December 18 Events
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", officially marking the start of the Yuan dynasty of Mongolia and China. 1499 - A rebellion breaks out in Alpujarras in response to the forced conversions of Muslims in Spain. 1622 - Portuguese forces score a military victory over the Kingdom of Kongo at the Battle of Mbumbi in present-day Angola. 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. 1777 - The United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the American rebels over British General John Burgoyne at 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 Samuel Hood; renamed, she later becomes a famous treasure wreck. 1833 - The national anthem of the Russian Empire, "God Save the Tsar!", is first performed. 1854 - The Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada abolishes the seigneurial system. 1865 - US Secretary of State William Seward proclaims the adoption of the Thirteenth Amendment, prohibiting slavery throughout the USA. 1878 - The Al-Thani family become the rulers of the state of Qatar. 1892 - Premiere performance of The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia. 1898 - Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat sets the first officially recognized land speed record of in a Jeantaud electric car. 1900 - The Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook, Victoria Narrow-gauge Railway in Victoria, Australia is opened for traffic. 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 in the first NFL playoff game to win the NFL Championship. 1935 - The Lanka Sama Samaja Party is founded in Ceylon. 1939 - World War II: The Battle of the Heligoland Bight, the first major air battle of the war, takes place. 1944 - World War II: Seventy-seven B-29 Superfortress and 200 other aircraft of U.S. Fourteenth Air Force bomb Hankow, China, a Japanese supply base. 1958 - Project SCORE, the world's first communications satellite, is launched. 1966 - Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by astronomer Richard Walker. 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. 1977 - United Airlines Flight 2860 crashes near Kaysville, Utah, killing all three crew members on board. 1981 - First flight of the Russian heavy strategic bomber Tu-160, the world's largest combat aircraft, largest supersonic aircraft and largest variable-sweep wing aircraft built. 1999 - NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT. 2002 - California gubernatorial 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 Chadian Civil War 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. 2015 - Kellingley Colliery, the last deep coal mine in Great Britain, closes. 2017 - Amtrak Cascades passenger train 501, derailed near DuPont, Washington, a city in United States near Olympia, Washington killing six people, and injuring 70 others. 2018 - List of bolides: A meteor exploded over the Bering Sea with a force over 10 times greater than the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945. 2019 - The United States President Donald Trump is impeached by the United States House of Representatives, becoming the third president of the United States to be impeached. Births 1406 - Richard Olivier de Longueil, French Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal 1499 - Sebald Heyden, German musicologist and theologian 1481 - Sophie of Mecklenburg, Duchess of Mecklenburg, Duchess of Saxony 1505 - Philipp von Hutten, German explorer 1507 - Ōuchi Yoshitaka, Japanese daimyō 1552 - Ahmad Ibn al-Qadi, Moroccan writer, judge and mathematician 1590 - William Louis, Count of Nassau-Saarbrücken 1602 - Simonds d'Ewes, English historian and politician 1610 - Charles du Fresne, sieur du Cange, French philologist and historian 1620 - Heinrich Roth, German missionary and scholar 1626 - Christina, Queen of Sweden 1660 - Countess Johanna Magdalene of Hanau-Lichtenberg 1661 - Christopher Polhem, Swedish physicist and inventor 1662 - James Douglas, 2nd Duke of Queensberry, Scottish colonel and politician, Secretary of State for Scotland 1707 - Charles Wesley, English missionary and composer 1725 - Johann Salomo Semler, German historian and theologian 1734 - Jean-Baptiste Rey, French