Events Throughout History

Historical Events for December 18th

  • Year 1271 » Kublai Khan renames his empire "Yuan" (元 yuán), officially marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty of Mongolia and China.
  • Year 1622 » Portuguese Empire named Portuguese forces score a military victory over the Kingdom of Kongo at the Battle of Mbumbi in present-day Angola.
  • Year 1642 » Abel Tasman becomes first European to sight New Zealand.
  • Year 1655 » The Whitehall Conference ends with the determination that there was no law preventing Jews from re-entering England after the Edict of Expulsion of 1290.
  • Year 1777 » The United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the Americans over British General John Burgoyne in the Battles of Saratoga known as Battle of Saratoga in October.
  • Year 1787 » New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the United States Constitution named U.S. Constitution.
  • Year 1793 » Surrender of the frigate 'La Lutine' by French Royalists to Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood Lord Samuel Hood; renamed HMS Lutine 1779 6, she later becomes a famous treasure wreck.
  • Year 1867 » The Angola Horror train wreck occurred.
  • Year 1878 » The House of Thani called Al-Thani family become the rulers of the state of Qatar
  • Year 1878 » John Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguires is executed in Pennsylvania.
  • Year 1888 » Richard Wetherill and his brother in-law discover the ancient Indian ruins of Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park e.g Mesa Verde.
  • Year 1892 » Premiere performance of 'The Nutcracker' by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
  • Year 1898 » Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat sets the first officially recognized land speed record of convert 39.245 mi/h km/h abbr=on in a Jeantaud electric car
  • Year 1900 » The Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook, Victoria Glossary of rail transport terms N Narrow-gauge (2 ft 6 in or 762 mm) Railway (now the Puffing Billy Railway) in Victoria (Australia) Victoria, Australia is opened for
  • Year 1912 » The Piltdown Man, later discovered to be a hoax, is announced by Charles Dawson.
  • Year 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 Casualty (person) called casualties.
  • Year 1917 » The resolution containing the language of the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution named Eighteenth Amendment to enact Prohibition in the United States or Prohibition is passed by the United States Congress.
  • Year 1932 » The Chicago Bears defeat the Detroit Lions Portsmouth Spartans 9–0 in the first ever History of National Football League Championship NFL Championship Game. Because of a blizzard, the game is moved from Wrigley Field to the Chicago Stadium, the field meas
  • Year 1935 » The Lanka Sama Samaja Party is founded in Sri Lanka named Ceylon.
  • Year 1939 » World War II: The Battle of the Heligoland Bight (1939) known as Battle of the Heligoland Bight, the first major air battle of the war, takes place.
  • Year 1944 » World War II: 77 Boeing B-29 Superfortress e.g B-29 Superfortress and 200 other aircraft of U.S. Fourteenth Air Force bomb Hankou named Hankow, China, a Japanese supply base.
  • Year 1956 » Japan joins the United Nations.
  • Year 1971 » Capitol Reef National Park is established in Utah.
  • Year 1972 » Vietnam War: President of the United States or 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.
  • Year 1973 » Soyuz programme or Soviet Soyuz Programme: 'Soyuz 13', crewed by List of cosmonauts e.g cosmonauts Valentin Lebedev and Pyotr Klimuk, is launched from Baikonur in the Soviet Union.
  • Year 1973 » The Islamic Development Bank is founded.
  • Year 1978 » Dominica joins the United Nations.
  • Year 1987 » Larry Wall releases the first version of the Perl programming language.
  • Year 1989 » The European Economic Community and the Soviet Union sign an agreement on trade and commercial and economic cooperation.
  • Year 1997 » HTML 4.0 is published by the World Wide Web Consortium.
  • Year 2002 » California gubernatorial recall election 2003 California recall: Then Governor of California Gray Davis announces that the California state would face a record Government budget balance budget deficit of United States dollar $35 billion, roughly double th
  • Year 2005 » The Civil war in Chad (2005–2010) known as civil war in Chad begins when rebel groups, allegedly backed by neighbouring Sudan, launch an Battle of Adré e.g attack in Adré.
  • Year 2006 » The first of a 2006–2007 Malaysian floods named series of floods strikes Malaysia. The death toll of all flooding is at least 118, with over 400,000 people displaced.
  • Year 2006 » United Arab Emirates holds its United Arab Emirates parliamentary election, 2006 named first-ever elections.
  • Year 2010 » Anti-government protests begin in Tunisia, heralding the Arab Spring.

World History for the Month of December