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On This Day: December 18th

This is 352nd day of the year and 13 days remain in the year.

in history
1737
Violin maker Antonio Stradivari died in Cremona, Italy.
1787
New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1865
Slavery was abolished with the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
1892
Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite" premiered at St. Petersburg's Maryinksy Theatre.
1944
The Supreme Court upheld the wartime internment of Japanese-Americans.
1956
Japan was admitted to the United Nations.
1957
The Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania became the first civilian nuclear facility to generate electricity in the United States.
1969
The British Parliament abolished the death penalty for murder.
2000
George W. Bush received 271 votes in the delayed Electoral College balloting.
2010
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.
Brad Pittactor
Betty Grableactress
Keith Richardsmusician, songwriter
Ossie Davisactor, director, screenwriter
Arantxa Sanchez Vicariotennis player
Katie Holmesactor
Christina Aguilerasinger
DMXrapper
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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