What happened this day in history December 18

What are the important events that happened on December 18? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

December 18: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 18 is the 352nd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 13 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 5, 2021 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 27,329,760 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectapentacontadigon’ day.

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Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 45 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,284 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 18 Historical Events

  • 218 BC
    Second Punic War: Battle of the Trebia – Hannibal’s Carthaginian forces defeat those of the Roman Republic.
  • 1271
    Kublai Khan renames his empire “Yuan” (ࠠ3; yuán), officially marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty of Mongolia and China.
  • 1912
    The Piltdown Man, later discovered to be a hoax, is announced by Charles Dawson.
  • 1958
    Project SCORE, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched.
  • 1969
    Capital punishment in the United Kingdom: Home Secretary James Callaghan’s motion to make permanent the Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act 1965, which had temporarily suspended capital punishment in England, Wales and Scotland for murder (but not for all crimes) for a period of five years.
  • 1972
    Vietnam War: President Richard Nixon announces that the United States will engage North Vietnam in Operation Linebacker II, a series of Christmas bombings, after peace talks collapsed with North Vietnam on the 13th.
  • 1978
    Dominica joins the United Nations.
  • 1999
    NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
  • 2005
    The civil war in Chad begins when rebel groups, allegedly backed by neighbouring Sudan, launch an attack in Adré.
  • 2006
    The first of a series of floods strikes Malaysia. The death toll of all flooding is at least 118, with over 400,000 people displaced.

Who were born on December 18?

  • 1707
    Charles Wesley, English Methodist hymnist (d. 1788)
  • 1847
    Augusta Holmès, French composer (d. 1903)
  • 1908
    Paul Siple, American Antarctic explorer (d. 1969)
  • 1936
    Malcolm Kirk, English professional wrestler (d. 1987)
  • 1938
    Roger E. Mosley, American actor
  • 1963
    Brad Pitt, American actor
  • 1970
    DMX, American rapper and actor
  • 1974
    Peter Boulware, American football player
  • 1977
    Lindsay Armaou, Irish singer
  • 1985
    Hana Soukupová, Czech supermodel

Who died on December 18?

  • 1476
    Vlad III the Impaler (b. 1431)
  • 1591
    Marigje Arriens, Dutch suspected witch (b. ca. 1520)
  • 1787
    Francis William Drake, British Admiral and territorial governor (b. 1724)
  • 1996
    Yulii Borisovich Khariton, Russian physicist (b. 1904)
  • 2000
    Kirsty MacColl, English singer and songwriter (b. 1959)
  • 2006
    Ruth Bernhard, American photographer (b. 1905)
  • 2007
    Bill Strauss, American writer (b. 1947)
  • 2010
    Phil Cavarretta, American baseball player (b. 1916)
  • 2010
    Tasso Kavadia, Greek actress (b. 1921)
  • 2010
    Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Italian banker and economist (b. 1940)

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