HIS­TORY

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL -

To­day is Fri­day, Dec. 7, the 341st day of 2018. There are 24 days left in the year. To­day’s High­light in His­tory: 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:

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

In 1987, Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gor­bachev set foot on Amer­i­can soil for the first time, ar­riv­ing for a Wash­ing­ton sum­mit with Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan.

In 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.)

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