What happened on December 18? There are more than 287 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About December 18

December 18 In HistoryDecember 18 is the 353rd day of the year 2024. There are 13 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday. This day falls under the 51st week of the year 2024.

On this day in Forest City, Pennsylvania 18421 sunrise will occur at 07:22 AM and sunset will occur at 04:35 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Sagittarius. The modern birthstone for this month is Turquoise while the mystical birthstone is Onyx.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 42 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (January 29, 2025).

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Historical Events For December 18

  • 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.
  • 1642
    Abel Tasman becomes first European to land in New Zealand.
  • 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.
  • 1787
    New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1793
    Surrender of the frigate La Lutine by French Royalists to Lord Hood; renamed HMS Lutine, she later becomes a famous treasure wreck.
  • 1878
    John Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguires is executed in Pennsylvania.
  • 1878
    The Al-Thani family become the rulers of the state of Qatar
  • 1888
    Richard Wetherill and his brother in-law discover the ancient Indian ruins of Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde.
  • 1892
    premiere performance of The Nutcracker Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg.
  • 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.
  • 1912
    The Piltdown Man, later discovered to be a hoax, is announced by Charles Dawson.
  • 1915
    U.S. President Woodrow Wilson marries Edith Bolling Galt Wilson while president of the United States.
  • 1916
    World War I: The Battle of Verdun ends when German forces under Chief of Staff Erich Von Falkenhayn are defeated by the French, and suffer 337,000 casualties.
  • 1917
    The resolution containing the language of the Eighteenth Amendment to enact Prohibition is passed by the United States Congress.
  • 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.
  • 1935
    The Lanka Sama Samaja Party is founded in Ceylon.
  • 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.
  • 1956
    Japan joins the United Nations.
  • 1958
    Project SCORE, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched.
  • 1966
    Saturn’s moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1973
    Soviet Soyuz Programme: Soyuz 13, crewed by cosmonauts Valentin Lebedev and Pyotr Klimuk, is launched from Baikonur in the Soviet Union.
  • 1973
    The Islamic Development Bank is founded.
  • 1978
    Dominica joins the United Nations.
  • 1987
    Larry Wall releases the first version of the Perl programming language.
  • 1989
    The European Community and the Soviet Union sign an agreement on trade and commercial and economic cooperation.
  • 1996
    The Oakland, California school board passes a resolution officially declaring “Ebonics” a language or dialect.
  • 1997
    HTML 4.0 is published by the World Wide Web Consortium.
  • 1999
    NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
  • 2002
    2003 California recall: Then Governor of California Gray Davis announces that the state would face a record budget deficit of $35 billion, roughly double the figure reported during his reelection campaign one month earlier.
  • 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.
  • 2006
    United Arab Emirates holds its first-ever elections.
  • 2010
    Governmental protests begin in Tunisia, beginning the 2010-2011 Middle East and North Africa protests

Who Were Born On December 18?

