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What happend on 18. December in History

In our data base we found 332 events happened on 18. December:
  • 821: Theodulf of Orléans, Spanish bishop (b. 750) [category: Deaths]
  • 1075: Edith of Wessex (b. 1025) [category: Deaths]
  • 1133: Hildebert, French scholar and poet (b. 1055) [category: Deaths]
  • 1271: Kublai Khan renames his empire "Yuan" (元 yuán), officially marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty of Mongolia and China. [category: Events]
  • 1495: Alfonso II of Naples (b. 1448) [category: Deaths]

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  • 1507: Ōuchi Yoshitaka, Japanese daimyo (d. 1551) [category: Births]
  • 1591: Marigje Arriens, Dutch suspected witch (b. 1520) [category: Deaths]
  • 1602: Simonds d'Ewes, English historian and politician (d. 1650) [category: Births]
  • 1610: Charles du Fresne, sieur du Cange, French philologist and historian (d. 1688) [category: Births]
  • 1620: Heinrich Roth, German scholar (d. 1668) [category: Births]
  • 1642: Abel Tasman becomes first European to land in New Zealand. [category: Events]
  • 1655: The Whitehall Conference ends with the determination that there was no law preventing Jews from re-entering England after the Edict of Expulsion of 1290. [category: Events]
  • 1661: Christopher Polhem, Swedish scientist and inventor (d. 1751) [category: Births]
  • 1662: James Douglas, 2nd Duke of Queensberry, Scottish politician (d. 1711) [category: Births]
  • 1692: Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff, German politician (b. 1626) [category: Deaths]
  • 1707: Charles Wesley, English composer (d. 1788) [category: Births]
  • 1725: Johann Salomo Semler, German historian (d. 1791) [category: Births]
  • 1734: Jean-Baptiste Rey, French conductor and composer (d. 1810) [category: Births]
  • 1737: Antonio Stradivari, Italian violin maker (b. 1644) [category: Deaths]
  • 1777: The United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the Americans over British General John Burgoyne in the Battle of Saratoga in October. [category: Events]

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  • 1778: Joseph Grimaldi, English actor and dancer (d. 1837) [category: Births]
  • 1787: Francis William Drake, English admiral (b. 1724) [category: Deaths]
  • 1787: Soame Jenyns, English author (b. 1704) [category: Deaths]
  • 1787: New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. [category: Events]
  • 1793: Surrender of the frigate La Lutine by French Royalists to Lord Samuel Hood; renamed HMS Lutine, she later becomes a famous treasure wreck. [category: Events]
  • 1799: Jean-Étienne Montucla, French mathematician (b. 1725) [category: Deaths]
  • 1803: Johann Gottfried Herder, German philosopher, theologian, and poet (b. 1744) [category: Deaths]
  • 1825: Charles Griffin, American general (d. 1876) [category: Births]
  • 1825: John S. Harris, American politician (d. 1906) [category: Births]
  • 1829: Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, French soldier and biologist (b. 1744) [category: Deaths]
  • 1835: Lyman Abbott, American author (d. 1922) [category: Births]
  • 1843: Thomas Graham, 1st Baron Lynedoch, Scottish army officer and politician (b. 1748) [category: Deaths]
  • 1847: Augusta Holmès, French composer (d. 1903) [category: Births]
  • 1848: Bernard Bolzano, Bohemian mathematician and priest (b. 1781) [category: Deaths]
  • 1849: Henrietta Edwards, Canadian activist and author (d. 1931) [category: Births]
  • 1851: Graciano López Jaena, Filipino journalist (d. 1896) [category: Births]
  • 1856: J. J. Thomson, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1940) [category: Births]
  • 1860: Edward MacDowell, American composer and pianist (d. 1908) [category: Births]
  • 1861: Lionel Monckton, English composer (d. 1924) [category: Births]
  • 1863: Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (d. 1914) [category: Births]
  • 1867: Foxhall P. Keene, American polo player (d. 1941) [category: Births]
