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Notable Historical Events for December 18th

1892Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet "Nutcracker Suite" premieres

1959Sammy Baugh named 1st coach of NY Titans (AFL)

1961Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 78 points vs LA

1994Darryl Strawberry pleads not guilty on tax evasion charges

1966Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for 1st time on CBS

1935Bradman scores 117 in his 1st Shield cricket match for South Australia

1917Soviet regiment (Stalin/Lenin) declares Finland Independent

1799George Washington's body interred at Mount Vernon

2009James Cameron's "Avatar", starring Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, is released

1930Bradman scores 258 NSW v South Aust, 289 mins, 37 fours

December 18th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 18th

1946Steven Spielberg, Cincinnati, director (ET, Close Encounters, Jaws)

1878Joseph Stalin [Josef], Gori, Russian Empire, Premier of the Soviet Union (1941-1953), (d. 1953)

1886Ty Cobb, Narrows Georgia, American baseball player, Colo, batted .367, stole 892 bases (Det Tigers)

1980Christina Aguilera, American singer (Genie in a Bottle, What a Girl Wants)

1978Katie Holmes, Toledo, Ohio, American actress (Dawson's Creek, Batman Begins)

1863Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria, Graz Austria, His assassination in 1914 led to declarations of war in WWI

December 18th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 18th

1984Actress Jamie Lee Curtis (26) weds actor Christopher Guest (37) in New York

1982Actor Phil Hartman (34) weds real estate agent Lisa Strain

1962Pop singer Little Eva (19) weds James Harris

1987Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's future Prime Minister, marries Asif Ali Zardari

1926Actor George Murphy (24) weds ballroom dancing partner Juliette Henkel

1983Wrestler Hulk Hogan (30) weds Linda Claridge

1966Actor Strother Martin (47) weds Helen Meisels

1932Civil rights activist Rosa Parks (19) weds Raymond Parks (29) in Montgomery, Alabama

December 18th Weddings
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Notable Divorces on December 18th

1923Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (22) divorces Daisy Parker after 5 years of marriage

1968Actor Peter Sellers (43) divorces actress Britt Ekland after 4 years of marriage

December 18th Divorces
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Notable Deaths on December 18th

1829Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck, French naturalist, dies at 85

1971Bobby Jones Jr, amateur golfer (Grand Slam 1930), dies at 69

December 18th Deaths
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