About December 18

December 18, 2024 is the 353rd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 13 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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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 42 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1892
    premiere performance of The Nutcracker Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1956
    Japan joins the United Nations.
  • 1958
    Project SCORE, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2006
    United Arab Emirates holds its first-ever elections.

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