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Today in History
Today in History: Sunday, December  11, 2016
AP Highlight in History:
On Dec. 11, 1961, A U.S. aircraft carrier carrying Army helicopters arrived in Saigon - the first direct American military support for South Vietnam's battle against Communist guerrillas.
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On this date in:
1816Indiana became the 19th state.
1936Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson.
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1941Germany and Italy declared war on the United States, which responded in kind.
1946UNICEF (the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) was established.
1972Man landed on the moon for the last time during the Apollo 17 mission.
1981The U.N. Security Council chose Javier Perez de Cuellar of Peru to be its fifth secretary-general.
1994Russian troops rolled into breakaway republic of Chechnya in a failed bid to restore Moscow's control over the region.
1997More than 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to take steps to control greenhouse gas emissions.
1998The House Judiciary Committee approved three articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton.
2000Shortstop Alex Rodriguez agreed to a $252 million 10-year deal with the Texas Rangers, the most lucrative sports contract in history at the time.
2002A congressional report found that intelligence agencies before Sept. 11, 2001, were poorly organized, poorly equipped and slow to pursue clues that might have prevented that day's terrorist attacks.
2008Bernard Madoff was arrested, accused of running a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. (He later pleaded guilty and is serving 150 years in prison.)
2009Tiger Woods announced on his website that he was taking an indefinite leave from golf to try to save his marriage to Elin Nordegren. (The couple divorced in August 2010.)
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress-comedian Mo'Nique turns 49 years old today.
AP Photo/Matt Sayles
Rita MorenoActress85
Tom HaydenActivist77
Donna MillsActress ("Knots Landing")76
Max BaucusFormer U.S. senator, D-Mont.75
John KerrySecretary of state73
Lynda Day GeorgeActress72
Brenda LeeSinger72
Teri GarrActress69
Jermaine JacksunSinger (The Jackson 5)62
Nikki SixxRock musician (Motley Crue)58
Gary DourdanActor ("CSI")50
Mos DefRapper, actor43
Hailee SteinfeldActress20