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Sunday 18 March 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • South Carolina Day (Our state celebrates John C. Calhoun’s birthday March 18 each year by observing South Carolina Day, a day required by law in which schools shall “conduct such exercises as will conduce to a more general knowledge and appreciation of the history, resources and possibilities of this State.” S.C. John Caldwell Calhoun (March 18, 1782 – March 31, 1850) was an American statesman and political theorist from South Carolina, and the seventh Vice President of the United States from 1825 to 1832.)

Events

  • 1990 – Germans in the German Democratic Republic vote in the first democratic elections in the former communist dictatorship.
  • 1969 – The United States begins secretly bombing the Sihanouk Trail in Cambodia, used by communist forces to infiltrate South Vietnam.
  • 1965 – Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space.
  • 1948 – Soviet consultants leave Yugoslavia in the first sign of the Tito–Stalin Split.
  • 1942 – The War Relocation Authority is established in the United States to take Japanese Americans into custody.
  • 1892 – Former Governor General Lord Stanley pledges to donate a silver challenge cup, later named after him, as an award for the best hockey team in Canada the Stanley Cup.
  • 1874 – Hawaii signs a treaty with the United States granting exclusive trade rights.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: The Congress of the Confederate States adjourns for the last time.
  • 1850 – American Express is founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo.
  • 1793 – The first modern republic in Germany, the Republic of Mainz, is declared by Andreas Joseph Hofmann.
  • 1766 – American Revolution: The British Parliament repeals the Stamp Act.
  • 1241 – First Mongol invasion of Poland: Mongols overwhelm Polish armies in Kraków in the Battle of Chmielnik and plunder the city.

