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Notable Historical Events for December 18th

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

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

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

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

1994Darryl Strawberry pleads not guilty on tax evasion charges

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

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

1799George Washington's body interred at Mount Vernon

December 18th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 18th

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

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

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

1856J. J. Thomson, Manchester, England, physicist discovered electron (Nobel 1906)

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

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Notable Weddings on December 18th

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

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

1983Wrestler Hulk Hogan (30) weds Linda Claridge

1966Actor Strother Martin (47) weds Helen Meisels

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

December 18th Weddings
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Notable Divorces on December 18th

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

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

December 18th Divorces
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Notable Deaths on December 18th

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

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

December 18th Deaths
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