To­day In His­tory

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - PUZZLES & FUNNIES -

To­day is Satur­day, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2018. There are 23 days left in the year.


› 1941: The United States en­tered World War II as Congress de­clared war against Im­pe­rial Ja­pan, a day af­ter the at­tack on Pearl Har­bor.


› 1813: Beethoven’s Sym­phony No. 7 in A Ma­jor, Op. 92, was first per­formed in Vienna, with Beethoven him­self con­duct­ing.

› 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.

› 1863: Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln is­sued his Procla­ma­tion of Amnesty and Re­con­struc­tion for the South.

› 1980: Rock star John Len­non was shot to death out­side his New York City apart­ment build­ing by an ap­par­ently de­ranged fan.

› 1987: Pres­i­dent Ronald Rea­gan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gor­bachev signed a treaty at the White House call­ing for de­struc­tion of in­ter­me­di­ate-range nu­clear mis­siles.

› 1998: The Supreme Court ruled that po­lice can­not search peo­ple and their cars af­ter merely tick­et­ing them for rou­tine traf­fic vi­o­la­tions.

› 2001: The U.S. Capi­tol was re­opened to tourists af­ter a two-month se­cu­rity shut­down.


Flutist James Gal­way is 79. Singer Jerry But­ler is 79. Pop mu­si­cian Bobby El­liott (The Hol­lies) is 77. Ac­tress Mary Woronov is

75. Ac­tor John Ru­bin­stein is 72. Reg­gae singer Toots Hib­bert (Toots and the May­tals) is 76. Ac­tress Kim Basinger is 65. Coun­try singer Marty Ray­bon is 59. World Bank Pres­i­dent Jim Yong Kim is 59. Po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor Ann Coul­ter is 57. Rock mu­si­cian Marty Friedman is 56. Ac­tor Wen­dell Pierce is 55. Ac­tress Teri Hatcher is 54. Ac­tor David Hare­wood is 53. Rap­per Bush­wick Bill (The Geto Boys) is 52. Singer Sinead O’Con­nor (AKA Shuhada’ Davitt) is 52. Ac­tor Matthew Laborteaux is 52. Rock mu­si­cian Ryan Newell (Sis­ter Hazel) is 46. Ac­tor Do­minic Mon­aghan is 42. Ac­tor Ian Somer­halder is

40. Coun­try singer Sam Hunt is 34. Rock singer-ac­tress Kate Voegele is

32. Chris­tian rock mu­si­cian Jen Ledger (Skil­let) is 29. Ac­tress Wal­lis Cur­rie-Wood is 27. Ac­tress An­naSophia Robb is 25.

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