Historical Events on 18th December

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218 BC - Second Punic War: Battle of the Trebia - Hannibal's Carthaginian forces defeat those of the Roman Republic.
1118 - Alfonso van Aragon occupies Saragossa on Almoraviden
1271 - Kublai Khan renames his empire "Yuan" (元 yuán), officially marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty of China.
1352 - Etienne Aubert elected as Pope Innocentius VI
1385 - Peace of Tournai (Dutch - Doornik) signed between the Burgundian Duke Philip II and the rebellious city of Ghent
1406 - Anton of Burgundy becomes Duke of Brabant
1603 - First fleet of the Dutch East India Compnay under Admiral Steven van der Haghen departs for the East-Indies
1621 - English parliament accept unanimously, Protestation
1642 - Abel Tasman's expedition sails around Farewell Spit and into Golden Bay, first sighting local Māori
1719 - Thomas Fleet publishes "Mother Goose's Melodies For Children"
1773 - A skirmish at Grass Cove in Queen Charlotte Sound results in the deaths of two Māori and nine members of Cook's expedition, New Zealand
1774 - Empress Maria Theresa expels Jews from Prague, Bohemia & Moravia
1777 - 1st national Thanksgiving Day, commemorating Burgoyne's surrender
1783 - British King George III dissmisses government of Portland
Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United StatesPage one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States 1787 - New Jersey becomes 3rd state to ratify US constitution
1793 - Surrender of the frigate La Lutine by French royalists to Lord Hood; renamed HMS Lutine, she later becomes a famous treasure wreck.
1796 - 1st US newspaper to appear on Sunday (Baltimore Monitor)
First US President George WashingtonFirst US President George Washington 1799 - George Washington's body interred at Mount Vernon
1813 - British take Fort Niagara in War of 1812
1832 - Charles Darwins visits Vurland
1839 - 1st celestial photograph (of Moon) made in US, John Draper, NYC
1849 - William Bond obtains 1st photograph of Moon through a telescope
1858 - Passy, at Paris: 1st "Samedi soir" i/d villa of lovers Rossini
1859 - South Carolina declared an "independent commonwealth"
1862 - Battle at Lexington, Tennessee (Forrest's Second Raid)
1865 - 1st US cattle importation law passed
1867 - Around 49 victims of "Angola Horror" train wreck burn to death (Angola, NY)
1869 - Canada's Hamilton Foot Ball Club plays its 1st game
1878 - French SS Byzantin sinks after collision in Dardanelles, 210 killed
1878 - John Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguires, is executed in Pennsylvania.
Naturalist Charles DarwinNaturalist Charles Darwin 1888 - Richard Wetherill and his brother in-law discover the ancient Anasazi ruins of Mesa Verde, Colorado
1890 - Lugards expedition to Mengo/Kampala, Uganda
1892 - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet "Nutcracker Suite" premieres
1892 - Anton Bruckner's 8th Symphony premieres
1894 - Cricket day 4 1T Aus v Eng England following on 4-268, 7 in front
1898 - Automobile speed record set-63 kph (39 mph)
1899 - Field Marshal Lord Roberts appointed British supreme commander in South Africa
1900 - The Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook Narrow-gauge (2 ft 6 in or 762 mm) Railway (now the Puffing Billy Railway) in Victoria, Australia is opened for traffic.
1902 - British parliament passes the Education Act, which will come to be regarded as the most important legislation of Balfour's government
Composer Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyComposer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1905 - H V Hordern takes 8-81 in 2nd innings of F-C debut (NSW v Qld)
1912 - Piltdown Man, later discovered to be a hoax, is supposedly found in the Piltdown Gravel Pit, by Charles Dawson.
1913 - The Indian Inquiry Commission, also known as the Solomon Commission, commences its sittings in Pretoria
1917 - Soviet regiment (Stalin/Lenin) declares Finland Independent
1917 - The 18th Amendment, authorizing prohibition of alcohol, is approved by the US congress and sent to the states for ratification
1920 - 1st US postage stamps printed without the words United States or US
1923 - International zone of Tangier set up in Morocco
1930 - Bradman scores 258 NSW v South Aust, 289 mins, 37 fours
1932 - Chicago Bears beat Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 in 1st NFL playoff game
1935 - Bradman scores 117 in his 1st Shield cricket match for South Australia
1935 - Edward Benes becomes president of Czechoslovakia
Cricket Legend Donald BradmanCricket Legend Donald Bradman 1935 - The Lanka Sama Samaja Party is founded in Ceylon.