conductor and composer 1800 - James Watney, English brewer and businessman 1824 - John Hall, English-New Zealand politician, 12th Prime Minister of New Zealand 1825 - Charles Griffin, American general 1825 - John S. Harris, American surveyor and politician 1835 - Lyman Abbott, American minister, theologian, and author 1847 - Augusta Holmès, French pianist and composer 1849 - Henrietta Edwards, Canadian activist and author 1851 - Graciano López Jaena, Filipino journalist 1856 - J. J. Thomson, English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate 1860 - Edward MacDowell, American pianist and composer 1861 - Lionel Monckton, English composer and critic 1863 - Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria 1867 - Foxhall P. Keene, American polo player and horse breeder 1869 - Edward Willis Redfield, American painter and educator 1870 - Saki, British short story writer 1873 - Francis Burton Harrison, American general and politician, 6th Governor-General of the Philippines 1875 - Matt McGrath, Irish-American hammer thrower 1878 - Joseph Stalin, Georgian-Russian marshal and politician, 4th Premier of the Soviet Union 1879 - Paul Klee, Swiss-German painter and educator 1882 - Richard Maury, American-Argentinian engineer, designed the Salta–Antofagasta railway 1884 - Emil Starkenstein, Czech pharmacologist, co-founded clinical pharmacology 1886 - Ty Cobb, American baseball player and manager 1887 - Bhikhari Thakur, Indian actor, singer, and playwright 1888 - Gladys Cooper, English actress and singer 1888 - Robert Moses, American urban planner 1890 - Edwin Howard Armstrong, American engineer, invented FM radio 1896 - Gerald Barry, English colonel and cricketer 1897 - Fletcher Henderson, American pianist and composer 1899 - Peter Wessel Zapffe, Norwegian philosopher and author 1904 - George Stevens, American director, producer, screenwriter, and cinematographer 1907 - Bill Holland, American race car driver 1907 - Lawrence Lucie, American guitarist and educator 1908 - Celia Johnson, English actress 1908 - Paul Siple, American geographer and explorer 1910 - Abe Burrows, American author, playwright, and director 1910 - Eric Tindill, New Zealand rugby player, cricketer, and umpire 1911 - Jules Dassin, American-Greek actor, director, producer, and screenwriter 1912 - Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., American general and pilot 1913 - Alfred Bester, American author and screenwriter 1913 - Willy Brandt, German politician, 4th Chancellor of Germany, Nobel Prize laureate 1913 - Ray Meyer, American basketball player and coach 1916 - Douglas Fraser, Scottish-American trade union leader and academic 1916 - Betty Grable, American actress, singer, and dancer 1917 - Ossie Davis, American actor and activist 1920 - Robert Leckie, American soldier and author 1922 - Jack Brooks, American colonel, lawyer, and politician 1922 - Esther Lederberg, American microbiologist 1923 - Edwin Bramall, Baron Bramall, English field marshal and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London 1927 - Ramsey Clark, American lawyer and politician, 66th United States Attorney General 1927 - Roméo LeBlanc, Canadian journalist and politician, 25th Governor General of Canada 1928 - Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Indian-English caliph and author 1928 - Harold Land, American tenor saxophonist 1929 - Gino Cimoli, American baseball player 1929 - Józef Glemp, Polish cardinal 1930 - Moose Skowron, American baseball player 1931 - Allen Klein, American businessman and music publisher 1931 - Alison Plowden, English historian and author 1931 - Bill Thompson, American television host 1932 - Norm Provan, Australian rugby league player, coach, and businessman 1932 - Roger Smith, American actor, producer, and screenwriter 1933 - Lonnie Brooks, American blues singer and guitarist 1934 - Marc Rich, Belgian-American businessman, founded Glencore 1934 - Boris Volynov, Russian colonel, engineer, and astronaut 1935 - Rosemary Leach, English actress 1935 - Jacques Pépin, French-American chef and author 1936 - Malcolm Kirk, English rugby player and wrestler 1937 - Nancy Ryles, American politician 1938 - Chas Chandler, English bass player and producer 1938 - Joel