On This Day In History, 18 December

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World Events Today

  • The Battle of Verdun, the longest battle of World War I, ended in German defeat today in 1916, there was an estimated 800,000 or so casualties
  • Project SCORE, which stands for, Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equipment, the world’s first purpose-built communications satellite was launched today in 1958, from Cape Canaveral
  • A meteor, with more than 10 times the energy of the atomic blast at Hiroshima, exploded about 16 miles, 26 kilometers, above the Bering Sea today in 2018

Entertainment Events Today

  • Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker Suite, premiered today in 1892 in Saint Petersburg
  • The Pink Panther movie, featuring an inept French police detective, Inspector Jacques Clouseau, played by Peter Sellers, was released today in 1963
  • With just 7 wins from his first 17 Premier League games, José Mourinho was sacked as manager of Manchester United today in 2018

Family Events Today

  • Joseph Stalin, the Dictator and General Secretary of the Soviet Union, was born today in 1878 in Georgia
  • The co-founder of the British Rock band the Rolling Stones, Keith Richard, was born today in 1943 in Dartford
  • The American movie maker Steven Allan Spielberg, whose hit movies include the classics Jaws and ET, was born today in 1946 in Cincinnati

Main Event Today

  • Charles Dawson announced the discovery of Piltdown Man, the “missing link” between ape and man, today in 1912, it was later proven to be a hoax

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Roast Suckling Pig Day

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