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On This Day In History for March 18, 2020

This is the 78th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 288 days remaining in 2020.

  • It was on this date in 1850, that American Express was founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo.
  • It was 146 years ago today, that Hawaii signs a treaty with the United States granting exclusive trade rights.
  • It was also this date in 1892 that Former Governor General Lord Stanley pledges to donate a silver challenge cup as an award for the best hockey team in Canada; it was later named after him as the Stanley Cup.
  • March 18, 1965, Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space.
  • It was on this date in 1968, that the U.S. Congress repealed the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency.
  • A Vostok-2M rocket at Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 43 explodes during a fueling operation, killing 48 people on this date in 1980.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • French mathematician and astronomer, Philippe de La Hire, born on this date in 1640.
  • Christian Goldbach, Prussian-German mathematician and academic was born on that same date in 1690.
  • Grover Cleveland, the American lawyer and politician, 22nd and 24th President of the United States was born 183 years ago today.
  • Born March 18, 1848, American architect and engineer Nathanael Greene Herreshoff.
  • German engineer, who invented the Diesel engine, Rudolf Diesel was born 162 years ago today.
  • Agnes Sime Baxter, Canadian mathematician was born on that same date in 1870.
  • American physicist and engineer, Thomas Townsend Brown was born 115 years ago today.
  • American businessman, co-founded the E & J Gallo Winery, Ernest Gallo, born on this date in 1909.
  • Born March 18, 1926, American actor and director Peter Graves.
  • American journalist and actor, George Plimpton, born on this date in 1927.
  • James J. Andrews, American mathematician and academic was born on that same date in 1930.
  • Danish mathematician and statistician, Ole Barndorff-Nielsen is 85 today.
  • American singer-songwriter, Wilson Pickett, born on this date in 1941.
  • Also born on that same date in 1944,  Australian publisher and businessman, founded Dick Smith Electronics and Australian Geographic, Dick Smith.
  • American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Ben and Jerry’s, Ben Cohen, born on this date in 1951.
  • Swedish physicist and astronaut, Christer Fuglesang is 63 today.
  • American singer-songwriter, actress, and producer, Irene Cara, born on this date in 1962.

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And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for March 18, 2020.

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