On This Day: March 18th

This is 78th day of the year and 288 days remain in the year.

in history
Russian czar Ivan IV, or Ivan “The Terrible,” died at age 53.
After months of American protests, Britain repealed the Stamp Act.
The most violent single tornado in U.S. history, the “Tri-State Tornado,” hit Missouri, Indiana, and Illinois, killing 689 people and injuring 13,000 others.
The Supreme Court held in Gideon v. Wainwright that public defenders must be provided for indigent defendants in felony cases.
Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov made the first spacewalk.
The oil tanker Torrey Canyon was wrecked off the Cornish coast of England, spilling 919,000 barrels of oil into the sea.
The biggest art theft in U.S. history occurs at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The works, including pieces by Vermeer and Rembrandt, were never recovered.
A small asteroid made the closest approach to Earth ever recorded, only about 26,500 miles away.
After a long legal battle, Terry Schiavo's feeding tube was removed. She died 13 days later.
March 18 Birthdays
Grover Cleveland1837–1908, American President, born in Caldwell, NJ.
Rudolf Dieselengineer and inventor
F.W. de Klerkpolitical leader
John Updikewriter
Neville Chamberlainstatesman
George Plimptonwriter, editor, actor
Bonnie Blairspeed skater
Queen Latifahrap musician, actress

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