On this Date
Linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky is 90. Actress Ellen Burstyn is 86. Singer-songwriter Tom Waits is 69. Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird is 62. Actress Priscilla Barnes is 61. Actress Shiri Appleby is 40. Singer Aaron Carter is 31.
TODAY IN HISTORY In 1787,
Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
China abolished the requirement that men wear their hair in a queue, or ponytail.
In 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.