March 18 Events in History - March 18 Birthdays - March 18 Deaths
2015 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the ruling Likud party have retained victory in this week's election; Netanyahu will now focus on forming a coalition government
2014 In the U.S., today's Mega Millions multistate lottery drawing has two winning tickets; the $400 million jackpot is the third largest in the game's history
2014 President Obama awards 24 Medals of Honor to veterans originally overlooked due to ethnic or racial bias
2013 The FBI reports they have discovered who stole $580 million in masterpieces from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990, the greatest art heist in American history
2013 Alfred Xuereb, an Honorary Prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, is selected by Pope Francis' to become his first private secretary
2012 Germany's Federal Assembly elects Joachim Gauck President of the Federal Republic of Germany
2012 Footballer Fabrice Muamba is critically ill and in a London hospital intensive care unit after undergoing cardiac arrest on live television during the 41st minute of the FA cup quarter final
2011 After no-fly zone was imposed on Libya, its government announced a ceasefire, which it immediately violated, killing 25 civilians in Misrata
2011 Newspapers report that Japan will issue over 10 trillion yen in emergency government bonds to help pay for their earthquake and tsunami recovery efforts
2010 After five years of research by the Dresden Historians' Commission, a report stated a reduced figure of 25,000 people died in the 1945 Dresden bombing
1997 Russian AN-24 plane crashes in Turkey, 50 die
1996 50,000 swimmers raise 15 million for charity during BT's Swimathon '96
1995 Michael Jordan announces he is ending his 17 month NBA retirement
1995 STS-67 (Endeavour 8) lands after 16 days
1995 Spanish princess Elena (31) weds Jaime de Marichalar y Saenez Tejada
1994 South Africa Goldstone committee reveals existence of secret police
1994 Space shuttle STS-62 (Columbia 16), lands
1994 Zsa Zsa Gabor files for bankruptcy
1993 "Sisters Rosensweig" opens at Barrymore Theater New York City for 556 performances
1993 Eddie Murphy marries Nicole Mitchell in New York City
1993 Sri Lanka beat England in Test match by 5 wickets
1992 "4 Baboons Adoring the Sun" opens at Beaumont Theater New York City for 38 perf
1992 Donna Summer gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
1992 Leona Helmsley sentence to 4 years for tax evasion
1992 Zimbabwe beat England by 9 runs in World Cup at Albury
1991 Apple computer head Steve Jobs weds Laurene Powell
1991 Mike Tyson beats Razor Ruddock in the 7th round
1991 Philadelphia '76ers retires Wilt Chamberlain's #13 jersey
1991 Reggie Miller (Indiana) ends NBA free throw streak of 52 games
1990 1st free elections in East Germany, Conservatives beat Communists
1990 32-day lockout by baseball owners ends
1990 A Tampa little leaguer, dies, after being struck by a pitch
1990 Largest Art robbery in the history (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston), where 12 paintings valued at $100 million are stolen
1990 Colleen Walker wins Circle K Tucson LPGA Golf Open
1989 27th space shuttle mission, STS-29 (Discovery 8), returns to Earth
1989 California Quake amusement ride opens at Universal Studios
1989 Dino Ciccarelli sets Washington Capitals record of 7 pts in a game
1987 Gerber survey find most popular names for newborns (Jessica and Matthew)
1987 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1986 Exciting draw in final gives NSW the Sheffield Shield over Qld
1986 Treasury Department announces plans to alter paper money
1985 Capital Cities Communications Inc. acquires ABC
1985 Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle
1984 Chris Johnson wins LPGA Tucson Conquistadores Golf Open
1982 Singer Teddy Pendergrass' spinal cord severed in a car accident
1981 Buffalo Sabres sets NHL record of 9 goals in 1 period (vs Toronto)
1980 Vostok rocket exploded on launch pad while being refueled, killing 50
1979 "On the 20th Century" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 460 performances
1979 Battles between Kurds and Iranians break in Sananday Iran
1979 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Honda Civic Golf Classic
