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Tuesday 18 December 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Statehood Day (New Jersey, 1787)
  • Tenth of Tevet (עשרה בטבת - Asara b'Tevet. Tevet - marks the day on which the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem began in the year 588 BCE, an event which eventually led to the destruction on the Temple in 586 BCE and the first exile from Israel. In Israel, the Tenth of Tevet has also come to be marked as a memorial day for the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust)

Events

  • 2006 – The first of a series of floods strikes Malaysia. The death toll of all flooding is at least 118, with over 400,000 people displaced.
  • 2006 – United Arab Emirates holds its first-ever elections.
  • 1981 – First flight of the Russian heavy strategic bomber Tu-160, the world's largest combat aircraft, largest supersonic aircraft and largest variable-sweep wing aircraft built.
  • 1973 – The Islamic Development Bank is founded.
  • 1972 – Vietnam War: President Richard Nixon announces that the United States will engage North Vietnam in Operation Linebacker II, a series of Christmas bombings, after peace talks collapsed with North Vietnam on the 13th.
  • 1966 – Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by astronomer Richard Walker.
  • 1958 – Project SCORE, the world's first communications satellite, is launched.
  • 1939 – World War II: The Battle of the Heligoland Bight, the first major air battle of the war, takes place.
  • 1935 – The Lanka Sama Samaja Party is founded in Ceylon.
  • 1932 – The Chicago Bears defeat the Portsmouth Spartans in the first NFL Championship Game.
  • 1917 – The resolution containing the language of the Eighteenth Amendment to enact Prohibition is passed by the United States Congress.
  • 1898 – Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat sets the first officially recognized land speed record of 39.245 mph (63.159 km/h) in a Jeantaud electric car.
  • 1833 – The national anthem of the Russian Empire, "God Save the Tsar!", is first performed.
  • 1793 – Surrender of the frigate La Lutine by French Royalists to Lord Samuel Hood; renamed HMS Lutine, she later becomes a famous treasure wreck.
  • 1777 – The United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the American rebels over British General John Burgoyne at Saratoga in October.

