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3/18/2023 5:01:00 AM
Today In History - March 18
Grover Cleveland
Grover Cleveland

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Today in History in 1837 future president Grover Cleveland was born in New Jersey; in 1959 Hawaii’s statehood bill was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower; and in 1961 the Poppin' Fresh Pillsbury Dough Boy was introduced.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1123 - 1st Latern Council (9th ecumenical council) opens in Rome, agreements of the Concordat of Worms ratified
  • 1314 - Jacques de Molay, the 23rd and the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, is burned at the stake.
  • 1325 - According to legend, Tenochtitlan is founded on this date. The event is depicted on the Mexican coat of arms.
  • 1541 - Hernando de Soto observes 1st recorded flood in America (Mississippi River)
  • 1877 - President Hayes appoints Frederick Douglass marshal of Washington, DC
  • 1900 - Japan uses its influence over the government of Korea to deny Russia's efforts to obtain a concession for a naval station at the Korean Port of Masampo, a step in the lead up to the Russo-Japanese war
  • 1922 - British magistrates in India sentence Mahatma Gandhi to 6 years imprisonment for disobedience
  • 1940 - Benito Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany's war against France & Britain
  • 1959 - US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs Hawaii statehood bill
  • 1961 - Poppin' Fresh Pillsbury Dough Boy introduced
  • 1965 - Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space.
  • 1982 - Singer Teddy Pendergrass' spinal cord severed in a car accident
  • 1995 - Michael Jordan announces he is ending his 17 month NBA retirement

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1782 - John C. Calhoun, Abbeville South Carolina, Andrew Jackson's VP (1825-32)
  • 1828 - William Randal Cremer, English politician and pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1908)
  • 1837 - Grover Cleveland, [Stephen], NJ, 22nd/24th Pres (1885-89, 93-97)
  • 1879 - Cluny MacPherson, St. John's Newfoundland, Canadian doctor (inventor of the gas mask)
  • 1911 - Smiley Burnette, Summum Ill, cowboy (Charlie-Petticoat Junction)
  • 1927 - George Plimpton, sports writer (Paper Lion), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 - Charley Pride, Sledge Miss, country singer (Sweet Country)
  • 1941 - Wilson Pickett, Prattville Alabama, R&B singer (Funky Broadway)
  • 1970 - Queen Latifah, rap singer/actress (Khadijah James-Living Single)

Famous Weddings

  • 1869 - US Abolitionist Harriet Tubman marries civil war veteran Nelson Davis in Auburn NY
  • 1991 - Apple computer head Steve Jobs weds Laurene Powell
  • 1993 - Eddie Murphy marries Nicole Mitchell in NYC
  • 1995 - Spanish princess Elena (31) weds Jaime de Marichalar y Saenez Tejada (31) at the Seville Cathedral in Seville, Spain
  • 2006 - Television star Adita Wahi weds director Ameet Sawant in New Delhi

Famous Divorces

  • 2012 - "Twilight" actor Peter Facinelli (38) divorces "Beverly Hills 90210" actress Jennie Garth (39) due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1584 - Ivan IV [Ivan the Terrible], Russian tsar (1547-84), dies at 53
  • 1845 - John Chapman, [Johnny Appleseed], American pioneer agronomist dies in Allen County Indiana
  • 1980 - Erich Fromm, German/US psychoanalyst, dies at 79
  • 2001 - John Phillips, American musician (The Mamas and the Papas) (b. 1935)
  • 2009 - Natasha Richardson, English actress (b. 1963)

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