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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. For­mer “Tonight Show” an­nouncer Edd Hall is 60. Ac­tor C. Thomas How­ell is 52. Ac­tress Shiri Ap­pleby is 40. Singer Aaron Carter is 31.

TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

In 43 B.C., Ro­man states­man and scholar Mar­cus Tul­lius Cicero was slain at the or­der of the Sec­ond Tri­umvi­rate.

In 1787, Delaware be­came the first state to rat­ify the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion.

In 1842, the New York Phil­har­monic per­formed its first concert.

In 1911, China abol­ished the re­quire­ment that men wear their hair in a queue, or pony­tail.

In 1917, dur­ing World War I, the United States de­clared war on Aus­tria-Hun­gary.

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.

In 1972, Amer­ica’s last moon mis­sion to date was launched as Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape Canaveral. Imelda Mar­cos, wife of Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Fer­di­nand E. Mar­cos, was stabbed and se­ri­ously wounded by an as­sailant who was shot dead by her body­guards.

In 2001, Tal­iban forces aban­doned their last bas­tion in Afghanistan, flee­ing the south­ern city of Kan­da­har.

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