This Day In History
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
On This Day

Events

in 1796

Battle of Arcole –...
Battle of Arcole – French forces defeat the Austrians in Italy. The Battle of Arcole, or Battle of Arcola (15–17 November 1796) saw a bold manœuvre by Napoleon Bonaparte's French Army of Italy to outflank the Austrian army under József Alvinczi and cut its line of retreat. The French victory proved to be the most significant event during the third Austrian attempt to lift the Siege of Mantua during the War of the First Coalition, part of the French Revolutionary Wars. Arcole is located 25 kilometres (16 mi) southeast of Verona on Route SP39.
Arcole, battle, Napoleonic Wars

in 1858

Modified Julian Day zero. Julian day is used in the Julian date (JD) system of time measurement for scientific use by the astronomy community, presenting the interval of time in days and fractions of a day since January 1, 4713 BC Greenwich noon. The term Julian date is widely used to refer to the day-of-year (ordinal date) although incorrectly. Julian date is recommended for astronomical use by the International Astronomical Union.
Julian Day

in 1970

Douglas Engelbart receives the...
Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse. Engelbart received patent US3,541,541 on "X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System". At the time, Engelbart envisaged that users would hold the mouse continuously in one hand and type on a five-key chord keyset with the other. The concept was preceded in the 19th century by the telautograph, which also anticipated the fax machine.
Engelbart, patent, computer mouse

Births

in 1944
Danny DeVito

Daniel Michael DeVito, Jr., better known as Danny DeVito, is an American actor, comedian, director and producer. He first gained prominence for his portrayal of Louie De Palma on the ABC and NBC television series Taxi (1978–1983), for which he won a Golden Globe and an Emmy.
in 1966
Sophie Marceau

Sophie Marceau is a French actress, who has appeared in 38 films. As a teenager, Marceau achieved popularity with her debut films La boum (1980) and La boum 2 (1982), receiving a César Award for Most Promising Actress.

Deaths

in 1917
Auguste Rodin

François-Auguste-René Rodin was a French sculptor. Although Rodin is generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture, he did not set out to rebel against the past. He was schooled traditionally, took a craftsman-like approach to his work, and desired academic recognition, although he was never accepted into Paris's foremost school of art.
in 1998
Esther Rolle

Esther Rolle was an American actress. She was perhaps best known for her portrayal of Florida Evans on the CBS television sitcom Maude and its spin-off series Good Times.
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