HIGH­LIGHTS IN HIS­TORY

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To­day’s high­light:

On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan launched a sur­prise at­tack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Har­bor in Hawaii as part of its plan to con­quer South­east Asian ter­ri­to­ries; the raid, which claimed some 2,400 Amer­i­can lives, prompted the United States to de­clare war against Japan the next day.

On this date:

1787: Delaware be­came the first state to rat­ify the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion.

1842: The New York Phil­har­monic per­formed its first con­cert.

1911: China abol­ished the re­quire­ment that men wear their hair in a queue, or pony­tail.

1917: Dur­ing World War I, the United States de­clared war on Aus­tria-Hun­gary.

1946: Fire broke out at the Winecoff Ho­tel in At­lanta; the blaze killed 119 peo­ple, in­clud­ing ho­tel founder W. Frank Winecoff.

1972: Amer­ica’s last moon mis­sion to date was launched as Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape Canaveral. Imelda

Mar­cos, wife of Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Fer­di­nand E.

Mar­cos, was stabbed and se­ri­ously wounded by an as­sailant who was shot dead by her body­guards.

1987: Forty-three peo­ple were killed af­ter a gun­man aboard a Pa­cific South­west Air­lines jet­liner in Cal­i­for­nia ap­par­ently opened fire on a fel­low pas­sen­ger, the pi­lots and him­self, caus­ing the plane to crash. Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gor­bachev set foot on Amer­i­can soil for the first time, ar­riv­ing for a Wash­ing­ton sum­mit with Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan. 1988: A ma­jor earth­quake in the Soviet Union dev­as­tated north­ern Ar­me­nia; of­fi­cial es­ti­mates put the death toll at 25-thou­sand. 1993: A gun­man opened fire on a Long Is­land Rail Road com­muter train, killing six peo­ple and wound­ing 19. The shooter was later sen­tenced to a min­i­mum of 200 years in pri­son. 2004: Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghanistan’s first pop­u­larly elected pres­i­dent. Ten years ago: Pres­i­dent-elect Barack Obama in­tro­duced re­tired Gen. Eric Shin­seki as his choice to head the Vet­er­ans Af­fairs De­part­ment. Ac­tress-singer Bar­bra Streisand, ac­tor Mor­gan Free­man, coun­try singer Ge­orge Jones, dancer and chore­og­ra­pher Twyla Tharp and mu­si­cians Pete Town­shend and Roger Dal­trey of The Who re­ceived Kennedy Cen­ter Hon­ors.

Five years ago: North Korea freed an 85-year-old U.S. vet­eran of the Korean War af­ter a week­s­long de­ten­tion, end­ing the saga of Mer­rill Newman’s at­tempt to visit the North as a tourist six decades af­ter he over­saw a group of South Korean wartime guer­ril­las still loathed by Py­ongyang.

One year ago: Demo­cratic Sen. Al Franken said he would re­sign af­ter a series of sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions; he took a part­ing shot at Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, de­scrib­ing him as “a man who has bragged on tape about his his­tory of sex­ual as­sault.” A brush fire driven by gusty winds ex­ploded north of San Diego, de­stroy­ing mo­bile homes in a re­tire­ment com­mu­nity and killing race horses at a train­ing fa­cil­ity. A white for­mer South Carolina po­lice of­fi­cer, Michael Slager, was sen­tenced to 20 years in pri­son for the fa­tal shoot­ing of an un­armed black mo­torist, Wal­ter Scott, in North Charleston in 2015.

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