About December 18

December 18, 2020 is the 353rd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 13 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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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 56 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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