Hirschhorn, American songwriter and composer 1939 - Michael Moorcock, English author and songwriter 1939 - Harold E. Varmus, American biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate 1940 - Ilario Castagner, Italian football manager 1940 - John Cooper, English sprinter and hurdler 1941 - Sam Andrew, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1941 - Wadada Leo Smith, American trumpet player and composer 1941 - Joan Wallach Scott, American historian, author, and academic 1942 - Lenore Blum, American mathematician and academic 1942 - Bobby Keyes, Australian rugby league player 1943 - Bobby Keys, American saxophone player 1943 - Keith Richards, English singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer 1943 - Alan Rudolph, American director and screenwriter 1944 - Crispian Steele-Perkins, English trumpet player and educator 1945 - Jean Pronovost, Canadian ice hockey player and coach 1946 - Steve Biko, South African activist, founded the Black Consciousness Movement 1946 - Steven Spielberg, American director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded DreamWorks 1947 - Leonid Yuzefovich, Russian author and screenwriter 1948 - Bill Nelson, English singer-songwriter and guitarist 1948 - Mimmo Paladino, Italian sculptor and painter 1948 - Laurent Voulzy, French-English singer-songwriter and guitarist 1949 - David A. Johnston, American volcanologist and geologist 1950 - Gillian Armstrong, Australian director, producer, and screenwriter 1950 - Randy Castillo, American drummer and songwriter 1950 - Sarath Fonseka, Sri Lankan general and politician 1950 - Lizmark, Mexican wrestler 1950 - Leonard Maltin, American historian, author, and critic 1951 - Bobby Jones, American basketball player 1952 - John Leventhal, American songwriter and producer 1953 - Elliot Easton, American guitarist and singer 1954 - John Booth, English race car driver 1954 - Ray Liotta, American actor 1954 - Willi Wülbeck, German runner 1955 - Vijay Mallya, Indian businessman and politician 1955 - Bogusław Mamiński, Polish runner 1957 - Jonathan Cainer, English astrologer and author 1958 - Geordie Walker, English guitarist 1958 - Julia Wolfe, American composer and educator 1960 - Kazuhide Uekusa, Japanese economist and academic 1960 - Naoko Yamano, Japanese singer, guitarist and composer 1961 - Brian Orser, Canadian figure skater and coach 1961 - Leila Steinberg, American singer, producer, author, and poet 1961 - Daniel S. Loeb, American businessman and philanthropist, founded Third Point Management 1961 - Lalchand Rajput, former Indian cricketer 1963 - Greg D'Angelo, American drummer 1963 - Karl Dorrell, American football player and coach 1963 - Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundian soldier and politician, President of Burundi 1963 - Charles Oakley, American basketball player and coach 1963 - Brad Pitt, American actor and producer 1964 - Stone Cold Steve Austin, American wrestler and producer 1964 - Don Beebe, American football player and coach 1965 - Shawn Christian, American actor, director, and screenwriter 1965 - Manuel Peña Escontrela, Spanish footballer 1966 - Gianluca Pagliuca, Italian footballer and sportscaster 1967 - Toine van Peperstraten, Dutch journalist 1967 - Mille Petrozza, German singer-songwriter and guitarist 1968 - Mario Basler, German footballer and manager 1968 - Rachel Griffiths, Australian actress 1968 - Alejandro Sanz, Spanish singer-songwriter and guitarist 1968 - Casper Van Dien, American actor and producer 1969 - Santiago Cañizares, Spanish footballer 1969 - Justin Edinburgh, English footballer and manager 1969 - Akira Iida, Japanese race car driver 1970 - DMX, American rapper and actor 1970 - Lucious Harris, American basketball player 1970 - Giannis Ploutarhos, Greek singer-songwriter 1970 - Rob Van Dam, American wrestler 1970 - Jonathan Yeo, English painter 1970 - Norman Brown, American singer and guitarist 1971 - Barkha Dutt, Indian journalist 1971 - Noriko Matsueda, Japanese pianist and composer 1971 - Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Spanish tennis player and sportscaster 1972 - Anzhela Balakhonova, Ukrainian pole vaulter 1972 - Raymond Herrera, American drummer and songwriter 1973 - Fatuma Roba, Ethiopian runner 1974 - Peter Boulware, American football player and politician 1974 - Knut Schreiner, Norwegian singer, guitarist, and producer 1975 - Sia Furler, Australian singer-songwriter 1975 - Randy Houser, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1975 - Trish Stratus, Canadian wrestler and actress 1977 - José Acevedo, Dominican baseball player 1977 - Claudia Gesell, German runner 1978 - Daniel Cleary, Canadian ice hockey player 1978 - Ali Curtis, American soccer player 1978 - Josh Dallas, American actor 1978 - Katie Holmes, American actress 1980 - Christina Aguilera, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress 1980 - Neil Fingleton, English actor and basketball player, one of the tallest 25 men in the world 1980 - Heinz Inniger, Swiss snowboarder 1980 - Benjamin Watson, American football player 1983 - Andy Fantuz, Canadian football player 1984 - Brian Boyle, American ice hockey player 1984 - Paul Harrison, English footballer 1984 - Giuliano Razzoli, Italian skier 1984 - Derrick Tribbett, American bass player and singer 1986 - François Hamelin, Canadian speed skater 1986 - Usman Khawaja, Pakistani-Australian cricketer 1986 - Bill Stull, American football player 1987 - Ayaka, Japanese singer-songwriter and producer 1987 - Miki Ando, Japanese figure skater 1987 - Yuki Furukawa, Japanese actor 1988 - Lizzie Deignan, English cyclist 1988 - Seth Doege, American football player 1988 - Brianne Theisen-Eaton, Canadian heptathlete 1988 - Imad Wasim, Pakistani cricketer 1990 - Sierra Kay, American singer-songwriter 1991 - Marcus Butler, English internet celebrity 1992 - Bridgit Mendler, American singer, songwriter and actress 1992 - Ryan Crouser, American shot putter 1993 - Byron Buxton, American baseball player 1993 - Ana Porgras, Romanian former artistic gymnast 1993 - Thomas Lam, Finnish professional football defender 1994 - Natália Kelly, American-Austrian singer 1994 - Gerard Gumbau, Spanish professional footballer 2001 - Billie Eilish, American singer Deaths 919 - Lady Wu, wife of Qian Liu 933 - Yaonian Yanmujin, Chinese empress dowager 1075 - Edith of Wessex 1111 - Al-Ghazali, Persian jurist, philosopher, theologian, and mystic 1133 - Hildebert, French poet and scholar 1290 - Magnus III, king of Sweden 1442 - Pierre Cauchon, French Catholic bishop 1495 - Alfonso II of Naples 1577 - Anna of Saxony, Princess consort of Orange 1645 - Nur Jahan, empress consort of the Mughal Empire 1651 - William Brabazon, 1st Earl of Meath, English lawyer and politician 1692 - Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff, German scholar and politician 1737 - Antonio Stradivari, Italian instrument maker 1787 - Soame Jenyns, English poet and politician 1799 - Jean-Étienne Montucla, French mathematician and historian 1803 - Johann Gottfried Herder, German philosopher, theologian, and poet 1829 - Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, French soldier, biologist, and academic 1843 - Thomas Graham, 1st Baron Lynedoch, Scottish-English general and politician 1848 - Bernard Bolzano, Bohemian priest and mathematician 1864 - José Justo Corro, Mexican politician and president, 1869 - Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American pianist and composer 1880 - Michel Chasles, French mathematician and academic 1892 - Richard Owen, English biologist, anatomist, and paleontologist 1919 - John Alcock, English captain and pilot 1922 - Sir Carl Meyer, 1st Baronet, German-English banker and businessman 1925 - Hamo Thornycroft, English sculptor and academic 1932 - Eduard Bernstein, German theorist and politician 1936 - Andrija Mohorovičić, Croatian meteorologist and seismologist 1939 - Ernest Lawson, Canadian-American painter 1961 - Leo Reisman, American violinist and bandleader 1969 - Charles Dvorak, American pole vaulter and coach 1971 - Bobby Jones, American golfer and lawyer 1971 - Diana Lynn, American actress 1973 - Allamah Rasheed Turabi, Indian-Pakistani religious leader and philosopher 1974 - Harry Hooper, American baseball player, coach, and manager 1975 - Theodosius Dobzhansky, Ukrainian geneticist and biologist 1977 - Michio Nishizawa, Japanese baseball player and manager 1977 - Louis Untermeyer American