Today in History, 18 March
Historical Events On This Day
- In 1922, British magistrates in India sentenced Mahatma Gandhi to 6 years imprisonment for disobedience.
- In 1937, 294 people died in a gas explosion in a school in New London, Texas.
- In 1944, Nazi Germany occupied Hungary.
- In 1948, Soviet consultants left Yugoslavia in the first sign of the Tito-Stalin split.
- In 1959, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Hawaii statehood bill.
- In 1963, France performed an underground nuclear test at Ecker, Algeria.
- In 1966, General Suharto formed a government in Indonesia.
- In 1972, China performed a nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC.
- In 2020, US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau closed the US-Canada border due to COVID-19.
- In 2021, the US Senate confirmed William Joseph Burns as the new CIA Director.
Sports Events Today
- In 1933, Roger Turner won the US Men’s Figure Skating championship.
- In 1995, Michael Jordan announced he is ending his 17-month NBA retirement.
- In 2018, Cristiano Ronaldo recorded his 50th career hat-trick in Real Madrid’s 6-3 win over Girona.
Art and Culture Events Today
- In 1924, the Silent film classic “The Thief of Bagdad” based on One Thousand and One Nights was released.
- In 1992, American pop singer Donna Summer received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
- In 2005, “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” starring Dylan and Cole Sprouse premiered on Disney Channel.
Notable Deaths On This Day
|1||1781||Anne Robert Jacques Turgot was a French economist and statesman who is today best remembered as an early advocate for economic liberalism.|
|2||2004||Richard Marner was a Russian-British actor best known for his role as Colonel Kurt von Strohm in the British sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo!|
|3||2009||Eddie Bo was an American singer and pianist who worked and recorded for more than 40 different record labels, including Ace, Apollo Records, and Arrow.|
|4||2009||Natasha Richardson is an English-American stage and screen actress best known for her movies like ‘Gothic’, ‘The Parent Trap’ and ‘Patty Hearst’.|
|5||2021||Chester Barnes was an English table tennis champion, who was England’s No. 1 player for many years during the 1960s and 1970s.|
Famous Birthdays On This Day
|1||1837||Grover Cleveland is the 22nd and 24th President of the United States and the only president in American history to serve two non-consecutive terms in office.|
|2||1934||Charley Pride was an American professional baseball player, singer and guitarist who three American Music Awards and four Grammy Awards|
|3||1951||Rick Martel is a Canadian retired professional wrestler, trainer, and television presenter best known for his appearances with the American Wrestling Association.|
|4||1963||Vannesa Williams is an American singer, actress, and ex-model who became the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss America in 1983.|
|5||1970||Queen Latifa also known as ‘Queen of Rap’ is an African-American award-winning rapper and singer who became the first female rapper to get nominated for the Oscars.|
|6||1979||Adam Levine is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and also the lead vocalist of the pop rock band ‘Maroon 5.’|
|7||1989||Lily Collins is a popular British-American actress and model who is highly known for her films like ‘The Blind Side’, ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ and ‘To the Bone’.|