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Sunday 11 March 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Johnny Appleseed Day (United States)

Events

  • 2006 – Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as first female president of Chile.
  • 1999 – Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
  • 1993 – Janet Reno is confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn in the next day, becoming the first female Attorney General of the United States.
  • 1990 – Patricio Aylwin is sworn in as the first democratically elected President of Chile since 1970.
  • 1946 – Rudolf Höss, the first commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp, is captured by British troops.
  • 1941 – World War II: United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Act into law, allowing American-built war supplies to be shipped to the Allies on loan.
  • 1918 – The first case of Spanish flu occurs, the start of a devastating worldwide pandemic.
  • 1888 – The Great Blizzard of 1888 begins along the eastern seaboard of the United States, shutting down commerce and killing more than 400.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: The Constitution of the Confederate States of America is adopted.
  • 1851 – The first performance of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi takes place in Venice.
  • 1848 – Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin become the first Prime Ministers of the Province of Canada to be democratically elected under a system of responsible government.
  • 1824 The United States Department of War creates the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
  • 1702 – The Daily Courant, England's first national daily newspaper is published for the first time.

Births

  • 1989 – Anton Yelchin, Russian-born American actor (d. 2016)
  • 1985 – Derek Schouman, American football player
  • 1983 – Lucy DeVito, American actress, daughter of Danny DeVito
  • 1982 – Brian Anderson, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Thora Birch, American actress
  • 1981 – Heidi Cortez, American businesswoman and author
  • 1981 – LeToya Luckett, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1980 – Dan Uggla, American baseball player
  • 1979 – Benji Madden, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1979 – Elton Brand, American basketball player
  • 1979 – Fred Jones, American basketball player
  • 1979 – Joel Madden, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1977 – Becky Hammon, American-Russian basketball player and coach
  • 1975 – Shawn Springs, American football player
  • 1971 – Johnny Knoxville, American actor, stuntman, and producer
  • 1970 – Andre Nickatina, American rapper and producer
  • 1969 – Soraya, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2006)
  • 1969 – Terrence Howard, American actor and producer
  • 1968 – Lisa Loeb, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and actress
  • 1967 – Brad Carson, American lawyer and politician, United States Under Secretary of the Army
  • 1967 – John Barrowman, Scottish-American actor and singer
  • 1967 – Renzo Gracie, Brazilian-American mixed martial artist and trainer
  • 1966 – John Thompson III, American basketball player and coach
  • 1965 – Jesse Jackson, Jr., American lawyer and politician
  • 1965 – Wallace Langham, American actor
  • 1964 – Peter Berg, American actor, director, producer and screenwriter
  • 1964 – Vinnie Paul, American drummer, songwriter, and producer
  • 1963 – David LaChapelle, American photographer and director
  • 1962 – Mary Gauthier, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1962 – Matt Mead, American lawyer and politician, 32nd Governor of Wyoming
  • 1959 – Dejan Stojanović, Serbian-American journalist and poet
  • 1958 – James Pinkerton, American journalist and author
  • 1957 – The Lady Chablis, American drag queen performer (d. 2016)
  • 1956 – Curtis Brown, American colonel, pilot and astronaut
  • 1956 – Willie Banks, American triple jumper
  • 1955 – D. J. MacHale, American author, director, and screenwriter
  • 1954 – David Newman, American composer and conductor
  • 1954 – Gale Norton, American lawyer and politician, 48th United States Secretary of the Interior
  • 1953 – Derek Daly, Irish-American race car driver and sportscaster
  • 1953 – Jimmy Iovine, American record producer and businessman, co-founded Interscope Records and Beats Electronics
  • 1950 – Bobby McFerrin, American singer-songwriter, producer, and conductor
  • 1950 – Jerry Zucker, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1948 – Roy Barnes, American lawyer and politician, 80th Governor of Georgia
  • 1947 – Mark Stein, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player
  • 1946 – Mark Metcalf, American actor and producer
  • 1945 – Dock Ellis, American baseball player and coach (d. 2008)
  • 1945 – Harvey Mandel, American guitarist
  • 1942 – Joel Steiger, American director, producer and screenwriter
  • 1942 – Marcus Borg, American scholar, theologian and author (d. 2015)
  • 1939 – Lorraine Hunt, American lawyer and politician, 32nd Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
  • 1938 – Joseph Brooks, American director, producer, screenwriter, and composer (d. 2011)
  • 1936 – Antonin Scalia, American lawyer and jurist, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (d. 2016)
