is the 78th day of the year (79th in March 18 leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 287 days remaining until the end of the year.
3952 BC - According to the Venerable Bede, the world was created.
37 - The Roman Senate annuls Tiberius' will and proclaims Caligula emperor.
731 - Saint Gregory III begins his reign as Pope.
1229 - Frederick II declares himself King of Jerusalem during the Sixth Crusade.
1241 - Kraków is ravaged by Mongols.
1314 - Jacques de Molay, the 23rd and the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar is burned at the stake.
1438 - Albert II of Habsburg becomes King of Germany.
1608 - Susenyos is formally crowned Emperor of Ethiopia
1673 - John Berkeley sells his part of New Jersey to some Friends (Quakers).
1766 - American Revolution: The British Parliament repeals the Stamp Act, which was very unpopular in the British colonies.
1793 - The first republican state in Germany, the Republic of Mainz, is declared by Andreas Joseph Hofmann.
1834 - Six farm labourers from Tolpuddle, Dorset, England are sentenced to be transported to Australia for forming a trade union.
1850 - American Express is founded by Henry Wells & William Fargo.
1865 - American Civil War: The Congress of the Confederate States of America adjourns for the last time.
1871 - Declaration of the Paris Commune; President of the French Republic Adolphe Thiers orders evacuation of Paris.
1874 - Hawaii signs a treaty with the United States granting exclusive trading rights.
1893 - Former Governor General Lord Stanley pledges to donate a silver challenge cup, later named after him, as an award for the best ice hockey team in Canada; originally presented to amateur champions, the Stanley Cup has been awarded to the top pro team since 1910, and since 1926, only to National Hockey League teams.
1906 - Traian Vuia flies a self-propelled heavier-than-air aircraft.
1909 - Einar Dessau uses a short-wave radio transmitter, becoming the first radio broadcaster.
1913 - King George I of Greece is assassinated in the recently liberated city of Thessaloniki.
1915 - World War I: Massive naval attack in Battle of Gallipoli. Three battleships are sunk during a failed British & French naval attack on the Dardanelles.
1921 - The second Peace of Riga between Poland and Soviet Union.
1922 - In India, Mohandas Gandhi is sentenced to six years in prison for civil disobedience. He would serve only 2 years.
1922 - The first public celebration of Bat mitzvah, for the daughter of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, is held in New York City.
1925 - The Tri-State Tornado hits the Midwestern states of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, killing 695 people.
1937 - The New London School explosion kills three hundred, mostly children.
1937 - Spanish Civil War: Spanish Republican forces hand Italian forces a grave defeat at the Battle of Guadalajara.
1938 - Mexico nationalizes all foreign-owned oil properties within its borders.
1940 - World War II: Axis Powers - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet at Brenner Pass in the Alps and agree to form an alliance against France and the United Kingdom.
1945 - World War II: 1,250 American bombers attack Berlin.
1953 - An earthquake hits western Turkey, killing 250.
1959 - American President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a bill into law allowing for Hawaiian statehood, which would become official on August 21.
1962 - The Evian Accords puts an end to the Algerian War of Independence, which began in 1954.
1965 - Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space.
1967 - Supertanker Torrey Canyon runs aground off the Cornish coast.
1968 - Gold standard: The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency.
1970 - Lon Nol ousts Prince Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia.
1971 - A landslide at Chungar, Peru crashes into Lake Yanahuani killing 200.
1974 - Oil embargo crisis: Most OPEC nations end a five-month oil embargo against the United States, Europe and Japan.
1980 - On Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia, 50 people are killed at an explosion of a Vostok-2M rocket on its launch pad during a fueling operation.
1985 - The Australian television series airs its first episode.
Neighbours 1989 - In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found in the Pyramid of Cheops.
1990 - In largest art theft in US history, 12 paintings, collectively worth around $300 million, are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
1997 - The tail of a Russian Antonov An-24 charter plane breaks off while en-route to Turkey causing the plane to crash and killing all 50 on board and leading to the grounding of all An-24s.