  • 1869: Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American composer and pianist (b. 1829) [category: Deaths]
  • 1870: Saki, Burmese-English author and playwright (d. 1916) [category: Births]
  • 1873: Francis Burton Harrison, American politician, 6th Governor-General of the Philippines (d. 1957) [category: Births]
  • 1878: Joseph Stalin, Soviet marshal and politician, 4th Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1953) [category: Births]
  • 1878: John Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguires is executed in Pennsylvania. [category: Events]
  • 1878: The Al-Thani family become the rulers of the state of Qatar [category: Events]
  • 1879: Paul Klee, Swiss-German painter (d. 1940) [category: Births]
  • 1880: Michel Chasles, French mathematician (b. 1793) [category: Deaths]
  • 1882: Paulin Lemaire, French gymnast [category: Births]
  • 1882: Richard Maury, American-Argentine engineer, designed the Salta–Antofagasta railway (d. 1950) [category: Births]
  • 1883: Raimu, French actor (d. 1946) [category: Births]
  • 1886: Martin Dooling, American soccer player (d. 1966) [category: Births]
  • 1886: Ty Cobb, American baseball player (d. 1961) [category: Births]
  • 1887: Bhikhari Thakur, Indian author (d. 1971) [category: Births]
  • 1888: Gladys Cooper, English actress (d. 1971) [category: Births]
  • 1888: Robert Moses, American urban planner, designed the Northern State Parkway and Southern State Parkway (d. 1981) [category: Births]
  • 1888: Richard Wetherill and his brother in-law discover the ancient Indian ruins of Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde. [category: Events]
  • 1890: Edwin Armstrong, American engineer, invented FM radio (d. 1954) [category: Births]
  • 1892: Richard Owen, English biologist (b. 1804) [category: Deaths]
  • 1892: Premiere performance of The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia. [category: Events]
  • 1897: Fletcher Henderson, American composer (d. 1952) [category: Births]
  • 1898: Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat sets the first officially recognized land speed record of 39.245 mph (63.159 km/h) in a Jeantaud electric car. [category: Events]
  • 1899: Peter Wessel Zapffe, Norwegian philosopher and author (d. 1990) [category: Births]
  • 1900: The Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook, Victoria Narrow-gauge (2 ft 6 in or 762 mm) Railway (now the Puffing Billy Railway) in Victoria, Australia is opened for traffic. [category: Events]
  • 1904: George Stevens, American director (d. 1975) [category: Births]
  • 1907: Bill Holland, American race car (d. 1984) [category: Births]
  • 1907: Lawrence Lucie, American guitarist (Mills Blue Rhythm Band) (d. 2009) [category: Births]
  • 1908: Celia Johnson, English actress (d. 1982) [category: Births]
  • 1908: Paul Siple, American geographer and explorer (d. 1969) [category: Births]
  • 1910: Abe Burrows, American author, playwright, and director (d. 1985) [category: Births]
  • 1910: Eric Tindill, New Zealand rugby player, cricketer, and umpire (d. 2010) [category: Births]
  • 1911: Jules Dassin, American director (d. 2008) [category: Births]
  • 1912: Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., American general (d. 2002) [category: Births]
  • 1912: The Piltdown Man, later discovered to be a hoax, is announced by Charles Dawson. [category: Events]
  • 1913: Alfred Bester, American author (d. 1987) [category: Births]
  • 1913: Ray Meyer, American basketball coach (d. 2006) [category: Births]
  • 1913: Willy Brandt, German politician, 4th Chancellor of Germany, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1992) [category: Births]
  • 1916: Betty Grable, American actress (d. 1973) [category: Births]
  • 1916: Douglas Fraser, Scottish-American union leader (d. 2008) [category: Births]
  • 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. [category: Events]
  • 1917: Ossie Davis, American actor and activist (d. 2005) [category: Births]
