December 18 holidays in 2017

Holiday nameHoliday locationHoliday type
Hanukkah VI/Rosh Chodesh Tevet
IsraelObservance, Hebrew
Nigerien Republic Day
NigerPublic Holiday
International Migrants Day
Multiple CountriesInternational
Arabic Language Day
Multiple CountriesInternational
Independence Day observed
KazakhstanPublic Holiday
Independence Day (Day 2) observed
KazakhstanPublic Holiday
National Day
QatarPublic Holiday

Historical Events

  • 1777: After the recent victory at Saratoga, Americans sit back and enjoy their first Thanksgiving.
  • 1787: The United States Constitution is ratified by a 3rd state: New Jersey.
  • 1865: United States Secretary of State William Seward declares that the 13th Amendment has been adopted. This amendment prevents slavery throughout the entire United States.
  • 1892: The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky has its first performance in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 1916: The French defeat German forces at the Battle of Verdun during WWI. The Germans suffer over 330,000 casualties.
  • 1917: The resolution containing the language of the Eighteenth Amendment to enact Prohibition is passed by the United States Congress.
  • 1932: During the 1st NFL Championship Game, the Portsmouth Spartans are defeated by the Chicago Bears.
  • 1939: The first major aerial battle during World War II – The Battle of the Heligoland Bight – happens on this day.
  • 1944: A Japanese supply base in Hankow, China is bombed by Allied air forces on this day using over 70 B-29 Superfortress planes and 200 other United States aircraft.
  • 1958: The first communications satellite is launched on this day.
  • 1966: Richard Walker discovers Epimetheus -a moon of Saturn.
  • 1972: After peace talks broke down with North Vietnam 5-days earlier, U.S President Richard Nixon announces that United States forces will engage North Vietnam.
  • 2006: The first electionsin the United Arab Emirates are held on this day.
  • 2015: Great Britain’s last deep coal mine – Kellingley Colliery – closes.

Famous Birthdays

  • American inventor and businessman, Charles Goodyear is born in 1800.
  • English businessman and brewer, James Watney is born in 1800.
  • American general Charles Griffin is born in 1825.
  • English actress Rosemary Leach is born in 1935.
  • French-American chef and author, Jacquest Pepin is born in 1935.
  • English singer-songwriter and guitarist, Keith Richards is born in 1943.
  • American director, screenwriter and DreamWorks co-founder, Steven Spielberg is born in 1946.
  • American actor and producer, Bradd Pitt is born in 1963.
  • Australian actress Rachel Griffiths is born in 1968.
  • American rapper and actor, DMX is born in 1970.