December 18 Holidays, Events & Observances

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December 18 holidays, events, national day around the world. These are December 18 holidays, festivals, celebrations, observances, events; December 18 national days, food days, fun days and celebrations on December 18.

December 18 holidays and observances
December 18 Holidays and Observances

Welcome, as we take you through special holidays in December, international holidays in December 18, national days in December 18. Some major December 18 national day and International holidays list in December calendar.

Our planet is brimming with diversity and cultures that are rich in folklore and traditions. Holidays are a great way to learn about our neighbors and expand our own universe.

There are literally thousands of holidays throughout the world. And here on Big Holiday, you can find a large variety of popular, cultural, religious, and offbeat holidays.

Explore holidays, festivals, and observances celebrated around the world and more happenings worth remembering, from our comprehensive list of December 18 national days or public holidays with dates and information on the origin and meaning of holidays.

We have documented the long list of observances on December 18, notable events, national days in December 18, federal to regional holidays from all over the world. Also included are possible special bank holidays which falls on December 18 globally.

Month of December

The month of December brings many holidays, feasts, and happenings!Learn all about the 12th month on the calendar, a short history, and what the month is known for! From St. Nicholas Day to the Geminid Meteor Shower to Christmas, it’s a busy month of the year. Just remember to grab a cup of cocoa and relax when you can. 

December is the 12th month (and last month) in our modern-day Gregorian calendar (as it was in the preceding Julian calendar).

However, it was originally the 10th month of the Roman calendar (until 153 BC). Hence, “December” comes from the Latin word decem, meaning “ten.”

Holidays in December

The word holiday has differing connotations in different regions. It can exclusively be refer to the nationally, religiously or culturally observed day(s) of rest or celebration, or the events themselves. While the word may refer to the period of time where leave from one’s duties has been agreed.

The concept of holidays is also often originated in connection with religious observances. The intention of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to tend to religious duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational function as any other weekend days or activities.

Meanwhile few of holidays in December are: National Fritters Day, International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, National Mutt Day | National Mixed Breed Dog Day, Pan American Health Day, Special Education Day, World Computer Literacy Day, National Roof over Your Head Day, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Make a Gift Day, and more.

December 18 holidays and observances
December 18 Holidays and Observances

December 18 Holidays, National Day

December 18 is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 13 days remain until the end of the year.

Events

  • 1271 – Kublai Khan renames his empire “Yuan” (元 yuán), officially marking the start of the Yuan dynasty of Mongolia and China.
  • 1499 – A rebellion breaks out in Alpujarras in response to the forced conversions of Muslims in Spain.
  • 1622 – Portuguese forces score a military victory over the Kingdom of Kongo at the Battle of Mbumbi in present-day Angola.
  • 1655 – The Whitehall Conference ends with the determination that there was no law preventing Jews from re-entering England after the Edict of Expulsion of 1290.
