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December 18 - Today in History
By Staff
Dec 18, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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1118 - Alfonso van Arag�n occupies Saragossa on Almoraviden
1290 - Magnus I Ladul�s, [Barn Bolt], king of Sweden (1277-90), dies
1352 - Etienne Aubert elected as Pope Innocentius VI
1406 - Anton van Bourgondi�s becomes duke of Brabant
1603 - Admiral Steven van der Haghens fleet departs to East-Indies
1621 - English parliament accept unanimously; protestation
1719 - Thomas Fleet publishes "Mother Goose's Melodies For Children"
1774 - Empress Maria Theresa expels Jews from Prague, Bohemia & Moravia
1777 - 1st national Thanksgiving Day, commemorating Burgoyne's surrender
1783 - English king George III fires govt of Portland
1787 - New Jersey becomes 3rd state to ratify constitution
1796 - 1st US newspaper to appear on Sunday (Baltimore Monitor)
1799 - George Washington's body interred at Mount Vernon
1813 - British take Ft Niagara in War of 1812
1832 - Charles Darwins visits Vurland
1839 - 1st celestial photograph (of Moon) made in US, John Draper, NYC
1849 - William Bond obtains 1st photograph of Moon through a telescope
1859 - South Carolina declared an "independent commonwealth"
1862 - Battle at Lexington, Tennessee (Forrest's Second Raid)
1865 - 13th Amendment ratified, slavery abolished
1865 - 1st US cattle importation law passed
1869 - Canada's Hamilton Foot Ball Club plays its 1st game
1878 - French SS Byzantin sinks after collision in Dardanellen, 210 killed
1890 - Lugards expedition to Mengo/Kampala, Uganda
1892 - "Nutcracker Suite," Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet, premieres
1898 - Automobile speed record set-63 kph (39 mph)
1899 - Field Marshal Lord Roberts appointed Brit supreme commander in S Africa
1915 - President Wilson, widowed the year before, marries Edith Bolling Galt
1917 - Soviet regiment (Stalin/Lenin) declares Finland Independent
1920 - 1st US postage stamps printed without the words United States or US
1923 - International zone of Tangier set up in Morocco
1930 - Bradman scores 258 NSW v South Aust, 289 mins, 37 fours
1931 - John T "Legs" Diamond, US gangster, murdered at 35
1932 - Chicago Bears beat Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 in 1st NFL playoff game
1935 - Bradman scores 117 in his 1st Shield cricket match for South Australia
1935 - Edward Benes becomes president of Czechoslovakia
1936 - Su-Lin, 1st giant panda to come to US from China, arrives in San Francisco
1941 - German submarine U-434 sinks
1941 - Japanse troops land on Hong Kong
1944 - Destroyers "Hull," "Spence" & "Monaghan" sink in typhoon (Philippines)
1944 - Nazi occupiers of Amsterdam destroy electricity plants
1945 - Uruguay joins United Nations
1946 - TV's 1st network dramatic serial "Faraway Hill" ends 2 month run
1947 - Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Optissima Pax
1948 - Indonesia begins it's 2nd political election
1949 - Philadelphia Eagles beat LA Rams 14-0 in NFL championship game
1952 - Ellis W Ryan resigns as Cleve Indians president
1956 - "To Tell the Truth" debuts on CBS-TV
1956 - Israeli flag hoisted on Mount Sinai
1956 - Japan admitted to United Nations
1956 - Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankee radio-TV announcer
1957 - Shippingport Atomic Power Stn, 1st nuke plant to generate electricity
1958 - 1st test project of Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equipment
1958 - 1st voice from space: recorded Christmas message by Eisenhower
1958 - Niger gains autonomy within French Community (National Day)
1959 - Sammy Baugh named 1st coach of NY Titans (AFL)
1960 - General Meeting of UN condemns apartheid
1961 - Britain's EMI Records originally rejects the Beatles
1961 - For 2nd cons year, AP names Wilma Rudolph female athlete of year
1961 - India annexes Portuguese colonies of Goa, Damao & Diu
1961 - Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 78 points vs LA
1962 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1963 - Clarke runs world record 10k (28:15.6)
1963 - Muskegon, Michigan gets 3' of snow
1964 - During services held for Sam Cooke fans caused damage to Funeral Home
1964 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1965 - Borman & Lovell Splash down in Atlantic ends 2 week Gemini VII mission
1965 - Kenneth LeBel jumps 17 barrels on ice skates
1966 - Dr Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for 1st time on CBS
1966 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1969 - Britain abolishes death penalty
1969 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1970 - Polish uprising fails
1970 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1971 - 1st Candlelight Processional
1971 - CBS radio cancels Saturday morning band concerts
1971 - People United To Save Humanity (PUSH) formed by Jesse Jackson in Chicago
1972 - US begins its heaviest bombing of North Vietnam
1973 - Soyuz 13 launched into Earth orbit for 8 days
1973 - Yanks sign Dick Williams as manager, overturned later by AL president
1974 - SF Visitors Center at City Hall opens
1976 - Soviet dissident Viktor Bukovskiexchanged for Chile CP-leader Corvalan
1977 - Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 42, Nate Thumond
1978 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1978 - USSR performs underground nuclear test
1979 - Stanley Barrett 1st to exceed land sonic speed (739.666 mph)
1980 - Bruce Sprinsteen's concert at Madison Square Garden
1980 - Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts minister Van Agts abortion laws
1980 - IRA's Sean McKenna becomes critically ill, ends hunger strike
1980 - Vietnam adopts constitution
1982 - Flight readiness firing of Challenger's main engines; 20 seconds
1983 - NBA San Diego Clippers ends 29 game road losing streak
1984 - 73rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats USA in Gothenburg (4-1)
1985 - UN Security Council unanimously condemns "acts of hostage-taking"
1986 - Mr Gates, serves as acting director of CIA
1987 - Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's future pres, marries Asif Ali Zardari
1987 - Ivan F Boesky sentenced to 3 years for insider trading
1988 - 5th meeting of Giants-Jets, Jets win & eliminate Giants from playoffs
1988 - Seattle Seahawks win their 1st ever division title with 9-7 record
1989 - "I Love Lucy" Christmas episode, shown for 1st time in over 30 years
1990 - NL releases short list of teams for 1993 NL expansion
1990 - NL announces Buffalo, Denver, Miami, Orlando, Tampa-St Petersburg, & Wash DC as 6 finalist for 1993 expansion (Miami & Denver win)
1991 - DeForest Kelly (Dr McCoy on Star Trek) gets a star in Hollywood
1991 - General Motors announces closing of 21 plants
1992 - FCC vote 4-1 to allow Infinity to purchase Cook Inlet stations
1993 - Kevin Scott skates world record 1K (1:12.54)
1994 - Darryl Strawberry pleads not guilty on tax evasion charges
1994 - General Hospital stars Kristina Malandro & Jack Wagner wed
1994 - Norman, Couples & Azinger wins LPGA Wendy's 3-Tour Golf Challenge
1994 - Socialist Party (ex-communist) wins Bulgaria parliamentary election
1996 - TV industry execs agree to adopt a ratings system
1997 - Chris Farley, comedian (SNL, Tommy Boy), dies at 33

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