TODAY IN HISTORY
On Dec. 12, 1787, Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
In 1870, Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina became the first black lawmaker sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives.
In 1913, authorities in Florence, Italy, announced that the “Mona Lisa,” stolen in 1911, had been recovered.
In 1915, singer-actor Frank Sinatra was born Francis Albert Sinatra in Hoboken, New Jersey.
In 1917, Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town near Omaha, Nebraska.
In 1946, a U.N. committee voted to accept a six-block tract of Manhattan real estate to be the site of the U.N.’s headquarters.
In 1977, the dance movie “Saturday Night Fever,” starring John Travolta, premiered in New York.