Born on December 18th

Were you born on December 18th?  If so, you share a birthday with:

1886: Ty Cobb, nicknamed the “Georgia Peach,” considered by some the greatest baseball player of all time was born.  Cobb led the league in batting average 12 times and had three seasons batting over .400 during his career.

1904: American filmmaker George Stevens, whose distinguished career spanned more than four decades and produced such varied works as Swing Time, Gunga Din, Woman of the Year, A Place in the Sun, Shane, Giant, and The Diary of Anne Frank.

1916: Hollywood star Betty Grable, the favorite pinup girl of World War II GIs; 20th Century-Fox insured her legs for $1 million with Lloyds of London.

1947: Filmmaker Steven Spielberg, whose string of box-office hits began with Jaws and includes E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, and Lincoln.

Also on this day back in 1865, the U.S. Secretary of State proclaimed that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution had been ratified by 27 of the 36 states, thus ending slavery in the United States; the amendment declares that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude” shall exist in the United States.

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