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 This day in History - December 18
361 Historic Events for December 18
1732

Johann Valentin Eckelt, composer, dies at 59

Death
1734

Jean-Baptiste Rey, composer

Birth
1737

Antonio Stradivari, renowned violin-maker, dies in Cremona Italy at 93

Death
1751

Kilian I von Dientzenhofer, builder (Nepomukkerk, Prague), dies at 62

Death
1760

Knud L Rahbek, Danish literary (Om sku skuespillerkunsten)

Birth
1774

Empress Maria Theresa expels Jews from Prague, Bohemia and Moravia

Event
1777

1st national Thanksgiving Day, commemorating Burgoyne's surrender

Event
1779

Joseph Grimaldi, England, pantomimist ("greatest clown in history")

Birth
1779

Jan Punt, engraver/illustrator/actor (Gideonschool), dies at 68

Death
1783

English king George III fires govt of Portland

Event
1786

Carl Maria von Weber, Germany, romantic composer (Der Freischutz)

Birth
1787

New Jersey becomes 3rd state to ratify constitution

Event
1788

Camille Pleyel, Austria, piano builder/composer

Birth
1796

1st US newspaper to appear on Sunday (Baltimore Monitor)

Event
1799

George Washington's body interred at Mount Vernon

Event
1803

Johann G von Herder, German philosopher/theologist/poet, dies at 59

Death
1803

William Allen, (Rep/Gov-Oh)

Birth
1811

Alexander Sandor Asboth, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1868

Birth
1812

Wiktor Kazynski, composer

Birth
1813

British take Ft Niagara in War of 1812

Event
1816

Alfred Elzey Jones, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1871

Birth
1819

Jakov P Polonski, Russian poet (Stichotvorenija)

Birth
1825

Charles Griffin, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1867

Birth
1826

Mercer Brooke John, (Confederate Navy), died in 1906

Birth
1826

Charles-A Chatrian, [Erckmann-C], French writer (L'ami Fritz)

Birth