  • 1507
    Ōuchi Yoshitaka, Japanese warlord (d. 1551)
  • 1602
    Simonds d'Ewes, English antiquarian and politician (d. 1650)
  • 1610
    Charles du Fresne, sieur du Cange, French philologist (d. 1688)
  • 1620
    Heinrich Roth, German Sanskrit scholar (d. 1668)
  • 1661
    Christopher Polhem, Swedish scientist and inventor (d. 1751)
  • 1662
    James Douglas, 2nd Duke of Queensberry, Scottish politician (d. 1711)
  • 1707
    Charles Wesley, English Methodist hymnist (d. 1788)
  • 1725
    Johann Salomo Semler, German historian and Bible commentator (d. 1791)
  • 1778
    Joseph Grimaldi, English clown (d. 1837)
  • 1825
    Charles Griffin, American general (d. 1876)
  • 1825
    John S. Harris, American politician (d. 1906)
  • 1835
    Lyman Abbott, American author (d. 1922)
  • 1847
    Augusta Holmès, French composer (d. 1903)
  • 1849
    Henrietta Edwards, Canadian women’s rights activist (d. 1931)
  • 1851
    Graciano Lopez Jaena, Filipino orator and satirist (d. 1896)
  • 1856
    Sir J. J. Thomson, English physicist and Nobel laureate (d. 1940)
  • 1860
    Edward MacDowell, American composer and pianist (d. 1908)
  • 1861
    Lionel Monckton, English composer for the musical theatre (d. 1924)
  • 1863
    Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria (d. 1914)
  • 1870
    Saki, English writer (d. 1916)
  • 1873
    Francis Burton Harrison, American political figure (d. 1957)
  • 1878
    Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union (d. 1953)
  • 1879
    Paul Klee, Swiss-born painter (d. 1940)
  • 1886
    Ty Cobb, American baseball player (d. 1961)
  • 1888
    Dame Gladys Cooper, English actress (d. 1971)
  • 1888
    Robert Moses, American public works official (d. 1981)
  • 1890
    Edwin Armstrong, American inventor (d. 1954)
  • 1897
    Fletcher Henderson, American arranger and composer (d. 1952)
  • 1899
    Peter Wessel Zapffe, Norwegian author and philosopher (d. 1990)
  • 1904
    George Stevens, American film director (d. 1975)
  • 1907
    Bill Holland, American auto racer (d. 1984)
  • 1907
    Lawrence Lucie, American jazz guitarist (d. 2009)
  • 1908
    Celia Johnson, English actress (d. 1982)
  • 1908
    Paul Siple, American Antarctic explorer (d. 1969)
  • 1910
    Abe Burrows, American playwright (d. 1985)
  • 1910
    Eric Tindill, New Zealand rugby and cricket international player and referee/umpire (d. 2010)
  • 1911
    Jules Dassin, American film director (d. 2008)
  • 1912
    Benjamin O. Davis Jr., American General (d. 2002)
  • 1913
    Alfred Bester, American author (d. 1987)
  • 1913
    Ray Meyer, American basketball coach (d. 2006)
  • 1913
    Willy Brandt, Chancellor of Germany, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1992)
  • 1916
    Betty Grable, American actress (d. 1973)
  • 1916
    Douglas Fraser, Scottish-born American trade unionist (d. 2008)
  • 1917
    Ossie Davis, American actor and activist (d. 2005)
  • 1920
    Robert Leckie, American marine and author (d. 2001)
  • 1927
    Ramsey Clark, 66th U.S. Attorney General
  • 1927
    Roméo LeBlanc, 25th Governor General of Canada (d. 2009)
  • 1928
    Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (d. 2003)
  • 1929
    Gino Cimoli, American baseball player
  • 1929
    Józef Cardinal Glemp, Cardinal-Archbishop Emeritus of Warsaw
  • 1930
    Moose Skowron, American baseball player
  • 1931
    Alison Plowden, English historian (d. 2007)