  • 1917: The resolution containing the language of the Eighteenth Amendment to enact Prohibition is passed by the United States Congress. [category: Events]
  • 1920: Robert Leckie, American marine and author (d. 2001) [category: Births]
  • 1922: Jack Brooks, American politician (d. 2012) [category: Births]
  • 1922: Sir Carl Meyer, 1st Baronet, German-English banker and businessman (b. 1851) [category: Deaths]
  • 1927: Ramsey Clark, American lawyer, 66th United States Attorney General [category: Births]
  • 1927: Roméo LeBlanc, Canadian journalist and politician, 25th Governor General of Canada (d. 2009) [category: Births]
  • 1927: Ram Prasad Bismil, Indian activist (b. 1897) [category: Deaths]
  • 1928: Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Indian-Pakistani 4th caliph of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (d. 2003) [category: Births]
  • 1929: Gino Cimoli, American baseball player (d. 2011) [category: Births]
  • 1929: Józef Glemp, Polish cardinal [category: Births]
  • 1930: Moose Skowron, American baseball player (d. 2012) [category: Births]
  • 1931: Alison Plowden, English historian (d. 2007) [category: Births]
  • 1931: Allen Klein, American talent agent and businessman (d. 2009) [category: Births]
  • 1932: Roger Smith, American actor [category: Births]
  • 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 yards (73 m) long. [category: Events]
  • 1933: Lonnie Brooks, American singer and guitarist [category: Births]
  • 1934: Boris Volynov, Soviet astronaut and engineer [category: Births]
  • 1935: Jacques Pépin, French-American chef and author [category: Births]
  • 1935: The Lanka Sama Samaja Party is founded in Ceylon. [category: Events]
  • 1936: Malcolm Kirk, English wrestler (d. 1987) [category: Births]
  • 1936: Andrija Mohorovičić, Hungarian-Croatian meteorologist (b. 1857) [category: Deaths]
  • 1938: Chas Chandler, English bass player and producer (The Animals) (d. 1996) [category: Births]
  • 1938: Joel Hirschhorn, American songwriter and composer (d. 2005) [category: Births]
  • 1938: Roger E. Mosley, American actor [category: Births]
  • 1939: Harold E. Varmus, American scientist, Nobel Prize laureate [category: Births]
  • 1939: Michael Moorcock, English author [category: Births]
  • 1939: World War II: The Battle of the Heligoland Bight, the first major air battle of the war, takes place. [category: Events]
  • 1941: Wadada Leo Smith, American trumpet player and composer (Creative Construction Company) [category: Births]
  • 1942: Harvey Atkin, Canadian actor [category: Births]
  • 1943: Alan Rudolph, American director and screenwriter [category: Births]
  • 1943: Keith Richards, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (The Rolling Stones, The Dirty Mac, and The New Barbarians) [category: Births]
  • 1944: Alexander Cudmore, American soccer player (b. 1888) [category: Deaths]
  • 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. [category: Events]
  • 1945: Jean Pronovost, Canadian ice hockey player [category: Births]
  • 1946: Alex Ligertwood, Scottish singer (Average White Band and The Senate) [category: Births]
  • 1946: Steve Biko, South African activist, founded the Black Consciousness Movement (d. 1977) [category: Births]
  • 1946: Steven Spielberg, American director [category: Births]
  • 1947: Leonid Yuzefovich, Russian author [category: Births]
  • 1948: Bill Nelson, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Be-Bop Deluxe and Bill Nelson's Red Noise) [category: Births]
  • 1948: Edmund Kemper, American serial killer [category: Births]
  • 1948: Laurent Voulzy, French singer-songwriter and guitarist [category: Births]
  • 1949: David A. Johnston, American volcanologist (d. 1980) [category: Births]
  • 1949: Terry Hertzler, American poet [category: Births]
  • 1950: Gillian Armstrong, Australian director [category: Births]
  • 1950: Heinz-Josef Kehr, German footballer [category: Births]
  • 1950: Leonard Maltin, American critic and author [category: Births]
  • 1950: Randy Castillo, American drummer (Red Square Black and Mötley Crüe) (d. 2002) [category: Births]
