December 18: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1777 - The United States celebrates its firstThanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the Americans over British General John Burgoyne in the Battle of Saratoga in October.
- 1787 - New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
- 1892 - Premiere performance of The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
- 1958 - Project SCORE, the world's first communications satellite, is launched.
- 1966 - Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker.
- Famous Birthdays: J. J. Thomson (English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate), Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, Edwin Armstrong (American engineer, invented FM radio), Harold E. Varmus (American scientist, Nobel Prize laureate), Steven Spielberg (American director)
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