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today is saturday, dec. 8, the 342nd day of
2018. there are 23 days left in the year.
today’s highlight in history: was early Dec. 9 in Somalia).
in 1998, struggling to stave off
On Dec. 8, 1941, the United

impeachment, President Bill Clinton’s
States entered World War II as
defenders forcefully pleaded his
Congress declared war against
Imperial Japan, a day after the attack case before the House Judiciary
Committee. The Supreme Court
on Pearl Harbor.
ruled that police cannot search people
On this Date:
and their cars after merely ticketing
in 1813, Beethoven’s Symphony
them for routine traffic violations.
No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92, was
in 2001, the U.S. Capitol was
first performed in Vienna, with
reopened to tourists after a twoBeethoven himself conducting.
in 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed month security shutdown.
ten years agO: In a startling
the Catholic dogma of the
about-face, Khalid Sheikh
Immaculate Conception, which
Mohammed told the Guantanamo
holds that Mary, the mother of
Jesus, was free of original sin from war crimes tribunal he would
the moment of her own conception. confess to masterminding the
in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln Sept. 11 attacks; four other men
issued his Proclamation of Amnesty also abandoned their defenses. A
malfunctioning F/A-18D Hornet
and Reconstruction for the South.
jet trying to reach Marine
in 1972, a United Airlines Boeing military
Corps Air Station Miramar
737 crashed while attempting to
slammed into a densely populated
land at Chicago-Midway Airport,
San Diego neighborhood, killing
killing 43 of the 61 people on board, four members of a family and
as well as two people on the ground; incinerating two homes; the pilot
among the dead were Dorothy
ejected safely. Mystery writer Hillary
Hunt, wife of Watergate conspirator Waugh died in Torrington, Conn.
E. Howard Hunt, U.S. Rep. George at age 88. Character actor Robert
W. Collins, D-Ill., and CBS News
Prosky died in Washington, D.C.
correspondent Michele Clark.
five days short of his 78th birthday.
in 1980, rock star John Lennon
Five years agO: Hundreds of
was shot to death outside his New thousands of protesters poured
York City apartment building by an into the streets of the Ukrainian
apparently deranged fan.
capital of Kiev, toppling the statue
in 1982, a man demanding an end to of former Soviet leader Vladimir
nuclear weapons held the Washington Lenin and blocking key government
Monument hostage, threatening to
buildings in an escalating stand-off
blow it up with explosives he claimed with the president on the future of
were inside a van. (After a 10-hour
the country. Zach Johnson rallied
standoff, Norman D. Mayer was shot from four shots behind with eight
dead by police; it turned out there
holes to play and beat Tiger Woods,
were no explosives.)
the No. 1 player in golf, at the World
in 1987, President Ronald Reagan Challenge. Lydia Ko, a 16-year-old
and Soviet leader Mikhail S.
from New Zealand, rallied to win her
Gorbachev signed a treaty at the
first title as a professional, winning
White House calling for destruction of the Swinging Skirts World Ladies
intermediate-range nuclear missiles. Masters with a three-stroke victory
in 1991, AIDS patient Kimberly
over South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu.
Bergalis, who had contracted the
tODay’s BirthDays: Flutist
disease from her dentist, died in
James Galway is 79. Singer Jerry
Fort Pierce, Fla., at age 23.
Butler is 79. Pop musician Bobby
in 1992, Americans got to see live Elliott (The Hollies) is 77. Actress
television coverage of U.S. troops
Mary Woronov is 75. Actor John
landing on the beaches of Somalia Rubinstein is 72. Reggae singer
as Operation Restore Hope began Toots Hibbert is 70. Actress Kim
(because of the time difference, it
Basinger (BAY’-sing-ur) is 65.

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