  • 1950: Sarath Fonseka, Sri Lankan general and politician [category: Births]
  • 1950: Johnny Hyde, Russian-American talent agent (b. 1895) [category: Deaths]
  • 1952: John Leventhal, American songwriter and producer [category: Births]
  • 1953: Elliot Easton, American guitarist and singer (The Cars, The New Cars, and Creedence Clearwater Revisited) [category: Births]
  • 1953: Khas-Magomed Hadjimuradov, Chechen singer-songwriter [category: Births]
  • 1954: John Booth, English race car driver [category: Births]
  • 1954: Ray Liotta, American actor [category: Births]
  • 1955: Vijay Mallya, Indian businessman and politician [category: Births]
  • 1956: Ron White, American comedian and actor [category: Births]
  • 1956: Japan joins the United Nations. [category: Events]
  • 1957: Jonathan Cainer, English astrologer [category: Births]
  • 1958: Geordie Walker, English guitarist (Killing Joke, The Damage Manual, and Murder, Inc.) [category: Births]
  • 1958: Julia Wolfe, American composer [category: Births]
  • 1958: Project SCORE, the world's first communications satellite, is launched. [category: Events]
  • 1960: Kazuhide Uekusa, Japanese economist [category: Births]
  • 1961: Brian Orser, Canadian figure skater [category: Births]
  • 1961: Leila Steinberg, American poet [category: Births]
  • 1962: Renaldo Lapuz, Filipino-American singer-songwriter [category: Births]
  • 1963: Allan Kayser, American actor [category: Births]
  • 1963: Brad Pitt, American actor and producer [category: Births]
  • 1963: Charles Oakley, American basketball player [category: Births]
  • 1963: Greg D'Angelo, American drummer (White Lion, Britny Fox, Pride and Glory, and AntiProduct) [category: Births]
  • 1963: Karl Dorrell, American football player and coach [category: Births]
  • 1963: Norman Brown, American singer and guitarist (BWB) [category: Births]
  • 1963: Pauline Ester, French singer [category: Births]
  • 1963: Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundian politician, President of Burundi [category: Births]
  • 1964: Don Beebe, American football player [category: Births]
  • 1964: Robson Green, English actor and singer [category: Births]
  • 1964: Stone Cold Steve Austin, American wrestler, actor, and producer [category: Births]
  • 1965: Fawna MacLaren, American model and actress [category: Births]
  • 1965: Manuel Peña Escontrela, Spanish footballer (d. 2012) [category: Births]
  • 1965: Mick Collins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Gories and The Dirtbombs) [category: Births]
  • 1965: Shawn Christian, American actor [category: Births]
  • 1966: Gianluca Pagliuca, Italian footballer [category: Births]
  • 1966: Makiko Esumi, Japanese actress [category: Births]
  • 1966: Mille Petrozza, German singer-songwriter and guitarist (Kreator and Voodoocult) [category: Births]
  • 1966: Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker. [category: Events]
  • 1967: Toine van Peperstraten, Dutch journalist [category: Births]
  • 1968: Alejandro Sanz, Spanish singer-songwriter and guitarist [category: Births]
  • 1968: Casper Van Dien, American actor [category: Births]
  • 1968: Mario Basler, German footballer [category: Births]
  • 1968: Mark Cooper, English footballer [category: Births]
  • 1968: Rachel Griffiths, Australian actress [category: Births]
  • 1968: Joan Tabor, American actress (b. 1932) [category: Deaths]
  • 1969: Akira Iida, Japanese race car driver [category: Births]
  • 1969: Justin Edinburgh, English footballer [category: Births]
  • 1969: Santiago Cañizares, Spanish footballer [category: Births]
  • 1969: Charles Dvorak, American pole vaulter (b. 1878) [category: Deaths]
  • 1969: Capital punishment in the United Kingdom: Home Secretary James Callaghan's motion to make permanent the Murder Act 1965, which had temporarily suspended capital punishment in England, Wales and Scotland for murder for a period of five years. [category: Events]
  • 1970: Anthony Catanzaro, American bodybuilder and model [category: Births]
