TODAY IN HISTORY
On Dec. 9, 1950, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was named commander of the military forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
In 1974, Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as the 41st vice president of the United States in the U.S. Senate chamber by Chief Justice Warren Burger with President Gerald R. Ford looking on.
In 1997, James Cameron’s epic film “Titanic” opened in U.S. theaters.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton was impeached by the Republican-controlled House for perjury and obstruction of justice. (He was subsequently acquitted by the Senate.)
In 2003, design plans were unveiled for the signature skyscraper at the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.
In 2008, George W. Bush ordered an emergency bailout of the U.S. auto industry.