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1994Darryl Strawberry pleads not guilty on tax evasion charges

1799George Washington's body interred at Mount Vernon

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

1917Soviet regiment (Stalin/Lenin) declares Finland Independent

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 18th Historical Events
Date Event
218
Second Punic War: Battle of the Trebia - Hannibal's Carthaginian forces defeat those of the Roman Republic. 
BC
AD
1118
Alfonso van Aragon occupies Saragossa on Almoraviden 
1271
Kublai Khan renames his empire "Yuan" (元 yuán), officially marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty of China. 
1352
Etienne Aubert elected as Pope Innocentius VI 
1385
Peace of Tournai (Dutch - Doornik) signed between the Burgundian Duke Philip II and the rebellious city of Ghent 
1406
Anton of Burgundy becomes Duke of Brabant 
1603
First fleet of the Dutch East India Compnay under Admiral Steven van der Haghen departs for the East-Indies 
1621
English parliament accept unanimously, Protestation 
1642
Abel Tasman's expedition sails around Farewell Spit and into Golden Bay, first sighting local Māori 
1719
Thomas Fleet publishes "Mother Goose's Melodies For Children" 
1773
A skirmish at Grass Cove in Queen Charlotte Sound results in the deaths of two Māori and nine members of Cook's expedition, New Zealand 
1774
Empress Maria Theresa expels Jews from Prague, Bohemia & Moravia 
1777
1st national Thanksgiving Day, commemorating Burgoyne's surrender 
1783
British King George III dissmisses government of Portland 
1787
New Jersey becomes 3rd state to ratify constitution 
1793
Surrender of the frigate La Lutine by French royalists to Lord Hood; renamed HMS Lutine, she later becomes a famous treasure wreck. 
1796
1st US newspaper to appear on Sunday (Baltimore Monitor) 
1799
George Washington's body interred at Mount Vernon 
1813
British take Fort 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 
1858
Passy, at Paris: 1st "Samedi soir" i/d villa of lovers Rossini 
1859
South Carolina declared an "independent commonwealth" 
1862
Battle at Lexington, Tennessee (Forrest's Second Raid) 
1865
1st US cattle importation law passed 
1867
Around 49 victims of "Angola Horror" train wreck burn to death (Angola NY) 
1869
Canada's Hamilton Foot Ball Club plays its 1st game 
1878
French SS Byzantin sinks after collision in Dardanellen, 210 killed 
1878
John Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguires is executed in Pennsylvania. 
1888
Richard Wetherill and his brother in-law discover the ancient Indian ruins of Mesa Verde. 
1890
Lugards expedition to Mengo/Kampala, Uganda 
1892
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet "Nutcracker Suite" premieres 
1892
Anton Bruckner's 8th Symphony premieres 
1894
Cricket day 4 1T Aus v Eng England following on 4-268, 7 in front 
1898
Automobile speed record set-63 kph (39 mph) 
1899
Field Marshal Lord Roberts appointed British supreme commander in South Africa 
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. 
1902
British parliament passes the Education Act, which will come to be regarded as the most important legislation of Balfour's government 
1905
H V Hordern takes 8-81 in 2nd innings of F-C debut (NSW v Qld) 
1912
Piltdown Man, later discovered to be a hoax, is supposedly found in the Piltdown Gravel Pit, by Charles Dawson. 
1913
The Indian Inquiry Commission, also known as the Solomon Commission, commences its sittings in Pretoria 
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 
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 
1935
The Lanka Sama Samaja Party is founded in Ceylon. 
1936
Queensland cricket all out for 49 v Vic, Fleetwood-Smith 7-17 
1936
Su-Lin, 1st giant panda to come to US from China, arrives in SF 
1939
Finnish army recaptures Agläjärvi 
1941
German submarine U-434 sinks 
1941
Japanse troops land on Hong Kong 
1944
US Destroyers Hull, Spence & Monaghan sink in typhoon (Philippines) 
1944
Nazi occupiers of Amsterdam destroy electricity plants 
1945
Uruguay joins UN 
1946
TV's 1st network dramatic serial "Faraway Hill" ends 2 month run in US 
1947
Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Optissima Pax 
1948
Indonesia begins its 2nd political election 
1948
WDSU TV channel 6 in New Orleans, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1949
Philadelphia Eagles beat LA Rams 14-0 in NFL championship game 
1952
Ellis W Ryan resigns as Cleve Indians president 
1953
KATV TV channel 7 in Little Rock, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1953
KMID TV channel 2 in Midland & Odessa, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1956
"To Tell the Truth" debuts on CBS-TV 
1956
Israeli flag hoisted on Mount Sinai 
1956
Japan admitted to UN 
1956
Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankee radio-TV announcer 
1957
Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania USA, the world's 1st nuclear power plant begins to generate electricity 
