TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - NEWS -

TO­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHT 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.

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Delaware be­came the first state to rat­ify the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion.

1917

Dur­ing World War I, the United States de­clared war on Aus­tria-Hun­gary.

1946

Fire broke out at the Winecoff Ho­tel in At­lanta; the blaze killed 119 peo­ple, in­clud­ing ho­tel founder W. Frank Winecoff.

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