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Friday December 18, 2020

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.

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.

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Here’s the December calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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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)

  • 1642
    Abel Tasman becomes first European to land in New Zealand.
  • 1777
    The United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the Americans over General John Burgoyne in the Battle of Saratoga in October.
  • 1892
    premiere performance of The Nutcracker Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg.
  • 1912
    The Piltdown Man, later discovered to be a hoax, is announced by Charles Dawson.
  • 1932
    The 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.
  • 1935
    The Lanka Sama Samaja Party is founded in Ceylon.
  • 1944
    World War II: 77 B-29 Superfortress and 200 other aircraft of U.S. Fourteenth Air Force bomb Hankow, China, a Japanese supply base.
  • 1999
    NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
  • 2006
    United Arab Emirates holds its first-ever elections.
  • 2010
    Governmental protests begin in Tunisia, beginning the 2010-2011 Middle East and North Africa protests

Who were born on December 18?

  • 1856
    Sir J. J. Thomson, English physicist and Nobel laureate (d. 1940)
  • 1897
    Fletcher Henderson, American arranger and composer (d. 1952)
  • 1911
    Jules Dassin, American film director (d. 2008)
  • 1947
    Leonid Yuzefovich, Russian crime fiction writer
  • 1964
    Don Beebe, American football player
  • 1968
    Alejandro Sanz, Spanish singer
  • 1975
    Vincent van der Voort, Dutch dart player
  • 1978
    Ali Curtis, American soccer player
  • 1979
    Carlos, Portuguese footballer
  • 1987
    Fernando Jara, Panamanian jockey

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