To­day’s high­light in his­tory

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Green Sheet -

On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States en­tered World War II as Congress de­clared war against Ja­pan, a day af­ter the at­tack on Pearl Har­bor.

On this date

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 1886, the Amer­i­can Fed­er­a­tion of La­bor was founded in Colum­bus, Ohio.

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; there were no ex­plo­sives.)

In 1987, Pres­i­dent Ronald Rea­gan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gor­bachev signed a treaty call­ing for de­struc­tion of in­ter­me­di­ate-range nu­clear mis­siles.

In 1998, strug­gling to stave off im­peach­ment, Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton’s de­fend­ers pleaded his case in the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee.

In 2001, the U.S. Capi­tol was re­opened to tourists af­ter a twom­onth se­cu­rity shut­down.

Ten years ago: Khalid Sheikh Mo­hammed told the Guan­tanamo war crimes tri­bunal he would con­fess to mas­ter­mind­ing the Sept. 11 at­tacks; four other men also aban­doned their de­fenses.

Five years ago: Hun­dreds of thou­sands of protesters poured into the streets of the Ukrainian cap­i­tal of Kiev, top­pling the statue of for­mer Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin and block­ing gov­ern­ment build­ings in a stand-off with the pres­i­dent on the fu­ture of the coun­try.

One year ago: Dur­ing a rally in the Florida pan­han­dle, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump urged Alabama vot­ers to elect Re­pub­li­can Se­nate can­di­date Roy Moore, who faced al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

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