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December 18th Today's Highlights in History

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« on: December 19, 2009, 01:38:14 am »

Friday, December 18th
The 352nd day of 2009.
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Today's Highlights in History

   On Dec. 18, 1957, the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, the first civilian nuclear facility to generate electricity in the United States, went online. (Go to article.)

On Dec. 18, 1888, Robert Moses, the American public servant who supervised the construction of many New York landmarks, including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Shea Stadium , was born. Following his death on July 29, 1981, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   On December 18, 1909, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about airplane travel. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1787    New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1865    Slavery ended in the United States as the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was declared in effect.

1886    Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb was born in Narrows, Ga.

1892    Peter Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite" premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia.

1915    President Woodrow Wilson, widowed the year before, married Edith Bolling Galt.

1944    The Supreme Court upheld the wartime relocation of Japanese-Americans.

1956    Japan was admitted to the United Nations.

1958    The world's first communications satellite was launched by the United States aboard an Atlas rocket.

1969    Britain's Parliament abolished the death penalty for murder.

1972    The United States began the heaviest bombing of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

1987    Ivan F. Boesky was sentenced to three years in prison for plotting Wall Street's biggest insider-trading scandal.

1997    Comedian and "Saturday Night Live" alum Chris Farley was found dead at age 33 of an accidental overdose of morphine and ****.

1998    The House of Representatives began debate on four articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton.

1999    Environmental activist Julia "Butterfly" Hill came down after spending two years living atop an ancient redwood in Humboldt County, Calif., to protest logging.

2003    A judge in Seattle sentenced confessed Green River killer Gary Ridgeway to 48 consecutive life terms.

2003    A jury in Chesapeake, Va., convicted teenager Lee Boyd Malvo of two counts of murder in the Washington-area sniper shootings. (He was later sentenced to life in prison without parole.)

2008    A U.N. court in Tanzania convicted former Rwandan army Col. Theoneste Bagosora of genocide and crimes against humanity for masterminding the killings of more than half a million people in a 100-day slaughter in 1994.

2008    W. Mark Felt, the former FBI second-in-command who'd revealed himself as "Deep Throat" three decades after the Watergate scandal, died at age 95.

Current Birthdays

Brad Pitt turns 46 years old today.

AP Photo/Matt Sayles Actor Brad Pitt turns 46 years old today.

91    Hal Kanter
TV writer, producer

82    Ramsey Clark
Former U.S. attorney general

77    Roger Smith

76    Lonnie Brooks
Blues musician

66    Keith Richards
Rock musician (Rolling Stones)

66    Alan Rudolph
Writer, director

62    Rod Piazza
Blues musician

59    Gillian Armstrong

59    Leonard Maltin
Movie critic

56    Elliot Easton
Rock musician (The Cars)

54    Ray Liotta

53    Ron White

41    Rachel Griffiths

41    Alejandro Sanz

39    Cowboy Troy
Country singer, rapper ("Nashville Star")

39    DMX

38    Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
Tennis Hall of Famer

37    DJ Lethal
DJ (Limp Bizkit)

31    Katie Holmes

29    Christina Aguilera

Historic Birthdays

Robert Moses

12/18/1888 - 7/29/1981
American public works planner; supervised construction of Lincoln Center and Shea Stadium
(Go to obit.)

83    Sir J. J. Thompson
12/18/1856 - 8/30/1940
English physicist

50    Francis Ferdinand
12/18/1863 - 6/28/1914
Austrian archduke

60    Paul Klee
12/18/1879 - 6/29/1940
Swiss painter

74    Ty Cobb
12/18/1886 - 7/17/1961
American baseball player

82    Dame Gladys Cooper
12/18/1888 - 11/17/1971
English actress

70    George Stevens
12/18/1904 - 3/8/1975
American film director

78    Willy Brandt
12/18/1913 - 10/8,9/1992
German statesman

56    Betty Grable
12/18/1916 - 7/2/1973
American actress

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