Today In History
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.
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› 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.