Births

  • 1993 – Byron Buxton, American baseball player
  • 1992 – Ryan Crouser, American shot putter
  • 1990 – Sierra Kay, American singer-songwriter
  • 1988 – Seth Doege, American football player
  • 1986 – Bill Stull, American football player
  • 1984 – Derrick Tribbett, American bass player and singer
  • 1980 – Benjamin Watson, American football player
  • 1980 – Christina Aguilera, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
  • 1978 – Ali Curtis, American soccer player
  • 1978 – Katie Holmes, American actress
  • 1977 – Maria Brink, American singer-songwriter
  • 1975 – Randy Houser, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1974 – Peter Boulware, American football player and politician
  • 1972 – Raymond Herrera, American drummer and songwriter
  • 1970 – DMX, American rapper and actor
  • 1970 – Lucious Harris, American basketball player
  • 1970 – Rob Van Dam, American wrestler
  • 1968 – Casper Van Dien, American actor and producer
  • 1965 – Shawn Christian, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1964 – Don Beebe, American football player and coach
  • 1964 – Stone Cold Steve Austin, American wrestler and producer
  • 1963 – Brad Pitt, American actor and producer
  • 1963 – Charles Oakley, American basketball player and coach
  • 1963 – Greg D'Angelo, American drummer
  • 1963 – Karl Dorrell, American football player and coach
  • 1963 – Norman Brown, American singer and guitarist
  • 1961 – Daniel S. Loeb, American businessman and philanthropist, founded Third Point Management
  • 1961 – Leila Steinberg, American singer, producer, author, and poet
  • 1958 – Julia Wolfe, American composer and educator
  • 1954 – Ray Liotta, American actor
  • 1953 – Elliot Easton, American guitarist and singer
  • 1952 – John Leventhal, American songwriter and producer
  • 1950 – Leonard Maltin, American historian, author, and critic
  • 1950 – Randy Castillo, American drummer and songwriter (d. 2002)
  • 1949 – David A. Johnston, American volcanologist and geologist (d. 1980)
  • 1946 – Steve Biko, South African activist, founded the Black Consciousness Movement (d. 1977)
  • 1946 – Steven Spielberg, American director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded DreamWorks
  • 1943 – Alan Rudolph, American director and screenwriter
  • 1943 – Bobby Keys, American saxophone player (d. 2014)
  • 1942 – Lenore Blum, American mathematician and academic
  • 1941 – Joan Wallach Scott, American historian, author, and academic
  • 1941 – Sam Andrew, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2015)
  • 1941 – Wadada Leo Smith, American trumpet player and composer
  • 1939 – Harold E. Varmus, American biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1938 – Joel Hirschhorn, American songwriter and composer (d. 2005)
  • 1937 – Nancy Ryles, American politician (d. 1990)
  • 1935 – Jacques Pépin, French-American chef and author
  • 1934 – Marc Rich, Belgian-American businessman, founded Glencore (d. 2013)
  • 1932 – Roger Smith, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1931 – Bill Thompson, American television host (d. 2014)
  • 1930 – Moose Skowron, American baseball player (d. 2012)
  • 1929 – Gino Cimoli, American baseball player (d. 2011)
  • 1928 – Harold Land, American tenor saxophonist (d. 2001)
  • 1927 – Ramsey Clark, American lawyer and politician, 66th United States Attorney General
  • 1924 – Cicely Tyson, American actress
  • 1922 – Esther Lederberg, American microbiologist (d. 2006)
  • 1922 – Jack Brooks, American colonel, lawyer, and politician (d. 2012)
  • 1920 – Robert Leckie, American soldier and author (d. 2001)
  • 1917 – Ossie Davis, American actor and activist (d. 2005)
  • 1916 – Betty Grable, American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1973)
  • 1916 – Douglas Fraser, Scottish-American trade union leader and academic (d. 2008)
  • 1913 – Alfred Bester, American author and screenwriter (d. 1987)
  • 1913 – Ray Meyer, American basketball player and coach (d. 2006)
  • 1912 – Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., American general and pilot (d. 2002)
  • 1911 – Jules Dassin, American-Greek actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2008)
  • 1910 – Abe Burrows, American author, playwright, and director (d. 1985)
  • 1908 – Paul Siple, American geographer and explorer (d. 1969)
  • 1907 – Bill Holland, American race car driver (d. 1984)
  • 1907 – Lawrence Lucie, American guitarist and educator (d. 2009)
  • 1904 – George Stevens, American director, producer, screenwriter, and cinematographer (d. 1975)
  • 1897 – Fletcher Henderson, American pianist and composer (d. 1952)
  • 1890 – Edwin Howard Armstrong, American engineer, invented FM radio (d. 1954)
  • 1888 – Robert Moses, American urban planner, designed the Northern State Parkway and Southern State Parkway (d. 1981)
  • 1886 – Ty Cobb, American baseball player and manager (d. 1961)
  • 1884 – Emil Starkenstein, Czech pharmacologist, co-founded clinical pharmacology (d. 1942)
  • 1882 – Richard Maury, American-Argentinian engineer, designed the Salta–Antofagasta railway (d. 1950)
  • 1875 – Matt McGrath, Irish-American hammer thrower (d. 1941)
  • 1873 – Francis Burton Harrison, American general and politician, 6th Governor-General of the Philippines (d. 1957)
  • 1869 – Edward Willis Redfield, American painter and educator (d. 1965)
  • 1867 – Foxhall P. Keene, American polo player and horse breeder (d. 1941)
  • 1860 – Edward MacDowell, American pianist and composer (d. 1908)
  • 1835 – Lyman Abbott, American minister, theologian, and author (d. 1922)
  • 1825 – Charles Griffin, American general (d. 1876)
  • 1825 – John S. Harris, American surveyor and politician (d. 1906)
  • 1661 – Christopher Polhem, Swedish physicist and inventor (d. 1751)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian-American actress and socialite (b. 1917)
  • 2014 – Donald J. Albosta, American soldier and politician (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – Larry Henley, American singer-songwriter (b. 1937)
  • 2014 – Robert Simpson, American meteorologist and author (b. 1912)
  • 2013 – Ken Hutcherson, American football player (b. 1952)
  • 2012 – Frank Macchiarola, American lawyer and academic (b. 1941)
  • 2012 – Jim Whalen, American football player (b. 1943)
  • 2010 – Phil Cavarretta, American baseball player and manager (b. 1916)
  • 2008 – Majel Barrett, American actress and producer (b. 1932)
  • 2008 – Mark Felt, American FBI agent and informant (b. 1913)
  • 2007 – Alan Wagner, American businessman and critic (b. 1931)
  • 2007 – William Strauss, American author and playwright (b. 1947)
  • 2006 – Joseph Barbera, American animator, director, and producer, co-founded Hanna-Barbera (b. 1911)
  • 2006 – Ruth Bernhard, German-American photographer (b. 1905)
  • 2005 – Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (b. 1922)
  • 2002 – Wayne Owens, American lawyer and politician (b. 1937)
  • 2000 – Randolph Apperson Hearst, American businessman (b. 1915)
  • 2000 – Stan Fox, American race car driver (b. 1952)
  • 1997 – Chris Farley, American comedian and actor (b. 1964)
  • 1996 – Irving Caesar, American composer (b. 1895)
  • 1995 – Konrad Zuse, German engineer, designed the Z3 computer (b. 1910)
  • 1995 – Ross Thomas, American author (b. 1926)
  • 1994 – Lilia Skala, Austrian-American actress (b. 1896)
  • 1993 – Sam Wanamaker, American-English actor, director, and producer (b. 1919)
  • 1992 – Mark Goodson, American game show producer, created Family Feud and The Price Is Right (b. 1915)
  • 1990 – Anne Revere, American actress (b. 1903)
  • 1990 – Joseph Zubin, Lithuanian-American psychologist and academic (b. 1900)
  • 1977 – Louis Untermeyer American poet, anthologist, critic (b. 1885)
  • 1974 – Harry Hooper, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1887)
  • 1971 – Bobby Jones, American golfer and lawyer (b. 1902)
  • 1971 – Diana Lynn, American actress (b. 1926)
  • 1969 – Charles Dvorak, American pole vaulter and coach (b. 1878)
  • 1961 – Leo Reisman, American violinist and bandleader (b. 1897)
  • 1939 – Ernest Lawson, Canadian-American painter (b. 1873)
  • 1869 – Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American pianist and composer (b. 1829)
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