  • 1931
    Allen Klein, American rock and roll business manager (d. 2009)
  • 1932
    Roger Smith, American actor
  • 1933
    Arthur Leigh Allen, American suspected serial killer (d. 1992)
  • 1933
    Lonnie Brooks, American blues musician
  • 1934
    Boris Volynov, Soviet cosmonaut
  • 1935
    Jacques Pépin, French chef
  • 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)
  • 1938
    Roger E. Mosley, American actor
  • 1939
    Harold E. Varmus, American scientist and Nobel laureate
  • 1939
    Michael Moorcock, English author
  • 1940
    Bramwell Morrison, member of Sharon, Lois & Bram
  • 1941
    Wadada Leo Smith, American trumpeter and composer
  • 1942
    Harvey Atkin, Canadian actor
  • 1943
    Alan Rudolph, American film director and screenwriter
  • 1943
    Keith Richards, English guitarist (The Rolling Stones)
  • 1945
    Jean Pronovost, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1946
    Steve Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist (d. 1977)
  • 1946
    Steven Spielberg, American film director
  • 1947
    Leonid Yuzefovich, Russian crime fiction writer
  • 1948
    Bill Nelson, English musician (Be-Bop Deluxe)
  • 1948
    Edmund Kemper, American serial killer
  • 1948
    Laurent Voulzy, French singer and composer
  • 1949
    David A. Johnston, American volcanologist (d. 1980)
  • 1949
    Terry Hertzler, American poet
  • 1950
    Gillian Armstrong, Australian film director
  • 1950
    Heinz-Josef Kehr, German footballer
  • 1950
    Leonard Maltin, American film critic
  • 1950
    Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne) (d. 2002)
  • 1950
    Sarath Fonseka, former commander of the Sri Lanka Army and a former Chief of Defence of Sri Lanka.
  • 1952
    John Leventhal, musician, producer, songwriter, and recording engineer, married to Rosanne Cash
  • 1953
    Elliot Easton, American guitarist (The Cars)
  • 1953
    Khas-Magomed Hadjimuradov, Chechen singer-songwriter
  • 1954
    John Booth, British racing driver, founder of Manor Motorsport
  • 1954
    Ray Liotta, American actor
  • 1956
    Ron White, American comedian
  • 1957
    Jonathan Cainer, English astrologer
  • 1958
    Geordie Walker, English rock musician and lead guitarist for post-punk band Killing Joke
  • 1958
    Julia Wolfe, American composer
  • 1960
    Kazuhide Uekusa, Japanese economist
  • 1961
    Brian Orser, Canadian figure skater
  • 1961
    Leila Steinberg, American poet, artist manager
  • 1962
    Renaldo Lapuz, Filipino-born American singer
  • 1963
    Allan Kayser, American actor
  • 1963
    Brad Pitt, American actor
  • 1963
    Charles Oakley, American basketball player
  • 1963
    Greg D'Angelo, American musician (White Lion)
  • 1963
    Karl Dorrell, American football coach
  • 1963
    Norman Brown, smooth jazz musician
  • 1963
    Pauline Ester, French singer
  • 1964
    Don Beebe, American football player
  • 1964
    Robson Green, English actor and singer
  • 1964
    Stone Cold Steve Austin, American professional wrestler
  • 1965
    Fawna MacLaren, American model and actress
  • 1965
    Mick Collins, American musician (The Gories, The Dirtbombs)
  • 1965
    Shawn Christian, American actor
  • 1966
    Gianluca Pagliuca, Italian footballer
  • 1966
    Makiko Esumi, Japanese actress
  • 1966
    Mille Petrozza, German singer (Kreator)
  • 1967
    Toine van Peperstraten, Dutch sports journalist
