December 12

1787

Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1870

Joseph Rainey took his seat as the first African American in the U.S. House of Representatives.

1913

The Mona Lisa was recovered in Florence after having been stolen two years earlier (August 1911) from the Louvre.

1963

Kenya gained its independence from Britain.

1998

The House Judiciary Committee approved a fourth and final article of impeachment against President Clinton.

2000

The U.S. Supreme Court stopped the presidential election recount in Florida.

2001

Yasir Arafat closed the offices of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

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