TO­DAY IN HISTORY

Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS -

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.

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