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
The first republican state in Germany, the Republic of Mainz, is declared by Andreas Joseph Hofmann.
Hawaii signs a treaty with the United States granting exclusive trading rights.
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.
The human-powered aircraft, Pedaliante, flies 1 km outside Milan.
The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy kills 26 and causes thousands to flee their homes.
An earthquake hits western Turkey, killing 250.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a bill into law allowing for Hawaiian statehood, which would become official on August 21.
Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space.
Oil embargo crisis: Most OPEC nations end a five-month oil embargo against the United States, Europe and Japan.
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?
Edgar Cayce, American psychic (d. 1945)
Werner Mölders, German WWII fighter pilot (d. 1941)
John Fraser, Scottish actor
Roy Chapman, English footballer and manager (d. 1983)
Ben Cohen, American ice cream maker
Jeff Stelling, English sports television presenter
Vanessa L. Williams, American beauty queen, actress, and singer
Tina Križan, Slovenian tennis player
Sebastien Frey, French footballer
Tomasz Stolpa, Polish footballer
Who died on March 18?
Pope Honorius III (b. 1148)
Matilda Joslyn Gage, American suffragist (b. 1826)
King George I of Greece (b. 1845)
William Grover-Williams, British racing driver (b. 1903)
José Carlos Pace, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1944)
Billy Butterfield, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1917)
John Phillips, American musician (The Mamas & the Papas) (b. 1935)
R. A. Lafferty, American science fiction writer (b. 1914)
Dan Gibson, Canadian photographer (b. 1922)
Natasha Richardson, English actress (b. 1963)
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