Thursday, December 8th 2016

Today is the 343rd day of 2016.  There are 22 days left in this year.

What Happened On This Day In History?

1776 George Washington's retreating army crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey to Pennsylvania during the American Revolution.
1854 Pope Pius IX declared the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary to be an article of faith.
1863 President Lincoln announced his plan for the Reconstruction of the South.
1879 Louisiana ratified a new state constitution and moved the capital from New Orleans to Baton Rouge.
1886 The American Federation of Labor (AFL) was founded at a convention of union leaders in Columbus, Ohio.
1940 During the Battle of Britain, the Luftwaffe (German air force) launched a massive attack on London.
1941 The United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
1949 The Chinese Nationalist government moved from the Chinese mainland to Formosa as the Communists pressed their attacks.
1986 House Democrats selected majority leader Jim Wright to be the chamber's 48th speaker, succeeding Thomas P. ''Tip'' O'Neill.
1987 The ''intefadeh'' (Arabic for uprising) by Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories began.
1987 President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a treaty calling for destruction of intermediate-range nuclear missiles.
1991 Russia, Byelorussia and Ukraine declared the Soviet national government dead, forging a new alliance to be known as the Commonwealth of Independent States.
1992 Americans saw live television coverage of U.S. troops landing on the beaches of Somalia as Operation Restore Hope began. (Because of the time difference, it was early Dec. 9 in Somalia.)
1993 President Bill Clinton signed into U.S. law the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
1995 The rock band the Grateful Dead announced it was breaking up after 30 years of making music. The news came four months after the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia.
1998 The Supreme Court ruled that police cannot search people and their cars after merely ticketing them for routine traffic violations.
1999 A Memphis, Tenn., jury hearing a lawsuit filed by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s family found that the civil rights leader had been the victim of a vast murder conspiracy, not a lone assassin.
2000 A divided Florida Supreme Court ordered, four to three, an immediate hand count of about 45,000 disputed ballots and put Democrat Al Gore within 154votes of George W. Bush in the state's presidential contest.

Born on this day

1542 Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots.
1765 Eli Whitney, American inventor of cotton gin and uniformity method of musket manufacturing.
1894 James Thurber, American writer.
1925 Sammy Davis Jr., American entertainer, singer, actor.
1930 Flip Wilson, American comedian.
1943 Jim Morrison, American singer, member of the group The Doors.

Died on this day

1978 Golda Meir, prime minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974, died in Jerusalem at age 80.
1980 John Lennon, British rock star, member of the Beatles, shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by a deranged fan.
1982 Marty Robbins, country-western Hall of Fame musician.
1983 Louis Bert Lindley, Jr., better known by the stage name Slim Pickens, a cowboy and actor.
1991 AIDS patient Kimberly Bergalis, who had contracted the disease from her dentist, died in Fort Pierce, Fla., at age 23.

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