  • 1968
    Alejandro Sanz, Spanish singer
  • 1968
    Casper Van Dien, American actor
  • 1968
    Mark Cooper, Manager of Peterborough F.C
  • 1968
    Nina Wadia, British actress/comedian
  • 1968
    Rachel Griffiths, Australian actress
  • 1969
    Akira Iida, Japanese racing driver
  • 1969
    Justin Edinburgh, English footballer
  • 1969
    Santiago Cañizares, Spanish footballer
  • 1970
    Anthony Catanzaro, American fitness model
  • 1970
    Cowboy Troy, American rapper
  • 1970
    DMX, American rapper and actor
  • 1970
    Fernando Solabarrieta, Chilean journalist
  • 1970
    Giannis Ploutarhos, Greek singer
  • 1970
    Johnny Yeo, English artist
  • 1970
    Lucious Harris, American basketball player
  • 1970
    Miles Marshall Lewis, American author
  • 1970
    Rob Van Dam, American professional wrestler
  • 1970
    Victoria Pratt, Canadian actress and fitness model
  • 1971
    Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Spanish tennis player
  • 1971
    Barkha Dutt, Indian journalist
  • 1971
    Noriko Matsueda, Japanese composer
  • 1972
    DJ Lethal, Latvian-born American DJ (House of Pain, Limp Bizkit)
  • 1972
    Rah Digga, American rapper
  • 1972
    Raymond Herrera, American drummer (Fear Factory) and businessman
  • 1972
    Trevor Chowning, American painter
  • 1973
    Leila Arcieri, American actress and model
  • 1974
    Bill Duggan, American television actor and host
  • 1974
    Euroboy, Norwegian musician (Turbonegro)
  • 1974
    Peter Boulware, American football player
  • 1975
    David O'Doherty, Irish comedian
  • 1975
    Masaki Sumitani, Japanese comedian
  • 1975
    Sia Furler. Australian singer
  • 1975
    Trish Stratus, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1975
    Vincent van der Voort, Dutch dart player
  • 1976
    Koyuki, Japanese actress and model
  • 1977
    José Acevedo, Dominican baseball player
  • 1977
    Lindsay Armaou, Irish singer
  • 1977
    Ryan Scott Ottney, American journalist and comic book writer
  • 1978
    Ali Curtis, American soccer player
  • 1978
    Daniel Cleary, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1978
    Katie Holmes, American actress
  • 1979
    Carlos, Portuguese footballer
  • 1979
    Eric Escobar, Puerto Rican professional wrestler
  • 1979
    Mamady Sidibe Malian footballer
  • 1980
    Benjamin Watson, American football player
  • 1980
    Christina Aguilera, American singer
  • 1980
    Heinz Inniger, Swiss snowboarder
  • 1981
    Jens Schmidt, German rugby player
  • 1981
    Joshua Dallas, American actor
  • 1982
    Dave Luetkenhoelter, American bassist (Kutless)
  • 1983
    Andy Fantuz, Canadian football player
  • 1983
    Darren Carter, English footballer
  • 1985
    Hana Soukupová, Czech supermodel
  • 1985
    Natalie Gal, Russian fashion model
  • 1985
    Tara Conner, American beauty contestant (Miss USA)
  • 1986
    François Hamelin, Canadian short track speed skater
  • 1986
    Usman Khawaja, Australian cricketer
  • 1987
    Ayaka, Japanese singer
  • 1987
    Fernando Jara, Panamanian jockey
  • 1987
    Miki Andō, Japanese figure skater
  • 1987
    Sneha Ullal, Bollywood Actress
  • 1989
    Ashley Benson, American actress
  • 1990
    James Lawrie, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1992
    Bridgit Mendler, American actress and singer
  • 1997
    Kylie Fonacier, Maple Creek & Povedan Honor Student and Composer

