What Happened on December 18

Historical Events

  • 218 BC Second Punic War: Battle of the Trebia - Hannibal's Carthaginian army heavily defeat Roman forces on Italian soil
  • 1271 Kublai Khan renames his empire "Yuan" (元 yuán), marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty of China
  • 1603 First fleet of the Dutch East India Company under Admiral Steven van der Haghen departs for the East-Indies
  • 1642 Abel Tasman's expedition sails around Farewell Spit and into Golden Bay, first sighting local Māori in New Zealand
  • 1917 The 18th Amendment to the US Constitution, authorizing prohibition of alcohol, is approved by the US congress and sent to the states for ratification
  • 1957 World's 1st full scale nuclear power plant, for peacetime use only, begins to generate electricity at the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania
  • 2019 US House of Representatives votes to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power (230-197) and obstruction of Congress (229-198)
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Dec 18 in Film & TV

Dec 18 in Music

  • 1892 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker" premieres in Saint Petersburg, Russia, now the world's most performed ballet; his final opera "Isolanta" also premieres

Did You Know?

Thomas Fleet publishes "Mother Goose's Melodies For Children" in Boston, Massachusetts

On December 18, 1719

Would You Believe?

Project SCORE, world’s 1st communications satellite launched from Cape Canaveral

On December 18, 1958

Famous Weddings

  • 1915 28th US President Woodrow Wilson, widowed the year before marries second wife Edith Bolling Galt, a descendant of native American Pocahontas
  • 1926 Actor George Murphy (24) weds ballroom dancing partner Juliette Henkel
  • 1932 Civil rights activist Rosa McCauley (19) weds Raymond Parks (29) in Montgomery, Alabama

Famous Divorces

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