  • 1936 – Hollis Frampton, American director, screenwriter, and photographer (d. 1984)
  • 1934 – Sam Donaldson, American journalist
  • 1932 – Leroy Jenkins, American violinist and composer (Revolutionary Ensemble) (d. 2007)
  • 1931 – Rupert Murdoch, Australian-American businessman, founded News Corporation
  • 1929 – Timothy Carey, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1994)
  • 1928 – Albert Salmi, American actor (d. 1990)
  • 1927 – Robert Mosbacher, American sailor, businessman, and politician, 25th United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 2010)
  • 1926 – Ralph Abernathy, American minister and activist (d. 1990)
  • 1925 – Margaret Oakley Dayhoff, American biochemist and academic (d. 1983)
  • 1923 – Louise Brough, American tennis player (d. 2014)
  • 1921 – Frank Harary, American mathematician and academic (d. 2005)
  • 1920 – Nicolaas Bloembergen, Dutch-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2017)
  • 1916 – Ezra Jack Keats, American author and illustrator (d. 1983)
  • 1915 – J. C. R. Licklider, American computer scientist and psychologist (d. 1990)
  • 1903 – Lawrence Welk, American accordion player and bandleader (d. 1992)
  • 1899 – James H. Douglas, Jr. American colonel, lawyer, and politician, 9th United States Deputy Secretary of Defense (d. 1988)
  • 1898 – Dorothy Gish, American actress (d. 1968)
  • 1897 – Henry Cowell, American pianist and composer (d. 1965)
  • 1895 – Shemp Howard, American actor (d. 1955)
  • 1893 – Wanda Gág, American author and illustrator (d. 1946)
  • 1890 – Vannevar Bush, American engineer and academic (d. 1974)
  • 1887 – Raoul Walsh, American actor and director (d. 1980)
  • 1880 – Harry H. Laughlin, American eugenicist and sociologist (d. 1943)
  • 1876 – Carl Ruggles, American pianist and composer (d. 1971)
  • 1873 – David Horsley, English-American director and producer, co-founded Universal Studios (d. 1933)
  • 1854 – Jane Meade Welch, American journalist and lecturer (d. 1931)
  • 1820 – John Plankinton, American businessman and industrialist, also noted for philanthropy (d. 1891)
  • 1819 – Henry Tate, English businessman and philanthropist, founded Tate & Lyle (d. 1899)
  • 1785 – John McLean, American jurist and politician, 6th United States Postmaster General (d. 1861)
  • 1738 – Benjamin Tupper, American general (d. 1792)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Gerald Hurst, American chemist and academic (b. 1937)
  • 2015 – Jimmy Greenspoon, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (b. 1948)
  • 2014 – Joel Brinkley, American journalist and academic (b. 1952)
  • 2013 – Erica Andrews, Mexican-American drag queen performer (b. 1969)
  • 2012 – James B. Morehead, American colonel and pilot (b. 1916)
  • 2012 – Sid Couchey, American author and illustrator (b. 1919)
  • 2011 – Gary Wichard, American football player and agent (b. 1950)
  • 2010 – John Hill, Canadian-American wrestler (b. 1941)
  • 2010 – Merlin Olsen, American football player and actor (b. 1940)
  • 2009 – Charles Lewis, Jr., American businessman, co-founded Tapout Clothing (b. 1963)
  • 2007 – Betty Hutton, American actress and singer (b. 1921)
  • 2002 – James Tobin, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • 1996 – Vince Edwards, American actor and director (b. 1928)
  • 1992 – Richard Brooks, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1912)
  • 1989 – James Kee, American lawyer and politician (b. 1917)
  • 1989 – John J. McCloy, American lawyer and banker (b. 1895)
  • 1986 – Sonny Terry, American singer and harmonica player (b. 1911)
  • 1983 – Will Glickman, American playwright (b. 1910)
  • 1982 – Horace Gregory, American poet, translator, and academic (b. 1898)
  • 1977 – Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist and paleontologist (b. 1893)
  • 1971 – Philo Farnsworth, American inventor (b. 1906)
  • 1971 – Whitney Young, American activist (b. 1921)
  • 1970 – Erle Stanley Gardner, American lawyer and author (b. 1889)
  • 1967 – Geraldine Farrar, American soprano and actress (b. 1882)
  • 1960 – Roy Chapman Andrews, American paleontologist and explorer (b. 1884)
  • 1959 – Lester Dent, American author (b. 1904)
  • 1958 – Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish businessman, founded The Lego Group (b. 1891)
  • 1957 – Richard E. Byrd, American admiral and explorer (b. 1888)
  • 1955 – Oscar F. Mayer, German-American businessman, founded Oscar Mayer (b. 1859)
  • 1944 – Hendrik Willem van Loon, Dutch-American journalist and historian (b. 1882)
  • 1937 – Joseph S. Cullinan, American businessman, co-founded Texaco (b. 1860)
  • 1931 – F. W. Murnau, German-American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1888)
  • 1908 – Benjamin Waugh, American minister and activist (b. 1839)
  • 1898 – William Rosecrans, American general and politician (b. 1819)
  • 1874 – Charles Sumner, American lawyer and politician (b. 1811)
  • 1854 – Willard Richards, American journalist and religious leader (b. 1804)
  • 1851 – George McDuffie, American lawyer and politician, 55th Governor of South Carolina (b. 1790)
  • 1820 – Benjamin West, American-English painter and academic (b. 1738)
  • 1514 – Donato Bramante, Italian architect, designed the San Pietro in Montorio (b. 1444)
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