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, 455,496 hours 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

  • 1777
    The United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the Americans over General John Burgoyne in the Battle of Saratoga in October.
  • 1878
    John Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguires is executed in Pennsylvania.
  • 1892
    premiere performance of The Nutcracker Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg.
  • 1917
    The resolution containing the language of the Eighteenth Amendment to enact Prohibition is passed by the United States Congress.
  • 1958
    Project SCORE, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched.
  • 1971
    Capitol Reef National Park is established in Utah.
  • 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.
  • 1996
    The Oakland, California school board passes a resolution officially declaring “Ebonics” a language or dialect.
  • 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.
  • 2006
    United Arab Emirates holds its first-ever elections.

Who were born on December 18?

  • 1661
    Christopher Polhem, Swedish scientist and inventor (d. 1751)
  • 1942
    Harvey Atkin, Canadian actor
  • 1943
    Alan Rudolph, American film director and screenwriter
  • 1964
    Robson Green, English actor and singer
  • 1965
    Fawna MacLaren, American model and actress
  • 1975
    David O'Doherty, Irish comedian
  • 1976
    Koyuki, Japanese actress and model
  • 1979
    Mamady Sidibe Malian footballer
  • 1985
    Tara Conner, American beauty contestant (Miss USA)
  • 1986
    François Hamelin, Canadian short track speed skater

Who died on December 18?

  • 821
    Theodulf, Bishop of Orléans
  • 1133
    Hildebert, French writer (b. 1055)
  • 1476
    Vlad III the Impaler (b. 1431)
  • 1692
    Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff, German statesman (b. 1626)
  • 1803
    Johann Gottfried Herder, German writer (b. 1744)
  • 1848
    Bernard Bolzano, Bohemian mathematician and priest (b. 1781)
  • 1927
    Ram Prasad Bismil, Indian Revolutionary (b. 1897)
  • 1991
    George Abecassis, English Formula 1 driver (b. 1913)
  • 1992
    Mark Goodson, American game show producer (b. 1915)
  • 2010
    James Pickles, English jurist and columnist (b. 1925)

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