THIS DAY IN HIS­TORY

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To­day is Wed­nes­day, Dec. 7, the 342nd day of 2016. There are 24 days left in the year.

IN THE NA­TION

1945: Im­pe­rial Ja­pan’s navy launched a pre-emp­tive at­tack on the Navy base at Pearl Har­bor in Hawaii, one of a se­ries of raids in the Pa­cific. The United States de­clared war against Ja­pan the next day.

IN THE WORLD

1995: A 746-pound probe from the Galileo space­craft hur­tled into Jupiter’s at­mos­phere, send­ing back data to the moth­er­ship be­fore it was pre­sum­ably de­stroyed.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

Base­ball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench is 69. Bas­ket­ball Hall of Famer Larry Bird is 60. Ac­tor Jef­frey Wright is 51. Singer Aaron Carter is 29.

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