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Today in History
Today in History: Thursday, December  18, 2014
AP Highlight in History:
On Dec. 18, 1865, slavery ended in the United States as the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was declared in effect.
 
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On this date in:
1787New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1886Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb was born in Narrows, Ga.
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1892Peter Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite" premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia.
1915President Woodrow Wilson, widowed the year before, married Edith Bolling Galt.
1944The Supreme Court upheld the wartime relocation of Japanese-Americans.
1957The first nuclear facility in the United States to generate electricity, the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, went online.
1958The world's first communications satellite was launched by the United States aboard an Atlas rocket.
1969Britain's Parliament abolished the death penalty for murder.
1972The United States began the heaviest bombing of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
1987Ivan F. Boesky was sentenced to three years in prison for plotting Wall Street's biggest insider-trading scandal.
2003A judge in Seattle sentenced confessed Green River killer Gary Ridgeway to 48 consecutive life terms.
2003A 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.)
2008A 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.
2009Reality TV stars Jon and Kate Gosselin, parents of eight children, divorced.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Brad Pitt turns 51 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Ramsey ClarkFormer U.S. attorney general87
Steven SpielbergDirector, producer68
Leonard MaltinMovie critic64
Elliot EastonRock musician (The Cars)61
Ray LiottaActor59
Rachel GriffithsActress46
Cowboy TroyCountry singer, rapper ("Nashville Star")44
DMXRapper44
Arantxa Sanchez VicarioTennis Hall of Famer43
Katie HolmesActress36
Christina AguileraSinger34
Rock musician Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) turns 71 years old today.
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