Holidays Calendar for March 18, 2020

After 10 days of International Women's Day Mongolia celebrates Men's and Soldier's Day. March 18 is a holiday of Mongolian men and also the anniversary of military establishment in Mongolia.

March 18 is National Anthem and Flag Day in Aruba. It is celebrated to commemorate the adoption of the national anthem and flag of Aruba in 1976. The celebration is full of different events, such as carnivals and fairs.

March 18 is annual celebration of Marien Ngouabi Day in the Republic of the Congo. This holiday commemorates the military president of the Republic of the Congo from 1969 to 1977.

Sheikh Al Maarouf Day is a public holiday in the Comoros, a small archipelago island nation in the Indian Ocean. It is celebrated every year on March 18 to honor Said Muhammad bin Sheikh Ahmed, also known as Al Maarouf.

Global Recycling Day is celebrated annually on March 18. It was created to raise global awareness of the importance of recycling, ask people around the globe to lead a more sustainable lifestyle, and foster international cooperation in waste reduction.

Day of Internal Troops is annually celebrated on March 18 in Belarus. This professional holiday was established on the anniversary of creation of the Internal Troops of Belarus in 1918.

Ordnance Factory Day in India is celebrated on March 18. This professional observance was created to commemorate the foundation anniversary of the country’s oldest ordnance factory and to highlight the importance of India’s defense industry.

Every year engineers in Belgium and the Netherlands celebrate a special day, that praises their skills and inventions. It's Engineer's Day and it's annually celebrated on the third Wednesday in March.


National Festival of Trees (or Nationale Boomfeestdag) is annually celebrated in the Netherlands on the third Wednesday in March. This festival is mostly organized for children to encourage them to plant at least one tree.


Biodiesel is an environmentally friendly and renewable alternative to conventional hydrocarbon-based diesel fuel that sometimes doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. National Biodiesel Day is celebrated annually on March 18 to educate the general public about the benefits of biodiesel and encourage people to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.

Gallipoli Memorial Day is annually observed in Turkey on March 18. This day commemorates the naval operation in the Dardanelles Campaign, carried out by the Turks during the First World War.

The Mexicans annually celebrate Anniversary of the Oil Expropriation on March 18. This holiday celebrates the oil expropriation by President Lázaro Cárdenas in 1938.

The devastating COVID-19 pandemic, which was still ongoing as of March 2022, has resulted in millions of deaths across the world. Italy was one of the first countries to be heavily hit by the spread of the new disease. To pay tribute to those who died of COVID-19, the Italian government declared March 18 as the National Day in Remembrance of COVID-19 Victims (Giornata nazionale in memoria delle vittime dell’epidemia di coronavirus).

March 18 is National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day. Thin and lacy cookies are perfect teatime companions!

March 18 is an excellent day to have a delicious sandwich with ground beef for lunch or dinner because it is National Sloppy Joe Day. This amazing food holiday was created to celebrate one of America’s all-time favorite sandwiches.

On March 18, the day after St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish celebrate Sheelah’s Day, also known as Sheelagh’s Day or St. Sheela’s Day. It is a folk holiday dedicated to the alleged wife or mother of the primary patron saint of Ireland. Although it is no longer officially celebrated in Ireland, it is still popular throughout the Irish diaspora in Canada and Australia.

