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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).

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