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 This day in History - December 18
361 Historic Events for December 18
1945

Birenda Bir Bikram, King of Nepal (1972- )

Birth
1945

Carolyn Wood, US, 4 X 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1960)

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1946

Hubie Green, Birmingham Ala, PGA golfer (US Open 1977)

Birth
1946

Stephen (Steve) Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist

Birth
1946

TV's 1st network dramatic serial "Faraway Hill" ends 2 month run

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1947

Steven Spielberg, Cincinnati, director (ET, Close Encounters, Jaws)

Birth
1947

Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Optissima Pax

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1947

Eddie Antar, founder/CEO (Crazy Eddie Electronics Store)

Birth
1948

Indonesia begins it's 2nd political election

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1948

WDSU TV channel 6 in New Orleans, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting

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1948

Janet Fay, hammered to death by Honeymoon Killers

Death
1948

Bryan "Chas" Changler, Newcastle, rock bassist (Animals)

Birth
1949

Phila Eagles beat LA Rams 14-0 in NFL championship game

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1949

Joni Flynn, Assam India, actress (Octopussy)

Birth
1950

Martha Johnson, Toronto Canada, rocker (M+M)

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1950

Gillian Armstrong, Melbourne Aust, director (High Tide, Mrs Soffel)

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1950

Leonard Maltin, NYC, movie critic (Entertainment Tonight)

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1951

Candice Rialson, Santa Monica Calif, actress (Chatterbox)

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1951

Andrew S Thomas, Adelaide Australia, PhD/astronaut (STS 77, STS 89/91)

Birth
1952

Ellis W Ryan resigns as Cleve Indians president

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1953

Elliot Easton, [Elliot Shapiro], Brooklyn NY, rock guitarist (Cars)

Birth
1953

KMID TV channel 2 in Midland and Odessa, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting

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1953

KATV TV channel 7 in Little Rock, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting

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1954

Ray Liotta, Newark NJ, actor (Sacha-Casablanca, Goodfellas)

Birth
1956

"To Tell the Truth" debuts on CBS-TV

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