TODAY IN HISTORY
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
Musician John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by an apparently deranged fan.
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.)
The Supreme Court ruled that police cannot search people and their cars after merely ticketing them for routine traffic violations.