On December 18 in:

 

1777, The United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the Americans over British forces in the Battle of Saratoga; 

 

1863, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is born; 

 

1892, The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky premiered in Saint Petersburg, Russia ;

 

1943, Keith Richards, English singer songwriter, guitarist, producer and actor (The Rolling Stones, The Dirty Mac and The New Barbarians, is born;