On This Day In History, 18 March


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World Events Today

  • American Express, the multinational financial services company, also known more simply as Amex, was founded today in 1850
  • The London–Paris telephone system officially opened today in 1891
  • Following his acts of “Civil Disobedience”, Mahatma Gandhi started a 6 year prison sentence today in 1922

Entertainment Events Today

  • Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax, the Dutch Football club usually known more simply as Ajax, was founded today in 1900
  • The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman, were fined 5 pounds each for public urination today in 1965
  • England won the inaugural Six Nations Rugby Championship today in 2000

Family Events Today

  • Sir Robert Walpole, the first Prime Minister of Great Britain, died today in 1745 aged 68
  • The mechanical engineer Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel, famous for the invention of the Diesel engine, was born today in 1858
  • Alexander Gordon Higgins, better known as the Northern Irish snooker legend Alex “Hurricane” Higgins, was born today in 1949 in Belfast

Main Event Today

  • The Russian cosmonaut Alexei Arkhipovich Leonov exited the capsule of his spacecraft today in 1965, he became the first man to walk in space

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Sloppy Joe Day

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