18 December It Happened Today
1737 Death of violin maker Antonio Stradivari.
1779 Birth of English clown and creator of the classic clown make up, Joseph Grimaldi.
1825 Tsar Nicholas I succeeds to the Russian throne.
1913 Birth of American actress Betty Grable.
1943 Birth of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.
1963 Birth of American actor Brad Pitt.