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On December 18th, 1944, in a pair
of rulings, the Supreme Court upheld the wartime
relocation of Japanese-Americans, but also said
undeniably loyal Americans of Japanese ancestry
could not be detained.
On this date:
In 1787, New Jersey became the third state to
ratify the US Constitution.
In 1865, the 13th Amendment
to the Constitution, abolishing slavery, was
declared in effect.
Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite"
publicly premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In 1915, President
Wilson, widowed the year before, married Edith
Bolling Galt at her Washington home.
In 1940, Adolf
Hitler signed a secret directive ordering
preparations for a Nazi invasion of the Soviet
Union. (Operation "Barbarossa" was
launched in June 1941.)
In 1956, Japan was
admitted to the United Nations.
In 1969, Britain's
Parliament abolished the death penalty for
In 1971, the
Reverend Jesse Jackson announced in Chicago the
founding of Operation PUSH (People United to Save
In 1972, the
United States began its heaviest bombing of North
Vietnam at that time during the Vietnam War. (The
bombardment ended 12 days later.)
In 1980, former
Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin died at age 76.
Ten years ago:
Robert E. Robinson, an attorney and alderman in
Savannah, Georgia, was killed by a mail bomb
similar to a device that had claimed the life of
a federal judge in Alabama two days earlier.
(Walter Leroy Moody Junior was later convicted of
both bombings, and is on Alabama's death row.)
Five years ago:
Former US president Jimmy Carter arrived in
Bosnia-Herzegovina on a private mission to seek
an end to 32 months of war.
One year ago: The
House debated articles of impeachment against
President Clinton. US and British forces blasted
Iraq with a third day of airstrikes. South
Carolina carried out the nation's 500th execution
since capital punishment resumed in 1977.
"The only thing we
have to fear on this planet is man."
Carl Jung, Swiss psychologist (1875-1961).