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Births on this Day
  • 1709-12-18 - Elizabeth: Empress of Russia (to Peter the Great and Catherine I)
  • 1734-12-18 - Jean-Baptiste Rey: Composer
  • 1760-12-18 - Knud L Rahbek: Danish literary (Om sku skuespillerkunsten)
  • 1779-12-18 - Joseph Grimaldi: England, United Kingdom -- Pantomimist ("greatest clown in history")
  • 1803-12-18 - William Allen: (Rep / Gov-Ohio)
  • 1811-12-18 - Alexander Sandor Asboth: Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1868
  • 1812-12-18 - Wiktor Kazynski: Composer
 

Deaths on this Day
  • 1779-12-18 - Jan Punt: Engraver / illustrator / actor (Gideonschool), dies at 68
  • 1803-12-18 - Johann G von Herder: German philosopher / Theologist / poet, dies at 59
  • 1829-12-18 - Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck: French nature investigator, dies at about 85
  • 1835-12-18 - Johann Georg Anton Mederitsch-Gallus: Composer, dies at 82
  • 1839-12-18 - Charles-Henri Plantade: Composer, dies at 75
  • 1841-12-18 - Felice Blangini: Composer, dies at 60
  • 1858-12-18 - Joseph-Henri-Ignace Mees: Composer, dies at 81
 

Events on this Day
  • 1813-12-18 - British take Ft Niagara in War of 1812
  • 1832-12-18 - Charles Darwins visits Vurland
  • 1839-12-18 - 1st celestial photograph (of Moon) made in US, John Draper, New York City
  • 1849-12-18 - William Bond obtains 1st photograph of Moon through a telescope
  • 1858-12-18 - Passy, at Paris: 1st "Samedi soir" i / d villa of lovers Rossini
  • 1859-12-18 - South Carolina declared an "independent commonwealth"
  • 1862-12-18 - Battle at Lexington, Tennessee (Forrest's Second Raid)
 

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