March 18: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1673 - John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton sold his part of New Jersey to the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers.
- 1892 - Former Governor General Lord Stanley pledged to donate a silver challenge cup, later named after him, as an award for the best hockey team in Canada; originally presented to amateur champions, the Stanley Cup has been awarded to the top pro team since 1910, and since 1926, only to National Hockey League teams.
- 1959 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill into law allowing for Hawaiian statehood, which would become official on August 21.
- 1965 - Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, became the first person to walk in space.
- 1989 - In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy was found near the Pyramid of Cheops.
- Famous Birthdays: Christian Goldbach (Prussian mathematician), John C. Calhoun (American politician, 7th Vice President of the United States), Randal Cremer (English politician, Nobel Prize laureate), Grover Cleveland (American lawyer and politician, 22nd President of the United States), Rudolf Diesel (German engineer, invented the Diesel engine)
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