- 218 BC Second Punic War: Battle of the Trebia - Hannibal's Carthaginian army heavily defeat Roman forces on Italian soil
- 1271 Kublai Khan renames his empire "Yuan" (元 yuán), marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty of China
- 1603 First fleet of the Dutch East India Compnay under Admiral Steven van der Haghen departs for the East-Indies
- 1892 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet "Nutcracker Suite" premieres
- 1957 World's 1st nuclear power plant begins to generate electricity, at the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania USA
Thomas Fleet publishes "Mother Goose's Melodies For Children"
On December 18, 1719