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1799George Washington's body interred at Mount Vernon

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

1917Soviet regiment (Stalin/Lenin) declares Finland Independent

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

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

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

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

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

1994Darryl Strawberry pleads not guilty on tax evasion charges

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

On This Day In History
Date Event
Dec 18, 218 BC
Second Punic War: Battle of the Trebia - Hannibal's Carthaginian forces defeat those of the Roman Republic. 
Dec 18, 1118
Alfonso van Aragon occupies Saragossa on Almoraviden 
Dec 18, 1271
Kublai Khan renames his empire "Yuan" (元 yuán), officially marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty of China. 
Dec 18, 1352
Etienne Aubert elected as Pope Innocentius VI 
Dec 18, 1385
Peace of Tournai (Dutch - Doornik) signed between the Burgundian Duke Philip II and the rebellious city of Ghent 
Dec 18, 1406
Anton of Burgundy becomes Duke of Brabant 
Dec 18, 1603
First fleet of the Dutch East India Compnay under Admiral Steven van der Haghen departs for the East-Indies 
Dec 18, 1621
English parliament accept unanimously, Protestation 
Dec 18, 1642
Abel Tasman's expedition sails around Farewell Spit and into Golden Bay, first sighting local Māori 
Dec 18, 1719
Thomas Fleet publishes "Mother Goose's Melodies For Children" 
Dec 18, 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 
Dec 18, 1774
Empress Maria Theresa expels Jews from Prague, Bohemia & Moravia 
Dec 18, 1777
1st national Thanksgiving Day, commemorating Burgoyne's surrender 
Dec 18, 1783
British King George III dissmisses government of Portland 
Dec 18, 1787
New Jersey becomes 3rd state to ratify constitution 
Dec 18, 1793
Surrender of the frigate La Lutine by French royalists to Lord Hood; renamed HMS Lutine, she later becomes a famous treasure wreck. 
Dec 18, 1796
1st US newspaper to appear on Sunday (Baltimore Monitor) 
Dec 18, 1799
George Washington's body interred at Mount Vernon 
Dec 18, 1813
British take Fort Niagara in War of 1812 
Dec 18, 1832
Charles Darwins visits Vurland 
Dec 18, 1839
1st celestial photograph (of Moon) made in US, John Draper, NYC 
Dec 18, 1849
William Bond obtains 1st photograph of Moon through a telescope 
Dec 18, 1858
Passy, at Paris: 1st "Samedi soir" i/d villa of lovers Rossini 
Dec 18, 1859
South Carolina declared an "independent commonwealth" 
Dec 18, 1862
Battle at Lexington, Tennessee (Forrest's Second Raid) 
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