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BIRTHDAYS

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.

In 1911,

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.

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