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, 475,200 hours 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

  • 1834
    Six farm labourers from Tolpuddle, Dorset, England are sentenced to be transported to Australia for forming a trade union.
  • 1850
    American Express is founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: The Congress of the Confederate States adjourns for the last time.
  • 1921
    The second Peace of Riga between Poland and Soviet Union.
  • 1938
    Mexico nationalizes all foreign-owned oil properties within its borders.
  • 1940
    World War II: Axis Powers – Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet at the Brenner Pass in the Alps and agree to form an alliance against France and the United Kingdom.
  • 1942
    The War Relocation Authority is established in the United States to take Japanese Americans into custody.
  • 1944
    The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy kills 26 and causes thousands to flee their homes.
  • 1969
    The United States begins secretly bombing the Sihanouk Trail in Cambodia, used by communist forces to infiltrate South Vietnam.
  • 2003
    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?

  • 1657
    Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Italian composer (d. 1743)
  • 1679
    Matthew Decker, English merchant and writer (d. 1759)
  • 1884
    Bernard Cronin, Australian author and journalist (d. 1968)
  • 1918
    Al Benton, American baseball player (d. 1968)
  • 1918
    Bob Broeg, American sports writer (d. 2005)
  • 1938
    Carl Gottlieb, American screenwriter and actor
  • 1947
    Roger Kenneth Evans, English politician
  • 1976
    Giovanna Antonelli, Brazilian actress
  • 1977
    Danny Murphy, English footballer
  • 1980
    Sebastien Frey, French footballer

Who died on March 18?

  • 235
    Alexander Severus, Roman emperor (b. 208)
  • 1314
    Jacques DeMolay, Frankish noble, the 23rd Grand Master of the Knights Templar (b. 1244)
  • 1746
    Anna Leopoldovna, regent of Russia (b. 1718)
  • 1947
    William C. Durant, American automobile pioneer (b. 1861)
  • 1962
    Walter W. Bacon, American politician (b. 1880)
  • 1977
    José Carlos Pace, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1944)
  • 1980
    Erich Fromm, German psychologist and philosopher (b. 1900)
  • 1990
    Robin Harris, American actor and comedian (b. 1953)
  • 2008
    Anthony Minghella, British film director (b. 1954)
  • 2009
    Natasha Richardson, English actress (b. 1963)

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