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Reuters historical calendar - March 18

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London, Mar 17 (Reuters) Following are some of the major events to have occurred on March 18 since 1900: 1913 - King George I of Greece was assassinated at Salonika.

1921 - Bolshevik soldiers put down a rebellion by Russian sailors at Kronstadt, the Russian Baltic fleet headquarters near Petrograd, now St Petersburg.

1922 - A court in British India sentenced Mahatma Gandhi to six years' imprisonment for his civil disobedience campaign.

1940 - The German and Italian leaders Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met at the Brenner Pass in the Alps and agreed that Italy should enter World War Two within months alongside Nazi Germany.

1962 - Algerian nationalists signed agreements with the colonial power, France, ending their war and moving towards independence.

1965 - Ex-king Farouk I of Egypt died in exile in Italy.

1965 - Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov made the first space walk.

1967 - The oil tanker Torrey Canyon was wrecked off the England's Cornish coast, spilling 919,000 barrels of oil.

1978 - Former Pakistani prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was found guilty of ordering the assassination of an opponent and sentenced to death.

1990 - The centre-right Christian Democrats won a landslide victory in the first democratic election held in East Germany.

2000 - Taiwan voters elected Chen Shui-bian, leader of a pro-independence party, as president, ending more than five decades of Nationalist Party rule.

2001 - John Phillips, songwriter and founder member of the Californian pop group The Mamas and the Papas, died.

2002 - Nearly all of Gibraltar turned out in a protest against talks with Spain over the future of the British colony, demanding that Britain abandon any idea of power-sharing.

2003 - Saddam Hussein made a rare appearance in military uniform on television to reject a U.S. ultimatum to go into exile or face war.

**2005 - Greek sprinters Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou were cleared of key charges connected with their missing dope tests, including one on the eve the 2004 Athens Olympics.

REUTERS KD DS1112

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