Take a look at what happened on this day, 18 March in history. From a variety of achievements, and milestones throughout human history to groundbreaking inventions and events that shaped the world we live in today.
Here is a look at some of the most notable events that happened on this day.
ON THIS DAY: 18 MARCH
2007 | During the Cricket World Cup in the West Indies, Bob Woolmer, former coach of South Africa, was discovered unconscious in his hotel room.
1990 | The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston was the target of the largest art theft in US history when 12 artworks, valued at a combined $500 million, were taken.
1969 | The United States started covertly bombing Cambodia’s Sihanouk Trail, in which communist troops were used to infiltrate South Vietnam.
1944 | The Italian volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted, murdering 26, driving thousands of people from their houses, and destroying dozens of Allied bombers.
1965 | The first space walk was accomplished by cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, who departed Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes.
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1965 | South African musician, Yvonne Chaka Chaka.
1950 | South African rugby union player, Errol Tobias.
1962 | American actor and martial artist, Thomas Ian Griffith.
1965 | Eigth Premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde.
1984 | Italian footballer, Simone Padoin.
ON THIS DAY: DEATHS
2014 | Nigerian author, playwright, and academic, Catherine Obianuju Acholonu, 63.
2012 | American journalist and author, Furman Bisher, 94.
2000 | German theologian and academic, Eberhard Bethge, 91.
2009 | English-American actress, Natasha Richardson, 46.
2010 | American actor and businessman, Fess Parker,86.
2010 | On this day, in the Europa League, Fulham stunned Juventus by winning the match at Craven Cottage, they were down 4-1 on aggregate, but they battled back to win the game 4-1 and the tie 5-4.
1972 | Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold,” which features James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt on background vocals, becomes the #1 song in the US on this day.
In 1996, Ghanaian Captain Beatrice Vormawah made history by becoming the only Black woman Sea Captain.