poet, anthologist, critic 1980 - Dobriša Cesarić, Croatian poet and translator 1980 - Alexei Kosygin, Russian soldier and politician, 8th Premier of the Soviet Union 1982 - Hans-Ulrich Rudel, German colonel and pilot 1985 - Xuân Diệu, Vietnamese poet and author 1987 - Conny Plank, German keyboard player and producer 1988 - Niyazi Berkes, Turkish Cypriot-English sociologist and academic 1990 - Anne Revere, American actress 1990 - Paul Tortelier, French cellist and composer 1990 - Joseph Zubin, Lithuanian-American psychologist and academic 1991 - George Abecassis, English race car driver 1992 - Mark Goodson, American game show producer, created Family Feud and The Price Is Right 1993 - Helm Glöckler, German race car driver 1993 - Sam Wanamaker, American-English actor, director, and producer 1994 - Roger Apéry, Greek-French mathematician and academic 1994 - Lilia Skala, Austrian-American actress 1995 - Brian Brockless, English organist, composer, and conductor 1995 - Ross Thomas, American author 1995 - Konrad Zuse, German engineer, designed the Z3 computer 1996 - Yulii Borisovich Khariton, Russian physicist and academic 1996 - Irving Caesar, American composer 1997 - Chris Farley, American comedian and actor 1998 - Lev Dyomin, Russian colonel, pilot, and astronaut 1999 - Robert Bresson, French director and screenwriter 2000 - Stan Fox, American race car driver 2000 - Randolph Apperson Hearst, American businessman 2000 - Kirsty MacColl, British singer-songwriter 2001 - Gilbert Bécaud, French singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor 2001 - Dimitris Dragatakis, Greek violinist and composer 2001 - Marcel Mule, French saxophonist and educator 2002 - Necip Hablemitoğlu, Turkish historian and academic 2002 - Ray Hnatyshyn, Canadian lawyer and politician, 24th Governor General of Canada 2002 - Wayne Owens, American lawyer and politician 2002 - Lucy Grealy, Irish-American author 2004 - Anthony Sampson, English journalist and author 2005 - Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner 2006 - Joseph Barbera, American animator, director, and producer, co-founded Hanna-Barbera 2006 - Ruth Bernhard, German-American photographer 2006 - Shaukat Siddiqui, Pakistani author and activist 2007 - Hans Billian, Polish-German actor, director, and screenwriter 2007 - Gerald Le Dain, Canadian lawyer and judge 2007 - William Strauss, American author and playwright 2007 - Alan Wagner, American businessman and critic 2008 - Majel Barrett, American actress and producer 2008 - Mark Felt, American FBI agent and informant 2010 - Phil Cavarretta, American baseball player and manager 2010 - Jacqueline de Romilly, French philologist, author, and scholar 2010 - Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Italian economist and politician, Italian Minister of Economy and Finances 2010 - James Pickles, English judge and journalist 2011 - Václav Havel, Czech poet, playwright, and politician, 1st President of the Czech Republic 2012 - Frank Macchiarola, American lawyer and academic 2012 - Mustafa Ould Salek, Mauritanian colonel and politician, President of Mauritania 2012 - Jim Whalen, American football player 2012 - Anatoliy Zayaev, Ukrainian footballer, coach, and manager 2013 - Ken Hutcherson, American football player 2013 - Graham Mackay, South African-English businessman 2014 - Donald J. Albosta, American soldier and politician 2014 - Gideon Ben-Yisrael, Israeli soldier and politician 2014 - Larry Henley, American singer-songwriter 2014 - Virna Lisi, Italian actress 2014 - Mandy Rice-Davies, English model and actress 2014 - Robert Simpson, American meteorologist and author 2015 - Luc Brewaeys, Belgian pianist, composer, and conductor 2015 - Helge Solum Larsen, Norwegian businessman and politician 2016 - Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian-American actress and socialite 2017 - Kim Jong-hyun, South Korean singer Holidays and observances Christian feast day: * Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary * Flannán * Gatianus of Tours * O Adonai * Our Lady of Expectation * Sebastian * Winibald * December 18 International Migrants Day National Day Republic Day UN Arabic Language Day
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