Today in History, English
Today in History, English

142351December 18Event1932 – The Chicago Bears defeat the Portsmouth Spartans in the first NFL Championship Game.
142352December 18Event1935 – The Lanka Sama Samaja Party is founded in Ceylon.
142353December 18Event1939 – World War II: The Battle of the Heligoland Bight, the first major air battle of the war, takes place.
142354December 18Event1944 – World War II: Seventy-seven B-29 Superfortress and 200 other aircraft of U.S. Fourteenth Air Force bomb Hankow, China, a Japanese supply base.
142355December 18Event1956 – Japan joins the United Nations.
142356December 18Event1958 – Project SCORE, the world's first communications satellite, is launched.
142357December 18Event1966 – Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker.
142358December 18Event1969 – Capital punishment in the United Kingdom: Home Secretary James Callaghan's motion to make permanent the Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act 1965, which had temporarily suspended capital punishment in England, Wales and Scotland for murder (but
142359December 18Event1971 – Capitol Reef National Park is established in Utah.
142360December 18Event1972 – 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.
142361December 18Event1973 – Soviet Soyuz Programme: Soyuz 13, crewed by cosmonauts Valentin Lebedev and Pyotr Klimuk, is launched from Baikonur in the Soviet Union.
142362December 18Event1973 – The Islamic Development Bank is founded.
142363December 18Event1978 – Dominica joins the United Nations.
142364December 18Event1987 – Larry Wall releases the first version of the Perl programming language.
142365December 18Event1989 – The European Economic Community and the Soviet Union sign an agreement on trade and commercial and economic cooperation.
142366December 18Event1997 – HTML 4.0 is published by the World Wide Web Consortium.
142367December 18Event1999 – NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
142368December 18Event2002 – 2003 California recall: Then Governor of California Gray Davis announces that the state would face a record budget deficit of $35 billion, roughly double the figure reported during his reelection campaign one month earlier.
142369December 18Event2005 – The Chadian Civil War begins when rebel groups, allegedly backed by neighbouring Sudan, launch an attack in Adré.
142370December 18Event2006 – 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.
142371December 18Event2006 – United Arab Emirates holds its first-ever elections.
142372December 18Birth1507 – Ōuchi Yoshitaka, Japanese daimyo (d. 1551)
142373December 18Birth1602 – Simonds d'Ewes, English historian and politician (d. 1650)
142374December 18Birth1610 – Charles du Fresne, sieur du Cange, French philologist and historian (d. 1688)
142375December 18Birth1620 – Heinrich Roth, German missionary and scholar (d. 1668)
142376December 18Birth1626 – Christina, Queen of Sweden (d. 1689)
142377December 18Birth1660 – Countess Johanna Magdalene of Hanau-Lichtenberg (d. 1715)
142378December 18Birth1661 – Christopher Polhem, Swedish physicist and inventor (d. 1751)
142379December 18Birth1662 – James Douglas, 2nd Duke of Queensberry, Scottish colonel and politician, Secretary of State for Scotland (d. 1711)
142380December 18Birth1707 – Charles Wesley, English missionary and composer (d. 1788)

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