March 18: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, March 18, 1965, cosmonaut Alexey Leonov made the first spacewalk?

March 18th is also known as Forgive Mom & Dad Day and Awkward Moments Day.

Today marks day 77 of the year, and we have 288 days left of the year.

This day over the years has changed the world in many areas such as religion, space, languages and our delicate environment. Here you’ll find out what makes this day so amazing.

Did you know that on this day in 1965, cosmonaut Alexey Leonov made the first spacewalk? He was outside the Voskhod 2 spacecraft for 12 minutes.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about March 18th in history!

What Events Happened On March 18 In History?

2012 Wayne Rooney apologized to a 9-year-old fan after accidentally breaking his wrist.

OTD in 2012: Wayne Rooney apologized to a 9-year-old fan after accidentally breaking his wrist. Read More

2003 The UK government recognized British Sign Language (BSL) as an official language.


1992 Donna Summer received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


1990 $500 million worth of art was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, US.

OTD in 1990: $500 million worth of art was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston

It is known as the largest US art robbery in history, and none of the pieces have been recovered. There is a $10 million reward for information leading to their return!

1965 Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov made the first spacewalk when he left his Voskhod 2 spacecraft.


1953 A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Western Turkey, killing 1,070 people.

The 1953 Yenice-Gönen earthquake was felt as far away as Bulgaria and the Greek island of Crete. It caused approximately US$3,570,000 in damages.

1937 The Pedaliante, a human-powered aircraft, successfully flew 0.62 miles (1 km) in Milan, Italy.

1922 The first public Bat Mitzvah was held in New York City. It was for a girl named Judith Kaplan.

1922 Mahatma Gandhi was sentenced to six years in prison for his civil disobedience during a protest.

1898 American Astronomer William Henry Pickering discovered Phoebe, one of Saturn’s moons.

Pickering had taken photographs of Saturn and its surrounding satellites and, upon inspection of them, discovered the new moon. Phoebe was the first satellite ever to be discovered utilizing photography.

1870 The Lake Merritt Wild Duck Refuge became the first US wildlife sanctuary.

OTD in 1870: The Lake Merritt Wild Duck Refuge became the first US wildlife sanctuary.

1834 The Portage Railroad Line in Pennsylvania built the first railroad tunnel in the US.

The tunnel stretched 275 miles long and cost almost $2 million at the time.


1571 Valletta was made the capital city of Malta.

Famous Quotes Said On March 18

What is your favorite quote from March 18th? Here are the most noteworthy quotes said on this day in history.


“Civilizations proceed from the heart rather than from the head.”

– Mark Twain


“I regret only one thing, which is that the days are so short and that they pass so quickly. One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done, and if one didn’t like the work it would be very discouraging.”

– Marie Curie


“Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but getting it onto paper is something that unfortunately doesn’t go as readily as looking.”

– Vincent van Gogh

Famous People Born On March 18

Is today your birthday? If so, you share the same birthday with Queen Latifah. Here are a few other famous people born on this day.

1979 Adam Levine

American Singer

Adam Levine
44 years old
Born In:
California, USA

1989 Lily Collins

British-American Actress

Lily Collins
34 years old
Born In:
England, UK

1970 Queen Latifah

American Singer

Queen Latifah
53 years old
Born In:
New Jersey, USA

1837 Grover Cleveland

American President

Grover Cleveland
Died On:
Jun 24, 1908 (Age 71)
Born In:
New Jersey, USA

Special Holidays On March 18

Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.

March 18: Forgive Mom & Dad Day

Forgive Mom & Dad Day

Everybody’s human, and we all make mistakes, including our parents. Today is Forgive Mom & Dad Day, so ask yourself, can you finally forgive and forget? Why not give them a call or take them out to their favorite restaurant?

March 18: National Awkward Moments Day

National Awkward Moments Day

If you find it difficult to relate to all these endless special holidays, we’ve got you covered. Awkward Moments Day celebrates all those messy little moments we wish we could take back. Today is a reminder to not take them to heart, but to laugh at how silly they are and move on!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Hanna-Barbera pitched The Flintstones to networks for eight weeks before it was finally picked up. It became the first-ever animated show to air during primetime.

March 18 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Those of you who were born on March 18th share the Pisces star sign.

Pisceans very rarely judge, and they are hard to shock. This creates a safe space for their friends and loved ones to open up.

People born during March have the Aquamarine birthstone. The Aquamarine gem symbolizes rebirth and purity. Its name comes from a Latin word that means “seawater.”

Anyone born on Mar 18 would likely have been conceived around June 25 in the previous year.

A baby that is conceived on March 18, 2023, will be due around December 9, 2023.

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