What Happened On This Day In History: 18th March

The 77th day of the year, or the 78th day in a leap year is March 18th. Some of the events that happened on this day are:

In the 1500s:

  • In the year 1532, it was on this day when the English parliament banned all payments to Rome by the church. 
  • In 1541, the first recorded flood of the Mississippi river was observed by Hernando de Soto. 

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In the 1600s:

It was on this day in 1673, Lord Berkley sold his half of the state of New Jersey to the Quakers. 

In the 1700s:

  • In the year 1766, Britain revoked the Stamp Act. 
  • In 1818, the congress of the United States approved the first ever pensions for those in government service. 
  • In 1834, the construction of the first railroad tunnel in the United States, in Pennsylvania, was completed. 
  • In 1850, William Fargo and Henry Wells founded America Express. 
  • In 1891, Britain linked to the European continent via telephone. 
  • In 1899, one of Saturn’s moons, namely Phoebe, was discovered. 

In the 1900s:

  • In 1900, the Amsterdam Football Club, aka Ajax, was formed. 
  • In 1903, the Catholic religious orders were dissolved by France. 
  • In 1910, the first opera was performed at the Met in New York City by a U.S. composer.
  • In the year 1911, the Roosevelt Dam was opened in Arizona by Theodore Roosevelt, becoming the largest dam in the United States at that time. 
  • In 1913, the Greek king George I was killed by an assassin. 
  • In the year 1917, the U.S. ships City of Memphis, Vigilante and the Illinois were sunk by the Germans without any prior warning. 
  • In 1919, Kansas City established the Order of DeMolay. 
  • In 1920, the Gregorian calendar was adopted by Greece. 
  • In 1922, Mahatma Gandhi was sentenced to 6 years of prison for civil disobedience in India. 
  • It was on this day in 1940 when the soap opera titled Light of the World was first heard on NBC radio. 
  • In 1948, the Treaty of Brussels was signed by Great Britain, France and Benelux. 
  • In 1949, the ratification of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO was done. 
  • In 1959, the Hawaii statehood bill was signed by the then president of the United States Eisenhower. 
  • In 1965, Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov became the first man to do a spacewalk after leaving the Voskhod II space capsule while it was in orbit around the Earth. 
  • In 1966, General Suharto formed the government of Indonesia. 
  • On this day in 1970, the United States Postal Service went on its first postal strike. 
  • In the year 1986, the announcement of Prince Andrew getting engaged to Sarah Ferguson was made by the Buckingham Palace. 
  • In 1989, a mummy, dating back to over 4,400 years, was discovered at the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. 
  • In 1990, thirteen paintings, valuing to over $100 million, were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, becoming the largest art robbery in all of history. In the same year, the first free elections took place in East Germany. 

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