1999 - Launching of Internet Explorer 4.0.2144
2003 - US enters war in Iraq. About $1 billion was taken from Iraq's Central Bank by Saddam Hussein and his family, just hours before the United States began bombing Iraq, biggest bank robbery in history. 
2003 - FBI agents raid the corporate headquarters of HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham 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 - The first-ever Muslim Friday prayer led by a woman in a mixed-gender congregation is held in New York City, marking a break with a 1426-year Islamic tradition.
2005 - Terri Schiavo's feeding tube is removed at the request of her husband, fueling a worldwide debate on euthanasia.
2007 - Steven Avery convicted for homicide because of DNA evidence, DNA having shown his innocence following a previous conviction.
1395 - John Holland, English military leader (d. 1447)
1496 - Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VII of England and queen consort of Louis XII of France (d. 1533)
1555 - François (d. 1584)
1590 - Manuel de Faria e Sousa, Portuguese historian and poet (d. 1649)
1602 - Jacques de Billy, French mathematician (d. 1679)
1603 - Simon Bradstreet, Massachusetts Bay colonist (d. 1693)
1634 - Marie-Madeleine Pioche de la Vergne, French writer (d. 1693)
1640 - Philippe de la Hire, French mathematician and astronomer (d. 1719)
1657 - Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Italian composer (d. 1743)
1679 - Matthew Decker, English merchant and writer (d. 1759)
1685 - Ralph Ersine, Scottish minister (d. 1752)
1690 - Christian Goldbach, Prussian mathematician (d. 1764)
1701 - Niclas Sahlgren, Swedish merchant and philanthropist (d. 1776)
1780 - Milos Obrenovic, Leader of The Second Serbian Uprising and Prince of Serbia (d. 1860)
1782 - John C. Calhoun, Vice President of the United States (d. 1850)
1813 - Christian Friedrich Hebbel, German writer (d. 1864)
1823 - Antoine Eugène Alfred Chanzy, French general (d. 1883)
1828 - William Randal Cremer, English politician and pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1908)
1837 - Grover Cleveland, President of the United States (d. 1908)
1840 - William Cosmo Monkhouse, English poet and critic (d. 1901)
1842 - Stéphane Mallarmé, French poet (d. 1898)
1844 - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer (d. 1908)
1848 - Nathanael Herreshoff, American naval architect (d. 1938)
1848 - Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria (d. 1939)
1858 - Rudolf Diesel, German inventor (d. 1913)
1869 - Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1940)
1872 - Anna Held, Polish actress and singer (d. 1918)
1874 - Nikolai Berdyaev, Russian philosopher (d. 1948)
1877 - Edgar Cayce, American psychic (d. 1945)
1877 - Clem Hill, Australian cricketer (d. 1945)
1882 - Gian Francesco Malipiero, Italian composer (d. 1973)
1886 - Edward Everett Horton, American actor (d. 1970)
1898 - Jake Swirbul, American aircraft manufacturer (d. 1960)
1893 - Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist (d. 1978)
1893 - Wilfred Owen, British poet (d. 1918)
1899 - Jean Goldkette, Greek-born jazz musician (d. 1962)
1904 - Srečko Kosovel, Slovenian poet (d. 1926)
1905 - Robert Donat, English actor (d. 1958)
1905 - Thomas Townsend Brown, American scientist (d. 1985)
1907 - John Zachary Young, British biologist (d. 1997)
1909 - Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (d. 2007)
1910 - Chiang Ching-kuo, President of the Republic of China (d. 1988)
1911 - Smiley Burnette, American singer and songwriter (d. 1967)
1913 - Werner Molders German WWII pilot (d. 1941)
1913 - René Clément, French film director and screenwriter (d. 1996)
1915 - Richard Condon, American novelist (d. 1996)
1917 - Frederika of Hanover, queen of the Hellenes (d. 1981)
1918 - Al Benton, American baseball player (d. 1968)
