December 18: Day of the Week
December 18, 2020 is the 353rd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 13 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Friday.
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Here’s the December calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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December 18 Historical Event(s)
- 1642Abel Tasman becomes first European to land in New Zealand.
- 1777The United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the Americans over General John Burgoyne in the Battle of Saratoga in October.
- 1892premiere performance of The Nutcracker Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg.
- 1912The Piltdown Man, later discovered to be a hoax, is announced by Charles Dawson.
- 1932The Chicago Bears defeat the Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 in the first ever NFL Championship Game. Because of a blizzard, the game is moved from Wrigley Field to the Chicago Stadium, the field measuring 80 yd long.
- 1935The Lanka Sama Samaja Party is founded in Ceylon.
- 1944World War II: 77 B-29 Superfortress and 200 other aircraft of U.S. Fourteenth Air Force bomb Hankow, China, a Japanese supply base.
- 1999NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
- 2006United Arab Emirates holds its first-ever elections.
- 2010Governmental protests begin in Tunisia, beginning the 2010-2011 Middle East and North Africa protests
Who were born on December 18?
- 1856Sir J. J. Thomson, English physicist and Nobel laureate (d. 1940)
- 1897Fletcher Henderson, American arranger and composer (d. 1952)
- 1911Jules Dassin, American film director (d. 2008)
- 1947Leonid Yuzefovich, Russian crime fiction writer
- 1964Don Beebe, American football player
- 1968Alejandro Sanz, Spanish singer
- 1975Vincent van der Voort, Dutch dart player
- 1978Ali Curtis, American soccer player
- 1979Carlos, Portuguese footballer
- 1987Fernando Jara, Panamanian jockey
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