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On December eighth, 1941, the United States
entered World War Two as Congress declared war
against Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl
In 1776, George Washington's retreating army in
the American Revolution crossed the Delaware
River from New Jersey to Pennsylvania.
In 1854, Pope Pius
the Ninth proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate
In 1863, President
Lincoln announced his plan for the Reconstruction
of the South.
In 1886, the
American Federation of Labor was founded in
"Watch Your Step," the first musical
revue to feature a score composed entirely by
Irving Berlin, opened in New York.
In 1949, the
Chinese Nationalist government moved from the
Chinese mainland to Formosa as the Communists
pressed their attacks.
In 1978, former
Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir died in
Jerusalem at age 80.
In 1980, rock star
John Lennon was shot to death outside his New
York City apartment building by an apparently
In 1987, President
Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev
signed a treaty calling for destruction of
intermediate-range nuclear missiles.
In 1993, President
Clinton signed into US law the North American
Free Trade Agreement.
Ten years ago:
Communist leaders in Czechoslovakia offered to
surrender their control over the government and
accept a minority role in a coalition Cabinet.
Five years ago:
Bosnian Serbs released dozens of hostage
peacekeepers, but continued to detain about 300
others. In Los Angeles, 12 alternate jurors were
chosen for the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
One year ago:
Struggling to stave off impeachment, President
Clinton's defenders forcefully pleaded his case
before the House Judiciary Committee. The Supreme
Court ruled that police cannot search people and
their cars after merely ticketing them for
routine traffic violations. San Francisco and
several suburbs suffered a power blackout; it was
more than seven hours before electricity was
"Never think that
war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified,
is not a crime."
American author (1899-1961).