Historical Events on December 18

  • 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

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1271 Kublai Khan renames his empire "Yuan" (元 yuán), officially marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty of China.

Mongolian Emperor and Founder of the Yuan Dynasty Kublai Khan
Mongolian Emperor and Founder of the Yuan Dynasty
Kublai Khan
  • 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

AgreementConstitution 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)

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1799 George Washington's body interred at Mount Vernon

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1813 British take Fort Niagara in War of 1812

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1832 Charles Darwins visits Vurland

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • 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.
  • 1888 Richard Wetherill and his brother in-law discover the ancient Anasazi ruins of Mesa Verde, Colorado
  • 1890 Lugards expedition to Mengo/Kampala, Uganda

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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 Arthur Balfour's government
  • 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

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1917 Soviet regiment (Stalin/Lenin) declares Finland Independent

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
  • 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

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1930 Bradman scores 258 NSW v South Aust, 289 mins, 37 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 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
  • 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 Japanese 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 the United Nations
  • 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

CommunicationHistoric Communication

1958 1st voice from space: recorded Christmas message by President Eisenhower

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1958 Niger gains autonomy within French Community (National Day)

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1959 Sammy Baugh named 1st coach of NY Titans (AFL)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • 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

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1961 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 78 points vs LA

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 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
  • 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

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1966 Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for 1st time on CBS

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss
  • 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
  • 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 performances
  • 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

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1976 "A Star is Born", with Barbra Streisand, premieres

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 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 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)
  • 1990 Bush reiterates his "no concessions" stance against Iraq
  • 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

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1994 Darryl Strawberry pleads not guilty on tax evasion charges

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • 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.

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2002 "The Hours" premieres in the US, based on the novel by Michael Cunningham and starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman

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2009 James Cameron's "Avatar", starring Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, is released

Actress Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana
Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
  • 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