Births

  • 1996 – Madeline Carroll, American actress
  • 1992 – Ryan Truex, American race car driver
  • 1991 – Dylan Mattingly, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1990 – Corey Liuget, American football player
  • 1989 – Lily Collins, English-American actress
  • 1987 – Rebecca Soni, American swimmer
  • 1984 – Rajeev Ram, American tennis player
  • 1984 – Vonzell Solomon, American singer and actress
  • 1983 – Andy Sonnanstine, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Ethan Carter III, American wrestler
  • 1982 – Adam Pally, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1982 – Chad Cordero, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Doug Warren, American soccer player
  • 1981 – Kasib Powell, American basketball player
  • 1979 – Adam Levine, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and television personality
  • 1978 – Brian Scalabrine, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1977 – Fernando Rodney, Dominican-American baseball player
  • 1977 – Terrmel Sledge, American baseball player and coach
  • 1976 – Mike Quackenbush, American wrestler, trainer, and author, founded Chikara wrestling promotion
  • 1976 – Scott Podsednik, American baseball player
  • 1975 – Brian Griese, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1975 – Sutton Foster, American actress, singer, and dancer
  • 1973 – Luci Christian, American voice actress and screenwriter
  • 1972 – Dane Cook, American comedian, actor, director, and producer
  • 1972 – Reince Priebus, American lawyer and politician
  • 1971 – Mariaan de Swardt, South African-American tennis player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1971 – Mike Bell, American wrestler (d. 2008)
  • 1970 – Queen Latifah, American rapper, producer, and actress
  • 1966 – Jerry Cantrell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1964 – Bonnie Blair, American speed skater
  • 1963 – Jeff LaBar, American guitarist
  • 1963 – Vanessa L. Williams, American model, actress, and singer
  • 1962 – Brian Fisher, American baseball player
  • 1962 – Irene Cara, American singer-songwriter, actress, and producer
  • 1962 – James McMurtry, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
  • 1962 – Thomas Ian Griffith, American actor and martial artist
  • 1961 – Grant Hart, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1960 – Richard Biggs, American actor (d. 2004)
  • 1959 – Luc Besson, French director, producer, and screenwriter, founded EuropaCorp
  • 1956 – Deborah Jeane Palfrey, American madam (d. 2008)
  • 1955 – Francis G. Slay, American lawyer and politician, 45th Mayor of St. Louis
  • 1953 – Franz Wright, Austrian-American poet and translator (d. 2015)
  • 1952 – Mike Webster, American football player (d. 2002)
  • 1952 – Will Durst, American journalist and actor
  • 1951 – Ben Cohen, American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Ben and Jerry's
  • 1951 – Bill Frisell, American guitarist and composer
  • 1951 – Timothy N. Philpot, American lawyer, author, and judge
  • 1950 – Brad Dourif, American actor
  • 1950 – James Conlon, American conductor and educator
  • 1945 – Michael Reagan, American journalist and radio host
  • 1945 – Susan Tyrrell, American actress (d. 2012)
  • 1944 – Dick Smith, Australian publisher and businessman, founded Dick Smith Electronics and Australian Geographic
  • 1944 – Frank McRae, American football player and actor
  • 1943 – Dennis Linde, American singer-songwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1942 – Kathleen Collins, African-American filmmaker and playwright (d. 1988)
  • 1941 – Wilson Pickett, American singer-songwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1938 – Carl Gottlieb, American actor and screenwriter
  • 1938 – Charley Pride, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1937 – Mark Donohue, American race car driver (d. 1975)
  • 1935 – Frances Cress Welsing, American psychiatrist and author (d. 2016)
  • 1933 – Unita Blackwell, American activist and politician
  • 1932 – John Updike, American novelist, short story writer, and critic (d. 2009)
  • 1930 – James J. Andrews, American mathematician and academic (d. 1998)
  • 1929 – Samuel Pisar, Polish-American lawyer and author (d. 2015)
  • 1927 – George Plimpton, American journalist and actor (d. 2003)
  • 1927 – John Kander, American pianist and composer
  • 1927 – Lillian Vernon, German-American businesswoman and philanthropist, founded the Lillian Vernon Company (d. 2015)
  • 1926 – Peter Graves, American actor and director (d. 2010)
  • 1923 – Andy Granatelli, American auto racer and businessman (d. 2013)
  • 1922 – Fred Shuttlesworth, American activist, co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (d. 2011)
  • 1922 – Seymour Martin Lipset, American sociologist and academic (d. 2006)
  • 1915 – Richard Condon, American author and screenwriter (d. 1996)
  • 1912 – Art Gilmore, American voice actor and announcer (d. 2010)
  • 1911 – Smiley Burnette, American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1967)
  • 1909 – Ernest Gallo, American businessman, co-founded the E & J Gallo Winery (d. 2007)
  • 1905 – Thomas Townsend Brown, American physicist and engineer (d. 1985)
  • 1901 – William Johnson, American painter (d. 1970)
  • 1886 – Edward Everett Horton, American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1970)
  • 1877 – Edgar Cayce, American mystic and psychic (d. 1945)
  • 1863 – William Sulzer, American lawyer and politician, 39th Governor of New York (d. 1941)
  • 1858 – Rudolf Diesel, German engineer, invented the Diesel engine (d. 1913)
  • 1848 – Nathanael Greene Herreshoff, American architect and engineer (d. 1938)
  • 1846 – Kicking Bear, Native American tribal leader (d. 1904)
  • 1837 – Grover Cleveland, American lawyer and politician, 22nd and 24th President of the United States (d. 1908)
  • 1814 – Jacob Bunn, American businessman (d. 1897)
  • 1798 – Francis Lieber, German-American jurist and philosopher (d. 1872)
  • 1782 – John C. Calhoun, American lawyer and politician, 7th Vice President of the United States (d. 1850)
  • 1701 – Niclas Sahlgren, Swedish businessman and philanthropist, co-founded the Swedish East India Company (d. 1776)
  • 1597 – Jérôme le Royer de la Dauversière, French religious leader, founded the Société Notre-Dame de Montréal (d. 1659)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Chuck Berry, American guitarist, singer and songwriter (b. 1926)
  • 2016 – Tray Walker, American football player (b. 1992)
  • 2015 – Thomas Hopko, American priest and theologian (b. 1939)
  • 2014 – Lucius Shepard, American author and critic (b. 1943)
  • 2013 – Clay Ford, American lawyer and politician (b. 1938)
  • 2013 – Henry Bromell, American novelist, screenwriter, and director (b. 1947)
  • 2012 – Furman Bisher, American journalist and author (b. 1918)
  • 2012 – William G. Moore Jr., American general (b. 1920)
  • 2012 – William R. Charette, American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1932)
  • 2011 – Warren Christopher, American lawyer and politician, 63rd United States Secretary of State (b. 1925)
  • 2010 – Fess Parker, American actor and businessman (b. 1924)
  • 2009 – Natasha Richardson, English-American actress (b. 1963)
  • 2004 – Harrison McCain, Canadian businessman, co-founded McCain Foods (b. 1927)
  • 2003 – Adam Osborne, Thai-English engineer and businessman, founded the Osborne Computer Corporation (b. 1939)
  • 2002 – R. A. Lafferty, American soldier and author (b. 1914)
  • 2001 – John Phillips, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Mamas & the Papas) (b. 1935)
  • 1993 – Kenneth E. Boulding, English-American economist and activist (b. 1910)
  • 1990 – Robin Harris, American comedian (b. 1953)
  • 1988 – Billy Butterfield, American trumpet player and cornet player (b. 1917)
  • 1986 – Bernard Malamud, American novelist and short story writer (b. 1914)
  • 1984 – Charley Lau, American baseball player and coach (b. 1933)
  • 1978 – Leigh Brackett, American author and screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 1978 – Peggy Wood, American actress (b. 1892)
  • 1962 – Walter W. Bacon, American accountant and politician, 60th Governor of Delaware (b. 1880)
  • 1956 – Louis Bromfield, American environmentalist and author (b. 1896)
  • 1947 – William C. Durant, American businessman, co-founded General Motors and Chevrolet (b. 1861)
  • 1939 – Henry Simpson Lunn, English businessman, founded Lunn Poly (b. 1859)
  • 1918 – Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, American architect, designed the Plaza Hotel (b. 1847)
  • 1898 – Matilda Joslyn Gage, American author and activist (b. 1826)
  • 1845 – Johnny Appleseed, American gardener and missionary (b. 1774)
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