What happened this day in history March 18

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 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 288 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 5, 2024 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,710,720,000 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.

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 317 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 4,105 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

  • 235
    Emperor Alexander Severus and his mother Julia Mamaea are murdered by legionaries near Moguntiacum (modern Mainz). The Severan dynasty ends.
  • 1241
    Mongols overwhelm Polish armies in Kraków in the Battle of Chmielnik and plunder the city.
  • 1793
    The first republican state in Germany, the Republic of Mainz, is declared by Andreas Joseph Hofmann.
  • 1834
    Six farm labourers from Tolpuddle, Dorset, England are sentenced to be transported to Australia for forming a trade union.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: The Congress of the Confederate States adjourns for the last time.
  • 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.
  • 1921
    The second Peace of Riga between Poland and Soviet Union.
  • 1959
    President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a bill into law allowing for Hawaiian statehood, which would become official on August 21.
  • 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?

  • 1907
    John Zachary Young, British biologist (d. 1997)
  • 1927
    John Kander, American songwriter
  • 1936
    Frederik Willem de Klerk, South African politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1944
    Dick Smith, Australian entrepreneur and adventurer
  • 1950
    James Conlon, American conductor (Los Angeles Opera)
  • 1955
    Francis G. Slay, American politician
  • 1962
    Etsushi Toyokawa, Japanese actor
  • 1964
    Bonnie Blair, American speed skater
  • 1968
    Shinichiro Miki, Japanese voice actor
  • 1980
    Sophia Myles, English actress

Who died on March 18?

  • 235
    Alexander Severus, Roman emperor (b. 208)
  • 1584
    Tsar Ivan IV of Russia (b. 1530)
  • 1675
    Arthur Chichester, 1st Earl of Donegall, Irish soldier (b. 1606)
  • 1963
    Wanda Hawley, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1965
    King Farouk I of Egypt (b. 1920)
  • 1969
    Barbara Bates, American film actress (b. 1925)
  • 1986
    Bernard Malamud, American writer (b. 1914)
  • 1990
    Robin Harris, American actor and comedian (b. 1953)
  • 1999
    Elizabeth Huckaby, American educator (b. 1905)
  • 2002
    R. A. Lafferty, American science fiction writer (b. 1914)

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