March 18th

President Barack Obama demanded that Moammar Gadhafi halt all military attacks on civilians and said that if the Libyan leader did not stand down, the United States would join other nations in launching military action against him.
2011 military intervention in Libya
President Barack Obama signed into law a $38 billion jobs bill containing a modest mix of tax breaks and spending designed to encourage the private sector to start hiring again.
Financial transaction tax
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama confronted America's racial divide with a speech in Philadelphia. It was prompted by incindiary racial remarks made by Obama's African-American pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
A More Perfect Union (speech)
Doctors in Florida, acting on orders of a state judge, removed Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. (The brain-damaged woman died 13 days later.).
Government involvement in the Terri Schiavo case
A small asteroid made the closest approach to Earth ever recorded, only about 26,500 miles away.
List of asteroid close approaches to Earth
Taiwan ended more than a half century of Nationalist Party rule by electing opposition leader Chen Shui-bian president.
Chen Shui-bian
East Germany holds its first and only free parliamentary elections. The election was held between the peaceful revolution leading to the demise of the German Democratic Republic in 1989 and the German reunification in 1990.
East German general election, 1990
Most of the Arab oil-producing nations ended their embargo against the United States.
1973 oil crisis
A 100 feet (30 meter) high wave destroys a Peruvian mining camp and kills hundreds of people. The tsunami was caused by a massive rock avalance that crashed into Lake Yanahuani from a height of 1300 feet (400 meters).
List of landslides
The oil tanker Torrey Canyon was wrecked off the Cornish coast of England, spilling 919,000 barrels of oil into the sea.
Russian cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov becomes the first person to walk in space. During the tethered spacewalk, which lasted 12 minutes, Leonov ventured up to 10 meters from his spacecraft, Voskhod 2.
Alexey Leonov
The Supreme Court held in Gideon v. Wainwright that public defenders must be provided for indigent defendants in felony cases.
Gideon v. Wainwright
The Évian Accords are signed, ending the Algerian War. Algeria gained its independence from France as a consequence.
Évian Accords
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order authorizing the War Relocation Authority, which was put in charge of interning Japanese-Americans.
United States occupation of Haiti
Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini held a meeting at the Brenner Pass during which the Italian dictator agreed to join in Germany's war against France and Britain.
Benito Mussolini
Schick Inc. marketed the first electric razor.
Jacob Schick
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.
Tri-State Tornado
British magistrates in India sentence Mahatma Gandhi to 6 years imprisonment for disobedience.
Mahatma Gandhi
Japan uses its influence over Korea to deny Russia's efforts to obtain a naval station at Korean Port of Masampo, the lead up to the Russo-Japanese war.
Russo-Japanese War
Lord Stanley of Preston pledges to donate a challenge cup for the best ice hockey team in Canada. Today, the Stanley Cup is the world's most prestigious ice hockey trophy.
Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th president of the United States, was born in Caldwell, N.J.
Grover Cleveland
After months of American protests, Britain repealed the Stamp Act.
Stamp Act 1765
Russian czar Ivan IV, or Ivan “The Terrible,” died at age 53.
Ivan the Terrible
According to legend, Tenochtitlan is founded on this date. The event is depicted on the Mexican coat of arms.
Coat of arms of Mexico
Jacques de Molay, the 23rd and the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, is burned at the stake by King Philip IV of France.
Jacques de Molay
1st Latern Council (9th ecumenical council) opens in Rome, agreements of the Concordat of Worms ratified.
First Council of the Lateran