What Happened on December 18, 1917

Historical Events

Prohibition is Ratified

The 18th Amendment to the US Constitution, authorizing prohibition of alcohol, is approved by the US congress and sent to the states for ratification

Historic Event

The Soviet government issues a decree recognizing Finland's newly-declared independence [N.S. December 31]


Famous Birthdays

  • Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, American blues, jazz, and R&B alto saxophonist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1988)
  • Raiford "Ossie" Davis, American actor, director, author, and civil rights activist (Purlie Victorious, Do the Right Thing, Hot Stuff, Man Called Adam), born in Cogdell, Clinch County, Georgia (d. 2005)
1917 Highlights

About December 18, 1917

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 105 years, 1 month and 14 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Sagittarius