On This Day in History, Dec. 18

  • 1620 – The Mayflower docks at Plymouth Harbor
  • 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 – Secretary of State William Seward proclaims the adoption of the 13th Amendment prohibiting slavery. 
  • 1886 –Ty Cobb is born. The center fielder played 24 seasons in professional baseball, most of those years with the Detroit Tigers.
  • 1912 – Benjamin O. Davis is born. During World War II, Davis organized and commanded the Tuskegee Airmen. In 1950, he became the first African American promoted to the rank of general in the United States Air Force. He was promoted to full general in 1998.
  • 1917 – Congress passes the 18th Amendment and sends it to the states for ratification. The era of the “Noble Experiment” of Prohibition would soon begin.
  • 1963 – Brad Pitt is born and The Pink Panther premieres in Italy. 
  • 1968 – CBS airs the animated adaption of Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas for the first time.
  • 1977 – United Airlines Flight 2860 crashes near Kaysville, Utah, killing all three crew members on board.