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December 18: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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Facts & Historic Events That Happened on December 18

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December 18th is Bake Cookies Day and Answer The Telephone Like ‘Buddy The Elf’ Day.

We’ve reached the 353rd day of the year. There are just 7 days left until Christmas Day.

You’re about to unearth the most incredible events that happened on this day throughout the course of history.

Did you know that on this day in 2009, James Cameron’s “Avatar” was released in the US? It would become the highest-grossing film of all time at the time.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about December 18th in history!

Events

What memorable events happened on December 18 in history? Keep reading to find out!

2022

Argentina managed to snatch victory away from France at the last second in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final.

2019

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

2018

A powerful meteor exploded over the Bering Sea.

OTD in 2018: A powerful meteor exploded over the Bering Sea.

The meteor that exploded in a huge fireball went unnoticed for months. Once it was discovered from military satellites, findings showed that the blast had ten times the energy of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

2018

Nevada became the first US state with a female-majority legislature, with new appointments taking it to 51%.

2012

Gunmen killed six health workers in Pakistan.

These workers were dispensing polio vaccinations when they were shot and killed, along with others who were wounded. It was suspected that they were attacked due to misconceptions that the vaccinations were a campaign of a Western conspiracy against Muslims.

2009

James Cameron’s “Avatar” was released in the US. It became the highest-grossing film of all time at the time.

2002

The Two Towers, the second of the Lord of the Rings films, was released in theaters.

OTD in 2002: The Two Towers

It made $62 million in its opening weekend and $926 million worldwide.

1985

The film “The Color Purple,” based on the novel by Alice Walker, directed by Steven Spielberg, premiered in New York.

1966

Astronomer Richard Walker discovered Saturn’s moon, Epimetheus.

OTD in 1966: Astronomer Richard Walker discovered Saturn's moon

1963

The Pink Panther film premiered, directed by Blake Edwards with a theme by Henry Mancini.

1958

Project SCORE, the world’s first communications satellite, was launched into orbit.

The Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equipment (SCORE) satellite was the first satellite built for the purpose of communications. Its launch aboard an Atlas rocket was the first time the rocket was used to launch a payload successfully.

1936

The first panda arrived in the US from China.

OTD in 1936: The first panda arrived in the US from China.

Sun-Lin became the first giant panda to arrive in the US after Ruth Harkness, the wife of a deceased panda lover, made it her mission to bring a panda home in honor of her husband. She personally caught the panda in the mountains of China and smuggled it to San Francisco, claiming to Chinese officials that it was a small dog.

1878

The modern state of Qatar was founded with Jassim Bin Mohammad Al Thani as its leader.

1787

New Jersey became the third state to ratify the US constitution.

1271

Kublai Khan founded the Yuan dynasty when he renamed his Mongol Empire “Yuan.”

Kublai was the fifth emperor of the Mongol Empire and the first to shift attention more towards China than other regions. Within a decade, Kublai became the Emperor of all China after wresting control from the Song Dynasty.

Famous Births

Is today your birthday? If so, did you know that Billie Eilish was also born on this day? Here are more famous people born on this day.

2001

Billie Eilish

American

Singer

Billie Eilish

Age:

22 years old

Born In:

California, USA

1975

Sia

Australian

Singer

Sia

Age:

48 years old

Born In:

South Australia, Australia

1963

Brad Pitt

American

Actor

Brad Pitt

Age:

60 years old

Born In:

Oklahoma, USA

1946

Steven Spielberg

American

Director

Steven Spielberg

Age:

77 years old

Born In:

Ohio, USA

Quotes

Who said what today throughout history? Here are the most famous things people have said on Dec 18.

1882

The conscience is a man’s compass.

1863

Politics is not an exact science.

Otto von Bismarck

German Diplomat

Special Holidays

Are you looking for something to do today? Then why not find time today to celebrate the following special holidays.

December 18: Bake Cookies Day
United States

Bake Cookies Day

Well, here’s a holiday we can all get behind. A freshly baked batch of cookies hot out of the oven is enough to make anyone smile, so let’s get our bake on! It doesn’t matter whether you can bake well or not, give it a shot; whatever you bake will turn out delicious.

December 18: Answer The Telephone Like 'Buddy The Elf' Day
United States

Answer The Telephone Like ‘Buddy The Elf’ Day

Did you watch Elf and wish you could answer the phone like Buddy the elf? Well, your time has finally come! Whenever you get a call today, answer just like Buddy and ask the caller what their favorite color is – it’s sure to surprise and cheer anyone up!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

“Weird Al” Yankovic wrote “Albuquerque” to be as a joke specifically to “annoy people for 12 minutes.” It ended up becoming one of his most famous songs.

Birthday & Zodiac

People who were born on this day share the Sagittarius star sign.

Due to their spontaneous streak, Sagittarians can be challenging to make longer-term plans with.

Anyone born in December has the Blue Topaz birthstone. The blue topaz promotes harmony, serenity, tranquility and helps the wearer to overcome hurt and pain.

If you were born today, you would likely have been conceived on or around March 27 of the same year.

The due date for babies conceived on this day is around September 10, 2025.

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