On This Day: December 18th
This is 353rd day of the year and 13 days remain in the year.
Violin maker Antonio Stradivari died in Cremona, Italy.
Slavery was abolished with the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
The Supreme Court upheld the wartime internment of Japanese-Americans.
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.
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 BirthdaysSteven Spielberg1946–, American Film Director.
Keith Richardsmusician, songwriter
Ossie Davisactor, director, screenwriter
Arantxa Sanchez Vicariotennis player
Fletcher Hendersonjazz composer and pianist
Ty Cobbbaseball player
Willy Brandtpolitical leader
Edwin Armstrongengineer and radio inventor
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.air force general
Ramsey Clarkattorney general