On This Day

What Happened on March 23, 1918

Historical Events

  • Alick Wickham dives 200' into Australia's Yarra River
  • German forces advance 14 miles to the Somme River (WW1)
  • Germany begins using long-range gun, the 'Kaiser Wilhelm Geschütz' ('Emperor William Gun'), aka 'Paris Gun' to shell Paris from Crépy-en-Laonnais, 75 miles away; over several days, 303 rounds kill 256 and wound over 600
  • Lithuania proclaims independence

Famous Birthdays

  • Granville "Sticks" McGhee, American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee"), born in Knoxville, Tennesee ( d. 1961)

Famous Deaths

  • César Cortinas, Uruguayan composer, dies at 27
1918 Highlights

About March 23, 1918

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 103 years, 4 months and 7 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Aries