1936 - Queensland cricket all out for 49 v Vic, Fleetwood-Smith 7-17
1936 - Su-Lin, 1st giant panda to come to US from China, arrives in SF
1939 - Finnish army recaptures Agläjärvi
1941 - German submarine U-434 sinks
1941 - Japanse troops land on Hong Kong
1944 - US Destroyers Hull, Spence & Monaghan sink in typhoon (Philippines)
1944 - Nazi occupiers of Amsterdam destroy electricity plants
1945 - Uruguay joins UN
1946 - TV's 1st network dramatic serial "Faraway Hill" ends 2 month run in US
1947 - Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Optissima Pax
1948 - Indonesia begins its 2nd political election
1948 - WDSU TV channel 6 in New Orleans, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting
1949 - Philadelphia Eagles beat LA Rams 14-0 in NFL championship game
1952 - Ellis W Ryan resigns as Cleve Indians president
1953 - KATV TV channel 7 in Little Rock, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953 - KMID TV channel 2 in Midland & Odessa, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
1956 - "To Tell the Truth" debuts on CBS-TV
1956 - Israeli flag hoisted on Mount Sinai
1956 - Japan admitted to UN
1956 - Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankee radio-TV announcer
1957 - Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania USA, the world's 1st nuclear power plant begins to generate electricity
1958 - 1st test project of Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equip
34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower 1958 - 1st voice from space: recorded Christmas message by Eisenhower
1958 - Niger gains autonomy within French Community (National Day)
1959 - Sammy Baugh named 1st coach of NY Titans (AFL)
1960 - General Meeting of UN condemns apartheid
1961 - Britain's EMI Records originally rejects the Beatles
1961 - For 2nd consecutive year, AP names Wilma Rudolph female athlete of year
1961 - India annexes Portuguese colonies of Goa, Damao & Diu
1961 - KAIL TV channel 53 in Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
1961 - Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 78 points vs LA
1962 - Dmitri Shostakovitch's 13th Symphony premieres in Moscow
1962 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1962 - WAIQ TV channel 26 in Montgomery, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
1963 - Clarke runs world record 10k (28:15.6)
1963 - Muskegon, Michigan gets 3' of snow
NBA Legend Wilt ChamberlainNBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain 1964 - "I Had a BaIl" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 199 performances
1964 - "The Pink Panther" cartoon series premieres (Pink Phink)
1964 - During funeral service held for soul singer Sam Cooke, fans cause damage to funeral home
1964 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1965 - "La Grusse Valise" closes at 54th St Theater NYC after 7 performances
1965 - Borman & Lovell Splash down in Atlantic after 2 week Gemini VII mission
1965 - Kenneth LeBel jumps 17 barrels on ice skates
1966 - Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for 1st time on CBS
1966 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1966 - Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker.
1968 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1969 - "Coco" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 333 performances
Children's Author Dr. SeussChildren's Author Dr. Seuss 1969 - House of Lords votes to abolish the death penalty in England, Wales and Scotland (Northern Ireland 25 July 1973)
1969 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1969 - "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", 6th James Bond Film starring George Lazenby and Diana Rigg, premieres in London
1970 - "Me Nobody Knows" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 587 perfs
1970 - Polish uprising fails
1970 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1971 - 1st Candlelight Processional at the EPCOT Center, Disney World
1971 - CBS radio cancels Saturday morning band concerts
1971 - People United To Save Humanity (PUSH) forms by Jesse Jackson in Chic
1971 - US dollar devalued 7.9% in Holland ($1=Ÿ3,245)
1971 - Three members of the Irish Republican Army die when the bomb they were transporting explodes prematurely in King Street, Magherafelt, County Derry.
