On This Day: December 18th

This is 353rd day of the year and 13 days remain in the year.

in history
Violin maker Antonio Stradivari died in Cremona, Italy.
New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
Slavery was abolished with the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite" premiered at St. Petersburg's Maryinksy Theatre.
The Supreme Court upheld the wartime internment of Japanese-Americans.
Japan was admitted to the United Nations.
The Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania became the first civilian nuclear facility to generate electricity in the United States.
The British Parliament abolished the death penalty for murder.
George W. Bush received 271 votes in the delayed Electoral College balloting.
The Senate votes 65 to 31 in favor of repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the Clinton-era military policy that forbids openly gay men and women from serving in the military.
December 18 Birthdays
Steven Spielberg1946–, American Film Director.
Brad Pittactor
Betty Grableactress
Keith Richardsmusician, songwriter
Ossie Davisactor, director, screenwriter
Arantxa Sanchez Vicariotennis player
Katie Holmesactor
Christina Aguilerasinger
Ray Liottaactor
Fletcher Hendersonjazz composer and pianist
Ty Cobbbaseball player
Paul Kleeartist
Willy Brandtpolitical leader
Edwin Armstrongengineer and radio inventor
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.air force general
Ramsey Clarkattorney general

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