On This Day

What Happened on March 18, 1965

Historical Events

  • "Do I Hear a Waltz?" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 220 performances
  • A truck loses control down Moosic Street, Scranton, Pennsylvania, killing the driver. This accident later inspired the 1974 Harry Chapin song, "30,000 Pounds of Bananas."

1st Person to Walk in Space

Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space

  • Poppin' Fresh Pillsbury Dough Boy introduced
  • Rolling Stones fined £5 each for public urination
  • USSR launches Voshkod 2

Famous Birthdays

  • Birgit Clarius, German heptathlete
  • Geronimo Berroa, outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Jeff Labar, American glam rock guitarist (Cinderella, 1985-2014 - "Nobody's Fool"; "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)"), born in Darby, Pennsylvania (d. 2021)
  • Yoriko Douguchi, Japanese actress

Famous Deaths

  • Farouk I, last King of Egypt (1936-52), dies at 45
1965 Highlights

About March 18, 1965

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 56 years, 8 months and 22 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Pisces