TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - NATION+WORLD -

TO­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHT

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.

ALSO ON THIS DATE

1854

Pope Pius IX pro­claimed the Catholic dogma of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion, which holds that Mary, the mother of Je­sus, was free of orig­i­nal sin from the mo­ment of her own con­cep­tion.

1863

Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln is­sued his Procla­ma­tion of Amnesty and Re­con­struc­tion for the South.

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.

1980

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

1987

Pres­i­dent Ronald Rea­gan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gor­bachev signed a treaty at the White House call­ing for de­struc­tion of in­ter­me­di­at­erange nu­clear mis­siles.

1992

Amer­i­cans got to see live tele­vi­sion cov­er­age of U.S. troops land­ing on the beaches of So­ma­lia as Op­er­a­tion Re­store Hope be­gan.

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.

2013

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of protesters poured into the streets of the Ukrainian cap­i­tal of Kiev, top­pling the statue of for­mer Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin.

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