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“18 December: What Happened On This Day In History?”


18 December: In a year, the 18th of December is the 352nd day as per the Gregorian Calendar. In a leap year, it is the 353rd day of the year.

What special day is today?

On this day, the Soviet Union launched Soyuz 13 from Baikonur, the impeachment of Donald Trump by the House of Representatives, and SCORE, the first communications satellite in the world was launched.

December 18 also marks International Migrants Day.

Let’s explore what happened today.

18 December: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?

What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 18 December

Art & Artists

  • 1892 First performance of The Nutcracker, a ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg (Mariinsky Theatre).
  • 1966The first time broadcast of ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, an animated television special in America. It was based on the classic children’s book by Dr. Seuss.

Science & Technology

  • 1898 The first formally acknowledged record of a 63.159 km/h (39.245 mph) land speed was set by Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat in a Jeantaud electric car.
  • 1973 Soviet Union launched Soyuz 13 from Baikonur. Pyotr Klimuk and Valentin Lebedev,   the cosmonauts were the crew member of this mission.

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Leaders & Politics

  • 1865In the USA, the age-old slavery system was put to an end officially.
  • 2019 The impeachment of Donald Trump by the House of Representatives. He became the 3rd president of the US to be impeached.

People & Society

  • 1833 The opening recital of God Save the Tsar!” the national anthem of the Russian Empire.
  • 2018 The explosion of a meteor over the Bering Sea with a force that was more than ten times more powerful in comparison to the atomic bomb that was used to destroy Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.

Disasters: Natural & Man-made

  • 1867 A high magnitude (7.0) earthquake was experienced off the Taiwanese coast. It was a prompted tsunami in which about 580 people died.
  • 2006 Malaysia encountered a series of floods that displaced more than 400,000 people and killed no less than 118.

Discoveries & Explorations

  • 1912 The fossil leftover of the Piltdown man was discovered. It was publicized at a Geological Society of London meeting. Later it was confirmed to be a hoax.
  • 1958 SCORE, the first communications satellite in the world was launched.
  • 1966The discovery of Epimetheus, a moon of Saturn by astronomer Richard Walker.

Leisure & Sports

  • 1886 Ty Cobb, a baseball player in America was born in Narrows, Georgia.
  • 2021 Buck Showalter was named the Manager of the New York Mets (an American professional baseball team).

Birth Anniversaries (18 December)

  • 1870 – Saki (Writer, Scotland)
  • 1943 – Keith Richards (Guitarist British)
  • 1946 Steven Spielberg (Film director-producer, America)
  • 1963 Brad Pitt (Actor, America)
  • 1971 Barkha Dutt (Journalist, India)
  • 1980 Christina Aguilera (pop singer, America)

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Death Anniversaries (18 December)

  • 1829 Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (Biologist, France)
  • 1971 Bobby Jones (Golfer, America)
  • 1999 Robert Bresson (Director, France)
  • 2021 Richard Rogers (Architect, Britain)

What Special Day is Today: (18 December)

  • International Migrants Day
  • National Day (Qatar)
  • Republic Day (Niger)
  • UN Arabic Language Day (United Nations)


The realistic story of the day (18 December) took into account all the important changes that happened in the world.

The changes on this day in history could be sensed across different aspects.

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