This Day In History
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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in 1644

John Milton publishes «Areopagitica»,...
John Milton publishes «Areopagitica», a pamphlet decrying censorship. Areopagitica: A speech of Mr. John Milton for the liberty of unlicensed printing to the Parliament of England is a 1644 prose polemical tract by English author John Milton against censorship. Areopagitica is among history's most influential and impassioned philosophical defences of the principle of a right to freedom of speech and expression, which was written in opposition to licensing and censorship and is regarded as one of the most eloquent defences of press freedom ever written.
Areopagitica, John Milton

in 1889

The first jukebox goes into operation at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco. A jukebox is a partially automated music-playing device, usually a coin-operated machine, that will play a patron's selection from self-contained media. The classic jukebox has buttons with letters and numbers on them that, when entered in combination, are used to play a specific selection.
jukebox, San Francisco

in 1963

William Hartnell in a publicity still as the First Doctor
William Hartnell in a publicity still as the First Doctor
The BBC broadcasts the first ever episode of «Doctor Who» which is the world's longest running science fiction drama. «Doctor Who» is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a time-travelling humanoid alien known as the Doctor who explores the universe in a sentient time machine called the TARDIS that flies through time and space, whose exterior appears as a blue police box. Along with a succession of companions, he faces a variety of foes while working to save civilisations, help people, and right wrongs.
Doctor Who, BBC

Births

in 1804
Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce was the 14th President of the United States (1853-1857) and is the only President from New Hampshire. Pierce was a Democrat and a "doughface" (a Northerner with Southern sympathies) who served in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. Pierce took part in the Mexican-American War and became a brigadier general in the Army.
in 1926
Sathya Sai Baba

Śri Sathya Sai Baba was an Indian guru, spiritual figure, mystic, philanthropist and educator. He claimed to be the reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi, considered a spiritual saint and a reputed miracle worker, who died in 1918 and whose teachings were an eclectic blend of Hindu and Muslim beliefs.
in 1992
Miley Cyrus

Miley Ray Cyrus is an American actress and pop singer-songwriter. She achieved wide fame for her role as Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel sitcom Hannah Montana.

Deaths

in 1972
Marie Wilson

Katherine Elisabeth Wilson, better known by her stage name, Marie Wilson, was an American radio, film, and television actress. She may have been remembered best as the title character in My Friend Irma.
in 1991
Klaus Kinski

Klaus Kinski, born Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski, was a German actor. He appeared in more than 130 films, and is perhaps best-remembered as a leading role actor in Werner Herzog films: Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Woyzeck (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982) and Cobra Verde (1987).
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