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On December seventh, 1941, Japanese forces
attacked American and British territories and
possessions in the Pacific, including the home
base of the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl
Harbor in Hawaii.
On this date:
In 1787, Delaware became the first state to
ratify the US Constitution.
In 1796, electors
chose John Adams to be the second president of
the United States.
In 1836, Martin
Van Buren was elected the eighth president of the
In 1842, the New
York Philharmonic gave its first concert.
In 1946, fire
broke out at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta; the
blaze killed 119 people, including hotel founder
W. Frank Winecoff.
In 1972, America's
last moon mission to date was launched as
"Apollo 17" blasted off from Cape
In 1982, convicted
murderer Charlie Brooks Junior became the first
US prisoner to be executed by injection, at a
prison in Huntsville, Texas.
In 1985, retired
Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart died in
Hanover, New Hampshire, at age 70.
In 1987, Soviet
leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev set foot on American
soil for the first time, arriving for a
Washington summit with President Reagan.
In 1988, a major
earthquake in the Soviet Union devastated
northern Armenia; official estimates put the
death toll at 25,000.
Ten years ago:
East Germany's Communist Party agreed to
cooperate with the opposition in paving the way
for free elections and a revised constitution.
Five years ago:
PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, meeting with US
Secretary of State Warren Christopher in Gaza
City, pledged to protect Israelis from militant
One year ago: On
the eve of historic hearings, House Judiciary
Committee Chairman Henry Hyde said there was a
"compelling case" for impeaching
President Clinton. Attorney General Janet Reno
declined to seek an independent counsel
investigation of President Clinton over 1996
"There are no
warlike peoples -- just warlike leaders."
Ralph Bunche, Nobel Peace laureate (1904-1971).