1978 250,000 attend rock concert California Jam II in Ontario California
1978 Pakistani former premier Ali Bhutto sentenced to death
1977 Clash releases their 1st recording "White Riot"
1977 U.S. restricts citizens from visiting Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea and Cambodia
1977 Vietnam hands over MIA to U.S.
1975 Kurds end fight against Iraqi army
1974 Most Arab oil producing nations end embargo against US
1973 "Seesaw" opens at Uris Theater New York City for 296 performances
1973 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
1972 AIAW 1st basketball champs, Immaculata beats West Chester State 52-48
1972 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1972 Cornell NCAA hockey team shut out for 1st time in 225 games (Boston U)
1972 Memphis' Larry Miller sets ABA record of 67 pts in a game
1971 200 die in landslide into Lake Yanahuani, Chungar Peru
1970 Cambodia military coup under General Lon Nol, prince Sihanuk flees
1970 KAEC TV channel 19 in Lufkin, Texas (ABC) suspends broadcasting
1970 Mail service paralyzed by 1st major postal strike
1970 NFL selects Wilson as official football and scoreboard as official time
1969 "Come Summer" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater New York City for 7 performances
1968 Congress repeals requirement for a gold reserve
1968 WVER TV channel 28 in Rutland, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
1968 WVTA TV channel 41 in Windsor, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
1967 Beatles' "Penny Lane," single goes #1
1967 Oil tanker Torrey Canyon hits a rock and spills oil
1966 "Pousse Cafe" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 3 performances
1966 General Suharto forms government in Indonesia
1966 Scott Paper begins selling paper dresses for $1
1965 "Do I Hear a Waltz?" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 220 performances
1965 Rolling Stones fined 5 pounds each for public urination
1965 U.S.S.R. launches Voshkod 2; Alexei Leonov makes 1st spacewalk (20 minutes)
1963 "Tovarich" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 264 performances
1963 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
1963 Supreme Court's Miranda Decision; defendants must have lawyers
1963 WGSF TV channel 28 in Newark, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
1962 Algerian War ends after 7 years (250,000 die), Ben Bella flees
1962 Dmitri Shostakovich becomes member of Supreme Soviet of U.S.S.R.
1961 Poppin' Fresh Pillsbury Dough Boy introduced
1959 Boston Celtic's Bill Sharman begins record of 56 straight free-throws
1959 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs Hawaii statehood bill
1958 Dodgers announces mascot/clown Emmett Kelly will not perform in 1958
1957 WTWV (now WTVA) TV channel 9 in Tupelo-Columbus, MS (NBC) begins
1955 I Hatojama recognized as premier of Japan
1953 15th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Kansas 69-68
1953 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee
1953 Earthquake strikes West Turkey, 250 die
1953 KGNC (now KAMR) TV channel 4 in Amarillo, Texas (NBC) begins broadcasting
1953 NL approves Boston Braves move to Milwaukee (1st shift since 1903)
1952 1st plastic lens for cataract patients fitted (Philadelphia)
1952 Communist offensive in Korea
1951 Pat O'Sullivan wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
1950 "Touch and Go" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 176 performances
1950 CCNY beats Bradley 69-61 for the NIT championship
1949 NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, treaty ratified
1949 WGAL TV channel 8 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (NBC) begins broadcasting
1948 France and Great Britain and Benelux sign Treaty of Brussels
1948 Philips begin experimental TV broadcasting
1945 1,250 U.S. bombers attacks Berlin
1945 Maurice "Rocket" Richard becomes the 1st NHLer to score 50 goals
1945 U.S. Task Force 58 attacks targets on Kiushu
1944 Nazi Germany occupies Hungary
1944 2,500 women trample guards and floorwalkers to purchase 1,500 alarm clocks announced for sale in a Chicago, Illinois department store
1943 James Oglethorpe (U.S.) and Terkolei (Netherlands), torpedoed and sinks
1943 Red Army evacuates Belgorod
1942 Illegal Free Netherlands announces boycott of theaters
