To­day in his­tory

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In 1787 Delaware be­came the first state to rat­ify the Con­sti­tu­tion.

In 1796 elec­tors chose John Adams to be the sec­ond pres­i­dent of the United States.

In 1842 the New York Phil­har­monic gave its first con­cert.

In 1941 Ja­panese forces at­tacked Amer­i­can and Bri­tish ter­ri­to­ries and pos­ses­sions in the Pa­cific, in­clud­ing the home base of the U.S. Pa­cific Fleet at Pearl Har­bor in Hawaii.

used for the first time in a live sports tele­cast as CBS reshowed a one-yard touch­down run by Army quar­ter­back Rol­lie Stich­weh. (Navy won, 21-15.)

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

In 1995 a 746-pound probe from the Galileo space­craft hur­tled into Jupiter’s at­mos­phere, send­ing back data to the moth­er­ship be­fore it was pre­sum­ably de­stroyed.

In 1998 At­tor­ney Gen­eral Janet Reno de­clined to seek an in­de­pen­dent coun­sel in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton over 1996 cam­paign fi­nanc­ing.

In 1999 NASA sci­en­tists all but gave up hope of con­tact­ing the Mars Po­lar Lan­der, last heard from four days ear­lier as it be­gan its de­scent to­ward the Red Planet.

In 2001 Tal­iban forces aban­doned their last bas­tion in Afghanistan, flee­ing the south­ern city of Kan­da­har.

In 2002 Iraq handed over its long-awaited arms dec­la­ra­tion to the United Na­tions, deny­ing it had weapons of mass de­struc­tion.

In 2003 al­lies of Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin won a sweep­ing vic­tory in Rus­sia’s par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

In 2004 Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghanistan’s first pop­u­larly elected pres­i­dent.

Also in 2004 Amway co­founder Jay Van An­del died in Ada, Mich.; he was 80.

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