THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Today is Sunday, Dec. 18, the 353rd day of 2016. There are 13 days left in the year.
IN THE NATION
1865: The 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery, was declared in effect by Secretary of State William H. Seward. 1944: The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the government’s wartime evacuation of people of Japanese descent from the West Coast while at the same time ruling that “concededly loyal” Americans of Japanese ancestry could not continue to be detained.
IN THE WORLD
2015: United Nations Security Council members unanimously approved a resolution endorsing a peace process for Syria.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark is 89. Rock singer-musician Keith Richards is 73. Movie producer-director Steven Spielberg is 70. Movie director Gillian Armstrong is 66. Movie reviewer Leonard Maltin is 66. Actor Ray Liotta is 61. Actor Brad Pitt is 53. Professional wrestler-turned-actor “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is 52. Rapper DMX is 46. Actress Katie Holmes is 38.