Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS -

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.

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