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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 288 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 5, 2020 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,584,489,600 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 ‘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 331 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 2,644 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
Emperor Alexander Severus and his mother Julia Mamaea are murdered by legionaries near Moguntiacum (modern Mainz). The Severan dynasty ends.
Mongols overwhelm Polish armies in Kraków in the Battle of Chmielnik and plunder the city.
American Revolution: The British Parliament repeals the Stamp Act.
American Civil War: The Congress of the Confederate States adjourns for the last time.
The War Relocation Authority is established in the United States to take Japanese Americans into custody.
The supertanker Torrey Canyon runs aground off the Cornish coast.
Gold standard: The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency.
Lon Nol ousts Prince Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia.
In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found nearby the Pyramid of Cheops.
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.
Who were born on March 18?
Christian Goldbach, Prussian mathematician (d. 1764)
Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, daughter of Queen Victoria (d. 1939)
Fred Shuttlesworth, American civil rights movement figure
Heather Ryan, American model
Roger Kenneth Evans, English politician
Jeff Stelling, English sports television presenter
J. David Shapiro, American screenwriter, actor and director
Adam Levine, American singer (Maroon 5)
Tomasz Stolpa, Polish footballer
Constantinos Hilas, Greek director and actor
Who died on March 18?
Alexander Severus, Roman emperor (b. 208)
John Dixwell, English judge (b. 1607)
Sir Robert Walpole, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1676)
Marcellin Berthelot, French chemist and politician (b. 1827)
Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, Italian prince, mountaineer and explorer (b. 1873)
Walter W. Bacon, American politician (b. 1880)
Alain Grandbois, Quebec poet (b. 1900)
Marien Ngouabi, Congolese politician (b. 1938)
Odysseas Elytis, Greek poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
Natasha Richardson, English actress (b. 1963)
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