March 18: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on March 18



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

Today marks day 78 of the year, and we have 288 days left in 2024.

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 fun & interesting facts about March 18th in history!


What memorable events happened on March 18 in history? Keep reading to find out!


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.


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


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


$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!


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


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.


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

OTD in 1937: The Pedaliante


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


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


King George I of Greece was assassinated while out on a walk in Thessaloniki.


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.


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.


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

The tunnel stretched 901 feet (275 meters) long and cost $37,498.85, or about $1.3 million in today’s money.


Valletta was made the capital city of Malta.

Famous Births

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.


Adam Levine



Adam Levine


45 years old

Born In:

California, USA


Lily Collins



Lily Collins


35 years old

Born In:

England, UK


Queen Latifah



Queen Latifah


54 years old

Born In:

New Jersey, USA


Grover Cleveland



Grover Cleveland

Died On:

Jun 24, 1908 (Age 71)

Born In:

New Jersey, USA


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

Mark Twain

American Writer


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

Marie Curie

Polish-French Physicist


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

Special Holidays

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

March 18: National Awkward Moments Day
United States

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!

March 18: Forgive Mom & Dad Day
United States

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?

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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.

Birthday & Zodiac

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, 2024, will be due around December 9, 2024.

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