  • 1777 – The United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the American rebels over British General John Burgoyne at Saratoga in October.
  • 1787 – New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1793 – Surrender of the frigate La Lutine by French Royalists to Lord Samuel Hood; renamed HMS Lutine, she later becomes a famous treasure wreck.
  • 1833 – The national anthem of the Russian Empire, “God Save the Tsar!”, is first performed.
  • 1854 – The Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada abolishes the seigneurial system.
  • 1865 – US Secretary of State William Seward proclaims the adoption of the Thirteenth Amendment, prohibiting slavery throughout the USA.
  • 1878 – The Al-Thani family become the rulers of the state of Qatar.
  • 1892 – Premiere performance of The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
  • 1898 – Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat sets the first officially recognized land speed record of 39.245 mph (63.159 km/h) in a Jeantaud electric car.
  • 1900 – The Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook, Victoria Narrow-gauge (2 ft 6 in or 762 mm) Railway (now the Puffing Billy Railway) in Victoria, Australia is opened for traffic.
  • 1916 – World War I: The Battle of Verdun ends when the second French offensive pushes the Germans back two or three kilometres, causing them to cease their attacks.
  • 1917 – The resolution containing the language of the Eighteenth Amendment to enact Prohibition is passed by the United States Congress.
  • 1932 – The Chicago Bears defeat the Portsmouth Spartans in the first NFL playoff game to win the NFL Championship.
  • 1935 – The Lanka Sama Samaja Party is founded in Ceylon.
  • 1939 – World War II: The Battle of the Heligoland Bight, the first major air battle of the war, takes place.
  • 1944 – World War II: XX Bomber Command responds to the Japanese Operation Ichi-Go offensive by dropping five hundred tons of incendiary bombs on a supply base in Hankow, China.
  • 1958 – Project SCORE, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched.
  • 1966 – Saturn’s moon Epimetheus is discovered by astronomer Richard Walker.
  • 1972 – 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.
  • 1973 – Soviet Soyuz Programme: Soyuz 13, crewed by cosmonauts Valentin Lebedev and Pyotr Klimuk, is launched from Baikonur in the Soviet Union.
  • 1977 – United Airlines Flight 2860 crashes near Kaysville, Utah, killing all three crew members on board.
  • 1981 – First flight of the Russian heavy strategic bomber Tu-160, the world’s largest combat aircraft, largest supersonic aircraft and largest variable-sweep wing aircraft built.
  • 1999 – NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
  • 2002 – California gubernatorial 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.
  • 2005 – The Chadian Civil War begins when rebel groups, allegedly backed by neighbouring Sudan, launch an attack in Adré.
  • 2006 – 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.
  • 2006 – United Arab Emirates holds its first-ever elections.
  • 2015 – Kellingley Colliery, the last deep coal mine in Great Britain, closes.
  • 2017 – Amtrak Cascades passenger train 501, derailed near DuPont, Washington, a city in United States near Olympia, Washington killing six people, and injuring 70 others.
  • 2018 – List of bolides: A meteor exploded over the Bering Sea with a force over 10 times greater than the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.
  • 2019 – The United States House of Representatives impeaches Donald Trump for the first time.
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Births

  • 1406 – Richard Olivier de Longueil, French Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal (d. 1470)
  • 1499 – Sebald Heyden, German musicologist and theologian (d. 1561)
  • 1481 – Sophie of Mecklenburg, Duchess of Mecklenburg, Duchess of Saxony (d. 1503)
  • 1505 – Philipp von Hutten, German explorer (d. 1546)
  • 1507 – Ōuchi Yoshitaka, Japanese daimyō (d. 1551)
  • 1552 – Ahmad Ibn al-Qadi, Moroccan writer, judge and mathematician (d. 1616)
  • 1590 – William Louis, Count of Nassau-Saarbrücken (d. 1640)
  • 1602 – Simonds d’Ewes, English historian and politician (d. 1650)
  • 1610 – Charles du Fresne, sieur du Cange, French philologist and historian (d. 1688)
  • 1620 – Heinrich Roth, German missionary and scholar (d. 1668)
  • 1626 – Christina, Queen of Sweden (d. 1689)
  • 1660 – Countess Johanna Magdalene of Hanau-Lichtenberg (d. 1715)
  • 1661 – Christopher Polhem, Swedish physicist and inventor (d. 1751)
  • 1662 – James Douglas, 2nd Duke of Queensberry, Scottish colonel and politician, Secretary of State for Scotland (d. 1711)
  • 1707 – Charles Wesley, English missionary and composer (d. 1788)
  • 1725 – Johann Salomo Semler, German historian and theologian (d. 1791)
  • 1734 – Jean-Baptiste Rey, French conductor and composer (d. 1810)
  • 1800 – James Watney, English brewer and businessman (d. 1884)
  • 1824 – John Hall, English-New Zealand politician, 12th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1907)
  • 1825 – Charles Griffin, American general (d. 1876)
  • 1825 – John S. Harris, American surveyor and politician (d. 1906)
  • 1835 – Lyman Abbott, American minister, theologian, and author (d. 1922)
  • 1847 – Augusta Holmès, French pianist and composer (d. 1903)
  • 1849 – Henrietta Edwards, Canadian activist and author (d. 1931)
  • 1851 – Graciano López Jaena, Filipino journalist (d. 1896)
  • 1856 – J. J. Thomson, English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1940)
  • 1860 – Edward MacDowell, American pianist and composer (d. 1908)
  • 1861 – Lionel Monckton, English composer and critic (d. 1924)
  • 1863 – Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (d. 1914)
  • 1867 – Foxhall P. Keene, American polo player and horse breeder (d. 1941)
  • 1869 – Edward Willis Redfield, American painter and educator (d. 1965)
  • 1870 – Saki, British short story writer (d. 1916)
  • 1873 – Francis Burton Harrison, American general and politician, 6th Governor-General of the Philippines (d. 1957)
  • 1875 – Matt McGrath, Irish-American hammer thrower (d. 1941)
  • 1878 – Joseph Stalin, Georgian-Russian marshal and politician, 4th Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1953)
  • 1879 – Paul Klee, Swiss-German painter and educator (d. 1940)
  • 1882 – Richard Maury, American-Argentinian engineer, designed the Salta–Antofagasta railway (d. 1950)
  • 1884 – Emil Starkenstein, Czech pharmacologist, co-founded clinical pharmacology (d. 1942)
  • 1886 – Ty Cobb, American baseball player and manager (d. 1961)
  • 1887 – Bhikhari Thakur, Indian actor, singer, and playwright (d. 1971)
  • 1888 – Gladys Cooper, English actress and singer (d. 1971)
  • 1888 – Robert Moses, American urban planner (d. 1981)
  • 1890 – Edwin Howard Armstrong, American engineer, invented FM radio (d. 1954)
  • 1896 – Gerald Barry, English colonel and cricketer (d. 1977)
  • 1897 – Fletcher Henderson, American pianist and composer (d. 1952)
  • 1899 – Peter Wessel Zapffe, Norwegian philosopher and author (d. 1990)
  • 1904 – George Stevens, American director, producer, screenwriter, and cinematographer (d. 1975)
  • 1907 – Bill Holland, American race car driver (d. 1984)
  • 1907 – Lawrence Lucie, American guitarist and educator (d. 2009)
  • 1908 – Celia Johnson, English actress (d. 1982)
  • 1908 – Paul Siple, American geographer and explorer (d. 1969)
  • 1910 – Abe Burrows, American author, playwright, and director (d. 1985)
  • 1910 – Eric Tindill, New Zealand rugby player, cricketer, and umpire (d. 2010)
  • 1911 – Jules Dassin, American-Greek actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2008)
  • 1912 – Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., American general and pilot (d. 2002)
  • 1913 – Alfred Bester, American author and screenwriter (d. 1987)
  • 1913 – Willy Brandt, German politician, 4th Chancellor of Germany, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1992)
  • 1913 – Ray Meyer, American basketball player and coach (d. 2006)
