On this day in history 18 December
1984: "A Christmas Carol" directed by Clive Donner starring George C. Scott premieres in the US.
1994: Darryl Strawberry pleads not guilty on tax evasion charges.
2002: "The Two Towers", 2nd of the Lord of the Rings films is released.
2002: "The Hours" premieres in the US, based on the novel by Michael Cunningham and starring Meryl Streep.
2002: Fashion designer Calvin Klein announces he is selling his company to shirt-maker Phillips-Van Heusen for $430 million.
2009: James Cameron's "Avatar" starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver.
2012: 6 health workers dispensing polio vaccinations are gunned down in Pakistan.
2017: South Africa's ANC selects Cyril Ramaphosa as leader, to succeed President Jacob Zuma.
2019: US House of Representatives votes to impeach President Donald Trump..
2020: US Vice President Mike Pence receives the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine live on TV.