DAY IN HIS­TORY

The Republican Herald - - COMMENTARY -

To­day is Satur­day, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2018. There are 23 days left in the year. High­light in His­tory: On 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.

On this date:

In 1813, Beethoven’s Sym­phony No. 7 in A Ma­jor, Op. 92, was first per­formed in Vienna, with Beethoven him­self con­duct­ing.

In 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.

In 1863, Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln is­sued his Procla­ma­tion of Amnesty and Re­con­struc­tion for the South.

In 1886, the Amer­i­can Fed­er­a­tion of La­bor was founded in Columbus, Ohio.

In 1972, a United Air­lines Boe­ing 737 crashed while at­tempt­ing to land at ChicagoMid­way 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.

In 1980, rock star John Len­non was shot to death out­side his New York City apart­ment build­ing by an ap­par­ently de­ranged fan.

In 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.)

In 1987, Pres­i­dent Ronald Rea­gan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gor­bachev signed a treaty at the White House call­ing for de­struc­tion of in­ter­me­di­ate- range nu­clear mis­siles.

In 1991, AIDS pa­tient Kim­berly Ber­galis, who had con­tracted the dis­ease from her den­tist, died in Fort Pierce, Fla., at age 23.

In 1992, Amer­i­cans got to see live tele­vi­sion cov­er­age of U. S. troops land­ing on the beaches of Somalia as Op­er­a­tion Re­store Hope be­gan ( be­cause of the time dif­fer­ence, it was early Dec. 9 in Somalia).

In 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.

In 2001, the U. S. Capi­tol was re­opened to tourists af­ter a two- month se­cu­rity shut­down.

Ten years ago, in a star­tling about- face, Khalid Sheikh Mo­hammed told the Guan­tanamo war crimes tri­bunal he would con­fess to mas­ter­mind­ing the Sept. 11 at­tacks; four other men also aban­doned their de­fenses.

Five years ago, hun­dreds of thou­sands of pro­test­ers poured into the streets of the Ukrainian cap­i­tal of Kiev, top­pling the statue of for­mer Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin and block­ing key gov­ern­ment build­ings in an es­ca­lat­ing stand- off with the pres­i­dent on the fu­ture of the coun­try.

One year ago, dur­ing a cam­paign rally in the Florida pan­han­dle, near the Alabama border, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump urged Alabama vot­ers to elect Repub­li­can Se­nate can­di­date Roy Moore, who had been dogged by al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

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