  • 1916 – Douglas Fraser, Scottish-American trade union leader and academic (d. 2008)
  • 1916 – Betty Grable, American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1973)
  • 1917 – Ossie Davis, American actor and activist (d. 2005)
  • 1920 – Robert Leckie, American soldier and author (d. 2001)
  • 1922 – Jack Brooks, American colonel, lawyer, and politician (d. 2012)
  • 1922 – Esther Lederberg, American microbiologist (d. 2006)
  • 1923 – Edwin Bramall, Baron Bramall, English field marshal and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London (d. 2019)
  • 1927 – Ramsey Clark, American lawyer and politician, 66th United States Attorney General (d. 2021)
  • 1927 – Roméo LeBlanc, Canadian journalist and politician, 25th Governor General of Canada (d. 2009)
  • 1928 – Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Indian-English caliph and author (d. 2003)
  • 1928 – Harold Land, American tenor saxophonist (d. 2001)
  • 1929 – Gino Cimoli, American baseball player (d. 2011)
  • 1929 – Józef Glemp, Polish cardinal (d. 2013)
  • 1930 – Moose Skowron, American baseball player (d. 2012)
  • 1931 – Allen Klein, American businessman and music publisher (d. 2009)
  • 1931 – Alison Plowden, English historian and author (d. 2007)
  • 1931 – Bill Thompson, American television host (d. 2014)
  • 1932 – Norm Provan, Australian rugby league player, coach, and businessman
  • 1932 – Roger Smith, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2017)
  • 1933 – Lonnie Brooks, American blues singer and guitarist (d. 2017)
  • 1934 – Marc Rich, Belgian-American businessman, founded Glencore (d. 2013)
  • 1934 – Boris Volynov, Russian colonel, engineer, and astronaut
  • 1935 – Rosemary Leach, English actress (d. 2017)
  • 1935 – Jacques Pépin, French-American chef and author
  • 1936 – Malcolm Kirk, English rugby player and wrestler (d. 1987)
  • 1937 – Nancy Ryles, American politician (d. 1990)
  • 1938 – Chas Chandler, English bass player and producer (d. 1996)
  • 1938 – Joel Hirschhorn, American songwriter and composer (d. 2005)
  • 1939 – Michael Moorcock, English author and songwriter
  • 1939 – Harold E. Varmus, American biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1940 – Ilario Castagner, Italian football manager
  • 1940 – John Cooper, English sprinter and hurdler (d. 1974)
  • 1941 – Sam Andrew, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2015)
  • 1941 – Wadada Leo Smith, American trumpet player and composer
  • 1941 – Joan Wallach Scott, American historian, author, and academic
  • 1942 – Lenore Blum, American mathematician and academic
  • 1942 – Bobby Keyes, Australian rugby league player
  • 1943 – Bobby Keys, American saxophone player (d. 2014)
  • 1943 – Keith Richards, English musician
  • 1943 – Alan Rudolph, American director and screenwriter
  • 1944 – Crispian Steele-Perkins, English trumpet player and educator
  • 1945 – Jean Pronovost, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
  • 1946 – Steve Biko, South African activist, founded the Black Consciousness Movement (d. 1977)
  • 1946 – Steven Spielberg, American director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded DreamWorks
  • 1947 – Leonid Yuzefovich, Russian author and screenwriter
  • 1948 – Bill Nelson, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1948 – Mimmo Paladino, Italian sculptor and painter
  • 1948 – Laurent Voulzy, French-English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1949 – David A. Johnston, American volcanologist and geologist (d. 1980)
  • 1950 – Gillian Armstrong, Australian director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1950 – Randy Castillo, American drummer and songwriter (d. 2002)
  • 1950 – Sarath Fonseka, Sri Lankan general and politician
  • 1950 – Lizmark, Mexican wrestler (d. 2015)
  • 1950 – Leonard Maltin, American historian, author, and critic
  • 1951 – Bobby Jones, American basketball player
  • 1952 – John Leventhal, American songwriter and producer
  • 1953 – Elliot Easton, American guitarist and singer
  • 1954 – John Booth, English race car driver
  • 1954 – Ray Liotta, American actor
  • 1954 – Willi Wülbeck, German runner
  • 1955 – Vijay Mallya, Indian businessman and politician
  • 1955 – Bogusław Mamiński, Polish runner
  • 1957 – Jonathan Cainer, English astrologer and author (d. 2016)
  • 1958 – Geordie Walker, English guitarist
