TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY: Pearl Har­bor

The Daily Courier - - OPINION -

In 1907, Christ­mas Seals were sold for the first time in the United States to help fight tu­ber­cu­lo­sis. The seals went on sale for the first time ever in Den­mark in 1904 and were the idea of Copen­hagen post­man Ei­nar Hol­boell. The seals first ap­peared in Canada in 1908.

In 1941, Ja­panese planes be­gan their at­tack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Har­bor. Over 300 Ja­panese planes from air­craft car­ri­ers at­tacked in waves. Eight bat­tle­ships were sunk or dis­abled, and al­most 200 planes were de­stroyed be­fore they could get off the ground. About 2,500 soldiers and civil­ians were killed. Hours later, Canada de­clared war on Ja­pan — the first of the West­ern al­lies to do so. The United States, Bri­tain and other al­lied coun­tries fol­lowed the next day. The United States de­clared war on Ja­pan’s al­lies Ger­many and Italy on Dec. 11.

In 1964, Brian and Mar­i­lyn Wil­son were mar­ried. Brian was the cre­ative force be­hind The Beach Boys, and his bride was the lead singer of a group called The Honeys, best known for singing back-up on hits by Jan and Dean and The Beach Boys (“Be True to Your School”). The cou­ple stayed mar­ried un­til 1979 and had two daugh­ters — Carnie and Wendy, both who went on to form Wil­son Phillips.

In 1972, Amer­ica’s last Moon mis­sion be­gan, as "Apollo 17" blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

In 1982, Charles Brooks Jr., a pris­oner on death row at a Huntsville, Texas, prison, be­came the first per­son in the U.S. to be ex­e­cuted by lethal in­jec­tion.

In 1987, 43 peo­ple were killed af­ter a gun­man aboard a Pa­cific South­west Air­lines jet­liner in Cal­i­for­nia ap­par­ently opened fire on a fel­low pas­sen­ger, the two pi­lots and him­self, caus­ing the plane to crash. In 1988, a ma­jor earth­quake dev­as­tated north­ern Ar­me­nia. Of­fi­cial es­ti­mates put the death toll at 25,000. In 1995, Bri­tish Columbia’s NDP gov­ern­ment be­came the first in Canada to or­der au­tomak­ers to pro­duce less-pol­lut­ing ve­hi­cles. In 2006, Gi­u­liano Zac­cardelli was forced to re­sign as RCMP com­mis­sioner af­ter mis­lead­ing a par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee prob­ing the Ma­her Arar case. He was the first RCMP com­mis­sioner to be forced out un­der a cloud of con­tro­versy. In 2009, Prime Minister Stephen Harper be­came the first Cana­dian leader to ad­dress South Korea’s Na­tional Assem­bly, us­ing his speech to em­pha­size ties be­tween the two coun­tries. In 2016, Time mag­a­zine named Don­ald Trump its Per­son of the Year.

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