Who Died On December 18?

  • 821
    Theodulf, Bishop of Orléans
  • 1133
    Hildebert, French writer (b. 1055)
  • 1290
    King Magnus I of Sweden (b. 1240)
  • 1442
    Pierre Cauchon, French Catholic bishop (b. 1371)
  • 1476
    Vlad III the Impaler (b. 1431)
  • 1495
    King Alphonso II of Naples (b. 1448)
  • 1591
    Marigje Arriens, Dutch suspected witch (b. ca. 1520)
  • 1692
    Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff, German statesman (b. 1626)
  • 1737
    Antonio Stradivari, Italian violin maker (b. 1644)
  • 1787
    Francis William Drake, British Admiral and territorial governor (b. 1724)
  • 1787
    Soame Jenyns, English writer (b. 1704)
  • 1799
    Jean-Étienne Montucla, French mathematician (b. 1725)
  • 1803
    Johann Gottfried Herder, German writer (b. 1744)
  • 1829
    Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, French scientist (b. 1744)
  • 1843
    Thomas Graham, Lord Lynedoch, British statesman (b. 1748)
  • 1848
    Bernard Bolzano, Bohemian mathematician and priest (b. 1781)
  • 1869
    Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American composer and pianist (b. 1829)
  • 1880
    Michel Chasles, French mathematician (b. 1793)
  • 1892
    Richard Owen, English biologist (b. 1804)
  • 1922
    Carl Meyer, British banker and mining magnate (b. 1851)
  • 1927
    Ram Prasad Bismil, Indian Revolutionary (b. 1897)
  • 1936
    Andrija Mohorovičić, Austro-Hungarian-born Croatian seismologist (b. 1857)
  • 1950
    Johnny Hyde, Russian-born American talent agent (b. 1895)
  • 1968
    Joan Tabor, American film and television actress (b. 1932)
  • 1971
    Bobby Jones, American golfer (b. 1902)
  • 1971
    Diana Lynn, American actress (b. 1926)
  • 1973
    Allama Rasheed Turabi, Pakistani orator and philosopher (b. 1908)
  • 1974
    Harry Hooper, American baseball player (b. 1887)
  • 1975
    Theodosius Dobzhansky, Ukrainian geneticist (b. 1900)
  • 1977
    Michio Nishizawa, Japanese baseball player (b. 1921)
  • 1980
    Alexei Kosygin, Soviet politician and Premier (b. 1904)
  • 1982
    Hans-Ulrich Rudel, German pilot (b. 1916)
  • 1984
    Aris Maliagros, Greek actor (b. 1895)
  • 1985
    Xuân Diệu, Vietnamese poet (b. 1916)
  • 1987
    Konrad “Conny” Plank, German record producer and musician (b. 1940)
  • 1990
    Anne Revere, American actress (b. 1903)
  • 1990
    Paul Tortelier, French cellist and composer (b. 1914)
  • 1991
    George Abecassis, English Formula 1 driver (b. 1913)
  • 1992
    Mark Goodson, American game show producer (b. 1915)
  • 1993
    Sam Wanamaker, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1994
    Roger Apéry, Greek-French mathematician (b. 1916)
  • 1995
    Brian Brockless, English organist (b. 1926)
  • 1995
    Konrad Zuse, German engineer and computing pioneer (b. 1910)
  • 1996
    Yulii Borisovich Khariton, Russian physicist (b. 1904)
  • 1997
    Chris Farley, American actor and comedian (b. 1964)
  • 1998
    Lev Demin, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1926)
  • 1999
    Robert Bresson, French film director (b. 1907)
  • 2000
    Kirsty MacColl, English singer and songwriter (b. 1959)
  • 2000
    Randolph Apperson Hearst, son of William Randolph Hearst; father of Patricia Hearst (b. 1915)
  • 2000
    Stan Fox, American race car driver (b. 1952)
  • 2001
    Dimitris Dragatakis, Greek composer (b. 1914)
  • 2001
    Gilbert Bécaud, French singer (b. 1927)
  • 2002
    Ray Hnatyshyn, Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • 2002
    Wayne Owens, American politician (b. 1937)
  • 2004
    Anthony Sampson, British journalist and biographer (b. 1926)
  • 2005
    Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (b. 1922)
  • 2006
    Joseph Barbera, American cartoonist (b. 1911)
  • 2006
    Mike Dickin, British radio broadcaster (b. 1943)
  • 2006
    Ruth Bernhard, American photographer (b. 1905)
  • 2006
    Shaukat Siddiqui, Pakistani author and political activist (b. 1923)
  • 2007
    Alan Wagner, American opera critic (b. 1931)
  • 2007
    Bill Strauss, American writer (b. 1947)
  • 2007
    Gerald Le Dain, Canadian Supreme Court Justice (b. 1924)
  • 2007
    Jack Linkletter, American television host; son of Art Linkletter (b. 1937)
  • 2008
    Majel Barrett, American actress; widow of Gene Roddenberry (b. 1932)
  • 2008
    W. Mark Felt, American Watergate figure (b. 1913)
  • 2010
    Jacqueline de Romilly, French philologist and classical scholar (b. 1913)
  • 2010
    James Pickles, English jurist and columnist (b. 1925)
  • 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)
  • 2011
    Václav Havel, playwright, philosopher and dissident, last president of Czechoslovakia, and the first president of the Czech republic (b. 1936)

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