March 18

March 18 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances

2016 Daily Holidays that fall on March 18, include:

  • Forgive Mom and Dad Day 
  • Goddess of Fertility Day 
  • National Awkward Moments Day 
  • National Biodiesel Day 
  • Oatmeal Cookie Day 
  • Supreme Sacrifice Day 

2016 Weekly Holidays that include March 18, are:

  • Brain Awareness Week - March 14-20, 2016
  • Campfire USA Birthday Week - March 13-19, 2016 (Second Full Week in March) (Founded March 17, 1910)
  • Consider Christianity Week - March 13-19, 2016 (Begins the Second Sunday before Easter)
  • International Brain Awareness Week - March 14-20, 2016
  • Lent - Begins on Ash Wednesday - February 10, 2016 - March 24, 2016
  • Make Mine Chocolate - (Campaign kicks off annually on Feb 15, and ends on Easter which is March 27, 2016)
  • National Agriculture Week - March 13-19, 2016
  • National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week - March 13-19, 2016 (Third Week of March)
  • Orthodox Lent - March 14 - April 22, 2016
  • Passiontide - March 13 - 26, 2016 (The Last Two Weeks of Lent - Passion Week and Holy Week)
  • Passion Week - March 13-19, 2016 (Starts on the Fifth Sunday in Lent; the Week before Holy Week)
  • Patient Safety Awareness Week - March 13-19, 2016
  • Sherlock Holmes Weekend - March 18-20, 2016
  • Stand Up! LGBT Awareness Week - March 14-18, 2016
  • Termite Awareness Week - March 13-19, 2016

2016 Monthly Holidays that include March 18, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our March Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of March.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events

  • Hong Kong Arts Festival - February 19, 2016 - March 20, 2016 features Art, Theatre, Dance, Opera, and Music events.
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - March 1-20, 2016 (Houston, TX)
  • Iditarod Race - Starts March 5, 2016 - Awards Banquet on March 20, 2016 - A Dogsled Race on the Iditarod Trail in Alaska running 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome.
  • Indiana Flower and Patio Show - March 12-20, 2016 (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Ultra Music Festival - March 18-20, 2016 - World's Premier Electronic Music Festival held in Miami, Florida.

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for March 18 is Pisces.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for March are:

  • The Jonquil, better known as Daffodil or Narcissus
  • The meaning of the Daffodil is friendship and domestic happiness


The Birthstone(s) for March is the aquamarine and the bloodstone.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1782 – John C. Calhoun, American politician, 7th Vice President of the United States (d. 1850)
  • 1837 – Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th President of the United States (d. 1908)
  • 1858 – Rudolf Diesel, German inventor of the Diesel engine  (d. 1913)
  • 1909 – Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (d. 2007)
  • 1921 – Frank Searle, British Loch Ness Monster hoaxer (d. 2005)
  • 1926 – Peter Graves, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1938 – Charley Pride, American singer
  • 1970 - Queen Latifah, American singer

Famous Deaths

  • 1584 - Ivan IV [Ivan the Terrible], Russian Tsar (1547-84), dies at 53
  • 1845 – Johnny Appleseed, American environmentalist (b. 1774)
  • 2001 – John Phillips, American musician (The Mamas & the Papas) (b. 1935)
  • 2009 - Natasha Richardson, English actress (b. 1963)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1991 - Apple computer head Steve Jobs weds Laurene Powell
  • 1993 - Eddie Murphy marries Nicole Mitchell in NYC
  • 2012 - Twilight, actor Peter Facinelli divorces Jennie Garth, actress of 90210

Quote of the Day

The quote above reminded me of my parents. My Dad is 84 now, and my Mom is 82.  They both still drive, they both work together to clean their house, and they still take care of their yard, with my Dad still moving the front and back yard. My Dad still does most of the maintenance on his own house, and helps me with mine as well.  I've asked them recently why they don't hire out their yard service and get on a maid service plan, and they have said, that as long as they are able to do things, they will, that it keeps them active! They also get out and walk around their neighborhood together to stay active. My Dad has a computer, and trades stocks online, and checks up on the stock market online everyday!

Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day

The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for March 18 is the Quaker Oats Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies, in honor of March 18 being  Oatmeal Cookie Day.

The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for March 18, is the Quaker Oats Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies, in honor of March 18 being Oatmeal Cookie Day.  The Recipe can be made with raisins, chocolate chips, or carob chips.

This Day in History

  • 1766 – The British Parliament repeals the Stamp Act
  • 1793 - The first republican state in Germany, the Republic of Mainz, is declared by Andreas Joseph Hofmann
  • 1818 - Congress approves 1st pensions for government service
  • 1834 - 1st railroad tunnel in the US is completed, in Pennsylvania
  • 1850 – American Express is founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo
  • 1870 - 1st US National Wildlife Preserve at Lake Meritt, in Oakland California
  • 1874 – Hawaii signs a treaty with the United States granting exclusive trading rights
  • 1910 - 1st opera by a US composer, Converse, is performed at the Met, in New York City
  • 1931 - 1st electric shavers (Schick), go on sale in the US
  • 1938 - Mexico takes control of foreign-owned oil properties
  • 1940 - Italian Dictator, Benito Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany's war against France & Britain
  • 1944 - Nazi Germany occupies Hungary
  • 1945 - 1,250 US bombers attacks Berlin
  • 1949 - NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Org) ratified
  • 1952 - 1st plastic lens for cataract patients is fitted in Philadelphia
  • 1952 - Communist offensive in Korea
  • 1959 - President Dwight D Eisenhower signs Hawaii statehood bill
  • 1961 - Pillsbury Dough Boy is introduced
  • 1974 - Most Arab oil producing nations end embargo against US
  • 1977 - Vietnam hands over MIA to US
  • 1989 - Largest Art robbery in the history (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston), where 12 paintings valued at $100 million are stolen

This Day in Music

  • 1961 - Elvis Presley's Surrender hits #1
  • 1967 - Steve Winwood announces plans to form Traffic
  • 1967 - The Beatles' Penny Lane hits #1 in the US
  • 1972 - Neil Young's Heart Of Gold hits #1
  • 1978 - The Bee Gees' Night Fever hits #1
  • 1982 - Singer Teddy Pendergrass' spinal cord severed in a car accident
  • 1992 - Donna Summer gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • 2002 - The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees are:  Brenda Lee, Gene Pitney, Isaac Hayes, The Ramones, Talking Heads and Tom Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 

Above is Neil Young's Heart of Gold, song that hit #1 in 1972. This was one of my favorites of his.  He is talking initially, so the song starts around the 1:50min mark.

This Day in Sports

  • 1953 - Boston Braves move to Milwaukee
  • 1959 - Boston Celtic's Bill Sharman begins record of 56 straight free-throws
  • 1990 - 32 day lockout by baseball owners ends

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

tribology (noun)

1. (physics, engineering) The science and technology of friction, lubrication, and wear.

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