Sunday, December 18, 2011

18th of December

It is the 352nd day of the year and only 13 days remaining.

218 BC - The Battle of the Trebia occurs as Hannibal's Carthaginian forces defeat those of the Roman Republic.

1271 AD - Kublai Kahn renames his empire Yuan, officially marking the beginning of his dynasty of Mongolia and China.

1777 - The United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the Americans over General John Burgoyne in the Battle of Saratoga.

1787 - New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the United States Constitution.

1878 - Jack Kehoe , the last of the Molly Maguires is executed in Pennsylvania.

1888 - Richard Wetherill and his brother-in-law discover the ancient Indian ruins of Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde.

1898 - Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat sets the first officially recognized land speed record of 39.245 mph in a Jeantaud electric car.

1916 - The Battle of Verdun ends when German forces under Chief of Staff Erich Von Falkenhayn are defeated by the French and British, and suffer 337,000 casualties.

1918 - The House of Representatives approves the Eighteenth Amendment to enact Prohibition.

1944 - 77 B-29 Superfortress and 200 other aircraft of the U.S. Fourteenth Air Force bomb Hankow, China that holds a Japanese support base/

1958 - Project SCORE, the world's first communications satellite, is launched.

1972 - President Richard Nixon announces that the United States will engage North Vietnam in Operation Linebacker II, a series of Christmas bombings.

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