December 18 in History
1865December 18, 1865:
The US secretary of state proclaims the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, abolishing slavery in the country.
1892December 18, 1892:
“The Nutcracker”, a ballet scored by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, premieres at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
1912December 18, 1912:
At a Geological Society of London meeting, an announcement is made about the discovery of the extinct human species, Piltdown man’s fossil remains which would eventually turn out to be fake.
1917December 18, 1917:
General Erich Ludendorff orders that all of Germany’s leading film studios be consolidated into the Universum Film-Aktien Gesellschaft (UFA).
1961December 18, 1961:
“The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by the Tokens peaks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1963December 18, 1963:
The American comedy film, “The Pink Panther” is premiered in Italy.
1966December 18, 1966:
The animated television special, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is shown on television (CBS) for the first time.
1976December 18, 1976:
The musical romantic drama film, “A Star Is Born” is released at the Mann Village Theater in Los Angeles, California.
1997December 18, 1997:
Kim Dae-Jung makes history as the first South Korean opposition leader to win the country’s presidential elections.
2019December 18, 2019:
The US House of Representatives impeaches President Donald Trump.