1972 - US begins its heaviest bombing of North Vietnam
1973 - Soyuz 13 launched into Earth orbit for 8 days
1973 - Yanks sign Dick Williams as manager, overturned later by AL Pres
1974 - SF Visitors Center at City Hall opens
1976 - "A Star is Born", with Barbra Striesand, premieres
1976 - "Wonder Woman" debuts on ABC
1976 - Soviet dissident Viktor Bukovskiexchanged for Chile CP-leader Corvalan
1977 - Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 42, Nate Thumond
1977 - Dutch Antilles: premier Boy Rozendal points independence off
1978 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1978 - USSR performs underground nuclear test
1979 - Stanley Barrett 1st to exceed land sonic speed (739.666 MPH)
1980 - Bruce Sprinsteen's concert at Madison Sq Garden
1980 - Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts minister Van Agts abortion laws
1980 - IRA's Sean McKenna becomes critically ill, ends hunger strike
1980 - Vietnam adopts constitution
1982 - Flight readiness firing of Challenger's main engines; 20 seconds
1983 - NBA San Diego Clippers ends 29 game road losing streak
1984 - 73rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats USA in Gothenburg (4-1)
1985 - "Jerry's Girls" opens at St James Theater NYC for 139 performances
1985 - UN Security Council unanimously condemns "acts of hostage-taking"
1987 - Ivan F Boesky sentenced to 3 years for insider trading
1988 - 5th meeting of Giants-Jets, Jets win & eliminate Giants from playoffs
1988 - Seattle Seahawks win their 1st ever division title with 9-7 record
1988 - Cricket Women's World Cup: Australia defeats England by 8 wickets
1989 - "I Love Lucy" Christmas episode, shown for 1st time in over 30 years
1989 - Athol Fugard's "My Children, My Africa" premieres in NYC
1990 - Bush reiterates his "no concessions" stance against Iraq
1990 - NL releases short list of teams for 1993 NL expansion
1990 - NL announces Buffalo, Denver, Miami, Orlando, Tampa-St Petersburg, & Wash DC as 6 finalist for 1993 expansion (Miami & Denver win)
1991 - DeForest Kelly (Dr McCoy on Star Trek) gets a star in Hollywood
1991 - General Motors announces closing of 21 plants
1992 - FCC vote 4-1 to allow Infinity to purchase Cook Inlet stations
1993 - Kevin Scott skates world record 1K (1:12.54)
1994 - "Comedy Tonight" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 8 performances
1994 - "What's Wrong With this Pic?" closes at Circle in Sq NYC after 12 perf
Baseball Player Darryl StrawberryBaseball Player Darryl Strawberry 1994 - Darryl Strawberry pleads not guilty on tax evasion charges
1994 - General Hospital stars Kristina Malandro & Jack Wagner wed
1994 - Norman, Couples & Azinger wins LPGA Wendy's 3-Tour Golf Challenge
1994 - Socialist Party (ex-communist) wins Bulgaria parliamentary election
1996 - Start of 1st Test Cricket match between Zimbabwe & England
1996 - US TV industry execs agree to adopt a ratings system
1996 - The Oakland, California school board passes a resolution officially declaring "Ebonics" a language or dialect.
1996 - During a press conference, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Maleki states that Iran supports the free flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz, but reserves the option of closing off the shipping route if it is threatened
1997 - HTML 4.0 is published by the World Wide Web Consortium.
1999 - NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
2002 - 2003 California recall: Then Governor of California Gray Davis announces that the state would face a record budget deficit of $35 billion, roughly double the figure reported during his reelection campaign one month earlier.
2002 - "The Two Towers", 2nd of the Lord of the Rings films is released. Makes US$62 opening weekend and $926 million total worldwide.
Actress Meryl StreepActress Meryl Streep 2002 - "The Hours" premieres in the US, based on the novel by Michael Cunningham and starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman
2009 - James Cameron's "Avatar", starring Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, is released
2012 - 4 people are killed and 11 are injured after an apartment block collapses in Palermo, Italy
2012 - 6 health workers dispensing polio vaccinations are gunned down in Pakistan
2012 - The Seleka rebel coalition kills 15 people during its capture of Bria, the Central African Republic

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