On This Day

On This Day in History for December 18 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1994 Socialist Party (ex-communist) wins Bulgaria parliamentary election
  • 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 Governor of California Gray Davis announces the state faces a record budget deficit of $35 billion, roughly double the figure reported during his reelection campaign one month earlier

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002 Fashion designer Calvin Klein announces he is selling his company to shirt-maker Phillips-Van Heusen for $430 million

Fashion Designer Calvin Klein
Fashion Designer
Calvin Klein
  • 2011 The last US troops withdraw from Iraq, formally ending the Iraq War
  • 2012 4 people are killed and 11 are injured after an apartment block collapses in Palermo, Italy

Historic DiscoveryPolio

2012 6 health workers dispensing polio vaccinations are gunned down in Pakistan

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Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
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  • 2012 The Seleka rebel coalition kills 15 people during its capture of Bria, the Central African Republic

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

2017 South Africa's ANC selects Cyril Ramaphosa as leader, to succeed President Jacob Zuma

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma
President of South Africa
Jacob Zuma
  • 2017 Austria swears in new coalition government with Sebastian Kurz aged 31 of the People's Party made Chancellor
  • 2018 Nevada becomes the first US state with a female-majority legislature with new appointments taking it to 51%
  • 2018 Fire destroys 600 stilt homes in Manaus, northwestern Brazil
  • 2018 Meteor explodes in huge fireball over the Bering Sea with 10 times the energy of Hiroshima atomic bomb, 2nd largest in last 30 yrs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 US House of Representatives votes to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power (230-197) and obstruction of Congress (229-198)

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2020 Moderna COVID-19 vaccine granted emergency authorization by US Food and Drug Administration
  • 2020 International body Covax, established to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to low and middle income countries, announces deals with vaccine manufacturers and method for countries to share excess vaccines

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 US Vice President Mike Pence receives the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine live on TV

48th Vice President of the United States Mike Pence
48th Vice President of the United States
Mike Pence
  • 2020 South Africa announces detection of new variant of COVID-19, called 501.V2, which is driving a second wave of infections

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