  • 1970: Cowboy Troy, American rapper (MuzikMafia) [category: Births]
  • 1970: DMX, American rapper and actor [category: Births]
  • 1970: Fernando Solabarrieta, Chilean journalist [category: Births]
  • 1970: Giannis Ploutarhos, Greek singer-songwriter [category: Births]
  • 1970: Jonathan Yeo, English painter [category: Births]
  • 1970: Lucious Harris, American basketball player [category: Births]
  • 1970: Miles Marshall Lewis, American author [category: Births]
  • 1970: Rob Van Dam, American wrestler and actor [category: Births]
  • 1970: Victoria Pratt, Canadian actress and model [category: Births]
  • 1971: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Spanish tennis player [category: Births]
  • 1971: Barkha Dutt, Indian journalist [category: Births]
  • 1971: Noriko Matsueda, Japanese composer [category: Births]
  • 1971: Bobby Jones, American golfer (b. 1902) [category: Deaths]
  • 1971: Diana Lynn, American actress (b. 1926) [category: Deaths]
  • 1971: Capitol Reef National Park is established in Utah. [category: Events]
  • 1972: DJ Lethal, Latvian-American DJ and producer (House of Pain, Limp Bizkit, and La Coka Nostra) [category: Births]
  • 1972: Rah Digga, American rapper and actress (The Conglomerate) [category: Births]
  • 1972: Raymond Herrera, American drummer (Fear Factory, Arkaea, and Brujeria) [category: Births]
  • 1972: Trevor Chowning, American painter [category: Births]
  • 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. [category: Events]
  • 1973: Leila Arcieri, American actress and model [category: Births]
  • 1973: Allamah Rasheed Turabi, Indian-Pakistani religious leader and philosopher (b. 1908) [category: Deaths]
  • 1973: Soviet Soyuz Programme: Soyuz 13, crewed by cosmonauts Valentin Lebedev and Pyotr Klimuk, is launched from Baikonur in the Soviet Union. [category: Events]
  • 1973: The Islamic Development Bank is founded. [category: Events]
  • 1974: Bill Duggan, American actor [category: Births]
  • 1974: Knut Schreiner, Norwegian singer, guitarist, and producer (Turbonegro, Euroboys, and Mirror Lakes) [category: Births]
  • 1974: Mutassim Gaddafi, Libyan army officer (d. 2011) [category: Births]
  • 1974: Peter Boulware, American football player [category: Births]
  • 1974: Harry Hooper, American baseball player (b. 1887) [category: Deaths]
  • 1975: David O'Doherty, Irish comedian and actor [category: Births]
  • 1975: Masaki Sumitani, Japanese wrestler and comedian [category: Births]
  • 1975: Sia Furler. Australian singer-songwriter [category: Births]
  • 1975: Trish Stratus, Canadian wrestler and actress [category: Births]
  • 1975: Vincent van der Voort, Dutch darts player [category: Births]
  • 1975: Theodosius Dobzhansky, Ukrainian geneticist and biologist (b. 1900) [category: Deaths]
  • 1976: Koyuki, Japanese actress and model [category: Births]
  • 1977: Axwell, Swedish DJ and producer [category: Births]
  • 1977: Claudia Gesell, German runner [category: Births]
  • 1977: José Acevedo, Dominican baseball player [category: Births]
  • 1977: Ryan Scott Ottney, American journalist and author [category: Births]
  • 1977: Michio Nishizawa, Japanese baseball player (b. 1921) [category: Deaths]
  • 1978: Ali Curtis, American soccer player [category: Births]
  • 1978: Daniel Cleary, Canadian ice hockey player [category: Births]
  • 1978: Katie Holmes, American actress [category: Births]
  • 1978: Dominica joins the United Nations. [category: Events]
  • 1979: Carlos Fernandes, Portuguese footballer [category: Births]
  • 1979: Eric Pérez, Puerto Rican wrestler [category: Births]
  • 1979: Mamady Sidibé, Malian footballer [category: Births]
  • 1980: Benjamin Watson, American football player [category: Births]
  • 1980: Christina Aguilera, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress [category: Births]
  • 1980: Heinz Inniger, Swiss snowboarder [category: Births]
  • 1980: Alexei Kosygin, Soviet politician (b. 1904) [category: Deaths]
  • 1980: Gabrielle Robinne, French actress (b. 1886) [category: Deaths]
