ON THIS DAY: December 18, 2016

December 18th is


Arabic Language Day *

Bake Cookies Day

I Love Honey Day


International Migrants Day *


MORE! Paul Klee, Jacques Pépin and Gillian Armstrong, click



India – Chhattisgarh:international Flags
Guru Ghasidas Jayanti

Niger – Republic Day

Qatar – Founder’s Day

United States – New York NY:
St. John Early Music Festival


On This Day in HISTORY

1655 – The Whitehall Conference, convened by Oliver Cromwell, ends with the determination that there was no law preventing Jews from re-entering England after the Edict of Expulsion of 1290

1707 – Charles Wesley born, English missionary-composer, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

1787 – New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution

1847 – Augusta Holmès born, French composer of Irish descent

1862 – Hospital for Ruptured and Crippled, the first orthopedic hospital is organized in New York City

1865 – US Secretary of State William Seward proclaims the adoption of the Thirteenth Amendment, prohibiting slavery throughout the USA.

1870 – Saki (H.H. Munro) born, Burmese-English author and playwright


1879 – Paul Klee born, Swiss-German painter


1898 – A new automobile speed record is set at 39 mph (63 kph)

1903 – The Panama Canal Zone is acquired ‘in perpetuity’ by the U.S. for an annual rent

1920 – Conductor Arturo Toscanini makes his first recording for Victor Records

1931 – Alison Plowden born, English historian, Young Elizabeth 

1935 – Jacques Pépin born, French-American chef and author: “The greatest food for me is to always go back to the family. Simpler is better.”


1943 – Keith Richards born, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, The Rolling Stones

1944 – The U.S. Supreme Court upholds wartime relocation of Japanese-Americans, but states undeniably loyal Americans of Japanese ancestry could not be detained

1950 – Gillian Armstrong born, Australian director-producer-screenwriter, My Brilliant Career, Mrs. Soffel

1956 – To Tell the Truth debuts on CBS-TV

1965 – ‘Taste of Honey’ by Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass is #1 on the charts

1966 – Saturn’s moon Epimetheus is discovered by astronomer Richard Walker

1968 – Alejandro Sánchez Pizarro born, Spanish singer-songwriter

1970 – Divorce becomes legal in Italy

1973 – The Islamic Development Bank is founded in Saudi Arabia

1980 – Christina Aguilera born, American singer-songwriter- producer

1981 – First flight of the Russian heavy strategic bomber Tu-160, the world’s largest combat aircraft


1984 – Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” was the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit

1987 – Ivan F. Boesky is sentenced to three years in prison for plotting Wall Street’s biggest insider-trading scandal

1991 – The ‘International Project to Save the Brazilian Rainforests’ is launched


2000 – First International Migrants Day * is designated by the UN General Assembly

2002 – California Governor Gray Davis announces that the state faces a record budget deficit of $35 billion, roughly double the figure reported during his reelection campaign one month earlier

2009 – Avatar is released in the U.S., then becomes the highest grossing film worldwide

2010 – UNESCO starts World Arabic Language Day * to promote cultural understanding and highlight the importance of the Arabic language to world culture




  • Honey
  • International Migrants Day poster
  • International flags
  • Saki (H.H. Munro) quote
  • Katze Lauert, 1939 by Paul Klee
  • Jacques Pépin cooking
  • Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bomber specs
  • Brazilian Amazon Deforestation chart
  • World Arabic Language Day – image processed by CodeCarvings Piczard


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 45 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband and a bewildered Border Collie.
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