  • 1958 – Julia Wolfe, American composer and educator
  • 1960 – Kazuhide Uekusa, Japanese economist and academic
  • 1960 – Naoko Yamano, Japanese singer, guitarist and composer
  • 1961 – Brian Orser, Canadian figure skater and coach
  • 1961 – Leila Steinberg, American singer, producer, author, and poet
  • 1961 – Daniel S. Loeb, American businessman and philanthropist, founded Third Point Management
  • 1961 – Lalchand Rajput, former Indian cricketer
  • 1963 – Greg D’Angelo, American drummer
  • 1963 – Karl Dorrell, American football player and coach
  • 1963 – Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundian soldier and politician, President of Burundi (d. 2020)
  • 1963 – Charles Oakley, American basketball player and coach
  • 1963 – Brad Pitt, American actor and producer
  • 1964 – Stone Cold Steve Austin, American wrestler and producer
  • 1964 – Don Beebe, American football player and coach
  • 1965 – Shawn Christian, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1965 – Manuel Peña Escontrela, Spanish footballer (d. 2012)
  • 1966 – Gianluca Pagliuca, Italian footballer and sportscaster
  • 1967 – Toine van Peperstraten, Dutch journalist
  • 1967 – Mille Petrozza, German singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1968 – Mario Basler, German footballer and manager
  • 1968 – Rachel Griffiths, Australian actress
  • 1968 – Alejandro Sanz, Spanish singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1968 – Casper Van Dien, American actor and producer
  • 1969 – Santiago Cañizares, Spanish footballer
  • 1969 – Justin Edinburgh, English footballer and manager (d. 2019)
  • 1969 – Akira Iida, Japanese race car driver
  • 1970 – DMX, American rapper and actor (d. 2021)
  • 1970 – Lucious Harris, American basketball player
  • 1970 – Giannis Ploutarhos, Greek singer-songwriter
  • 1970 – Rob Van Dam, American wrestler
  • 1970 – Jonathan Yeo, English painter
  • 1970 – Norman Brown, American singer and guitarist
  • 1971 – Barkha Dutt, Indian journalist
  • 1971 – Noriko Matsueda, Japanese pianist and composer
  • 1971 – Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Spanish tennis player and sportscaster
  • 1972 – Anzhela Balakhonova, Ukrainian pole vaulter
  • 1972 – Raymond Herrera, American drummer and songwriter
  • 1973 – Fatuma Roba, Ethiopian runner
  • 1974 – Peter Boulware, American football player and politician
  • 1974 – Knut Schreiner, Norwegian singer, guitarist, and producer
  • 1975 – Sia, Australian singer-songwriter
  • 1975 – Randy Houser, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1975 – Trish Stratus, Canadian wrestler and actress
  • 1977 – José Acevedo, Dominican baseball player
  • 1977 – Claudia Gesell, German runner
  • 1978 – Daniel Cleary, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1978 – Ali Curtis, American soccer player
  • 1978 – Josh Dallas, American actor
  • 1978 – Katie Holmes, American actress
  • 1980 – Christina Aguilera, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
  • 1980 – Neil Fingleton, English actor and basketball player, one of the tallest 25 men in the world (d. 2017)
  • 1980 – Benjamin Watson, American football player
  • 1983 – Andy Fantuz, Canadian football player
  • 1984 – Brian Boyle, American ice hockey player
  • 1984 – Paul Harrison, English footballer
  • 1984 – Giuliano Razzoli, Italian skier
  • 1984 – Derrick Tribbett, American bass player and singer
  • 1986 – François Hamelin, Canadian speed skater
  • 1986 – Usman Khawaja, Pakistani-Australian cricketer
  • 1987 – Miki Ando, Japanese figure skater
  • 1988 – Lizzie Deignan, English cyclist
  • 1988 – Seth Doege, American football player
  • 1988 – Brianne Theisen-Eaton, Canadian heptathlete
  • 1988 – Imad Wasim, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1990 – Sierra Kay, American singer-songwriter
  • 1990 – Victor Hedman, Swedish ice hockey defenceman
  • 1991 – Marcus Butler, English internet celebrity
  • 1992 – Bridgit Mendler, American singer, songwriter and actress
  • 1992 – Ryan Crouser, American shot putter
  • 1993 – Byron Buxton, American baseball player
  • 1993 – Thomas Lam, Finnish professional football defender
  • 1994 – Natália Kelly, American-Austrian singer
  • 1994 – Gerard Gumbau, Spanish professional footballer
  • 1995 – Barbora Krejčíková, Czech tennis player
  • 2001 – Billie Eilish, American singer
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Deaths