  • 1981: Jens Schmidt, German rugby player [category: Births]
  • 1981: Joshua Dallas, American actor [category: Births]
  • 1982: Hans-Ulrich Rudel, German pilot (b. 1916) [category: Deaths]
  • 1983: Andy Fantuz, Canadian football player [category: Births]
  • 1983: Darren Carter, English footballer [category: Births]
  • 1984: Derrick Tribbett, American bass player and singer (Twisted Method, Makeshift Romeo, and Dope) [category: Births]
  • 1984: Aris Maliagros, Greek actor (b. 1895) [category: Deaths]
  • 1985: Hana Soukupová, Czech model [category: Births]
  • 1985: Natalie Gal, Russian-American model and actress [category: Births]
  • 1985: Tara Conner, American model, Miss USA 2006 [category: Births]
  • 1985: Xuan Dieu, Vietnamese poet (b. 1916) [category: Deaths]
  • 1986: François Hamelin, Canadian speed skater [category: Births]
  • 1986: Usman Khawaja, Australian cricketer [category: Births]
  • 1987: Ayaka, Japanese singer-songwriter [category: Births]
  • 1987: Fernando Jara, Panamanian jockey [category: Births]
  • 1987: Miki Ando, Japanese figure skater [category: Births]
  • 1987: Sneha Ullal, Indian actress [category: Births]
  • 1987: Conny Plank, German musician and producer (Moebius & Plank) (b. 1940) [category: Deaths]
  • 1987: Larry Wall releases the first version of the Perl programming language. [category: Events]
  • 1988: Lizzie Armitstead, English cyclist [category: Births]
  • 1989: Ashley Benson, American actress [category: Births]
  • 1989: Ashley Slanina-Davies, English actress [category: Births]
  • 1989: Emily Atack, English actress [category: Births]
  • 1989: The European Economic Community and the Soviet Union sign an agreement on trade and commercial and economic cooperation. [category: Events]
  • 1990: James Lawrie, Irish footballer [category: Births]
  • 1990: Sierra Kusterbeck, American singer-songwriter (VersaEmerge) [category: Births]
  • 1990: Anne Revere, American actress (b. 1903) [category: Deaths]
  • 1990: Paul Tortelier, French cellist and composer (b. 1914) [category: Deaths]
  • 1991: George Abecassis, English race car driver (b. 1913) [category: Deaths]
  • 1992: Bridgit Mendler, American actress and singer [category: Births]
  • 1992: Mark Goodson, American television producer (b. 1915) [category: Deaths]
  • 1993: Sam Wanamaker, American actor (b. 1919) [category: Deaths]
  • 1994: Roger Apéry, Greek-French mathematician (b. 1916) [category: Deaths]
  • 1995: Brian Brockless, English organist, conductor, and composer (b. 1926) [category: Deaths]
  • 1995: Konrad Zuse, German engineer, designed the Z3 computer (b. 1910) [category: Deaths]
  • 1996: Yulii Borisovich Khariton, Russian physicist (b. 1904) [category: Deaths]
  • 1997: Chris Farley, American comedian and actor (b. 1964) [category: Deaths]
  • 1997: HTML 4.0 is published by the World Wide Web Consortium. [category: Events]
  • 1998: Lev Dyomin, Soviet astronaut (b. 1926) [category: Deaths]
  • 1999: Robert Bresson, French director (b. 1907) [category: Deaths]
  • 1999: NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT. [category: Events]
  • 2000: Kirsty MacColl, English singer-songwriter (b. 1959) [category: Deaths]
  • 2000: Randolph Apperson Hearst, American businessman (b. 1915) [category: Deaths]
  • 2000: Stan Fox, American race car driver (b. 1952) [category: Deaths]
  • 2001: Dimitris Dragatakis, Greek composer (b. 1914) [category: Deaths]
  • 2001: Gilbert Bécaud, French singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1927) [category: Deaths]
  • 2001: Marcel Mule, French saxophonist (b. 1901) [category: Deaths]
  • 2002: Ray Hnatyshyn, Canadian politician, 24th Governor General of Canada (b. 1934) [category: Deaths]
  • 2002: Wayne Owens, American politician (b. 1937) [category: Deaths]
  • 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. [category: Events]
  • 2004: Anthony Sampson, English journalist and author (b. 1926) [category: Deaths]
  • 2005: Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (b. 1922) [category: Deaths]