1918 - Bob Broeg, American sports writer (d. 2005)
1922 - Egon Bahr, German politician
1923 - Andy Granatelli, American motorsports entrepreneur
1926 - Peter Graves, American actor
1926 - Dick Littlefield, American baseball player (d. 1997)
1927 - John Kander, American songwriter
1927 - George Plimpton, American writer and actor (d. 2003)
1928 - Julia Mullock, Princess of Korea
1928 - Miguel Poblet, Spanish cyclist
1928 - Fidel V. Ramos, President of the Philippines
1929 - John Macurdy, American bass
1930 - Pat Halcox, British musician
1931 - John Fraser, Scottish-born stage, film and television actor
1932 - John Updike, American author
1935 - Ole Barndorff-Nielsen, Danish mathematician
1936 - Frederik Willem de Klerk, President of South Africa, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
1937 - Mark Donohue, American race car driver (d. 1975)
1937 - Rudi Altig, German cyclist
1938 - Charley Pride, American musician
1939 - Ron Atkinson, English former footballer and manager
1939 - Giannis Markopoulos, Greek composer
1941 - Wilson Pickett, American singer (d. 2006)
1941 - John W. Derr, American politician
1943 - Kevin Dobson, American actor
1947 - B.J. Wilson, English drummer (d. 1990)
1947 - Patrick Chesnais, French actor
1947 - Patrick Barlow, English actor, comedian and playwright
1948 - Guy Lapointe, Canadian ice hockey player
1949 - Alex Higgins, Northern Irish snooker player
1949 - Åse Kleveland, Norwegian singer and politician
1950 - Brad Dourif, American actor
1950 - Richard Kretchmer, English artist and historian
1950 - Rodney Milburn, American athlete (d. 1997)
1950 - Larry Perkins, Australian racing driver
1951 - Bill Frisell, American jazz musician
1951 - Ben Cohen, American co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream
1952 - Mike Webster, American football player (d. 2002)
1956 - Ingemar Stenmark, Swedish skier
1957 - György Pazdera, Hungarian bassist ( Pokolgép)
1959 - Luc Besson, French producer, writer, and director
1959 - Irene Cara, American actress and singer
1960 - Richard Biggs, American actor (d. 2004)
1960 - Guy Carbonneau, Canadian ice hockey player and manager
1962 - Thomas Ian Griffith, American actor
1962 - James McMurtry, American folk singer/songwriter
1962 - Mike Rowe, American television personality
1963 - Jeff LaBar, American guitarist
1963 - Vanessa L. Williams, American beauty queen, actress, and singer
1964 - Bonnie Blair, American speed skater
1964 - Courtney Pine, British jazz saxophonist
1964 - Rozalla, Zambian singer
1966 - Jerry Cantrell, American musician
1967 - Miki Berenyi, English singer ( Lush)
1968 - Shinichiro Miki, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
1969 - Vassily Ivanchuk, Ukrainian chess player
1969 - Shaun Udal, English cricketer
1970 - Queen Latifah, American singer and actress
1972 - Dane Cook, American comedian and actor
1973 - Max Barry, Australian author
1975 - Brian Griese, American football player
1975 - Tomas Žvirgždauskas, Lithuanian footballer
1975 - Sutton Foster, American actress, singer, and dancer
1975 - Rodleen Getsic, American musician, civil servant
1976 - Jovan Kirovski, American soccer player
1976 - Tomokazu Ohka, Japanese baseball player
1976 - Scott Podsednik, American baseball player
1977 - Danny Murphy, English footballer
1977 - Zdeno Chára, Slovak ice hockey player
1977 - Devin Lima, American singer
1977 - Willy Sagnol, French footballer
1977 - Terrmel Sledge, American baseball player
1977 - Fernando Rodney, American baseball player
1978 - Khalilah Adams, American actress
1978 - Yoshie Takeshita, Japanese volleyball player
1978 - Jan Bulis, Czech ice hockey player
1979 - Adam Levine, American singer ( Maroon 5)
1979 - Brandon Lee, American adult actor
1980 - Alexei Yagudin, Russian figure skater
1980 - Sophia Myles, English actress
