7 Great Things That Happened on Dec. 18th
(1892) The premier of Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Nutcracker in St. Petersburg.
(1865) Slavery was banned in the US as the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified by two-thirds of states, Georgia putting it over the top.
(1958) Niger's Republic celebrates becoming autonomous (gaining self-government).
(1997) Scotland was granted its own parliament, its first one in three centuries.
(1999) Activist Julia ''Butterfly'' Hill climbed down the ancient redwood in Humboldt County, Calif., where she lived for 2 years to protest logging.
(2009) The 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark, closed with the signing of the Copenhagen Accord.
(2011) The last the US military troops left Iraq after a nine year war.
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