18 March 2022


18 March 1782  

On this date in 1782 – Southern statesman, Secretary of War, and U.S. Vice-President John C. Calhoun was born in Abbeville, South Carolina.

Other Years:

  • 1541 - Hernando de Soto observed the first recorded flood in American history on the Mississippi River.
  • 1865 - The Confederate States Congress adjourned its final sesion.
  • 1937 - A gas explosion at the school in New London, Texas killed 294 victims.
  • 1954 - Texas tycoon Howard Hughes bought RKO Pictures for $23,489,478, making it the first motion picture studio to be owned by an individual.
  • 1968 - The U.S. Congress repealed the requirement for a gold reserve to back U.S. currency and took America off the gold standard.
  • 1981 - The U.S. government disclosed that it tested biological weapons in Texas in 1966.
  • 1990 - In Tampa, Florida, a little league player was killed when hit with a pitch.
  • 2003 - FBI agents raided the corporate headquarters of the HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama on suspicion of corporate fraud by the company's executives.

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