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.
  • 1793
    The first republican state in Germany, the Republic of Mainz, is declared by Andreas Joseph Hofmann.
  • 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.
  • 1906
    Traian Vuia flies a heavier-than-air aircraft for 20 meters at 1 meter altitude.
  • 1913
    King George I of Greece is assassinated in the recently liberated city of Thessaloniki.
  • 1922
    In India, Mohandas Gandhi is sentenced to six years in prison for civil disobedience. He would serve only 2 years.
  • 1953
    An earthquake hits western Turkey, killing 250.
  • 1971
    In Peru a landslide crashes into Lake Yanahuani, killing 200 at the mining camp of Chungar.
  • 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?

  • 1679
    Matthew Decker, English merchant and writer (d. 1759)
  • 1848
    Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, daughter of Queen Victoria (d. 1939)
  • 1913
    Werner Mölders, German WWII fighter pilot (d. 1941)
  • 1943
    Toula Grivas, Greek actress
  • 1947
    Heather Ryan, American model
  • 1963
    Jeff LaBar, American guitarist
  • 1971
    Mariaan de Swardt, South African tennis player
  • 1976
    Giovanna Antonelli, Brazilian actress
  • 1981
    Kasib Powell, American basketball player
  • 1987
    Mauro Zárate, Argentinian footballer

Who died on March 18?

  • 1675
    Arthur Chichester, 1st Earl of Donegall, Irish soldier (b. 1606)
  • 1845
    Johnny Appleseed, American environmentalist (b. 1774)
  • 1898
    Matilda Joslyn Gage, American suffragist (b. 1826)
  • 1907
    Marcellin Berthelot, French chemist and politician (b. 1827)
  • 1941
    Henri Cornet, French cyclist (b. 1884)
  • 1962
    Walter W. Bacon, American politician (b. 1880)
  • 1980
    Erich Fromm, German psychologist and philosopher (b. 1900)
  • 1986
    Bernard Malamud, American writer (b. 1914)
  • 2003
    Adam Osborne, British computer pioneer (b. 1939)
  • 2008
    Anthony Minghella, British film director (b. 1954)

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