What Happened on December 18

Historical Events

  • 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
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Did You Know?

Thomas Fleet publishes "Mother Goose's Melodies For Children"

On December 18, 1719

Famous Weddings

  • 1915 US President Wilson, widowed the year before, marries Edith Bolling Galt
  • 1926 Actor George Murphy (24) weds ballroom dancing partner Juliette Henkel
  • 1932 Civil rights activist Rosa Parks (19) weds Raymond Parks (29) in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1962 Pop singer Little Eva (19) weds James Harris
  • 1966 Actor Strother Martin (47) weds Helen Meisels

Famous Divorces

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