1942 2 black players, Jackie Robinson and Nate Moreland, request a tryout with the Chicago White Sox, they are allowed to work out
1940 Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany's war against France and Britain
1938 Mexico takes control of foreign-owned oil properties
1938 New York 1st requires serological blood tests of pregnant women
1938 President Cardena of Mexico nationalizes U.S. and British oil companies
1937 Gas explosion in school in New London Texas: 294 die
1933 Radio Clube de Mocambique's, 1st radio transmission
1933 U.S. Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
1933 U.S. Mens Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
1931 1st electric shavers go on sale in U.S. from Schick
1931 Juan Bautista Aznar becomes premier of Spain
1930 Boston Bruins win record 20th NHL home game
1929 Dmitri Shostakovich' "The new Babylon," premieres in Leningrad
1922 1st intercollegiate indoor polo championship (Princeton vs Yale)
1922 British magistrates in India sentence Mohandas K. Gandhi to 6 years in prison for disobedience
1922 WBT-AM in Charlotte North Carolina begins radio transmissions
1921 2nd Peace of Riga, Poland enlarged
1921 Steamer "Hong Koh" runs aground off Swatow China killing 1,000
1920 Greece adopts the Gregorian calendar
1919 Order of DeMolay forms in Kansas City
1918 Soccer team SON OF Meerssen forms
1918 Socialist Youth AJC organizes in Amsterdam
1915 Failed British attack in Dardanelles
1915 French battleship Bouvet explodes, 640 killed
1914 White Wolf gang beats government army in Jingdezhen China
1911 North Dakota enacts a hail insurance law
1910 1st opera by an U.S. composer (Converse) performed at the Met, New York City
1909 Einar Dessau of Denmark makes 1st ham broadcast
1904 1st performance of Edward Elgar's "In the South (Alassio)"
1902 Enrico Caruso becomes 1st well-known performer to make a record
1902 Schonberg's "Verklarte Nacht," premieres in Vienna
1900 Ajax (Amsterdam Football Club), forms
1899 Phoebe, a moon of Saturn is discovered by Pickering
1895 200 blacks leave Savannah, Georgia for Liberia
1892 Lord Stanley presents silver challenge cup for hockey (Stanley Cup)
1891 Britain is linked to the continent by Telephone
1890 1st U.S. state naval militia organized (Massachusetts)
1881 Barnum and Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth opens (MSG)
1877 President Hayes appoints Frederick Douglass marshal of Washington D.C.
1871 Communards revolt in Paris
1870 1st U.S. National Wildlife Preserve, Lake Meritt in Oakland California
1865 Battle of Wilson's raid to Selma, Alabama
1865 Congress of Confederate States of American adjourns for last time
1864 Dale Dike on Humber River crumbles drowning some 240
1859 Vera Cruz besieged by Miramon (Cons) in Mexican War of Reform
1858 Dutch Van der Brugghen government resigns
1850 Henry Wells and William Fargo forms American Express in Buffalo
1847 1st Dutch public telegram
1835 Charles Darwin departs Santiago Chile on his way to Portillo Pass
1834 1st railroad tunnel in U.S. completed, in Pennsylvania (275 m long)
1818 Congress approves 1st pensions for government service
1813 David Melville, Newport, Rhode Island, patents apparatus for making coal gas
1810 "Converse," 1st U.S. opera, premieres in New York
1793 2nd Battle at Neerwinden: Austria army beats France
1773 Oliver Goldsmith' "She Stoops to Conquer," premieres in London
1766 Britain repeals the Stamp Act
1754 Duke of Newcastle becomes English premier
1673 Lord Berkley sells his half of New Jersey to the Quakers
1583 Dutch States General and Anjou sign treaty
1582 Prince Willem of Orange injured in attack at Antwerp
1541 Hernan de Soto observes 1st recorded flood in America (Mississippi R)
1532 English parliament bans payments by English church to Rome
1509 Emperor Maximilian I names Margaretha land guardians of Netherlands
1438 Albrecht II von Habsburg becomes king of Germany
1229 German emperor Frederick II crowns himself king of Jerusalem
1190 Crusaders kill 57 Jews in Bury St. Edmonds England
1167 Battle of El-Babein, Egypt: Franks under Amalrik vs Syrians
1123 1st Latern Council (9th ecumenical council) opens in Rome
731 St. Gregory III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
417 St. Zosimus begins his reign as Catholic Pope