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 This day in History - December 18
361 Historic Events for December 18
1976

"A Star is Born," with Barbra Striesand, premieres

Event
1976

Soviet dissident Viktor Bukovskiexchanged for Chile CP-leader Corvalan

Event
1977

Cyril Ritchard, actor (Peter Pan), dies at 80

Death
1977

Louis Untermeyer, poet/critic/TV panelist (What's My Line), dies at 92

Death
1977

Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 42, Nate Thumond

Event
1977

Dutch Antilles: premier Boy Rozendal points independence off

Event
1978

USSR performs underground nuclear test

Event
1978

France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island

Event
1978

Naomi Lang, Arcata Calif, dance skater (and Peter Tchernyshev)

Birth
1979

Stanley Barrett 1st to exceed land sonic speed (739.666 MPH)

Event
1980

Alexei N Kosygin, Soviet PM (1964-80), suffers heart attack at 76

Death
1980

Vietnam adopts constitution

Event
1980

IRA's Sean McKenna becomes critically ill, ends hunger strike

Event
1980

Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts minister Van Agts abortion laws

Event
1980

Bruce Sprinsteen's concert at Madison Sq Garden

Event
1981

Mehmet Shehu, PM Albania (1954-81)/"US-Russ spy", commits suicide

Death
1982

Tibor de Machula, Hungary/Neth cellist, dies at 70

Death
1982

Raymond Emery, cricketer (2 Tests NZ v WI 1952, 46 runs, 2 wkts), dies

Death
1982

Flight readiness firing of Challenger's main engines; 20 seconds

Event
1983

NBA San Diego Clippers ends 29 game road losing streak

Event
1984

73rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats USA in Gothenburg (4-1)

Event
1985

"Jerry's Girls" opens at St James Theater NYC for 139 performances

Event
1985

UN Security Council unanimously condemns "acts of hostage-taking"

Event
1986

Mr Gates, serves as acting director of CIA

Event
1986

Mamo Clark, actor (1 Million BC, Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island), dies

Death