On This Day in History, December 18

Every once in a while we find ourselves walking down memory lane. Some memories are beautiful, while some are not as impressive.

How about we take that walk and look at the historical events that happened on December 18?

  • 1865 – Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution was adopted.
  • 1915 – U.S. President Wilson, widowed the year before, married Edith Bolling Galt at her Washington home.
  • 1935 – A $1 silver certificate was issued for the first time in the U.S.
  • 1945 – Uruguay joined the United Nations.
  • 1948Indonesia began its 2nd political election.
  • 1956 – Japan was admitted to the United Nations.
  • 1960 – General Meeting of UN condemned apartheid.
  • 1969 – Britain’s Parliament abolished the death penalty for murder.
  • 1970 – Divorce became legal in Italy.
  • 1973 – The IRA launched its Christmas bombing campaign in London.
  • 1978France performed a nuclear test at Mururoa atoll.
  • 1980 – Vietnam adopted a constitution.
  • 1998 – The U.S. House of Representatives began the debate on the four articles of impeachment concerning U.S. President Bill Clinton.
  • 1998Russia recalled its U.S. ambassador in protest of the U.S. attacks on Iraq.
  • 2009 – General Motors announced that it would shut down its Saab brand.
  • 2011 – Václav Havel, the 1st president of the Czech Republic, died.
  • 2018Nevada became the first US state with a female-majority legislature, with new appointments taking it to 51%.
  • 2019 – US House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power  and obstruction of Congress.
  • 2020South Africa announced the detection of new variant of COVID-19, called 501.V2, which is driving a second wave of infections.
  • 2020 – US Vice President Mike Pence receives the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine live on TV.

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