What Happened on March 18
- 1123 First Council of the Lateran (9th ecumenical council) opens in Rome, agreements of the Concordat of Worms ratified
- 1314 Jacques de Molay, the 23rd and the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, is burned at the stake by King Philip IV of France
- 1325 According to legend, Tenochtitlan is founded on this date on an island in what was then Lake Texcoco in the Valley of Mexico
- 1890 German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck resigns after 19 years after disagreement with German Emperor Wilhelm II
- 1900 Japan uses its influence over Korea to deny Russia's efforts to obtain a naval station at Korean Port of Masampo, the lead up to the Russo-Japanese war
- 1922 British magistrates in India sentence Mahatma Gandhi to 6 years imprisonment for disobedience
- 1940 Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler meet at Brenner Pass where the Italian dictator agrees he will, in due course, join Germany's impending war effort in the west
- 1965 Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space
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Mar 18 in Film & TV
- 1985 Capital Cities Communications Inc acquires ABC for $3.5 billion, first transfer of ownership of a TV network
Mar 18 in Music
- 1902 Italian operatic tenor Enrico Caruso becomes 1st well-known performer to make a record
Mar 18 in Sport
- 1942 2 black players, Jackie Robinson & Nate Moreland, request a tryout with the Chicago White Sox, they are allowed to work out
Did You Know?
Largest art robbery in US history: 13 works of art worth over $500 million are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston
On March 18, 1990
Would You Believe?
Six farm labourers from Tolpuddle, Dorset, England are sentenced to be transported to Australia for forming a trade union
On March 18, 1834
- 1869 US Abolitionist Harriet Tubman marries civil war veteran Nelson Davis in Auburn NY
- 1991 Apple computer head Steve Jobs (36) weds American businesswoman Laurene Powell (27) in a Buddhist ceremony at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park, California
- 1993 American actor Eddie Murphy (31) weds Nicole Mitchell at the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel in New York City; divorce in 2006
- 2012 "Twilight" actor Peter Facinelli (38) divorces "Beverly Hills 90210" actress Jennie Garth (39) due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage
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Articles, Photos and Quiz
The First People To Hop On A BusIt was an idea probably two centuries years ahead of its time, but public buses first took to the streets of Paris on this day in history.
March 18, 1662
1st Person to Walk in SpaceSoviet cosmonaut Alexey Leonov conducts the first spacewalk during the Voshkod 2 mission
March 18, 1965
Weekly Quiz for March 16 - 22Who discovered the electric battery this week in 1800? Which country holds the Emerald Buddha sacred? What island did Napoleon escape from in 1815?