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 353rd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 13 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 5, 2020 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,804,160 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 ‘trihectapentacontatrigon’ 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 56 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 2,919 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 18 Historical Events

  • 1271
    Kublai Khan renames his empire “Yuan” (ࠠ3; yuán), officially marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty of Mongolia and China.
  • 1787
    New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1898
    Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat sets the first officially recognized land speed record of 39.245 mi/h in a Jeantaud electric car.
  • 1900
    The Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook Narrow-gauge (2 ft 6 in or 762 mm) Railway (now the Puffing Billy Railway) in Victoria, Australia is opened for traffic.
  • 1932
    The Chicago Bears defeat the Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 in the first ever NFL Championship Game. Because of a blizzard, the game is moved from Wrigley Field to the Chicago Stadium, the field measuring 80 yd long.
  • 1944
    World War II: 77 B-29 Superfortress and 200 other aircraft of U.S. Fourteenth Air Force bomb Hankow, China, a Japanese supply base.
  • 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.
  • 1973
    Soviet Soyuz Programme: Soyuz 13, crewed by cosmonauts Valentin Lebedev and Pyotr Klimuk, is launched from Baikonur in the Soviet Union.
  • 1997
    HTML 4.0 is published by the World Wide Web Consortium.
  • 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?

  • 1861
    Lionel Monckton, English composer for the musical theatre (d. 1924)
  • 1878
    Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union (d. 1953)
  • 1913
    Alfred Bester, American author (d. 1987)
  • 1931
    Allen Klein, American rock and roll business manager (d. 2009)
  • 1933
    Arthur Leigh Allen, American suspected serial killer (d. 1992)
  • 1946
    Steven Spielberg, American film director
  • 1948
    Laurent Voulzy, French singer and composer
  • 1962
    Renaldo Lapuz, Filipino-born American singer
  • 1968
    Casper Van Dien, American actor
  • 1968
    Rachel Griffiths, Australian actress

Who died on December 18?

  • 1290
    King Magnus I of Sweden (b. 1240)
  • 1922
    Carl Meyer, British banker and mining magnate (b. 1851)
  • 1927
    Ram Prasad Bismil, Indian Revolutionary (b. 1897)
  • 1973
    Allama Rasheed Turabi, Pakistani orator and philosopher (b. 1908)
  • 1977
    Michio Nishizawa, Japanese baseball player (b. 1921)
  • 2002
    Wayne Owens, American politician (b. 1937)
  • 2006
    Mike Dickin, British radio broadcaster (b. 1943)
  • 2006
    Ruth Bernhard, American photographer (b. 1905)
  • 2007
    Alan Wagner, American opera critic (b. 1931)
  • 2010
    Jacqueline de Romilly, French philologist and classical scholar (b. 1913)

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