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TO­DAY IS FRI­DAY, DEC. 8, the 342nd day of 2017. There are 23 days left in the year.


On this date in 1941, the United States en­tered World War II as Congress de­clared war against Im­pe­rial Ja­pan, a day af­ter the at­tack on Pearl Har­bor.

In 1765,

Eli Whit­ney, in­ven­tor of the cot­ton gin, was born in West­bor­ough, Mass.

In 1813,

Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7 in A Ma­jor, Op. 92” was first per­formed in Vienna, with Beethoven him­self con­duct­ing.

In 1854,

Pope Pius IX pro­claimed the Catholic dogma of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion, which holds that Mary, the mother of Je­sus, was free of orig­i­nal sin from the mo­ment of her own con­cep­tion.

In 1863,

Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln is­sued his Procla­ma­tion of Amnesty and Re­con­struc­tion for the South.

In 1940,

the Chicago Bears de­feated the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins, 73-0, in the NFL Cham­pi­onship Game, which was car­ried on net­work ra­dio for the first time by the Mu­tual Broad­cast­ing Sys­tem (the an­nouncer was Red Bar­ber).

In 1962,

the first ses­sion of the Sec­ond Vat­i­can Coun­cil was for­mally ad­journed. Ty­pog­ra­phers went on a 114-day strike against four New York City news­pa­pers.

In 1972,

a United Air­lines Boe­ing 737 crashed while at­tempt­ing to land at Chicago-Mid­way Air­port, killing 43 of the 61 peo­ple on board, as well as two peo­ple on the ground; among the dead were Dorothy Hunt, wife of Water­gate con­spir­a­tor E. Howard Hunt, U.S. Rep. Ge­orge W. Collins, D-Ill., and CBS News cor­re­spon­dent Michele Clark.

In 1980,

rock star John Len­non was shot to death out­side his New York City apart­ment build­ing by an ap­par­ently de­ranged fan.

In 1982,

a man de­mand­ing an end to nu­clear weapons held the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment hostage, threat­en­ing to blow it up with ex­plo­sives he claimed were in­side a van. (Af­ter a 10-hour stand­off, Nor­man D. Mayer was shot dead by po­lice; it turned out there were no ex­plo­sives.)

In 1987,

Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gor­bachev signed a treaty at the White House call­ing for de­struc­tion of in­ter­me­di­at­erange nu­clear mis­siles.

In 1992,

Amer­i­cans got to see live tele­vi­sion cov­er­age of U.S. troops land­ing on the beaches of So­ma­lia as Op­er­a­tion Re­store Hope be­gan (be­cause of the time dif­fer­ence, it was early Dec. 9 in So­ma­lia).


Flutist James Gal­way and singer Jerry But­ler are 78. Pop mu­si­cian Bobby El­liott (The Hol­lies) is 76. Ac­tress Mary Woronov is 74. Ac­tor John Ru­bin­stein is 71. Ac­tress Kim Basinger is 64. Rock mu­si­cian War­ren Cuc­cu­rullo is 61. Rock mu­si­cian Phil Collen (Def Lep­pard) is 60. Coun­try singer Marty Ray­bon and World Bank Pres­i­dent Jim Yong Kim are 58. Po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor Ann Coul­ter is 56. Rock mu­si­cian Marty Fried­man is 55. Ac­tor Wen­dell Pierce is 54. Ac­tress Teri Hatcher is 53. Ac­tor David Hare­wood is 52. Rap­per Bush­wick Bill (The Geto Boys), singer Sinead O’Con­nor and ac­tor Matthew Laborteaux are 51. Rock mu­si­cian Ryan Newell (Sis­ter Hazel) is 45. Ac­tor Do­minic Mon­aghan is 41. Ac­tor Ian Somer­halder is 39. Rock singer In­grid Michael­son is 38. R&B singer Chrisette Michele and ac­tress Han­nah Ware are 35. Ac­tress Wal­lis Cur­rie-Wood is 26. Ac­tress Anna Sophia Robb is 24.

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