On this day
The Second Punic War took place
In 218 BC, during the Second Punic War, the Battle of the Trebia took place. Hannibal’s Carthaginian army defeated the Roman forces on Italian soil. A battle that might be long ago now, but one that historians still look back on and remember!
A new dynasty began in China
In 1271, Kublai Khan renamed his empire "Yuan" (元 yuán). This marked the beginning of the Yuan Dynasty of China. The Yuan dynasty would last until around 1368 according to the history books – so a long reign started today!
The people of New Zealand were spotted
In 1642, Abel Tasman's expedition sailed around the Farewell Spit into Golden Bay. During the expedition, there was the first sighting of the local Māori in New Zealand. Tasman, in fact, named the region of Tasmania!
The 18th Amendment passed
In 1917, the US Constitution’s 18th amendment, which allowed the prohibition of alcohol, was approved by the US Congress. It was then sent to the states for ratification. Thankfully for millions of Americans, prohibition didn’t last long – and it hasn’t been reinstated since!
The Shippingport Atomic Power Station started working
In 1957, the World’s first ever full-scale nuclear power plant, for peacetime use only, began working. It was situated at the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania. It’s safe to say it led the way for efficient power for the decades to come.
Special Days Falling on December 18thWe’re so close to Christmas now, we can all practically smell the goose and roast vegetables! But, there’s still a while to go, so let’s focus on some of the other events that make December so special! For example, here are some of the biggest events taking place around the world today.
Arabic Language Day
Every December 18th, the Arabic-speaking world celebrates their language – it's a tongue and form of writing that's been used for over a thousand years – and it's said to have stemmed from ancient proto-Semitic communication. Believe it or not, more than 400 million people speak Arabic all over the world – so why shouldn't it have a special day, honestly?
Guru Ghasidas Jayanti
This Indian holiday, falling every year on December 18th, is celebrated within the state of Chhattisgarh. It’s a special occasion to mark the birth of Guru Ghasidas, who would be celebrating today. Ghasidas, who was born in 1756, cared deeply about ridding the world of social inequality, and first set up the Satnami community in the areas of Chhattisgarh. The community’s holding strong today, committed to the cause.
Qatar National Day
Qatar National Day, also known as Founder’s Day, is celebrated every December 18th. It celebrates the rise of Sheikh Jassem. He was known as the father and founder of Qatar. So, the people of Qatar celebrate the country’s rebirth, and their lives today!