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Today in History
Today in History: Wednesday, December  07, 2016
AP Highlight in History:
On Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese warplanes attacked the home base of the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, drawing the United States into World War II. More than 2,300 Americans were killed.
AP Photo/U.S. Navy
On this date in:
1787Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1796Electors chose John Adams to be the second president of the United States.
1836Martin Van Buren was elected the eighth president of the United States.
1842The New York Philharmonic gave its first concert.
1963Videotaped instant replay was used for the first time in a live sports telecast during the Army-Navy football game on CBS.
1972America's last moon mission was launched as Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape Canaveral.
1982A U.S. prisoner was executed by injection for the first time, in Huntsville, Texas.
1985Retired Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart died at age 70.
1988An earthquake in northern Armenia claimed an estimated 25,000 lives.
1993A gunman opened fire on a Long Island Rail Road commuter train, killing six people and wounding 17. (Colin Ferguson was later sentenced to a minimum of 200 years in prison.)
1995A 746-pound probe from the Galileo spacecraft hurtled into Jupiter's atmosphere, sending back data to the mothership before it was destroyed.
AP Photo
2001Taliban forces abandoned their last bastion in Afghanistan, fleeing the southern city of Kandahar.
2002Iraq denied it had weapons of mass destruction in a declaration to the United Nations.
2004Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghanistan's first popularly elected president.
2011Ousted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Football player Terrell Owens turns 43 years old today.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
Eli WallachActor101
Ellen BurstynActress84
Thad CochranU.S. senator, R-Miss.79
Gerry CheeversHockey Hall of Famer76
Carole SimpsonBroadcast journalist76
Johnny BenchBaseball Hall of Famer69
Tom WaitsRock singer, actor67
Larry BirdBasketball Hall of Famer60
Edd HallActor, announcer58
Jeffrey WrightActor51
C. Thomas HowellActor50
Sara BareillesSinger37
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, turns 64 years old today.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite