TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - KICKOFF / FROM THE FRONT PAGE -

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.

ON THIS DATE 1911

China abol­ished the re­quire­ment that men wear their hair in a queue, or pony­tail.

1987

Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gor­bachev set foot on Amer­i­can soil for the first time, ar­riv­ing for a Wash­ing­ton sum­mit with Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan.

1988

A ma­jor earth­quake in the Soviet Union dev­as­tated north­ern Ar­me­nia; of­fi­cial es­ti­mates put the death toll at 25,000.

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