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

  • 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.
  • 1892
    premiere performance of The Nutcracker Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg.
  • 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.
  • 1958
    Project SCORE, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched.
  • 1966
    Saturn’s moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1997
    HTML 4.0 is published by the World Wide Web Consortium.
  • 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.

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