March 18 in History
1871March 18, 1871:
The Parisian insurrection against the government of France known as the Commune of Paris begins.
1902March 18, 1902:
Enrico Caruso, the Italian tenor makes his first phonograph recording.
1906March 18, 1906:
Romanian inventor Trajan Vuia’s monoplane flies up to 12 meters.
1937March 18, 1937:
A natural gas leak in Texas causes an explosion at the New London School, killing 295 people.
1965March 18, 1965:
Aleksei Leonov of the Soviet Union becomes the first man to walk in space.
1974March 18, 1974:
The five-month-long oil embargo imposed on the United States by the seven-member OPEC countries is lifted.
1990March 18, 1990:
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is looted and the 13 pieces of artwork stolen are estimated to be worth $500 million.
1992March 18, 1992:
Singer Donna Summer is given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2000March 18, 2000:
Chen Shui-bian, a pro-independence movement leader who helped fight for statehood for Taiwan becomes the country’s president.
2012March 18, 2012:
Crown Prince Lavaka of Tonga ascends the throne following the death of his elder brother, King Tupou V.