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

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Holidays and observances

  • Canberra Day (Australian Capital Territory; celebrated on the second Monday in March)
  • Commonwealth Day in Botswana (is an opportunity to promote the Commonwealth’s shared values of peace, democracy and equality; celebrated on the second Monday in March)
  • Commonwealth Day in Canada (is annually held on the second Monday of March)
  • Johnny Appleseed Day (United States)
  • Taranaki Anniversary Day in New Zealand (Date for 2019. Holiday is actually the 31st of March but it is observed on the second Monday of March. Taranaki Anniversary applies to the Taranaki Region which includes Inglewood, Waitara, Hawera, Stratford, and Eltham)

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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