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 This day in History - December 18
361 Historic Events for December 18
1956

Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankee radio-TV announcer

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1956

Reinhold Ewald, Germany, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-25)

Birth
1956

Japan admitted to UN

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1956

Israeli flag hoisted on Mount Sinai

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1957

Shippingport Atomic Power Stn, 1st nuke plant to generate electricity

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1957

John Webster, rocker (Red Ryder-Light in the Tunnel)

Birth
1958

1st test project of Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equip

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1958

Niger gains autonomy within French Community (National Day)

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1958

1st voice from space: recorded Christmas message by Eisenhower

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1959

Barrie Chase, actress (Mardi Gras, Cape Fear)

Birth
1959

Sammy Baugh named 1st coach of NY Titans (AFL)

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1959

Dorothy L Sayers, writer, dies at 66

Death
1960

General Meeting of UN condemns apartheid

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1961

Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 78 points vs LA

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1961

Britain's EMI Records originally rejects the Beatles

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1961

Brian Orser, Canada, figure skater (Olympics-Silver-88)

Birth
1961

Ken Foreman, rocker (Thrashing Doves-Reprobate's Hymm)

Birth
1961

Lalchand Rajput, cricketer (Indian Test opening batsman 1985-86)

Birth
1961

Thomas Strittmatter, writer

Birth
1961

For 2nd cons year, AP names Wilma Rudolph female athlete of year

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1961

KAIL TV channel 53 in Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting

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1961

India annexes Portuguese colonies of Goa, Damao and Diu

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1962

WAIQ TV channel 26 in Montgomery, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting

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1962

Dmitri Shostakovitch' 13th Symphony, premieres in Moscow

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1962

USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

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