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.
  • 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.
  • 1793
    Surrender of the frigate La Lutine by French Royalists to Lord Hood; renamed HMS Lutine, she later becomes a famous treasure wreck.
  • 1892
    premiere performance of The Nutcracker Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg.
  • 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.
  • 1956
    Japan joins the United Nations.
  • 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.
  • 1987
    Larry Wall releases the first version of the Perl programming language.
  • 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.

Who were born on December 18?

  • 1929
    Gino Cimoli, American baseball player
  • 1936
    Malcolm Kirk, English professional wrestler (d. 1987)
  • 1938
    Chas Chandler, English musician (The Animals) (d. 1996)
  • 1938
    Joel Hirschhorn, American songwriter and composer (d. 2005)
  • 1963
    Charles Oakley, American basketball player
  • 1968
    Rachel Griffiths, Australian actress
  • 1970
    Victoria Pratt, Canadian actress and fitness model
  • 1974
    Euroboy, Norwegian musician (Turbonegro)
  • 1986
    Usman Khawaja, Australian cricketer
  • 1987
    Fernando Jara, Panamanian jockey

Who died on December 18?

  • 821
    Theodulf, Bishop of Orléans
  • 1787
    Soame Jenyns, English writer (b. 1704)
  • 1829
    Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, French scientist (b. 1744)
  • 1848
    Bernard Bolzano, Bohemian mathematician and priest (b. 1781)
  • 1892
    Richard Owen, English biologist (b. 1804)
  • 1927
    Ram Prasad Bismil, Indian Revolutionary (b. 1897)
  • 1993
    Sam Wanamaker, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2005
    Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (b. 1922)
  • 2006
    Ruth Bernhard, American photographer (b. 1905)
  • 2010
    Phil Cavarretta, American baseball player (b. 1916)

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