On This Day

On This Day in History for March 18 (Part 2)

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 General Suharto forms government in Indonesia

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
  • 1966 Scott Paper begins selling paper dresses for $1
  • 1967 Oil tanker Torrey Canyon hits a rock off Cornwall & spills oil
  • 1968 US Congress repeals requirement for a gold reserve
  • 1970 Cambodia military coup under General Lon Nol, Prince Sihanuk flees
  • 1970 Two-week US postal strike begins; it is against the government and is the largest wildcat strike in US history
  • 1970 Five Unionist Members of Parliament (MPs), including William Craig and Harry West, are expelled from the Unionist Parliamentary Party, Northern Ireland
  • 1971 200 die in landslide into Lake Yanahuani, Chungar Peru
  • 1972 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1972 Memphis' Larry Miller sets ABA record of 67 pts in a game
  • 1972 Ulster Vanguard hold a rally of 60,000 people in Belfast; William Craig tells the crowd: "if and when the politicians fail us, it may be our job to liquidate the enemy"
  • 1974 Most Arab oil producing nations end embargo against US
  • 1975 Kurds end fight against Iraqi army
  • 1977 US restricts citizens from visiting Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea & Cambodia
  • 1977 Vietnam hands over MIA to US
  • 1978 Former Pakistani premier Ali Bhutto sentenced to death

  • 1979 Battles between Kurds & Iranians break in Sananday, Iran
  • 1980 Vostok rocket explodes on the launch pad while being refueled, killing 50
  • 1986 US Treasury Department announces plans to alter paper money
  • 1987 Gerber survey find most popular names for newborns are Jessica and Matthew
  • 1987 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1989 27th space shuttle mission, STS-29 (Discovery 8), returns to Earth
  • 1989 California Quake amusement ride opens at Universal Studios
  • 1989 In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found in the Pyramid of Cheops
  • 1990 Largest art robbery in US history: 13 works of art worth over $500 million are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston
  • 1990 1st free elections in East Germany, Conservatives beat Communists
  • 1990 A Tampa little leaguer dies after being struck by a pitch
  • 1992 American businesswoman Leona Helmsley sentenced to 4 years for tax evasion "We don't pay taxes; only the little people pay taxes"
  • 1992 Zimbabwe beat England by 9 runs in World Cup at Albury
  • 1993 Amsterdam stock exchange hits record Ÿ12.2 billion
  • 1993 Sri Lanka beat England in Test match by 5 wickets
  • 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
  • 1995 STS 67 (Endeavour 8) lands after 16½ days
  • 1996 A nightclub fire in Quezon City, Philippines kills 162.

  • 1997 Russian AN-24 plane crashes in Turkey, 50 die
  • 2003 FBI agents raid the corporate headquarters of HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama on suspicion of massive corporate fraud led by the company's top executives.
  • 2003 British Sign Language is recognised as an official British language
  • 2005 Terri Schiavo's feeding tube is removed at the request of her husband
  • 2011 MESSENGER spacecraft enters Mercury's orbit
  • 2012 Joachim Gauck elected President of the Federal republic of Germany by the Federal Assembly
  • 2013 Explosions kill 25 people at a bus park in Kano, Nigeria
  • 2013 A car bombing kills 10 people and injures 20 in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • 2013 98 people are killed and 248 are injured across Iraq from a series of bombings and shootings
  • 2014 Transnistria formally requests to join the Russian Federation
  • 2014 Russia formally annexes Crimea, previously part of Ukraine. by signing Treaty on Accession
  • 2014 US closes the Syrian embassy in Washington & expels all Syrian diplomats

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2018 Vladimir Putin is elected to a new six-year term as Russian President with 76% of the vote, his fourth term

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • 2018 First fatal accident involving an Uber self-driving car hitting a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona
  • 2018 Bushfire in Tathra, New South Wales, Australia, destroys over 70 buildings
  • 2018 Turkish-backed Syrian rebels seize Kurdish held northern Syrian town of Afrin
  • 2018 Serial bomber suspected after fourth bomb goes off in Austin, Texas, injuring two, total bombing death toll, 2 dead, 5 injured

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 US Senator Amy Klobuchar calls on Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the Senate Judiciary in wake in data mining scandal with Cambridge Analytica

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • 2018 African American Stephon Clark shot 20 times by police in his Grandmother's backyard in Sacramento, California during vandalism investigation
  • 2019 Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi makes national radio address to the nation after Cyclone Idai, saying more than 1,000 people feared dead with 100,000 at risk
  • 2019 “Historic to catastrophic flooding" faced by Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota according to US National Weather Service

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 UK Speaker of the House John Bercow rules a third vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal is not possible without new changes

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • 2019 Suspected terrorist attack by shooter aboard a tram in Utrecht, Netherlands kills 3 and injures 5
  • 2019 Italian charity ship Mare Jonio rescues 50 migrants off the coast of Libya
  • 2019 Champion racing pigeon Armando "the Lewis Hamilton of pigeons" sells for a record $1.42 million in Belgium
  • 2020 Turing Award given to Pixar employees Pat Hanraha and Ed Catmull for three-dimensional computer graphics

AgreementAgreement of Interest

2020 US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agree to close the US-Canada border, the world's longest, to non-essential travel to curb coronavirus COVID-19

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Birthdays in History

  • 1968 Eudes, duc d'Angoulême, French prince
  • 1968 Paul Marsden, British politician
  • 1972 Reince Priebus [Rheinhold Priebus], American lawyer and political opertative (Trump Chief of Staff (Jan-Jul 2017), born in Dover, New Jersey
  • 1973 Max Barry, Australian author

Weddings in History


Deaths in History