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. 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.