December 18

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on December 18, include:

  • Arabic Language Day 
  • Bake Cookies Day 
  • Flake Appreciation Day 
  • Give a Wine Club Day 
  • International Answer the Telephone Like Buddy the Elf Day 
  • International Migrants day
  • National Ham Salad Day 
  • National Roast Suckling Pig Day 
  • National Twin Day 
  • National Wear a Plunger on your Head Day 

2024 Weekly Holidays that include December 18, are:

  • Advent - December 1 - 24, 2024
  • Christmas Bird Count Week - December 14, 2024 - January 5, 2025
  • Cookie Exchange Week - December 16-20, 2024 (Monday-Friday week before Christmas
  • Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (Winter Enforcement) - December 18, 2024 - January 1, 2025
  • Gluten-Free Baking Week - December 15-21, 2024 (Week Before Christmas)
  • Posadas - December 16-24
  • Saturnalia - December 17-23 
  • Tie One On For Safety Campaign - Runs November 28, 2024 through January 1, 2025 (Thanksgiving to New Year's Day)

2024 Monthly Holidays that include December 18, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our December Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of December.


  • A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  • If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for December 18 is Sagittarius.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for December are:

  • Holly/Narcissus - Sweetness, Self-Esteem, Vanity, The Sweetness of whoever receives it


The Birthstone(s) for December is:

  • Tanzanite
  • Zircon
  • Turquoise

Famous Birthdays

  • 1707 - Charles Wesley, English missionary and composer who wrote over 6,500 hymns (And Can it Be, Christ the Lord is Risen Today, and the carol Hark! The Herald Angels Sing)
  • 1890 - Edwin Howard Armstrong, American engineer who invented FM radio (d. 1954)
  • 1886 - Ty Cobb, American baseball player and manager who spent 22 years with the Detroit Tigers (d. 1961)
  • 1916 - Betty Grable, American actress, singer, and dancer (How to Marry a Millionaire) (d. 1973)
  • 1943 - Keith Richards, English musician who co-found and co-songwriter for the Rolling Stones
  • 1946 - Steven Spielberg, American director, producer and screenwriter who co-founded the DreamWorks film company (Jaws, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Indiana Jones movies, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List)
  • 1963 - Brad Pitt, American actor and producer (Legends of the Fall, Oceans Eleven)
  • 1980 - Christina Aquilera, American singer, songwriter, actress and producer (Genie in a Bottle, What a Girl Wants)

Famous Deaths

  • 2006 - Joseph Barbera, American animator, director, and producer who co-founded Hanna-Barbera (Tom & Jerry, The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons & many more) (b. 1911)
  • 2016 - Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian-American actress (Moulin Rouge) (b. 1917)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1915 - Woodrow Wilson, 28th U.S. President, who was widowed the previous year, marries his second wife Edith Bolling Galt
  • 1932 - Rosa McCauley, Civil rights activist marries Raymond Parks
  • 1968 - Actor Peter Sellers (Pink Panther movies) divorces actress Britt Ekland after 4 years
  • 1983 - Musician Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) marries model Patti Hansen
  • 1993 - Actress Kristina Malandro (General Hospital) marries Actor Jack Wagner (General Hospital, Melrose Place, When Calls the Heart) 

Quote of the Day


 December 18 is Bake Cookies Day!
Bake the World a Better Place 

What is Christmas without Christmas Cookies?


Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
or a Recipe of the Day

Info. to Come!

This Day in History

  • 1777 - The United States celebrates Thanksgiving for the first time
  • 1787 - New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the United States Constitution
  • 1865 - William Seward, U.S. Secretary of State proclaims the adoption of the Thirteenth Amendment which prohibits slavery throughout the United States
  • 1867 - A 7.0Mw earthquake hits off the coast of Taiwan that triggers a tsunami that kills at least 580 people
  • 1917 - A resolution for the Eighteenth Amendment to enact Prohibition is passed by the United States Congress
  • 1958 - The world's first communications satellite, SCORE is launched
  • 1972 - After peace talks collapsed with North Vietnam on December 13th, U.S. President Richard Nixon announces that the U.S. will engage North Vietnam in Operation Linebacker II, a series of Christmas bombings
  • 2002 - The Governor of California Gray Davis announces that California would face a record budget deficit of $35 billion, which is double the number reported during his reelection campaign the previous month
  • 2006 - Malaysia is hit with the first of a series of floods that kill 118, and displace over 400,000 people
  • 2006 - The United Arab Emirates holds its first-ever elections
  • 2015 - The last deep coal mine, Kellingley Colliery in Great Britain closes
  • 2017 - Amtrak Cascades passenger train 501, derailed near DuPont, Washinton killing six people and injuring 70 others

This Day in Music

  • 1892 - The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky premieres in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1961 - The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens hits #1 on the Hot 100
  • 1981 - Rod Stewart holds a concert at the Forum in Los Angeles, CA that is broadcast via satellite to an estimated audience of 35 million. He features Tina Turner on his song Hot Legs (video below)
  • 2009 - The Dave Matthew Band is the highest-grossing touring artist of the 2010's in North American with an estimated $530 million in earnings, due to constant touring and affordable tickets
  • 2020 - McCartney III is released by Paul McCartney who plays all the instruments and writes all the songs

This Day in Sports

  • 1932 - In the first NFL playoff game, the Chicago Bears defeat the Portsmouth Spartans to win the NFL Championship
  • 1959 - Sammy Baugh is named the 1st coach of the New York Titans (AFL)
  • 1988 - The Seattle Seahawks win their 1st division title with 9-7 record

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Pergola (noun)

1. A framework in the form of a passageway of columns that supports a trelliswork roof; used to support and trail climbing plants.

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