ON THIS DATE

The Herald Sun - - Comics -

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 1813, Beethoven’s Sym­phony No. 7 in A Ma­jor, Op. 92, was first per­formed in Vienna, with Beethoven him­self con­duct­ing.

In 1972, a United Air­lines Boe­ing 737 crashed while at­tempt­ing to land at Chicago-Mid­way Air­port, killing 43 of the 61 peo­ple on board, as well as two peo­ple on the ground; among the dead were Dorothy Hunt, wife of Water­gate con­spir­a­tor E. Howard Hunt, U.S. Rep. Ge­orge W. Collins, D-Ill., and CBS News cor­re­spon­dent Michele Clark.

In 1980, rock star John Len­non was shot to death out­side his New York City apart­ment build­ing by an ap­par­ently de­ranged fan.

In 1982, aman de­mand­ing an end to nu­clear weapons held the Washington Mon­u­ment hostage, threat­en­ing to blow it up with ex­plo­sives he claimed were in­side a van. (Af­ter a 10-hour stand­off, Nor­man D. Mayer was shot dead by po­lice; it turned out there were no ex­plo­sives.)

In 1991, AIDS pa­tient Kim­berly Ber­galis, who had con­tracted the dis­ease from her den­tist, died in Fort Pierce, Fla., at age 23.

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).

In 1998, strug­gling to stave off im­peach­ment, Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton’s de­fend­ers force­fully pleaded his case be­fore the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee. The Supreme Court ruled that po­lice can­not search peo­ple and their cars af­ter merely tick­et­ing them for rou­tine traf­fic vi­o­la­tions.

In 2001, the U.S. Capi­tol was re­opened to tourists af­ter a two-month se­cu­rity shut­down.

To­day’s Birth­days:

Flutist James Gal­way is 79. Ac­tor John Ru­bin­stein is 72. Ac­tress Kim Basinger is 65. World Bank Pres­i­dent Jim Yong Kim is 59. Political com­men­ta­tor Ann Coul­ter is 57. Rock mu­si­cian Marty Fried­man is 56. Ac­tress Teri Hatcher is 54. Ac­tor David Hare­wood is 53. Singer Sinead O’Con­nor (aka Shuhada’ Davitt) is 52. Ac­tor Matthew Laborteaux is 52. Rock mu­si­cian Ryan Newell (Sis­ter Hazel) is 46. Ac­tor Do­minic Mon­aghan is 42. Ac­tor Ian Somer­halder is 40. Rock singer In­grid Michael­son is 39. R&B singer Chrisette Michele is 36. Ac­tress Han­nah Ware is 36. Coun­try singer Sam Hunt is 34. Rock singer­ac­tress Kate Voegele is 32. Chris­tian rock mu­si­cian Jen Ledger (Skil­let) is 29. Ac­tress Wal­lis Cur­rie-Wood is 27. Ac­tress Anna Sophia Robb is 25.

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