TODAY IN HISTORY
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.
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev set foot on American soil for the first time, arriving for a Washington summit with President Ronald Reagan.
A major earthquake in the Soviet Union devastated northern Armenia; official estimates put the death toll at 25,000.