Sunday, December 18, 2011
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2003
Wednesday, December 18, 2002
An Indian court sentences three men to death for treason for their assistance in helping five gunmen prepare for the 2001 Indian Parliament attack, which killed nine people and triggered a tense standoff with nuclear rival Pakistan. Capital punishment in India is rare.
Tuesday, December 18, 2001
Saturday, December 18, 1999
NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform, carrying 5 Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER
Thursday, December 18, 1997
Janet Jagan the former wife of Cheddi Jagan took office in Guyana.
Myra Hindley loses her High Court appeal against the government's decision to keep her behind bars for the rest of her life.
Wednesday, December 18, 1996
Saturday, December 18, 1993
Friday, December 18, 1992
Sunday, December 18, 1977
Flight SATA 730
, an international charter service from Zurich to Funchal Airport (Madeira), touches the sea in a landing attempt. Many of the 36 fatalities got trapped inside the sinking plane. 21 people survived with the help of rescue teams and by swimming to the shore.
WAVES disbanded women integrated into regular Navy.
Portugal's traditional naming conventions change such that children's surnames can come from either the mother or the father, not just from the father.
Tuesday, December 18, 1973
Islamic Development Bank created as a specialized agency of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) (effective 12 August 1974).
Sunday, December 18, 1966
Monday, December 18, 1961
Portuguese surrender Goa to India after 400 years of Portuguese rule.
Wednesday, December 18, 1957
"The Bridge on the River Kwai" is released in the U.S. It goes on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Additional Oscars go to Alec Guinness (Best Actor) and David Lean (Best Director), among others. This is Lean's first Oscar for directing.
Tuesday, December 18, 1956
"To Tell the Truth" debuts on CBS-TV.
Tuesday, December 18, 1934
A low-key fascist conference is held in Moreaux
Saturday, December 18, 1926
converts to the Gregorian calendar, making 'tomorrow' January 1
Monday, December 18, 1916
Friday, December 18, 1914
Egypt becomes a British protectorate.
Wednesday, December 18, 1912
Monday, December 18, 1911
Tuesday, December 18, 1894
Sunday, December 18, 1892
"The Nutcracker" ballet with music by Tchaikovsky is premiered at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Russia.
Tuesday, December 18, 1888
Tuesday, December 18, 1866
Monday, December 18, 1865
Monday, December 18, 1848
Saturday, December 18, 1813
December 19 ndash War of 1812: British soldiers and native allies invade the United States and are successful in the Capture of Fort Niagara and attack Lewiston, New York.
Wednesday, December 18, 1793
French forces under Dugommier capture Toulon from royalists and British forces under Vice Admiral Lord Hood. The British fire the dockyards and take 16 ships, one of which, the "Lutine", becomes a famous treasure ship.
Tuesday, December 18, 1787
The North Carolina General Assembly incorporates Waynesborough and designates it the county seat for Wayne County, North Carolina.
Saturday, December 18, 1688
opens the London coffee house that soon becomes a popular meeting place for shipowners, merchants, insurance brokers and underwriters. In time the business association they form will outgrow the coffee house premises and become Lloyd's of London
William of Orange enters London.
The Ottoman Turks besiege Vienna.
Saturday, December 18, 1638
Sunday, December 18, 1616
Monday, December 8, 1522 (Julianian calendar)
The Turks finally break into Rhodes
, but the Knights continue fierce resistance in the streets.
Monday, December 8, 1505 (Julianian calendar)
Portuguese merchants establish factories on the east coast of Africa.
Poland prohibits peasants from leaving their lands, establishing serfdom
fleet attacks Kilwa
and then Mombasa
. The Portuguese
then attempt to monopolize the trade in the east African ports, but are unable to maintain control (by the late 16th century, Swahili
groups regain control of several ports from the Portuguese
Portuguese under Dom Lourenço d'Almeida reach Colombo, Sri Lanka and send envoys to King of Kotte.
Idiosa III of Chardonnay is murdered.
Monday, December 10, 1352 (Julianian calendar)
The town of Biel/Bienne, Switzerland finalizes its alliance with the city of Bern.
After years of begging and being a Buddhist monk, the penniless Chinese peasant Zhu Yuanzhang joins the Red Turban Rebellion against the Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty of China he will later become the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty.
Monday, December 11, 1290 (Julianian calendar)
Upon the death of Magnus III
, he is succeeded by his 10-year-old son Birger
as king of Sweden. Although Sweden is an elective monarchy at this time, Birger
has been appointed heir to the throne already in 1284
Friday, December 11, 1271 (Julianian calendar)
Tuesday, December 12, 1055 (Julianian calendar)