  • 2005: The civil war in Chad begins when rebel groups, allegedly backed by neighbouring Sudan, launch an attack in Adré. [category: Events]
  • 2006: Joseph Barbera, American animator, director, and producer, co-founded Hanna-Barbera (b. 1911) [category: Deaths]
  • 2006: Mike Dickin, English radio host (b. 1943) [category: Deaths]
  • 2006: Ruth Bernhard, American photographer (b. 1905) [category: Deaths]
  • 2006: Shaukat Siddiqui, Pakistani author and activist (b. 1923) [category: Deaths]
  • 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. [category: Events]
  • 2006: United Arab Emirates holds its first-ever elections. [category: Events]
  • 2007: Alan Wagner, American businessman and critic (b. 1931) [category: Deaths]
  • 2007: Gerald Le Dain, Canadian lawyer and judge (b. 1924) [category: Deaths]
  • 2007: Jack Linkletter, American television host (b. 1937) [category: Deaths]
  • 2007: William Strauss, American author and playwright (b. 1947) [category: Deaths]
  • 2008: Majel Barrett, American actress and producer (b. 1932) [category: Deaths]
  • 2008: Mark Felt, American FBI agent (b. 1913) [category: Deaths]
  • 2010: Jacqueline de Romilly, French philologist, author, and scholar (b. 1913) [category: Deaths]
  • 2010: James Pickles, English judge and columnist (b. 1925) [category: Deaths]
  • 2010: Phil Cavarretta, American baseball player (b. 1916) [category: Deaths]
  • 2010: Tasso Kavadia, Greek actress (b. 1921) [category: Deaths]
  • 2010: Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Italian banker and economist (b. 1940) [category: Deaths]
  • 2010: Anti-government protests begin in Tunisia, heralding the Arab Spring. [category: Events]
  • 2011: Václav Havel, Czech politician, 1st President of the Czech Republic (b. 1936) [category: Deaths]
  • 2012: Anatoliy Zayaev, Ukrainian footballer and coach (b. 1931) [category: Deaths]
  • 2012: Ben Luján, American politician (b. 1935) [category: Deaths]
  • 2012: Bessie Moody-Lawrence, American politician (b. 1941) [category: Deaths]
  • 2012: Camil Samson, Canadian politician (b. 1935) [category: Deaths]
  • 2012: Danny Steinmann, American director and screenwriter (b. 1942) [category: Deaths]
  • 2012: Frank Macchiarola, American academic (b. 1941) [category: Deaths]
  • 2012: George Showell, English footballer (b. 1934) [category: Deaths]
  • 2012: Georgi Kaloyanchev, Bulgarian actor (b. 1925) [category: Deaths]
  • 2012: Jim Whalen, American football player (b. 1943) [category: Deaths]
  • 2012: Koko, Australian acting dog (b. 2005) [category: Deaths]
  • 2012: Leman Çıdamlı, Turkish actress (b. 1932) [category: Deaths]
  • 2012: Marcus Worsley, English politician (b. 1925) [category: Deaths]
  • 2012: Mustafa Ould Salek, Mauritanian army officer and politician, President of Mauritania (b. 1936) [category: Deaths]
  • 2012: Skippy Baxter, American figure skater (b. 1919) [category: Deaths]
  • 218_bc: Second Punic War: Battle of the Trebia – Hannibal's Carthaginian forces defeat those of the Roman Republic. [category: Events]
  • _: Christian Feast Day: [category: Holidays and observances]
  • _: December 18 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics) [category: Holidays and observances]
  • _: Eponalia, feast of Epona, celebrated during Saturnalia. (Roman Empire) [category: Holidays and observances]
  • _: Flannán [category: Holidays and observances]
  • _: Gatianus of Tours [category: Holidays and observances]
  • _: International Migrants Day (International) [category: Holidays and observances]
  • _: National Day (Qatar) [category: Holidays and observances]
  • _: O Adonai [category: Holidays and observances]
  • _: Our Lady of Expectation [category: Holidays and observances]
  • _: Republic Day (Niger) [category: Holidays and observances]
  • _: Sebastian (Eastern Orthodox Church) [category: Holidays and observances]
  • _: UN Arabic Language Day (United Nations) [category: Holidays and observances]
  • _: Winibald [category: Holidays and observances]