1980 - Sebastien Frey, French footballer
1981 - Jang Nara, Korean singer and actress
1982 - Chad Cordero, American baseball player
1982 - Pedro Mantorras, Angolan footballer
1983 - Andy Sonnanstine, American baseball player
1984 - Vonzell Solomon, American Idol Contestant
1985 - Vince Lia, Australian Footballer
1986 - Bia Figueiredo, Brazilian racing driver
1992 - Alexander John Amadeus Broadbent, Englsih Arsenal Midfielder
1996 - Madeline Carroll, American actress
978 - King Edward the Martyr of England
1227 - Pope Honorius III (b. 1148)
1314 - Jacques DeMolay, Frankish noble, the 23rd Grand Master of the Knights Templar (b. 1244)
1583 - King Magnus of Livonia (b. 1540)
1584 - Tsar Ivan IV of Russia (b. 1530)
1675 - Arthur Chichester, Irish soldier (b. 1606)
1689 - John Dixwell, English judge (b. 1607)
1696 - Robert Charnock, English conspirator
1745 - Sir Robert Walpole, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1676)
1746 - Anna Leopoldovna, regent of Russia (b. 1718)
1768 - Laurence Sterne, Irish writer (b. 1713)
1781 - Anne Robert Turgot, French statesman (b. 1727)
1823 - Jean-Baptiste Breval, French composer (b. 1753)
1835 - Christian Gunther von Bernstorff, Danish-Prussian statesman and diplomat (b. 1769)
1871 - Augustus De Morgan, Indian-born British mathematician and logician (b. 1806)
1898 - Matilda Joslyn Gage, American suffragist (b. 1826)
1907 - Marcellin Berthelot, French chemist and politician (b. 1827)
1913 - King George I of Greece (b. 1845)
1936 - Eleftherios Venizelos, Former Prime minister of Greece
1939 - Henry Simpson Lunn, English humanitarian and religious leader (b. 1859)
1941 - Henri Cornet, French cyclist (b. 1884)
1945 - William Grover-Williams, British racing driver
1947 - William C. Durant, American automobile pioneer (b. 1861)
1962 - Walter W. Bacon, Governor of Delaware (b. 1880)
1963 - Wanda Hawley, American actress (b. 1895)
1964 - Sigfrid Edström, Swedish sports official (b. 1870)
1965 - King Farouk I of Egypt (b. 1920)
1969 - Barbara Bates, American film actress (b. 1925)
1973 - Lauritz Melchior, Danish-born American opera singer (b. 1890)
1975 - Alain Grandbois, Quebec poet (b. 1900)
1976 - Giuseppe Genco Russo, Sicilian mafioso (b. 1893)
1977 - Marien Ngouabi, President of the Republic of the Congo (b. 1938)
1977 - José Carlos Pace, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1944)
1978 - Leigh Brackett, American author (b. 1915)
1978 - Peggy Wood, American actress (b. 1892)
1983 - King Umberto II of Italy, (b. 1904)
1983 - Kenneth E. Boulding, English economist (b. 1910)
1984 - Charlie Lau, American baseball player (b. 1933)
1986 - Bernard Malamud, American writer (b. 1914)
1988 - Billy Butterfield, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1917)
1990 - Robin Harris, American actor and comedian (b. 1953)
1995 - Robin Jacques, illustrator of children's books (b. 1920)
1996 - Odysseas Elytis, Greek poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
1999 - Elizabeth Huckaby, American educator (b. 1905)
2000 - Eberhard Bethge, German theologian (b. 1909)
2001 - John Phillips, American musician ( The Mamas and the Papas) (b. 1935)
2002 - R.A. Lafferty, American science fiction writer (b. 1914)
2002 - Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor (b. 1943)
2003 - Karl Kling, German race car driver (b. 1910)
2003 - Adam Osborne, British computer pioneer (b. 1939)
2004 - Harrison McCain, Canadian businessman (b. 1927)
2006 - Bill Beutel, American journalist (b. 1930)
2006 - Dan Gibson, musician (b. 1922)
2007 - Bob Woolmer, English cricketer and Pakistan national coach (b. 1948)
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104 Familypedia people were born on March 18
97 Familypedia people died on March 18
104 Familypedia people were first married on March 18