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, 1,458,259,200 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 ‘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

  • 1865
    American Civil War: The Congress of the Confederate States adjourns for the last time.
  • 1874
    Hawaii signs a treaty with the United States granting exclusive trading rights.
  • 1893
    Former Governor General Lord Stanley pledges to donate a silver challenge cup, later named after him, as an award for the best hockey team in Canada; originally presented to amateur champions, the Stanley Cup has been awarded to the top pro team since 1910, and since 1926, only to National Hockey League teams.
  • 1913
    King George I of Greece is assassinated in the recently liberated city of Thessaloniki.
  • 1942
    The War Relocation Authority is established in the United States to take Japanese Americans into custody.
  • 1946
    Diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Soviet Union are established.
  • 1953
    An earthquake hits western Turkey, killing 250.
  • 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.
  • 1994
    Bosnia’s Bosniaks and Croats sign the Washington Agreement, ending warring between the Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia and the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and establishing the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Who were born on March 18?

  • 1877
    Clem Hill, Australian cricketer (d. 1945)
  • 1922
    Egon Bahr, German politician
  • 1922
    Fred Shuttlesworth, American civil rights movement figure
  • 1923
    Andy Granatelli, American motorsports entrepreneur
  • 1951
    Ben Cohen, American ice cream maker
  • 1957
    Wolfgang Schilling, German footballer
  • 1965
    Birgit Clarius, German heptathlete
  • 1966
    Peter Jones, British entrepreneur
  • 1973
    Luci Christian, American voice actress
  • 1978
    Yoshie Takeshita, Japanese volleyball player

Who died on March 18?

  • 1689
    John Dixwell, English judge (b. 1607)
  • 1715
    William Fraser, 12th Lord Saltoun. Scottish patriot politician and landowner. (b. 1654)
  • 1936
    Eleftherios Venizelos, Former Prime minister of Greece (b. 1864)
  • 1939
    Henry Simpson Lunn, English humanitarian and religious leader (b. 1859)
  • 1964
    Sigfrid Edström, Swedish sports official (b. 1870)
  • 1976
    Giuseppe Genco Russo, Sicilian mafioso (b. 1893)
  • 1990
    Robin Harris, American actor and comedian (b. 1953)
  • 2000
    Eberhard Bethge, German theologian (b. 1909)
  • 2003
    Adam Osborne, British computer pioneer (b. 1939)
  • 2006
    Dan Gibson, Canadian photographer (b. 1922)

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