This Day in History

  • 2014 Russian and Crimean parliaments signed an accession treaty. This made the immediate admission of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol as federal subjects of Russian and part of the Russian Federation.
  • 2008 Died: Anthony Minghella, English award-winning director and screenwriter. He is best known for the films The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley and The Reader.
  • 1997 Russian Antonov An-24 passenger aircraft broke while on route to Turkey. Its tail broke off that caused the plane crush and death of 50 people on board. This accident brought to the grounding of all An-24s.
  • 1996 A fire started in a nightclub Ozone Disco Club in Quezon City, Philippines. 162 were killed.
  • 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, was robbed. 12 paintings, collectively worth around $300 million, were stolen, thus making it the largest art theft in U.S. history.
  • 1989 Born: Lily Collins, English-American actress and model, best known for roles in films The Blind Side, Abduction, Mirror Mirror.
  • 1986 Died: Bernard Malamud, American author, best remembered for novels The Magic Barrel, The Fixer and Man in the Drawer. The PEN/Malamud Award was introduced to honor his memory and recognize excellence in the art of the short story.
  • 1980 Died: Erich Fromm, German psychologist and philosopher of the Frankfurt School of critical theory. He introduced the term Consumer society, which is widely used to describe modern society.
  • 1979 Born: Adam Levine, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor, best known as the lead vocalist for Maroon 5.
  • 1978 Died: Peggy Wood, American actress, best remembered for the role Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music and for the role as Mama Marta Hansen in long-lasting TV series Mama.
  • 1976 Born: Giovanna Antonelli, Brazilian actress and producer, best known for roles in Brazilian TV series Tropichot, The Clone and Family Ties.
  • 1969 The U.S. began secretly bombing the Sihanouk Trail in Cambodia, used by communist forces to infiltrate South Vietnam.
  • 1965 Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov left his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, thus becoming the first person to walk in space.
  • 1964 Died: Sigfrid Edström, Swedish businessman, the 4th President of the International Olympic Committee. Edström helped organized the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm and later played a very important role in reviving the Olympic Movement in the post-Second World War.
  • 1959 Born: Luc Besson, French director, producer, and screenwriter, best remembered for his films Léon: The Professional and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. Besson also founded EuropaCorp, one of the major feature film producers.
  • 1950 Born: Brad Dourif, American actor. He gained his fame for portrayal of Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Today Dourif is best remembered for roles in the Child's Play franchise, Mississippi Burning, Ragtime, Dune, The Lord of the Rings and Deadwood.
  • 1947 Died: William C. Durant, American businessman, co-founder of General Motors and Chevrolet.
  • 1944 Mount Vesuvius, east of Naples, Italy, erupted, killing 26 people. Thousand had to flee their homes.
  • 1937 The New London School in New London, Texas, exploded, 300 people, mostly children, were killed. The explosion was caused by an electric sander switch spark, that ignited the gas-air mixture.
  • 1932 Born: John Updike, American author, poet, and critic. Updike is best remembered for his "Rabbit" series (Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbis is Rich; Rabbit At Rest; Rabbit Remembered), the chronicles of the life of the middle-class everyman Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom.
  • 1918 Died: Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, American architect, best known for designs of hotels and apartment buildings. His most notable work is the Plaza Hotel in New York.
  • 1913 Died: George I of Greece, King of Greece from 1863 till his death in 1913. His reign was characterized by territorial gains as Greece established its place in pre-war Europe.
  • 1907 Died: Marcellin Berthelot, French chemist and politician, noted for synthesis of many organic compounds from inorganic substances. He provided a large amount of counter-evidence to the theory, that organic compounds require organism in their synthesis.
  • 1907 Born: Rosita Moreno, Spanish actress, who worked in Hollywood, Spaniard, Argentinian and Mexican cinema. Her career spanned for 20 years and Moreno featured in more than 30 films.
  • 1904 Born: Srečko Kosovel, a post-First World War Slovenian poet, who is today considered as one of the central Europe's major modernist poets. During his life Kosovel produced more than 1000 drafts, among them 500 complete poems with an unusually hight quality regarded to his age.
  • 1858 Born: Rudolf Diesel, German engineer, inventor of the diesel engine.
  • 1850 Henry Wells and William Fargo founded American Express, an American multinational financial service.
  • 1845 Died: John Chapman, often called Johnny Appleseed, American environmentalist, a pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and West Virginia.
  • 1793 The Republic of Mainz, the first republic in Germany, was declared by Andreas Joseph Hoffman.
  • 1634 Born: Madame de La Fayette, French author, the author of La Princesse de Clèves. Her novel became France's first historical novels and one of the earliest novels in literature.