1958
1st test project of Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equip 
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 consecutive year, AP names Wilma Rudolph female athlete of year 
1961
India annexes Portuguese colonies of Goa, Damao & Diu 
1961
KAIL TV channel 53 in Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting 
1961
Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 78 points vs LA 
1962
Dmitri Shostakovitch's 13th Symphony premieres in Moscow 
1962
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
1962
WAIQ TV channel 26 in Montgomery, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1963
Clarke runs world record 10k (28:15.6) 
1963
Muskegon, Michigan gets 3' of snow 
1964
"I Had a BaIl" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 199 performances 
1964
"The Pink Panther" cartoon series premieres (Pink Phink) 
1964
During services held for Sam Cooke fans caused damage to funeral home 
1964
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1965
"La Grusse Valise" closes at 54th St Theater NYC after 7 performances 
1965
Borman & Lovell Splash down in Atlantic after 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 
1966
Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker. 
1968
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1969
"Coco" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 333 performances 
1969
House of Lords votes to abolish the death penalty in England, Wales and Scotland (Northern Ireland 25 July 1973) 
1969
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1970
"Me Nobody Knows" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 587 perfs 
1970
Polish uprising fails 
1970
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1971
1st Candlelight Processional at the EPCOT Center, Disney World 
1971
CBS radio cancels Saturday morning band concerts 
1971
People United To Save Humanity (PUSH) forms by Jesse Jackson in Chic 
1971
US dollar devalued 7.9% in Holland ($1=Ÿ3,245) 
1971
Three members of the Irish Republican Army die when the bomb they were transporting explodes prematurely in King Street, Magherafelt, County Derry. 
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 Pres 
1974
SF Visitors Center at City Hall opens 
1976
"A Star is Born", with Barbra Striesand, premieres 
1976
"Wonder Woman" debuts on ABC 
1976
Soviet dissident Viktor Bukovskiexchanged for Chile CP-leader Corvalan 
1977
Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 42, Nate Thumond 
1977
Dutch Antilles: premier Boy Rozendal points independence off 
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 Sq 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
"Jerry's Girls" opens at St James Theater NYC for 139 performances 
1985
UN Security Council unanimously condemns "acts of hostage-taking" 
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 
1989
Athol Fugard's "My Children, My Africa" premieres in NYC 
1990
Bush reiterates his "no concessions" stance against Iraq 
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
"Comedy Tonight" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 8 performances 
1994
"What's Wrong With this Pic?" closes at Circle in Sq NYC after 12 perf 
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
Start of 1st Test Cricket match between Zimbabwe & England 
1996
US TV industry execs agree to adopt a ratings system 
1996
The Oakland, California school board passes a resolution officially declaring "Ebonics" a language or dialect. 
1996
During a press conference, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Maleki states that Iran supports the free flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz, but reserves the option of closing off the shipping route if it is threatened 
1997
HTML 4.0 is published by the World Wide Web Consortium. 
1999
NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT. 
2002
2003 California recall: Then Governor of California Gray Davis announces that the state would face a record budget deficit of $35 billion, roughly double the figure reported during his reelection campaign one month earlier. 
2009
James Cameron's "Avatar", starring Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, is released 
2012
4 people are killed and 11 are injured after an apartment block collapses in Palermo, Italy 
2012
6 health workers dispensing polio vaccinations are gunned down in Pakistan 
2012
The Seleka rebel coalition kills 15 people during its capture of Bria, the Central African Republic 
2015
Mother Teresa to become a saint; Pope Francis recognizes second miracle 
2015
All schools shut down in a Virginia county over Islam homework assignment 
2015
UN to officially recognize Yom Kippur in 2016 
2016
China to return seized US underwater drone, Pentagon says 
2016
Minnesota football team ends boycott over sexual assault case 
2016
Indonesian C-130 Military Plane Crashes in Papua, Killing 13 
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