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Today in History
Today in History: Thursday, December  08, 2016
AP Highlight in History:
On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Audio LinkPresident Franklin D. Roosevelt asks Congress for a declaration of war
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1776George Washington's retreating army crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey to Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War.
1854Pope Pius IX proclaimed the Catholic dogma of the Immaculate Conception, which holds that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was free of original sin from the moment of her own conception.
1863President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan for the Reconstruction of the South.
1886The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus, Ohio.
1980Rock musician John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by Mark David Chapman. The former Beatle was 40.
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1987Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories began an intefadeh, or uprising.
1987President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a treaty calling for destruction of intermediate-range nuclear missiles.
1991Russia, Belarus and Ukraine declared the Soviet national government dead, forming a new Commonwealth of Independent States.
1991Kimberly Bergalis, who had contracted AIDS from her dentist, died in Florida at age 23.
1992Americans saw live TV coverage of U.S. troops landing on the beaches of Somalia as Operation Restore Hope began.
1993President Bill Clinton signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement.
1995The Grateful Dead announced they were breaking up, four months after the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia.
2008Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal he would confess to masterminding the Sept. 11 attacks; four other men also abandoned their defenses.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Teri Hatcher ("Desperate Housewives") turns 52 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini
James GalwayFlutist77
Kim BasingerActress63
David HarewoodActor ("Homeland")51
Sinead O'ConnorRock singer50
Mike MussinaBaseball player48
Dominic MonaghanActor ("Lost")40
Rock singer-musician Gregg Allman (The Allman Brothers) turns 69 years old today.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert