December 7

1787

Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1917

The U.S. declared war on Austria-Hungary in World War I.

1941

The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

1972

America's final moon mission, Apollo 17, blasted off from Cape Canaveral.

1975

Indonesia invaded East Timor, leading to a 25-year occupation.

1988

A 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit Armenia, killing 25,000.

2001

Taliban forces fled from Kandahar, their last stronghold in Afghanistan.

2002

Iraq formally declared to the UN that it had no weapons of mass destruction.

2004

Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghanistan's first popularly elected president.

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