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December 18

Summary
Events Pre-1600 *1118 – The city of Zaragoza is conquered by king Alfonso I of Aragon from the Almoravid. *1271 – Kublai Khan renames his empire "Yuan" (元 yuán), officially marking the start of the Yuan dynasty of Mongolia and China. *1499 – A rebellion breaks out in Alpujarras in response to the forced conversions of Muslims in Spain. 1601–1900 *1622 – Portuguese forces score a military victory over the Kingdom of Kongo at the Battle of Mbumbi in present-day Angola. *1655 – The Whitehall Conference ends with the determination that there was no law preventing Jews from re-entering England after the Edict of Expulsion of 1290. *1777 – The United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the American rebels over British General John Burgoyne at Saratoga in October. *1787 – New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. *1793 – Surrender of the frigate La Lutine
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