Today is Saturday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2018. There are 23 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as congress declared war against Imperial Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
On this date:
In 1980, rock star John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York city apartment building by Mark david chapman.
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a treaty at the White House calling for destruction of intermediate-range nuclear missiles.
In 1992, Americans got to see live television coverage of U.S. troops landing on the beaches of Somalia as Operation Restore Hope began (because of the time difference, it was early dec. 9 in Somalia).