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March 18th History

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March 18th In Pop Culture History

37 - Caligula was declared emperor of Rome.

1834 - The first US railroad tunnel was completed between Hollidaysburg and Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

1850 - American Express is founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo. They were very successful in banking.

1852 - Henry Wells and William G. Fargo founded Wells, Fargo and Company.

1911 - Irving Berlin copyrighted the first mega-pop hit, 'Alexander's Ragtime Band.'

1922 - Mohandas Gandhi was sentenced to six years in prison for civil disobedience (he served only two).

1925 - Tri-State Tornado (Missouri-Illinois-Indiana) killed 695 people.

1950 - #1 Hit March 18, 1950 - April 14, 1950: Teresa Brewer - Music! Music! Music!

1967 - #1 Hit March 18, 1967 - March 24, 1967: The Beatles - Penny Lane

1968 - The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve (the Gold Standard) to back US currency.

1972 - #1 Hit March 18, 1972 - March 24, 1972: Neil Young - Heart of Gold

1975 - McLean Stevenson's character (Lt. Colonel Henry Blake) died in the M*A*S*H episode "Abyssinia, Henry", its third season finale.

1978 - #1 Hit March 18, 1978 - May 12, 1978: Bee Gees - Night Fever

1981 - The Greatest American Hero debuted on NBC

1984 - Miss America, Vanessa Williams became even more well-known when she became the first Miss America to resign after old nude photos of her appeared in "Penthouse" magazine. She has gone on to prove herself as a first class actress and singer. That particular issue is also noted for being the first issue with a man on the cover (George Burns), and an underage Traci Lords is the nude centerfold. It is illegal to own, or even look inside, this issue in most countries, including the United States.

1990 - In the largest art theft in US history, 12 paintings, collectively worth over $300 million, were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

2000 - # 1 Hit March 18, 2000 - April 7, 2000: Destiny's Child - Say My Name

2005 - The Suite Life of Zack & Cody premiered on The Disney Channel.

2006 - #1 Hit March 18, 2006 - March 31, 2006: Ne-Yo - So Sick

2008 - East End Show - Jersey Boys (Musical) March 18, 2008

2012 - Broadway Show - Once (Musical) March 18, 2012

March 18, 2263 (fiction) Leeloo ends in Korben Dallas' cab, The Fifth Element, Film

March 18th
Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Vanessa Williams (1963)
Dane Cook (1972)
Peter Graves (1927-2010)
John Updike (1932)
Queen Latifah (1970)
Wilson Pickett (1941)
Irene Cara (1959)
Adam Levine (1979)
Charley Pride (1938)
George Plimpton (1927-2003)
Grover Cleveland (1837)
Bryan Ottoson (1978-2005, Age 27)
1982's "Situation", by Yaz, is the most "sampled" song ever for nightclub DJs.

The single most popular 12 inch single for Nightclub DJs was (and is) 1983's "Blue Monday", by New Order.


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