March 18 in Pop Culture History

18March 18 in Pop Culture History
37 – Caligula was declared emperor of Rome.

1834 – The first US railroad tunnel was completed between Hollidaysburg and Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

1850 – American Express is founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo. They were very successful in banking.

1852 – Henry Wells and William G. Fargo founded Wells, Fargo and Company.

1911 – Irving Berlin copyrighted the first mega-pop hit, ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band.’

1922 – Mohandas Gandhi was sentenced to six years in prison for civil disobedience (he served only two).

1925 – Tri-State Tornado (Missouri-Illinois-Indiana) killed 695 people.

1950 – #1 Hit March 18, 1950 – April 14, 1950: Teresa BrewerMusic! Music! Music!

1967 – #1 Hit March 18, 1967 – March 24, 1967: The BeatlesPenny Lane

1968 – The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve (the Gold Standard) to back US currency.

1972 – #1 Hit March 18, 1972 – March 24, 1972: Neil YoungHeart of Gold

1975 – McLean Stevenson’s character (Lt. Colonel Henry Blake) died in the M*A*S*H episode “Abyssinia, Henry”, its third season finale.

1978 – #1 Hit March 18, 1978 – May 12, 1978: Bee GeesNight Fever

1981 – The Greatest American Hero debuted on NBC

1984 – Miss America, Vanessa Williams became even more well-known when she became the first Miss America to resign after old nude photos of her appeared in “Penthouse” magazine. She has gone on to prove herself as a first class actress and singer. That particular issue is also noted for being the first issue with a man on the cover (George Burns), and an underage Traci Lords is the nude centerfold. It is illegal to own, or even look inside, this issue in most countries, including the United States.

1988 – Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach was released in theaters.

1990 – In the largest art theft in US history, 12 paintings, collectively worth over $300 million, were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

1994 – The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult was released in theaters.

2000 – # 1 Hit March 18, 2000 – April 7, 2000: Destiny’s ChildSay My Name

2005 – Ice Princess and The Ring Two debuted in theaters.

2005 – The Suite Life of Zack & Cody premiered on The Disney Channel.

2006 – #1 Hit March 18, 2006 – March 31, 2006: Ne-YoSo Sick

2011 – Limitless and Paul debuted in theaters.

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