December 18th Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

218 BC Second Punic War: Battle of the Trebia – Hannibal’s Carthaginian army heavily defeat Roman forces on Italian soil

1271 Kublai Khan renames his empire “Yuan” (元 yuán), marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty of China

1603 First fleet of the Dutch East India Company under Admiral Steven van der Haghen departs for the East-Indies

1642 Abel Tasman‘s expedition sails around Farewell Spit and into Golden Bay, first sighting local Māori in New Zealand

1917 The 18th Amendment to the US Constitution, authorizing prohibition of alcohol, is approved by the US congress and sent to the states for ratification

1957 World’s 1st full scale nuclear power plant, for peacetime use only, begins to generate electricity at the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania

1979 Stanley Barrett 1st to exceed land sonic speed (739.666 MPH)

2019 US House of Representatives votes to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power (230-197) and obstruction of Congress (229-198)

Today’s Historical Events

218 BC Second Punic War: Battle of the Trebia – Hannibal’s Carthaginian army heavily defeat Roman forces on Italian soil

1118 Alfonso van Aragon occupies Saragossa on Almoraviden

1271 Kublai Khan renames his empire “Yuan” (元 yuán), marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty of China

1352 Etienne Aubert elected as Pope Innocentius VI

1385 Peace of Tournai (Dutch – Doornik) signed between the Burgundian Duke Philip II and the rebellious city of Ghent

1406 Anton of Burgundy becomes Duke of Brabant

1603 First fleet of the Dutch East India Company under Admiral Steven van der Haghen departs for the East-Indies

1621 English parliament accept unanimously, Protestation

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1948 WDSU TV channel 6 in New Orleans, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting

1953 KATV TV channel 7 in Little Rock, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting

1953 KMID TV channel 2 in Midland & Odessa, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting

1956 “To Tell the Truth” debuts on CBS-TV

1956 Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankees radio-TV announcer

1961 KAIL TV channel 53 in Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting

1962 WAIQ TV channel 26 in Montgomery, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting

1963 “The Pink Panther” film premieres, directed by Blake Edwards and starring Peter Sellers and David Niven, with theme by Henry Mancini

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1892 Anton Bruckner‘s 8th Symphony premieres

1892 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky‘s ballet “The Nutcracker” premieres in Saint Petersburg, Russia, now the world’s most performed ballet; his final opera “Isolanta” also premieres

1962 Dmitri Shostakovich‘s 13th Symphony premieres in Moscow

1964 “I Had a BaIl” opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 199 performances

1964 During funeral service held for soul singer Sam Cooke, fans cause damage to funeral home

1965 “La Grusse Valise” closes at 54th St Theater NYC after 7 performances

1970 “Me Nobody Knows” opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 587 performances

1985 Jerry Herman’s musical revue “Jerry’s Girls” opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 139 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1894 Day 4 of the 1st cricket test Australia v England, England following on 4-268, 7 in front

1932 National Football League Championship; Playoff, Chicago Stadium: Chicago Bears beat Portsmouth Spartans, 9-0

1935 Don Bradman scores 117 in his debut Sheffield Shield cricket match for South Australia in an innings & 5 run win over his old team, New South Wales

1936 Queensland cricket all out for 49 v Vic, Fleetwood-Smith 7-17

1949 National Football League Championship, Philadelphia Eagles beat Los Angeles Rams, 14-0; played in driving rain that caused field to become a mud pit

1952 Ellis W. Ryan resigns as Cleveland Indians president

1956 Ballon d’Or: Blackpool & England winger Stanley Matthews wins inaugural award for best football player in Europe; beats Real Madrid pair Alfredo Di Stéfano & Raymond Kopa

1956 Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankees radio-TV announcer