- 218 BC Second Punic War: Battle of the Trebia - Hannibal's Carthaginian forces defeat those of the Roman Republic.
- 1271 Kublai Khan renames his empire "Yuan" (元 yuán), officially 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 Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania USA, the world's 1st nuclear power plant begins to generate electricity
Thomas Fleet publishes "Mother Goose's Melodies For Children"
On December 18, 1719