  • 919 – Lady Wu, wife of Qian Liu (b. 858)
  • 933 – Yaonian Yanmujin, Chinese empress dowager
  • 1075 – Edith of Wessex (b. 1025)
  • 1133 – Hildebert, French poet and scholar (b. 1055)
  • 1290 – Magnus III, king of Sweden (b. 1240)
  • 1442 – Pierre Cauchon, French Catholic bishop (b. 1371)
  • 1495 – Alfonso II of Naples (b. 1448)
  • 1577 – Anna of Saxony, Princess consort of Orange (b. 1544)
  • 1645 – Nur Jahan, empress consort of the Mughal Empire (b. 1577)
  • 1651 – William Brabazon, 1st Earl of Meath, English lawyer and politician (b. 1580)
  • 1692 – Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff, German scholar and politician (b. 1626)
  • 1737 – Antonio Stradivari, Italian instrument maker (b. 1644)
  • 1787 – Soame Jenyns, English poet and politician (b. 1704)
  • 1799 – Jean-Étienne Montucla, French mathematician and historian (b. 1725)
  • 1803 – Johann Gottfried Herder, German philosopher, theologian, and poet (b. 1744)
  • 1829 – Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, French soldier, biologist, and academic (b. 1744)
  • 1843 – Thomas Graham, 1st Baron Lynedoch, Scottish-English general and politician (b. 1748)
  • 1848 – Bernard Bolzano, Bohemian priest and mathematician (b. 1781)
  • 1864 – José Justo Corro, Mexican politician and president, (1836-1837) (b. 1794)
  • 1869 – Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American pianist and composer (b. 1829)
  • 1880 – Michel Chasles, French mathematician and academic (b. 1793)
  • 1892 – Richard Owen, English biologist, anatomist, and paleontologist (b. 1804)
  • 1919 – John Alcock, English captain and pilot (b. 1892)
  • 1922 – Sir Carl Meyer, 1st Baronet, German-English banker and businessman (b. 1851)
  • 1925 – Hamo Thornycroft, English sculptor and academic (b. 1850)
  • 1932 – Eduard Bernstein, German theorist and politician (b. 1850)
  • 1936 – Andrija Mohorovičić, Croatian meteorologist and seismologist (b. 1857)
  • 1939 – Ernest Lawson, Canadian-American painter (b. 1873)
  • 1961 – Leo Reisman, American violinist and bandleader (b. 1897)
  • 1969 – Charles Dvorak, American pole vaulter and coach (b. 1878)
  • 1971 – Bobby Jones, American golfer and lawyer (b. 1902)
  • 1971 – Diana Lynn, American actress (b. 1926)
  • 1973 – Allamah Rasheed Turabi, Indian-Pakistani religious leader and philosopher (b. 1908)
  • 1974 – Harry Hooper, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1887)
  • 1975 – Theodosius Dobzhansky, Ukrainian geneticist and biologist (b. 1900)
  • 1977 – Michio Nishizawa, Japanese baseball player and manager (b. 1921)
  • 1977 – Louis Untermeyer American poet, anthologist, critic (b. 1885)
  • 1980 – Dobriša Cesarić, Croatian poet and translator (b. 1902)
  • 1980 – Alexei Kosygin, Russian soldier and politician, 8th Premier of the Soviet Union (b. 1904)
  • 1982 – Hans-Ulrich Rudel, German colonel and pilot (b. 1916)
  • 1985 – Xuân Diệu, Vietnamese poet and author (b. 1916)
  • 1987 – Conny Plank, German keyboard player and producer (b. 1940)
  • 1988 – Niyazi Berkes, Turkish Cypriot-English sociologist and academic (b. 1908)
  • 1990 – Anne Revere, American actress (b. 1903)
  • 1990 – Paul Tortelier, French cellist and composer (b. 1914)
  • 1990 – Joseph Zubin, Lithuanian-American psychologist and academic (b. 1900)
  • 1991 – George Abecassis, English race car driver (b. 1913)
  • 1992 – Mark Goodson, American game show producer, created Family Feud and The Price Is Right (b. 1915)
  • 1993 – Helm Glöckler, German race car driver (b. 1909)
  • 1993 – Sam Wanamaker, American-English actor, director, and producer (b. 1919)
  • 1994 – Roger Apéry, Greek-French mathematician and academic (b. 1916)
  • 1994 – Lilia Skala, Austrian-American actress (b. 1896)
  • 1995 – Brian Brockless, English organist, composer, and conductor (b. 1926)
  • 1995 – Ross Thomas, American author (b. 1926)
  • 1995 – Konrad Zuse, German engineer, designed the Z3 computer (b. 1910)
  • 1996 – Yulii Borisovich Khariton, Russian physicist and academic (b. 1904)
  • 1996 – Irving Caesar, American composer (b. 1895)
  • 1997 – Chris Farley, American comedian and actor (b. 1964)
  • 1998 – Lev Dyomin, Russian colonel, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1926)
  • 1999 – Robert Bresson, French director and screenwriter (b. 1901)
  • 2000 – Stan Fox, American race car driver (b. 1952)
  • 2000 – Randolph Apperson Hearst, American businessman (b. 1915)
