March 18

March 18 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances

2018 Daily Holidays that fall on March 18, include:

  • Black Marriage Day - March 18, 2018
  • Forgive Mom and Dad Day 
  • National Awkward Moments Day 
  • National Biodiesel Day
  • Oatmeal Cookie Day 
  • Supreme Sacrifice Day 

2018 Weekly Holidays that include March 18, are:

  • American Chocolate Week - March 18-24, 2018 (Third Full Week of March)
  • Brain Awareness Week - March 12-18, 2018
  • Consider Christianity Week - March 18-24, 2018 (Begins the Second Sunday before Easter)
  • Lent - Begins on Ash Wednesday - February 14, 2018 - March 29, 2018
  • Make Mine Chocolate - (Campaign kicks off annually on Feb 15, and ends on Easter which is April 1, 2018)
  • National Animal Poison Prevention Week - March 18-24, 2018 (Third Full Week of March)
  • National Button Week - March 18-24, 2018 (Third Full Week in March)
  • National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week - March 18-24, 2018 (Third Week of March)
  • National Poison Prevention Week - March 18-24, 2018 (Third Full Week of March)
  • National Sleep Awareness Week - March 11-18, 2018 
  • Orthodox Lent - February 19 - April 7, 2018
  • Passiontide - March 18-31, 2018 (The Last Two Weeks of Lent - Passion Week and Holy Week)
  • Passion Week - March 18-24, 2018 (Starts on the Fifth Sunday in Lent; the Week before Holy Week)
  • Shakespeare Week - March 12-18, 2018
  • Sherlock Holmes Weekend - March 16-18, 2018
  • World Folktales & Fables Week - March 18-24, 2018

2018 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 23, 2018 - March 24, 2018 features Art, Theatre, Dance, Opera, and Music events.
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - February 27 - March 18, 2018 (Houston, TX)
  • Iditarod Race - Starts March 3, 2018 - A Dogsled Race on the Iditarod Trail in Alaska running 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome. Awards Banquet is Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 4pm.
  • Paralympic Winter Games (XII) - March 9-18, 2018

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 88 now, and my Mom is 86.  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.  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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