Here’s What Happened On This Day in History: December 18

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ON THIS DAY


1620 – Mayflower docks at Plymouth Harbor: On December 18, 1620, the British ship Mayflower docked at modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, and its passengers prepared to begin their new settlement, Plymouth Colony.

Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor," by William Halsall, 1882 at Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor,” by William Halsall, 1882 at Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.






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.

Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, 1914, Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, 1914, Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts






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

Signing the Constitution

Signing the Constitution






1865 – US Secretary of State William Seward proclaims the adoption of the Thirteenth Amendment, prohibiting slavery throughout the USA.

Celebration erupts after the amendment is passed by the House of Representatives.

Celebration erupts after the amendment is passed by the House of Representatives.






1888 – Wetherill and Mason discover Mesa Verde: While searching for stray cattle in the isolated canyons of southwest Colorado, Richard Wetherill and his brother-in-law stumble upon the magnificent ancient Indians ruins of Mesa Verde.

Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde taken by Ben Frantz Dale

Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde taken by Ben Frantz Dale






1946 – Director Steven Spielberg born: On this day in 1946, Steven Spielberg, who will become one of the most successful directors in modern movie history with such blockbusters as Jaws, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan, is born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

steven spielberg

Steven Spielberg speaking at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con International, for “Ready Player One”, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Courtesy of Gage Skidmore.






1972 – Vietnam War: President Richard Nixon announces that the United States will engage North Vietnam in Operation Linebacker II, a series of Christmas bombings, after peace talks collapsed with North Vietnam on the 13th.

B-52 bombing crews at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam being briefed on the operation.

B-52 bombing crews at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam being briefed on the operation.






2017 – Amtrak Cascades passenger train 501, derailed near DuPont, Washington, a city in United States near Olympia, Washington killing 6 people, and injuring 70 others.

The Cascades near Edmonds, Washington

The Cascades near Edmonds, Washington