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Interesting historical events occurring on March 18…

March 17, 2012

Sunday, March 18.  What have we got for today?

1766 – American Revolution: The British Parliament repeals the Stamp Act.

1850 – American Express is founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo.

1865 – American Civil War: The Congress of the Confederate States adjourns for the last time.

1874 – Hawaii signs a treaty with the United States granting exclusive trading rights.

1915 – World War I: Massive naval attack in Battle of Gallipoli. Three battleships are sunk during a failed British and French naval attack on the Dardanelles.

1925 – The Tri-State Tornado hits the Midwestern states of MissouriIllinois, and Indiana, killing 695 people.

1940 – World War IIAxis Powers – Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet at the Brenner Pass in the Alps and agree to form an alliance against France and the United Kingdom.

1942 – The War Relocation Authority is established in the United States to take Japanese Americans into custody.

1945 – World War II: 1,250 American bombers attack Berlin.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower

1959 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a bill into law allowing for Hawaiian statehood, which would become official on August 21.

1968 – Gold standard: The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency.

1969 – The United States begins secretly bombing the Sihanouk Trail in Cambodia, used by communist forces to infiltrate South Vietnam.

1974 – Oil embargo crisis: Most OPEC nations end a five-month oil embargo against the United States, Europe and Japan.

1990 – In the largest art theft in US history, 12 paintings, collectively worth around $300 million, are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.

2002 – U.S. invasion of AfghanistanOperation Anaconda ends (started on March 2) after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters with 11 allied troop fatalities.

2003 – FBI agents raid the corporate headquarters of HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama on suspicion of massive corporate fraud led by the company’s top executives.


1837 – Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th President of the United States (d. 1908)

1909 – Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (d. 2007)

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Brad Dourif

1926 – Peter Graves, American actor (d. 2010)

1945 – Michael Reagan, American radio host; adopted son of Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman

1950 – Brad Dourif, American actor


1845 – Johnny Appleseed, American environmentalist (b. 1774)

2011 – Warren Christopher, American diplomat and politician (b. 1925)



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