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, 405,072 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 ‘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.
  • 1241
    Mongols overwhelm Polish armies in Kraków in the Battle of Chmielnik and plunder the city.
  • 1608
    Susenyos is formally crowned Emperor of Ethiopia.
  • 1850
    American Express is founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo.
  • 1970
    Lon Nol ousts Prince Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia.
  • 1971
    In Peru a landslide crashes into Lake Yanahuani, killing 200 at the mining camp of Chungar.
  • 1989
    In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found nearby the Pyramid of Cheops.
  • 2003
    British Sign Language is recognised as an official British language.
  • 2003
    FBI agents raid the corporate headquarters of HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama on suspicion of massive corporate fraud led by the company’s top executives.
  • 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?

  • 1877
    Edgar Cayce, American psychic (d. 1945)
  • 1918
    Bob Broeg, American sports writer (d. 2005)
  • 1923
    Andy Granatelli, American motorsports entrepreneur
  • 1926
    Dick Littlefield, American baseball player (d. 1997)
  • 1927
    John Kander, American songwriter
  • 1935
    Ole Barndorff-Nielsen, Danish mathematician
  • 1956
    Deborah Jeane Palfrey, American escort agency operator (d. 2008)
  • 1959
    Luc Besson, French producer, writer, and director
  • 1974
    Laure Savasta, French basketball player
  • 1978
    Jonas Wallerstedt, Swedish footballer

Who died on March 18?

  • 235
    Alexander Severus, Roman emperor (b. 208)
  • 1314
    Jacques DeMolay, Frankish noble, the 23rd Grand Master of the Knights Templar (b. 1244)
  • 1898
    Matilda Joslyn Gage, American suffragist (b. 1826)
  • 1907
    Marcellin Berthelot, French chemist and politician (b. 1827)
  • 1913
    King George I of Greece (b. 1845)
  • 1977
    Marien Ngouabi, Congolese politician (b. 1938)
  • 1993
    Kenneth E. Boulding, American economist and activist (b. 1910)
  • 2003
    Adam Osborne, British computer pioneer (b. 1939)
  • 2003
    Karl Kling, German race car driver (b. 1910)
  • 2006
    Michael Attwell, British actor (b. 1943)

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