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

  • 37
    The Roman Senate annuls Tiberius’s will and proclaims Caligula emperor.
  • 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.
  • 1913
    King George I of Greece is assassinated in the recently liberated city of Thessaloniki.
  • 1944
    The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy kills 26 and causes thousands to flee their homes.
  • 1945
    World War II: 1,250 American bombers attack Berlin.
  • 1967
    The supertanker Torrey Canyon runs aground off the Cornish coast.
  • 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.

Who were born on March 18?

  • 1780
    Milos Obrenovic, Serbian noble and nationalist (d. 1860)
  • 1813
    Christian Friedrich Hebbel, German writer (d. 1864)
  • 1927
    John Kander, American songwriter
  • 1949
    Hannu Siitonen, Finnish athlete
  • 1950
    Eiji Okuda, Japanese actor and film director
  • 1963
    Vanessa L. Williams, American beauty queen, actress, and singer
  • 1964
    Rozalla, Zambian singer
  • 1977
    Terrmel Sledge, American baseball player
  • 1978
    Antonio Margarito, Mexican boxer
  • 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)
  • 1583
    King Magnus of Livonia (b. 1540)
  • 1871
    Augustus De Morgan, Indian-born British mathematician and logician (b. 1806)
  • 1936
    Eleftherios Venizelos, Former Prime minister of Greece (b. 1864)
  • 1965
    Jack Quinlan, American sports broadcaster (b. 1927)
  • 1975
    Alain Grandbois, Quebec poet (b. 1900)
  • 1978
    Peggy Wood, American actress (b. 1892)
  • 2003
    Karl Kling, German race car driver (b. 1910)
  • 2006
    Michael Attwell, British actor (b. 1943)
  • 2007
    Bob Woolmer, South African cricketer (b. 1948)

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