (b. 1530)
  • 1933
    Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, Italian prince, mountaineer and explorer (b. 1873)
  • 1941
    Henri Cornet, French cyclist (b. 1884)
  • 1945
    William Grover-Williams, British racing driver (b. 1903)
  • 1963
    Wanda Hawley, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1977
    José Carlos Pace, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1944)
  • 1980
    Erich Fromm, German psychologist and philosopher (b. 1900)
  • 1996
    Odysseas Elytis, Greek poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
  • 2009
    Natasha Richardson, English actress (b. 1963)
  • 2009
    Omid Reza Mir Sayafi, Iranian blogger

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