December 18 | Facts
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.