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.
Kublai Khan renames his empire “Yuan” (ࠠ3; yuán), officially marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty of Mongolia and China.
The Piltdown Man, later discovered to be a hoax, is announced by Charles Dawson.
Project SCORE, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched.
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.
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.
Dominica joins the United Nations.
NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
The civil war in Chad begins when rebel groups, allegedly backed by neighbouring Sudan, launch an attack in Adré.
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?
Charles Wesley, English Methodist hymnist (d. 1788)
Augusta Holmès, French composer (d. 1903)
Paul Siple, American Antarctic explorer (d. 1969)
Malcolm Kirk, English professional wrestler (d. 1987)
Roger E. Mosley, American actor
Brad Pitt, American actor
DMX, American rapper and actor
Peter Boulware, American football player
Lindsay Armaou, Irish singer
Hana Soukupová, Czech supermodel
Who died on December 18?
Vlad III the Impaler (b. 1431)
Marigje Arriens, Dutch suspected witch (b. ca. 1520)
Francis William Drake, British Admiral and territorial governor (b. 1724)
Yulii Borisovich Khariton, Russian physicist (b. 1904)
Kirsty MacColl, English singer and songwriter (b. 1959)
Ruth Bernhard, American photographer (b. 1905)
Bill Strauss, American writer (b. 1947)
Phil Cavarretta, American baseball player (b. 1916)
Tasso Kavadia, Greek actress (b. 1921)
Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Italian banker and economist (b. 1940)
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