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 77th day of the year 2023 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, 2023 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,679,097,600 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 329 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 3,739 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

  • 1229
    Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor declares himself King of Jerusalem during the Sixth Crusade.
  • 1871
    Declaration of the Paris Commune; President of the French Republic, Adolphe Thiers, orders evacuation of Paris.
  • 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.
  • 1937
    The human-powered aircraft, Pedaliante, flies 1 km outside Milan.
  • 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.
  • 1948
    Soviet consultants leave Yugoslavia in the first sign of a Tito-Stalin split.
  • 1997
    The tail of a Russian Antonov An-24 charter plane breaks off while en-route to Turkey causing the plane to crash and killing all 50 on board and leading to the grounding of all An-24s.
  • 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?

  • 1922
    Egon Bahr, German politician
  • 1936
    Frederik Willem de Klerk, South African politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1941
    Wilson Pickett, American singer (d. 2006)
  • 1959
    Luc Besson, French producer, writer, and director
  • 1962
    Irene Cara, American singer and actress
  • 1962
    James McMurtry, American folk singer and songwriter
  • 1963
    Jeff LaBar, American guitarist
  • 1965
    Yoriko Douguchi, Japanese actress
  • 1968
    Eudes, duc d'Angoulême, French prince
  • 1981
    Fabian Cancellara, Swiss professional cyclist

Who died on March 18?

  • 978
    King Edward the Martyr of England
  • 1835
    Christian Günther von Bernstorff, Danish-Prussian statesman and diplomat (b. 1769)
  • 1918
    Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, American architect (b. 1847)
  • 1945
    William Grover-Williams, British racing driver (b. 1903)
  • 1947
    William C. Durant, American automobile pioneer (b. 1861)
  • 1962
    Walter W. Bacon, American politician (b. 1880)
  • 1965
    Jack Quinlan, American sports broadcaster (b. 1927)
  • 1984
    Charlie Lau, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • 2006
    Dan Gibson, Canadian photographer (b. 1922)
  • 2009
    Omid Reza Mir Sayafi, Iranian blogger

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