Today in history – December 18, 2019

1777 – The United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the American rebels over British General John Burgoyne at Saratoga in October.

1787 – New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1865 – The 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolished slavery in the United States.

1917 – The resolution containing the language of the Eighteenth Amendment to enact Prohibition is passed by Congress.

1957 – The first nuclear facility in the United States to generate electricity, the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, went online.

1972 – Following the collapse of peace talks with North Vietnam, President Richard Nixon announced the beginning of Operation Linebacker II, a bombing campaign against targets in Hanoi and Haiphong.

1977 – United Airlines Flight 2860 crashes near Kaysville, Utah, killing all three crew members on board.