  • 2000 – Kirsty MacColl, British singer-songwriter (b. 1959)
  • 2001 – Gilbert Bécaud, French singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor (b. 1927)
  • 2001 – Dimitris Dragatakis, Greek violinist and composer (b. 1914)
  • 2001 – Marcel Mule, French saxophonist and educator (b. 1901)
  • 2002 – Necip Hablemitoğlu, Turkish historian and academic (b. 1954)
  • 2002 – Ray Hnatyshyn, Canadian lawyer and politician, 24th Governor General of Canada (b. 1934)
  • 2002 – Wayne Owens, American lawyer and politician (b. 1937)
  • 2002 – Lucy Grealy, Irish-American author (b. 1963)
  • 2004 – Anthony Sampson, English journalist and author (b. 1926)
  • 2005 – Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (b. 1922)
  • 2006 – Joseph Barbera, American animator, director, and producer, co-founded Hanna-Barbera (b. 1911)
  • 2006 – Ruth Bernhard, German-American photographer (b. 1905)
  • 2006 – Shaukat Siddiqui, Pakistani author and activist (b. 1923)
  • 2007 – Hans Billian, Polish-German actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1918)
  • 2007 – Gerald Le Dain, Canadian lawyer and judge (b. 1924)
  • 2007 – William Strauss, American author and playwright (b. 1947)
  • 2007 – Alan Wagner, American businessman and critic (b. 1931)
  • 2008 – Majel Barrett, American actress and producer (b. 1932)
  • 2008 – Mark Felt, American FBI agent and informant (b. 1913)
  • 2010 – Phil Cavarretta, American baseball player and manager (b. 1916)
  • 2010 – Jacqueline de Romilly, French philologist, author, and scholar (b. 1913)
  • 2010 – Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Italian economist and politician, Italian Minister of Economy and Finances (b. 1940)
  • 2010 – James Pickles, English judge and journalist (b. 1925)
  • 2011 – Václav Havel, Czech poet, playwright, and politician, 1st President of the Czech Republic (b. 1936)
  • 2012 – Frank Macchiarola, American lawyer and academic (b. 1941)
  • 2012 – Mustafa Ould Salek, Mauritanian colonel and politician, President of Mauritania (b. 1936)
  • 2012 – Jim Whalen, American football player (b. 1943)
  • 2012 – Anatoliy Zayaev, Ukrainian footballer, coach, and manager (b. 1931)
  • 2013 – Ken Hutcherson, American football player (b. 1952)
  • 2013 – Graham Mackay, South African-English businessman (b. 1949)
  • 2014 – Donald J. Albosta, American soldier and politician (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – Gideon Ben-Yisrael, Israeli soldier and politician (b. 1923)
  • 2014 – Larry Henley, American singer-songwriter (b. 1937)
  • 2014 – Virna Lisi, Italian actress (b. 1936)
  • 2014 – Mandy Rice-Davies, English model and actress (b. 1944)
  • 2014 – Robert Simpson, American meteorologist and author (b. 1912)
  • 2015 – Luc Brewaeys, Belgian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1959)
  • 2015 – Helge Solum Larsen, Norwegian businessman and politician (b. 1969)
  • 2016 – Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian-American actress and socialite (b. 1917)
  • 2017 – Kim Jong-hyun, South Korean singer (b. 1990)
  • 2020 – Jerry Relph, American politician and member of the Minnesota Senate (b. 1944)
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Holidays and observances

  • Christian feast day:
    • Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    • Flannán
    • Gatianus of Tours
    • O Adonai
    • Our Lady of Expectation
    • Sebastian (Eastern Orthodox Church)
    • Winibald
    • December 18 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • International Migrants Day
  • National Day (Qatar)
  • Republic Day (Niger)
  • UN Arabic Language Day (United Nations)

  • BBC: On This Day
  • The New York Times: On This Day
  • Historical Events on December 18
  • Today in Canadian History

December 18 Day, the conclusion

Here, we strive to thoroughly research and report details of each one as accurately as possible.

This calendar for the national days of December (December 18 in particular) gives a quick look at the day of the month to find out what food, drink or topic December 18 day celebrates.

Every day of the month is like a new chapter in a book that you haven’t read before. Use this handy list to help plan for the month ahead for your favorite national day.

Check out more December events, December holidays, events and observances. or by checking any date from the calendar below.

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