TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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

Dec. 8, 1941

The U.S. en­tered World War II as Congress de­clared war against Im­pe­rial Ja­pan, a day af­ter the at­tack on Pearl Har­bor.

ON THIS DATE

1980

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

1982

A man 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.)

1998

The Supreme Court ruled that po­lice can­not search peo­ple and their cars af­ter merely tick­et­ing them for rou­tine traf­fic vi­o­la­tions.

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