AP Highlight in History: On Dec. 18, 1865, slavery ended in the United States as the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was declared in effect.
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New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb was born in Narrows, Ga.
Peter Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite" premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia.
President Woodrow Wilson, widowed the year before, married Edith Bolling Galt.
The Supreme Court upheld the wartime relocation of Japanese-Americans.
The first nuclear facility in the United States to generate electricity, the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, went online.
The world's first communications satellite was launched by the United States aboard an Atlas rocket.
Britain's Parliament abolished the death penalty for murder.
The United States began the heaviest bombing of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Ivan F. Boesky was sentenced to three years in prison for plotting Wall Street's biggest insider-trading scandal.
A judge in Seattle sentenced confessed Green River killer Gary Ridgeway to 48 consecutive life terms.
A jury in Chesapeake, Va., convicted teenager Lee Boyd Malvo of two counts of murder in the Washington-area sniper shootings. (He was later sentenced to life in prison without parole.)
A U.N. court in Tanzania convicted former Rwandan army Col. Theoneste Bagosora of genocide and crimes against humanity for masterminding the killings of more than half a million people in a 100-day slaughter in 1994.
Reality TV stars Jon and Kate Gosselin, parents of eight children, divorced.