TODAY IN HISTORY
On Dec. 11, 1816, Indiana became the 19th state.
In 1936, Britain’s King Edward VIII abdicated the throne so he could marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson.
In 1941, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States; the U.S. responded in kind.
In 1972, Apollo 17’s lunar module landed on the moon with astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt.
In 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed legislation creating a $1.6 billion environmental “superfund” to pay for cleaning up chemical spills and toxic waste dumps.
In 1997, more than 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to control the Earth’s greenhouse gases.
In 2004, doctors said that Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko had been poisoned with dioxin.