About December 18

December 18, 2021 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.

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Sagittarius is the sun 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.

What Happened On 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.
  • 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.
  • 1915
    U.S. President Woodrow Wilson marries Edith Bolling Galt Wilson while president of the United States.
  • 1917
    The resolution containing the language of the Eighteenth Amendment to enact Prohibition is passed by the United States Congress.
  • 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.
  • 1958
    Project SCORE, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched.
  • 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.
  • 1987
    Larry Wall releases the first version of the Perl programming language.
  • 1996
    The Oakland, California school board passes a resolution officially declaring “Ebonics” a language or dialect.
  • 1999
    NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
  • 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.
  • 2010
    Governmental protests begin in Tunisia, beginning the 2010-2011 Middle East and North Africa protests

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